This is one of the more common issues we can see in animals who are producing milk. Udder Vitality is the blend we recommend for use – either regularly as a preventive measure or for when symptoms of mastitis are detected. For organic farms who have struggled with high somatic cell counts, or even have just a single individual prone to mastitis – Udder Vitality has helped to support and return a regular healthful state. Cell counts for many farms have been reported as improved with continued use – as described on the instructional product page HERE.
For those animals who bless us with their fiber for our humanly needs…essential oils can help to reduce stress at sheering, improve health conditions, and support preventive measures that insure continued health.
Commonly I am asked if the oils will ruin the hair coat – or indeed if they will even provide benefit through the thick layer of fiber that the animal may have. As we have discussed many times, hair and hair follicles can actually act as a wick to absorb oils into the body, and the body’s natural oils also help to dissipate and absorb oils (as essential oils are lipophillic, and therefore more soluble in fatty or greasy substances than water). I will still part the hair slightly if a sheep or llama seems to have many inches of fiber between the application site and their skin, but over all, the oils will eventually arrive to their intended location.
In terms of fiber quality – in general I would suggest that you attempt to avoid “drowning” your fiber in oils – as it could alter their quality, and some oils may even discolor more pale fibers. We have not really had issues reported, and oils and carrier oils that are natural – do not seem to pose a threat to a fiber harvest – but it is good to know that if you had a show animal – you may want to avoid application to a site that may look greasy or colored after all of your hard work! Many times, we can apply essential oils to the underside, or udder or groin area of these animals, to avoid the fiber issue. We just need to take more care with oils that may be a bit “hotter” in nature, with the delicate undersides of our animal friends.
For most animals – we will suggest AromaBoost RTU or Boost in a Bottle for routine health issues or preventive health. Applying as we would for a dog or horse.
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