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“Angelica”the Soother for the Digestive System

(Archangelica officinalis. Umbelliferae)

Found in damp and woodland places, and cultivated in gardens. Angelica is a rather hairy plant with ferny leaves, and umbels of white flowers of most powerful and fragrant scent.

Use internal: For all digestive troubles, including colic, and heartburn. The leaves broad leaf stalks and roots are used. It is a cordial drink with honey. Candied angelica stalks are a popular sweetmeat in France and Spain, and candy is valued for its tonic properties and for fertility. The tea is a good eye tonic, strained carefully before use.

Dose: One teaspoon of Roots to one and a half cups of water, to bring up wind and to soothe disordered stomachs. It is important not to confuse this plant with hemlock, of the same family, which has a poisonous principle, conine.

 
 

Herbal Healing for Pets

Herbal Healing for Pets

I will begin by stating that you should not attempt herbal healing for your pet unless you have a good understanding of what is ailing your pet. And a good understanding of the healing herbs.

Don't guess.....check with a veterinarian first! There are now a lot of holistic/natural vets out there - call around and see who you can find.

This advice is not meant to replace the diagnosis and advice of a licensed veterinarian. That said, I will share with you the herbal treatments that we use here at my ranch. Most are simple, safe, and effective.

Remember first and always that cats and dogs and other small creatures have much shorter digestive systems than us human caretakers. Fresh herbs are not digested as they are in humans.

Therefore, the tincture form of an herb will work better for them. An acceptable alternative would be a stronger herbal tea than you would use for yourself. Doses need to be compatible with your pet's weight - small amounts for small animals, larger amounts for large animals.

When in doubt, consult a holistic or natural healing veterinarian. Administering several doses throughout the day, rather than one big dose once a day will speed the herbs into your pet's system and boost the immune system much faster.

 And as with ourselves, no herb should be given to any animal on a continuous basis. Like us, their bodies will begin to build an immunity, and once that happens, that herb becomes useless medicinally.

A good rule of thumb for any herbal remedy for your pet is two weeks on, one week off. That gives the body time to work on its own, and gives you time to determine if the herbal treatment needs to be continued. There are exceptions to this rule, as with all rules, as in herbs that take a while to build up in the body to be effective.

Don't give herbs you wouldn't take yourself, internally or externally. Just about any herbal remedy that you use for yourself can be adapted for use for your pet - just remember to use tinctures whenever possible, stronger teas when necessary.

For overall general good health, as with ourselves, you should of course look to diet. There are many natural diets being recommended today for all sorts of pets. Do a little research, or preferably a lot, into the natural dietary needs of your pet.

Raw meat added to the diet of a cat or dog, natural carnivores, can often clear up a lot of mysterious ailments, as can the addition of fruits and vegetables. If you feed a commercial diet, feed the best you can afford, and add to it when you can. Years of healthy life can be added to your pet when diet is properly looked after! When you are changing your pet's diet, do so gradually. Add one new item at a time, and space out those additions. That way if there is a negative reaction, you can quickly pinpoint the culprit. Not every food agrees with every animal. Sunlight is also necessary for the health of your pet. Sunlight helps the body convert the nutrients in the foods you feed into the necessities for their systems. In place of sunlight, use full-spectrum lighting, like Vita-Lites, or an equivalent.

These are ideal for your indoor pets, such as birds, reptiles and amphibians. Here are some herbal remedies for those common problems:

  Eyes: A strong tea of eyebright, used as a wash, is perfect for irritated eyes on all pets. Also administer orally to boost the internal mechanisms to fight infection from the inside. Alternatively, you can make a saline solution. Dissolve 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt in 1/2 cup boiling water. Add 1 drop of goldenseal extract to 1 tablespoon of the saline solution, once cooled, when you are going to use it....it shrinks swollen tissues and disinfects.

Itching: The common cause of itching is due to fleas and flea bites - some animals are actually allergic to the flea bites, compounding the problem. Brewer's yeast is often recommended, 1 teaspoon or tablet per day, as a deterrent. A word of caution here - some animals are allergic to the brewer's yeast, or react to it with dry patches of skin that itch just as bad as the fleas do. If you use brewer's yeast, keep an eye out for these sorts of skin problems to develop, and discontinue the brewer's yeast if necessary as soon as one of these symptoms appear. A good remedy for those dry itchy skin patches is tea tree oil, rubbed over the patch. The bitter taste will discourage the animal from digging at his skin, and the oil works well to heal the dryness. Do not use it near the eyes or genitals, however. Aloe is also good for those dry patches. Another method is to put a slice of raw cucumber over the "hot" spot, holding it there for a few minutes, and then rub aloe or tea tree oil over the area. The shampoo you use, or the flea collar you use, may actually be causing the itching. Bathe the animal in an all natural shampoo, preferably something that has aloe in it, and find an alternative to that flea collar!! Would you wear chemicals around your neck? Neither should they! You can make an herbal dip for your pet as follows: 2 cups packed fresh peppermint, pennyroyal, or rosemary; 1 quart boiling water; 4 quarts warm water - - Prepare an infusion by pouring the boiling water over the herbs and allow it to steep for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid and dilute it with the warm water. Saturate the animal's coat thoroughly with the solution, allowing it to air dry. Use at the first sign of flea activity. This remedy will need to be repeated everthree to four days, but it is totally safe. If the itching persists, and fleas or poor diet are not the culprit, use a mixture of Licorice Root, Dandelion Root, and Cat's Claw in equal drops of each tincture for two weeks. The licorice is a natural cortisone, and will help to jumpstart the immune system. To get rid of fleas in your carpet, after removing pets from the room, sprinkle Borax over the carpet and rub it in. Wait a while, then vacuum as usual. This is a safe, non-chemical method of flea control. Reapply the Borax once a week until the problem is gone. Cuts: Fresh aloe is an excellent application for those strange cuts and scrapes we can never figure out how our pet got. It is a natural antiseptic, and will keep the area moist until the cut can heal. Alternatively, you can clean the wound with a wash of goldenseal, and apply aloe or other herbal treatments that are your favorites.

  Abscesses: First you must lance the abscess. I mix a betadine solution with water until it looks like tea, and then fill an eyedropper with the solution and squirt it into the hole. Do this several times per day, at least three. The important thing is to clip the fur away from the abscess and don't cover it with any bandage, or it can't drain properly. It has to heal from the inside out. If it is extremely deep, you may need a vet to put a drain in it. I also begin to administer antibiotic herbs orally, to help fight any infection that may occur. Another course of action is to use chamomile in the wound to prevent infection. I have had a lot of success with these methods, which my vet recommends. However, I also know that if it doesn't begin to clear up within a week, I need professional help to combat the infection.

  Carsickness: Does your pet get carsick when you take him for trips? Try giving a few drops of ginger root extract prior to the trip to settle his tummy. If it is a long trip, you may want to administer the ginger again halfway through the trip.

Infections: Give a tincture of equal drops of echinacea and goldenseal. If the illness persists after two weeks, try a combination of different herbal antibiotics after careful diagnosis by your vet. If the animal recovers quickly, continue giving the herbs for a few days after, to aid in healing completely. I generally give a capsule of garlic oil in the food once per week. It helps keep the biting insect critters away, and helps keep the immune system healthy.

  Dehydration: When a pet is dehydrated, due to illness or injury, you can give them Pedialyte, available in the baby food section of any grocery store. Alternatively, you can substitute Gatorade. However, the sugar content in Gatorade is rather high, which is not good for long term use with our pets. If using it, cut it in half with plain water. There are also powdered electrolyte solutions available in most feed stores that work just as well, and are less expensive. Electrolyte solutions given in place of water for the first 24 hours will also help new pets that were shipped to deal with the stress of shipping. This is especially important with reptiles, amphibians, and birds of all types.

Ulcers: If your pet is suffering from ulcers, give him two drops each of Calendula, Comfrey, Knotgrass, and Nettle twice per day. Couple this with a bland, easy to digest diet until the ulcer has healed. Anxiety, Stress: When your pet suffers from stress or anxiety, try a combination of the extracts of Oats, Valerian, and Chamomile. Rub a little lavendar oil near the animal's muzzle, or place some on a cotton pad in the pet's bed or in his sleeping area. And remember that if you are stressed, the animal will be too, so sniff a little of that calming lavendar for yourself as well.

Orphans: To raise an orphan, first find some goat milk - the fresher the better - to use as the replacement for mother's milk. Goat milk is high in butterfat content, and is infinitely better to use than those powdered replacements found in stores, and miles ahead of cow's milk. This applies for human babies, as well. Many a colicky baby has had their stomach soothed with goat milk.....and goat milk is usually easily used by those considered lactose-intolerant. Goat milk can be found in your health food store, and often in your grocery store, but the very best source is of course directly from the goat. Find a dairy goat farmer in your area. The prices will be better, too! We have raised a variety of animals everything  on goat's milk, and have observed or experienced none of the weight-gain problems or vitamin deficiency or immune deficiencies that occur often when using substitutes. Remember to feed the milk warmed. For puppies and kittens, it is often helpful to rub the face and anal area with a warm swab, to stimulate their system, much as the mother does after the baby feeds from her. Once per day, add a little spirulina (powdered) to the milk. It boosts the immune system, so needed in orphaned babies, and provides many necessary vitamins and nutrients.

Pregnancy: Raspberry leaf administered daily throughout a pet's pregnancy (mammals) will help tone the uterus and aid in the healing of the uterus after birth, as well as help to stimulate milk production in the mammaries.

Diarrhea, vomiting: Powdered slippery elm bark is useful for treating diarrhea, vomiting, and sensitive stomachs for pets.

Shiny Coats: One teaspoon (less for very small animals, such as ferrets) of cod liver oil dribbled over the pet's food once or twice per week will give a thick, shiny coat, as well as provide many nutrients needed by your pet's body.

Bee Pollen: 1/4 teaspoon for every 15 pounds of animal, given two to three times weekly, helps to slow the aging process. It will also restore hormone balances, regulate the digestive tract, and calm the symptoms of common allergies. Give bee pollen daily during times of stress, illness, or disease to give a boost to the body.

Vitamin C: Giving 1000 mg to 2000 mg per day for three months to puppies from large breeds can help prevent hip dysplacia. Give 500 mg to 1000 mg daily to ease arthritis in dogs and cats. 500 mg each day can prevent urinary tract symptoms and problems for cats.

A WORD OF CAUTION: Do not give white willow to cats or kittens. Many felines are allergic to salycin, the active ingredient in both white willow and the drug that is derived from it, aspirin. Substitute meadowsweet as a pain reliever instead. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Information within this article is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not meant to diagnose nor treat. Seek guidance from a health care professional.

 
 

Happy Saturday Everybody

Yes it's pretty amazing but it is Saturday already :)

It's been incredibly busy around here the last few weeks and I am just tickeled to welcome so many new great people to our herb family. Welcome ya'll and thank you so much for taking advantage of the herb sale that is still going on until the 19 of November.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner so make sure you have your herb cabinet ready to go and probably like to add some great tea mixtures that are sure to please.

Lots of yarn is spun right now since I started adding alpaca/llama rugs to my collection of handspun doodats.

I will add new great items as well as a whole array of great new fres herbal teas.

So, happy Saturday Everyone and Thank you so much for supporting this great Texas Farm.

Yours Truly

Petra :)

 
 

It is an early morning

Oh goodness, it is 4 am and I am up and needing coffee in the worst kind of way and wishing that this little mosquito, that keeps pestering me, will find something else to other then keep flying around my ear.  

I guess it is a very early Saturday morning for me today since "Buddy" the Great Dane decided that it would be a great idea to go out after he woke up everyone in the house.

Yesterday I was pondering if I should add some additional herbal tea to my store and was hoping that I might be able to put a shout out to all of you if you all would be interested in that . 

I already grow a great variety of herbs that would be awesome to prepare as a loose tea. 

Maybe there is an herb or two I can add to the many that are already growing here. Either way I would be delighted to receive some input from all you great Local Harvest Supporters.

Wow surprising what some coffee can do I am already getting creative and it is a little after 4 am, weird :)

I wish everyone a grand & creative day

as always, yours truly

Petra

www.texasherbcompany.com 

 

 
 

Its Friday ALREADY :)

Wow, time sure passes fast when you are having fun.

It must have rained last night a little more, everything is nice a moist and you can just feel how thankful Mother Earth is. All the birds are singing and ready for this wonderful new day.

"Lizzie" my little chihuahua mix 5 month old puppy already has the house upside down . All her toys are all over the house and she is busy trying to get "Schatzie the dachshund, to play with her. She is a trip, always happy , busy finding everything just amazing.

Sipping my morning coffee I am brainstorming what should be first on my "to-do" list.

"Herne" & "Pan" the 2 new angora bucks are surely enjoying it here and really show their appreciation by rubbing noses with me :)

Funny how little animals expect from us and how much they give in return. This is truly something to ponder.

Enjoying the therapeutic life right here on the farm.

Wishing all of you a grand day and hug a goat today ( if you have one)

 Yours truly

Petra

www,texasherbcompany.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Blessed Rain :)

What a wonderful way to wake up this morning and be surprised by lightning moving in and a nice cool breeze. After I let the dogs out for their morning constitution it started raining :)

I opened all the doors to the house to let the clean air in. It has been quite a while since it rained so we are all welcoming this beautiful shower.

As I am writing this I can hear the rain with the wind chimes gently greeting this new day.


Wishing you all peace and happiness and may you be creative today and don't forget to dance :)


Yours truly


Petra

www.texasherbcompany.com 

 
 

Good Morning

It is time to sip my coffee and get started with my day.

I finished shearing the 2 Angora Bucks ( Pan & Herne) yesterday and I am sure that both of them appreciate that very much. They where both extremely matted and I can imagine with this Texas heat, walking around with a "carpet" attached to you , is quiet uncomfortable.

The camelid girls where not really impressed when they meet the Angora Boys, I think they where more like "what the heck is that" and Chrissy (one of our llamas) sounded the alarm call. All of them seemed to be rather interested in checking the goats out.

Today is "Hay Day" hoorah :) Getting hay delivered is so much more convenient and I am very grateful to not have to run to the feed store every week.

I wish everyone a beautiful Wednesday.

Stay tuned

Yours truly

Petra

www.texasherbcompany.com

 
 

Good Morning to another day of JOY :)

It is a cloudy day here in the beautiful Texas Hill Country and I hope that the rain will find us today.

As I walked out to secure the front gate so the camelid girls can stroll around the property, which they enjoy greatly, I looked around in wonder and though for myself, I never had imagined that one day I will be here living the farm life with all the challenges and joys.

I feel so blessed that I have an opportunity to make a difference and even if it is only on these 11 acres.

My herbs are growing so well and all the animals are happy and it certainly shows.

I can honestly say, there is nothing in life that I would rather do then be here on the farm and handle everything that comes my way.

What difference do you choose to make on this wonderful Tuesday.

Smile and Be Happy

Yours Truly

Petra

www.texasherbcompany.com 

 
 

Lot's going on at the Ranch :)

Good morning everyone. 

Lots have been going on here on the Ranch.

I finally found a reasonably priced drum carder that, I have to say, is a god's sent. It makes my fiber processing so much more efficient and incredibly fun. That was truly a great investment indeed.

So the summer is finally creeping in all the camelids are sheared and four of the fiber boys went to great homes where they are appreciated for their great disposition and fiber quality.It is always great to meet new camelid owners they are all so eager to have these awesome animals in there lives.

Yesterday we picked up two angora goats (bucks) that are great. I am planning on adding angora fiber to my list of products and I am sure that it will be a great asset to our Ranch. They are both a little over a year old and grey in color. This morning I will start to shear them which will probably make the extremely happy.

It makes me so happy to learn new things everyday about this wonderful life here on the Ranch.

Someone said ones: Get in touch with nature and you will find god. I have to totally agree with that statement.

I am so grateful to be able to live the farmlife. It is truly rewarding.

Wishing you all a wonderful day

Yours Truly

 Petra

www.texasherbcompany.com 

 
 

Pasture Maintenance

A beautiful morning to really enjoy pasture clean up. I am amazed how well the camelid manure turns this dry and stoney land into great fertile soil. The ranch is full of beautiful wild flowers and I am sure it is because of the great rain that we had the last few days as well as spreading the fertilizer all throughout the land. Today I have to run into town to get some errands done after that getting some of the boys ready to get picked up tomorrow. I wish everyone a great and productive day Yours Truly Petra
 
 

Sunshine after the Rain :)

 

What a wonderful Wednesday it is. We where blessed with more rain yesterday and today the earth and all the inhabitants here are overjoyed with the beautiful warm sunshiny day today.

The peacock that found his way to our ranch a few days ago seems like he likes it here since he already found a place in one of our large trees that he spends the night in and he is very content with haveing the llamas and alpacas visit daily.

It is a great day to wash and soak more fiber. I also have quite a few orders that need to be filled and shipped. I will get jumping, I opended all the windows and doors so the beautiful energy from outside can flood the house.

Wishing all a super groovy, happy and peaceful day


Yours Truly


Petra

 
 

Yeah it's Raining :)

A Great Thursday to Everyone :)

Yes......it's raining finally. I am so happy. The air is so fresh and clean its incredible.

It has been raining off and on since yesterday nice and steady so it has time to soak into the ground and quench all the plant life.

I am glad I cleaned the pastures today and fertilized the fields, yes feeding Mother Earth :)

All the animals around here don't know what to think, the cooler weather is certainly appreciated by all.

I had a pleasant surprise yesterday evening when I did my evening feeding ritual of the animals.

Another peacock seems to move himself onto our place as it seems. He was standing next to the peacock enclosure and looked at me a little perplexed :)

Of course I fed him as well and he liked that very much. I think he is at least 3 years old so I guess we will see if he will stick around, It is such a beautiful sight to look at such incredible beauty.

Peace & Happiness Always

yours truly

Petra

 

 
 

Wow....It's Hot

Oh my.....the heat is already creeping in here in Central Texas and everyone is waiting for the rain that has been passing us by so far.

It is 87 degrees here today and very humid which makes it very uncomfortable to do anything outside.

I started cooling off the llamas & alpacas with the hose of cool water and they truly appreciate that.

All the herbs are growing very well I must say and I think I can already do some harvesting of quite a few :)

The processing of the freshly sheared Llama and Alpaca Fiber is going swiftly. Last night I finished 3 hats that are so awesome with multi colored yarn that I spun a few days ago. Stay tuned I will list thefiber items soon.

Today will be another fiber spinning day and I really feel like creating my cute shabby chic llama puppets.

I hope everyone is doing great on this wonderful Monday.

Enjoy yourself and the things you do :)

Yours truly

Petra

www.texasherbcompany.com

 

 
 

A Beautiful Sunday to All :)

Good Morning Everyone

Wow, it is Sunday already. Time is just flying by. I did not get to see the bright moon last night since we had some serious cloud coverage and I was hoping and praying that the rain will find us here on the Ranch. When I walked out this morning to let the alpaca boys out to roam I noticed that it must have rained since the driveway was wet, but I could not tell otherwise since it has not rained for quite a while and everything is so vey dry.

Well the weather forcast mentioned rain in the air for this week :)

Everything is growing so well and I am so pleased with all the fresh herbs this year. They all smell so amazing it makes me smile everytime I pass by the huge herb patch.

We added 2 new member s to our family last week.

Welcome Argus & Hera Peacock. Both are about one year old and absolutely stunning.

Thank you to Robin and Courtnee Benson from Sapaveco Ranches to bless us with a fabulous suri female Llama named Kissee. She is the sweetest girl ever and I can't wait to spinn her beautiful fiber.

You can check out pictures of our new additions on facebook. I will place a direct link below so you guys can check it out.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/Texasherbcompany

I wish everyone a beautiful weekend

Until then, yours truly

Petra

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A very Busy Day on the Ranch :)

I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely day.

It is pretty warm here in Central Texas and I have been a "busy bee ".

Already the pasture clean up and fertilizing of the fields is complete. Fiber carded and spun, Floor Boards removed and I have been very busy putting my new chainsaw to the test.

Clipping the treet in the llama girl pasture so they will have more places to lay at when the summer heat arrives here in our beautiful hill county.

Hoping for rain.

It has been a very busy and productive day that is for sure.

Wishing everyone a blessed day.

Peace and Happiness

Petra :)

 

 
 
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