Goats – Herbs – Essential Oils – Management Series Part 2

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To preface this post – I am not a vet, certified herbalist or aromatherapist. These statements are not reviewed by any veterinarian association or government body. I am sharing what I have learned and what works for me.

I have studied herbalism and aromatherapy, and will be sharing research papers in regards to the efficacy of using essential oils with animals. Please do your own research before using herbs & essential oils with your animals.

Goats – Herbs – Essential Oils – Management Series Part 2

Herbs are amazing pieces of creation. The healing power they hold in their leaves, roots, flowers, and fruits is nothing short of amazing!

As a holistic herd, these are my go-to when things aren’t quite up to snuff. Herbs, essential oils, and homeopathy are all in my tool kit for when one of my animals needs help.

There are so many things that can be talked about in regards to these items, but today I’m focusing specifically on how I use herbs and essential oils for deworming my herd.


Herbal Deworming

My go-to for herbal dewormers are Fir Meadow’s DWorm A and GISoother. She is a Master Herbalist (among many, many other things!) and has a wealth of knowledge. If you are interested in using herbs, I highly recommend her book as well.

To back up a bit on this topic, yes, Kikos are to be selected for parasite resistance.

Am I neglecting that when using dewormers? No. I don’t have a set schedule for deworming and oftentimes go for 6-8 months without deworming.

It all depends on the weather, where they are in pregnancy/lactation, rotational grazing, parasite resistance and more.

I do think having a set schedule for deworming and sticking to that is wrong when it comes to selecting for parasite resistance.

To select for parasite resistance, there need to be parasites. Going for several months without deworming, I can tell who handles that regime well and who doesn’t. Checking the condition and eye colour frequently – in a small herd, not so easy to do in a large herd – is a good way to get started on knowing where your herd is in regards to parasite resistance.

So…why do I deworm at all? Because while my goal is parasite resistance and not needing to deworm, I am not there yet. And I won’t get there if I let parasites reduce my herd to nothing. There is give & take in everything, breeding programs included. That is important to remember with any breeding & selection program.

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How I use herbs & herbal mixes

My favourite way to administer herbs is in the goats’ water. 1 heaping tablespoon of herb or herb mix for every gallon of water. I mix it in 5-gallon buckets along with about a cup of molasses and, depending on the time of year, 1 cup of apple cider vinegar.

If a specific goat needs a dose of dewormer, I mix it according to the dosage on the package and either make a ball with molasses or a thick tea and syringe it in their mouth.

In the spring when the herd goes out on pasture I often put GISoother in their water along with Colic & Bloat, to minimize any potential problems with bloat or upset stomachs.

One of the few times I deworm the whole herd is in the fall, just before they go into their winter pens. Most other times it’ll be only individual animals that get it if needed.

Want to see how other people use herbs? Check out this thread.

Questions? Comment below!


Goats & Essential Oils

Essential oils are incredibly potent. We’re talking 1 drop of essential oil per 22lbs of goat.

So…why use essential oils? Their potency, versatility, and efficacy. There are many studies out and coming out about essential oils and their abilities to combat worm loads.

Plus, they are easy to store. One 15ml bottle has around 300 drops of essential oil in it. While there is a learning curve in regards to using essential oils, it is worth it.

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Essential Oils and how I use them

Following are the recipes I use for an essential oil dewormer.

Master Blend for Deworming

  • 84 drops Thieves
  • 84 drops Digestzen
  • 42 drops oregano
  • 42 drops cloves
  • 42 drops lemongrass
  • 42 drops orange
  • 42 drops grapefruit

Small Blend for Deworming

  • 2 drops Thieves
  • 2 drops Digestzen
  • 1 drop oregano
  • 1 drop cloves
  • 1 drop lemongrass
  • 1 drop orange
  • 1 drop grapefruit

Recipe for Thieves Essential Oil Blend

  • 20 drops clove
  • 18 drops lemon
  • 10 drops cinnamon
  • 5 drops rosemary
  • 8 drops eucalyptus

Recipe for Digestzen Essential Oil Blend

  • 3 drops basil
  • 3 drops clove
  • 2 drops thyme
  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 2 drops coriander
  • 1 drop ginger
  • 1 drop peppermint

Interesting notes:

Cinnamon – for tapeworms

Grapefruit – for heavy worm loads

Copaiba – enhances other essential oils and help them work better

I purchase essential oils from here.

Dosages & using these blends

ALWAYS dilute in a lipid (oil). Here’s a dilution chart.

Dose is 1 drop per 22lbs.

Once diluted, they can be drenched or mixed in food.

Essential oils are a great way to hit an acute case hard and get it under control. I love using them in conjunction with herbs.


Want to see how other people use essential oils? Check this thread out!

Dilution Chart is here.

Essential Oils & Animals

Dr. Z’s Essential Oil Database

8 Ways Lemongrass Essential Oil can Heal

Use a Dispersant: How to Mix Essential Oils with Water

Using Essential Oils to Deworm – A Thread

MSDS Essential Oil Safety / Material Safety Data Sheets / MSDS

Yep. I know. That’s a LOT of reading to go through! I do recommend doing your own research. See if herbs & essential oils are a good fit for you and your herd before diving in.

Yet, despite all that info, I’ve felt like I have only scratched the surface in regards to this topic.

There is an overwhelming amount of information out there.

Questions? Comment below or send me an email!

I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to read this 🙂

Have a great day!

Megan

Essential Oil Studies

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Efficacy of an orange oil emulsion as an anthelmintic against Haemonchus contortus in gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) and in sheep (Ovis aries)

Anthelmintic activity of essential oil of Ocimum gratissimum Linn. and eugenol against Haemonchus contortus

Evaluation of Eucalyptus cirtriodora essential oil on goat gastrointestinal nematodes

Anthelmintic effect of Eucalyptus staigeriana essential oil against goat gastrointestinal nematodes

Effects of Regano on Sheep and Goat Parasites

Oregano oil for internal parasite control in sheep, goats, and beef cattle

Chromatographic evaluation and anthelmintic activity of Eucalyptus globulus oil

Anthelmintic activity of Cymbopogon martinii, Cymbopogon schoenanthus and Mentha piperita essential oils evaluated in four different in vitro tests

Efficacy of herbal essential oils against tick parasitism in goats

Evaluation of Cymbopogon schoenanthus essential oil in lambs experimentally infected with Haemonchus contortus

Chenopodium ambrosioides and its essential oil as treatments for Haemonchus contortus and mixed adult-nematode infections in goats

Scientific basis for the therapeutic use of Cymbopogon citratus, stapf (Lemon grass)

Efficacy of free and nanoencapsulated Eucalyptus citriodora essential oils on sheep gastrointestinal nematodes and toxicity for mice

Dietary oregano essential oil alleviates experimentally induced coccidiosis in broilers

Effects of Dietary Supplementation of Oregano Essential Oil to Sows on Oxidative Stress Status, Lactation Feed Intake of Sows, and Piglet Performance

Anthelmintic activity of Cymbopogon citratus against Haemonchus contortus

Lavandulae Aetheroleum Summery Report

Acaricidal Effect of Foam Soap Containing Essential Oil of Ocimum gratissimum Leaves on Rhipicephalus lunulatus in the Western Highland of Cameroon

Efficacy of Essential Oils Against Dermatophytes Associated with Animals and Human Beings

Antidiarrheal activity and acute oral toxicity of Mentha longifolia L. essential oil

Toxicological Affects of Essential Oils from Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globules and Clove Eugenia caryophyllus on Albino Rats

Goats – Herbs – Essential Oils – Management Series Part 2

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