The importance of keeping your milk cow’s or goat’s udders healthy can’t be overstated. Dry, cracked udders are not only painful for her making milking difficult, but they can also lead to infection or mastitis. I’m sharing my homemade udder cream recipe because it’s superior to any ready-made product I’ve tried for preventing and healing dry, cracked udders. Your girls will thank you for it!
I use this udder cream recipe to ease swelling of her udder and teats, treat mastitis symptoms, heal injured teats, and soothe chapped teats. Many of my homestead friends use my recipe and like me, use it daily, year-round.
Why Make Homemade Udder Cream For Your Cow or Goat?
Buttercup is probably the hardest-working animal on the farm. Dairy cows bond with their milkers almost like dogs bond with their humans. This makes you her first line of defense against health problems as you assess her often.
When you milk an animal twice a day, things can get dry and cracked. You wipe her down twice a day and squeeze her teats for about 30 minutes each time both of these things can cause irritation and dryness.
Even if you’re doing once-a-day-milking, you will still need to protect her udder from damage.
In nature, babies don’t wash the udder and teats before they nurse so the mother’s natural oils protect her udder and teats from cracking and drying.
Helping her have healthy udders makes a happy, healthy girl that makes healthy milk for your family. You can purchase udder cream easily so why should you want to make your own?
- You control the ingredients.
- It’s usually cheaper per ounce.
- Never run out – fast and easy to make
I make this amazing cream because I like to know exactly what I’m putting on my animals. It’s also cheaper over the long run and if you run out, it only takes minutes to make.
Homemade Udder Cream Recipe
- 1/2 oz Organic Beeswax
- 1 oz Organic Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
- 3 oz Organic Olive Oil
- 1oz Organic Shea Butter
- 15 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
- 15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
- Melt the beeswax.
- You can use a double boiler if you have one. I don’t so I put 2 inches of water in my Instant Pot.
- Then I place a wide-mouth glass jar (I use a 6oz jar) inside the pot of water. You could use a heat-safe glass measuring cup if you prefer.
- Turn the heat to medium-high (on Instant Pot use Saute Mode on high) and add the beeswax to the jar.
- Allow to heat until the beeswax is melted. Beeswax pastilles melt easier than beeswax bars.
- Once the beeswax is melted, add the coconut oil and shea butter and allow them to melt as well.
- Next, add the olive oil and gently stir them to combine well.
- Now add the essential oils and mix well and remove from heat.
- Use an immersion blender to whip together ingredients inside the jar if you want a creamier texture.
- As the cream cools, it will thicken.
- If you see any separation, shake the jar. The beeswax may separate from the oils as it cools.
- You don’t have to use the same quality of olive oil for the udder cream as you would for food preparation.
- It’s important to use organic virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, in my opinion, because any other method or further pressing removes more of the beneficial nutrients in the coconut oil.
- Lavender essential oil is known for its skin-protecting qualities. Rosemary has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-tumorigenic, antinociceptive( the body’s sensory nervous system’s response to toxic stimuli, injury, or exposure to extreme hot or cold temperatures and neuroprotective properties. Tea tree oil can ward off environmental agents and keep things clean.
- Several udder cream recipes use peppermint oil. I don’t use any cooling oils in my recipe because I don’t want to cause her any discomfort in her tender areas especially when it’s already cold outside!
- I keep my udder cream in the house and take it out to the barn with me each time. If you keep it in the barn, it will get too hard to get out of the jar when it’s cold.
- It’s okay if you don’t use exact measurements. You can experiment with different amounts of ingredients to get the consistency and smell you want.
- If you want your product to be harder or softer, adjust the amount of beeswax you use. The more beeswax you add, the harder it will become.
- Increase the amounts of the essential oils carefully. Too many may irritate her teats.
How to Store Homemade Udder Cream
Store udder cream in a glass or plastic container. If you use plastic, allow your mixture to cool a little before pouring it into the container. I use the jar I make it in.
Make sure you use a container with a mouth wide and deep enough that you can reach your fingers in and to the bottom of it to be able to get the cream out.
How to Use Udder Cream
Each time I’m done milking, I put a quarter-size dollop of my udder cream into the palm of my hand to melt and warm it. Then I gently massage each teat up to and including where it meets the bag with the cream.
Most people say I’m spoiling her and that may be, but her teat health is important to her and us.
In the winter, it’s especially important to use udder cream to avoid chapped teats that are exposed to wind, cold, or snow.
Other Uses of Homemade Udder Cream
- This udder cream recipe is a wonderful way to pamper your own hardworking hands and feet!
- It’s great for a variety of other ailments like inflammation, bruises, and scrapes.
- You can use the base recipe and add specific essential oils to create salves for the healing properties you need.
This homemade udder cream recipe is a great way to take care of your cow’s or goat’s teats and also provide relief for yourself and your family. Try experimenting with different essential oils to create the perfect blend for you and your animals’ needs. Happy milk-ing!
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