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Educating others about herbs and other natural methods to support health in both humans and animals is a passion of ours here at Land of Havilah Farm!  Many people have been blessed by the Natural Raising section of our website, and we are expounding on that information in our online classes to help further educate people in the safe and effective use of herbs, essential oils, and other natural methods.

I’m excited to announce that we launched our first TWO courses today!  Please visit this link for details!

END OF FEBRUARY SALE!

Get FREE SHIPPING (in USA) on Vitalerbs Formula 16 oz powder when you also purchase either (or both) of our Parasite Formula mixes!  This is a $7 savings and their is no limit on the quantity you can order!  See the links to the products below.   This sale is only available through the end of February!!

Vitalerbs Formula 16 oz powder – This mix was created for human use, and it is also excellent to use with animals.  It is a 100% herbal vitamin/mineral supplement with NO additives and NO fillers!

Parasite Formula (Regular) – This is the mix that I formulated for our dairy goat herd.  I wanted a mix that covered a broad range of parasite issues and I wanted to be able to safely use it during any time of life:  newborn, pregnant, lactating, or senior animals.  It is manufactured and tested according to HUMAN standards, and EXCEEDS these requirements.   I chose NOT to label it for humans to avoid confusion in the dosage required for livestock.  This formula may be used for many different species, but NOT for equines or camelids – please see the special formula below that I created especially for those two species.

Parasite Formula (Equine/Camelid) – This is the special formula that I created for our equines and camelids.  It is very similar to our regular Parasite Formula, however it does have some changes to account for the absence of Black Walnut.  This mix CAN also be used for other species, if you desire.

Oh Canada! Ordering Is Now Available Through Our Website!

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We are now set up for Canadian orders through our website store!!!  We are very excited and thankful to Victoria Nicks and her team for getting this squared away for us!!

We offer First Class Mail and Priority Mail shipping to Canada.  The prices are estimated using a USPS shipping calculator.  However, you will be charged actual shipping and insurance costs (when available on the package), so if it costs me less to send your order I will send you a refund of the overpayment.  

NOTE:  All prices shown on our website and at Checkout are USD

Resurrection Day SALE!!

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Here at Land of Havilah Farm, we love and serve our Lord and Savior Jesus of Nazareth.  We believe that Jesus is the one and only Son of God who came to pay the price for our sin.  He came to suffer and die so that we would no longer be separated from God due to Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden.  This day is the day that we set aside to celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice for us and His Resurrection on the third day.  If you would like to know more about this, we would love to tell you!  Please contact us and we would be delighted to tell you the story of Jesus, and God’s rescue plan that was implemented thousands of years ago to redeem mankind. 🙂

In celebration of His love for us, we created a coupon for you to save an extra 5% off on our Dr Christopher Formulas during our celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus!   This coupon will automatically be applied in your Cart when any Dr. Christopher products are added.  

We wish you a safe and happy Resurrection Day (Easter) from all of us here at Land of Havilah Farm!

“Baby Day” for Land of Havilah MDS Daydream!

March 27th UPDATE:  She tricked me the other day, the little stinker!  🙂  She kidded today, on her due date. She had a handsome black and white single buckling and both momma and baby are doing well.  I have pictures on our Land of Havilah Farm Nubians Facebook page.

I think it is Baby Day for our doe, Land of Havilah MDS Daydream!

Daydream’s sire is *B BlissBerry CR McDreamy, and her dam is SG Land of Havilah Sonador *M.

The sire to these kids is our *B Land of Havilah ATL Triumph. His sire is SGCH +*B Wingwood Farm Finding Atlantis. Triumph’s dam is our SG Land of Havilah ShekinahGlory 2*M.

For anyone interested, you can follow the progress on our FB farm page:
https://www.facebook.com/LandOfHavilahFarmNubians/

I call it “Live Action News” but no worries, that just means you see the kiddos after they are cleaned off, but still wet. 😉

NOTE:  We still have some open Reservations on these kiddos, which means that you get our Reserved pricing which is substantially less than after the kids hit the ground.  Please feel free to Contact Us before she kids if you are interested in our Reserved pricing!!

How to Dry Off Your Does

CaptureOne of the questions that is frequently asked is: “How do you dry off a doe?” This is what I began doing in 2010:

I milk my girls till they are two months away from kidding again, then I dry them off. I normally milk twice a day every day until around Christmas – as I’m the only person in our household that milks our goats. One week before Christmas, my does go to a once a day milking. At this point, they have been in milk for around 7-9 months – I like to kid out my does in March, April and the beginning part of May each year. This gives us milk year round, or gives me a small break this year (this is from 2010) I have a month break, my first one since milking everyday from May 2007 – it is NICE, so I may continue it each year. Anyway, around Christmas, they are normally at the point that they can hold all the milk they are giving me in two milkings without being WAY TOO TIGHT on a once a day milking. They ARE very full, and walk like cowboys – like when they first freshen and they are super full in the morning when I start to pull the kids at night after they reach around four weeks of age.

When they get within 2 1/2 months to their due date, I begin cutting the amount of grain I give them. They get half a can LESS each week, so that by the time they reach their “2 months till due” date, they are getting the 1 can (i.e. 1#) per day. The day I stop milking, I stop giving them grain and continue providing them with Chaffhaye. Their maintenance ration is their alfalfa/grass hay fed twice a day, Chaffhaye, Vitalerbs+ and Thorvin Kelp.

I STOP milking when they give me 1# or less of milk each DAY. Sometimes you get past the “2 months till due” date. 1# is approximately 1 pint (2 cups) of milk per DAY. This is easily reabsorbed by their body, so I stop milking cold turkey at that point. I watch their udder, but generally I don’t have to to relieve any of them of a tight udder. When you quit milking, their body seals off the orifice with a plug. If you milk them after the dry off day (i.e. go to an every other day milking, etc.) they have to make that plug again. However, I didn’t have to bother with that at all this year (2010) and I feel this is a very healthy way to dry them off.

Herbs that may help: Sage (Salvia officinalis) – this must be prepared as a cold infusion, Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Parsley (Petroselinum crispum).

Sage (Salvia officinalis). I imagine that I can hear the gears in your brain turning, are you wondering, “What in the world is a Cold Infusion??” It is an Infusion (that is basically a fancy herbalist word for “tea”) that is made using room temperature steam distilled water. Here are instructions:

How to Prepare a Cold Infusion
2 tsp of Sage leaf (Salvia officinalis)
8 oz of steam distilled water (room temperature)

Instructions:
Place the herbs into a canning jar or other jar with a lid
Pour room temperature steam distilled water into the jar and mix well.
Allow to steep for 12 hours.

Strain out the herbs using a thin natural fiber cloth. I use Flour Sack Towels that I purchase on Amazon.

Drench your girl or let her drink the tea. I would start with 30-50cc, depending on what your drench syringe holds. I would assume that 2-3x/day would be sufficient. You can make enough tea to last you a couple days. I have not had to wait long to see the results and I have had good success using Sage in this way.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita). I actually prefer to use Spearmint (Mentha spicata) in place of Peppermint during pregnancy. I found the most information about Peppermint while researching herbs to dry off milk production, but Spearmint will substitute nicely. I haven’t personally used either Peppermint or Spearmint, because the cold infusion of Sage worked so well for me that I didn’t look any further for my herd. Either of these mints are used as a tea, we want to use the same amount of herb mix as I mentioned above for Sage. The steam distilled water should be just off the boil. Pour it over the herbs in your canning jar and put the lid on. Steep it for 15 minutes. Lid it tight to keep the essential oils of the plant in the tea and NOT in the air. I do have to admit that is DOES smell wonderful in the air though! You can use it the same way that I describe above. Please cool the tea to a safe temperature before giving it to your doe!!

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum). I used this one many years ago with one of my first milking does – I don’t recall which one at the moment. I fed her fresh parsley to help with an engorgement issue and it worked very well. However, I wasn’t using it to dry her off, since she was newly freshened, so I used it differently. In this case, I’d give the fresh parsley a try since that is such an easy herb to find in the produce section of your local grocery store. I fed a small handful of fresh parsley, 3x/day. Please remember not to overdo it, moderation is important with any new food that is added to their diet. We do not want to throw off the balance of the rumen by overdoing a new food.

I enjoyed sharing this information with you! I’d like to invite you to visit the large Natural Raising section of our website that you may enjoy. 🙂 If you would like to connect with me on Facebook, I do have a Page for both my farm, Land of Havilah Farm Nubians, and Land of Havilah Herbals. I love to hear from my readers!

Store Special on our Parasite Formula!

Reg Parasite FormulaDid you know that we cover the *shipping costs on our Land of Havilah Parasite Formula?

We also cover the Michigan State Sales Tax, so that our Michigan customers are not charged more for this formula than our Out of State customers. We do these things as a blessing to our customers, we appreciate you guys!! 🙂

BULK DEAL!  We offer a bulk deal for people who desire to buy 10# at a time: Add 10 bags to your cart (mix and match with Equine/Camelid formula is fine) and use our coupon:  10th bag to get the 10th bag free.  This is 10% discount on your total order.  All 10 bags must be purchased at once for this coupon to be applied.  I tested this coupon and didn’t have any trouble, please Contact Me if you need any assistance.

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Herbal Parasite Management

One of my passions is working with animals, dairy goats in particular. One of the questions that I get asked frequently is, “I want to find an alternative to chemical dewormer, do you have any suggestions?”  In this article, I plan to answer some common questions about using herbs for our animals, and how easy they can be to implement.

I encourage you to use a blend of herbs instead of single herbs, and to do so with great care. There are a few herbs that come immediately to mind when considering historical use:

Wormwood (Artemisia spp.) According to my research, Wormwood has been traditionally used for hundreds of years for a variety of issues. It affects the digestive system, its bitter principles stimulate bile, increase the appetite, and expel worms. [1] It has been used as an anthelmintic, discouraging pinworms, roundworms and tapeworms. The tea is much safer than the tincture, because the toxic terpene thujone is not very water soluble. There is an interesting case study discussing use of the single herb (not in a blend of herbs) to address Haemonchus contortus infection in goats. [2]

Garlic (Allium sativa) Garlic affects the blood, digestive system, cardiovascular system. It has been traditionally used as an anthelmintic, discouraging roundworm and hookworm. Allicin is believed to be the anthelmintic constituent, and it is formed through the action of allinase on alliin, and that occurs after the garlic clove has been crushed. There have been a few studies done on garlic’s effectiveness as an anthelmintic. One used diced garlic, which allows some allicin to be created, and that study showed garlic as being effective. [3] Another study fed whole cloves to donkeys to test the effectiveness of garlic in the treatment of Strongyles. [4] Remember, Allicin is considered the anthelmintic constituent, and that is NOT formed without crushing/cutting the garlic which allows Allicin to be created. I suspect that is why this study failed to show Garlic’s effectiveness. Allicin generally dissipates within 15 minutes of being crushed.

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) According to Christopher Hobbs, Ph.d., L.Ac., A.H.G., due to Black Walnut’s high tannin and napthaquinone (juglone) content, it is used internally as an anthelmintic and externally for ringworm. [5] Black Walnut affects the digestive system. It has traditionally been used to expel worms and has been known to cause the ejection of tapeworm. [6] Black Walnut should be avoided with equines and camelids.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1) “If I use herbs to address parasites in my dairy goats or other milking animal, is there a milk withdrawal period?” There is no milk withdrawal period for herbs. Milk withdrawal and meat withdrawal requirements are set to prevent chemical residue in the milk and meat. Herbs are a food, they clear the system within a matter of hours. They do not have a long “half-life” like a chemical/drug.  Generally, herbs clear the system within 4-12 hours. It really depends on the metabolism of the animal.  Goats have a very fast metabolism, so I estimate the herbs clear their system within 4 hours.  Of course, if an animal is sick the metabolism is probably not functioning as well, so I would consider doubling the transit time in that instance. However, if a dairy animal is sick, I would suggest dumping the milk especially if you do not know the cause of the illness.

2) “I have heard that Wormwood should be avoided in pregnant and lactating animals, what should I do?” I would suggest avoiding the use of Wormwood as a single herb during pregnancy, just to be safe. It is my opinion that Wormwood is beneficial as a small part of a well made mix.

3) “Can I give herbs to address parasites with my horse?” Yes, but equines (horses, ponies, donkeys, mules, etc), and camelids (llamas, alpacas, etc) are sensitive to Black Walnut, so we need to avoid mixes that contain Black Walnut in those species.

4) “I would like to use herbs for my dog and cat, how do I feed it to them?” I like to hide it in the middle of a small bit of hamburger or another favorite food. Peanut butter may work well for dogs.  I make a tea for my herd, and my LGD (Livestock Guard Dog) gets her portion through that tea.  I have information on how I make the tea here.

5) “How do I know how much of the herb mix each animal needs?” We go by weight of the creature. The following chart may be helpful to you. You can find specific information on this page of my website.

Up to 5# = 1/16 tsp (you will need a smaller dose for very small creatures)
5# – 10# = 1/8 tsp
10# – 20# = 1/4 tsp
20# – 75# = 1/2 tsp
75# – 100# = 3/4 tsp
100# – 150# = 1 tsp
Every 50# add an extra 1/2 tsp
Light (riding) horses = 1/4 cup

6)  “What do you use to address parasites in your animals?” I created an herbal mix for my herd called Parasite Formula. It contains all the herbs I mentioned in this post, plus other herbs that have traditionally been used as vermifuges, taeniafuges, vermicides, and taeniacides (they discourage, expel, and/or kill parasites and tapeworms). I formulated this mix to be both cleansing and nourishing to the animal, and safe during all stages of life.

I enjoyed sharing this information with you! I’d like to invite you to visit the large Natural Raising section of our website.  If you would like to connect with me on Facebook, I do have a Page for both my farm, Land of Havilah Farm Nubians, and Land of Havilah Herbals, LLC. I love to hear from my readers!

References:

[1] Grieve, M, A Modern Herbal, referenced January 30, 2016, https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/w/wormwo37.html

[2] Idris, 1982.  The anthelmintic efficacy of Artemisia herba-alba against Haemonchus contortus infection in goats.  Referenced January 30, 2016, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7162537

[3] Peoa, N., Aurx, A. and Sumano, H.: A comparative trial of garlic, it’s extract and ammonium-potassium tartrate as anthelmintics in carp. J. Ethnopharmacol. 24: 199-203. 1988.

[4] Abells Sutton G, Haik R. Efficacy of garlic as an anthelmintic in donkeys. Israel Journal Veterinary Medicine Vol 54 (1), 1999.

[5] Hobbs, Christopher, Ph.d., L.Ac., A.H.G., Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) referenced January 30, 2016, http://www.christopherhobbs.com/

[6] Cook, W. The Physiomedical Dispensary. 1869. Available online http://www.henriettes-herb.com/

General References:

Wynn, Susan G., DVM, RH, and Fougere, Barbara J., Veterinary Herbal Medicine. Mosby Elsevier. 2007.

Friendly Flora

Friendly flora are very important.  They are the beneficial microorganisms that reside in our body and in the body of our animals, and they keep things in balance.  Our friendly flora help us to assimilate our food, and they protect us from pathogens.  They are the “good bacteria”.  When my kids – the 2-legged variety (human), not the 4-legged (goat) kids – were very young, I referred to the friendly flora as our “good guys”, and of course, the pathogenic bacteria were the “bad guys”.  The “good guys” must keep the “bad guys” in check for our body to remain in a healthy state.

When bactericidal antibiotics are taken/given, they wipe out bacteria.  These antibiotics are NOT selective as to which bacteria they destroy, they kill both the friendly flora and pathogenic bacteria.  It is extremely important to replace the friendly flora to bring the bacteria back into proper balance in our body and in the body of our animals.  We won’t touch on pathogenic bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics this time, because that opens up a whole new “can of worms” and I already have a lot of ground to cover.  Of course, I would strongly suggest using herbs that support the immune system and work to deter pathogenic bacteria and viruses, etc., instead of turning to an antibiotic – which as you are probably aware, don’t do diddly squat when combating a virus.  Well, actually, that is technically incorrect: they do the body a huge disservice if there is a virus present, since the antibiotic will damage our friendly flora making the situation worse.  But I digress…

We have friendly flora on our skin AND within our body.  They reside everywhere, including in our digestive tract.  They are our friends, we do not thrive without them and neither do our animals.

Skin.  When I work with my family and our herd of dairy goats, I DO desire to cleanse the skin of pathogenic bacteria and viruses that we pick up off surfaces in our everyday life.  The friendly flora on our skin work to protect us against invaders.  We do them a great disservice by using antibacterial soaps on our skin.  Antibacterial soaps damage the friendly flora living on our skin.

On our farm, I use essential oils that I add to Dr Bronner’s liquid soap and I keep dispensers at each sink.  Keep in mind that essential oils are VERY concentrated and VERY potent.  A small amount goes a LONG way.  Did you know that it takes a truckload of some types of herbs to create that tiny bottle of oil??  I LOVE essential oils, but  think of them like a drug.  They DO NOT occur in these amounts in nature.  I strongly suggest using them externally only, with a few exceptions.  I will go into more about essential oils in another post, or I will go off on a “bunny trail”.  😉  I add 5 drops of an essential oil blend to each soap dispenser.  I like to use Health Fusion’s Armor essential oil blend.  At this amount (5 drops added to about eight ounces of liquid soap), the oils are very beneficial to our skin and they do not harm our friendly flora.  I use a natural udder wash and teat dip/spray to clean the udder of our dairy goats before milking.  (Click here for more details, including my recipe.)  In my opinion, this is a very important step and it helps us be proactive in discouraging udder issues like mastitis.

Digestive Tract.  Our friendly flora help us digest our food, they create B vitamins for our body to use, among many other benefits they also help keep pathogenic bacteria in check.  Without the proper balance of friendly flora in our gastrointestinal tract, we would be in BIG trouble.  There is a type of “yeast” that grows in our body, and it is beneficial in the proper balance with the rest of the bacteria, but it is a holy terror when it overgrows.  Do you have a guess of what it may be??  Candida albicans.  I bet you’ve heard of it.   It is a diploid fungus that grows both as yeast and filamentous cells. Do you know what its job is?  It breaks down sugar and alcohol.  It has an important job, and it is VERY resilient.  After a round of antibiotics, this yeast says, “Oh my!  I have LOTS of room to grow! YAY!!”  It whips at the walls of our GI tract creating lesions that allow it to leak out of the GI tract.  I bet you have heard it referred to as Leaky Gut.  It is important to stop this process before it has a chance to start by replacing the friendly flora that were lost.  We do this using probiotics.  Homemade Kefir (made from “kefir grains”) is a very nice, natural, whole food way to provide the body with probiotics.  I will let you do your own research on that.  It is available as Milk Kefir grains, or Water Kefir grains.  Another choice is using fermented foods.  I like to employ a supplement by Garden of Life called Primal Defense.  It is a whole food probiotic containing Homeostatic Soil Organisms (HSO). I use it for my family and our animals.  I prefer the powder, but I’m sad to say that it DOES contain anti-caking agents.  If they took that out, I would be overjoyed with this product.  However, I am very happy with the results I have found using it.  I do not carry it through my store, but it can be found through the Garden of Life website (a Google search will help you find it).  I did find it available on Amazon with Prime Shipping available.  I’m addicted to Amazon Prime, and no, that is not the name of a Transformer – that is Optimus Prime.  😀  It needs to be stored in a cool, dry place.  A refrigerator is cool, but not dry.  😉

February 10th, 2016 UPDATE:  Since I posted this article on January 20th, 2016, Harvard Medical School posted an article on our friendly flora as well, Making peace with your germs.  It is an excellent article and mentions, “These medications [antibiotics] don’t distinguish between helpful and harmful bacteria—they attack all bacteria.  The price of eradicating an infection is losing a lot of friendly bacteria in the process.”  Of course, I suggest employing herbs that support the immune system and do not harm our friendly flora.  I also don’t agree with the oral fecal capsule idea, in my opinion and experience there are better, and less disgusting, ways to arrive at the goal (balance and health).

I hope this article was helpful to you!  Be blessed!

~ Kristie, MH, CEIT
www.landofhavilahfarm.com

Flat Rate Shipping to USA

Did you know that we offer Flat Rate Shipping to the entire USA?  $7 flat rate is all you pay for your entire order of any size.  The USPS just raised its postage rates yesterday (oh yay), which necessitated an increase from our previous flat rate of $6.50 that has been in place for quite some time.  We considered what we should do:  Decrease the discount that we provide on our products, or up the Flat Rate to $7.  Our research into the issue showed that most of our customers would benefit more from a higher Flat Rate and the current discounts that we provide for our products.  Thank you for your understanding, we appreciate you guys!  🙂