Our Brand New Land of Havilah Learning Center – Membership Website!

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, but have found the information too overwhelming in that format. I’m working on getting it put into online class format in our brand new membership website! We will still have this basic information from our Natural Raising section in the Basic membership level, which is FREE.

We are also expanding on that information by creating even more comprehensive classes in our paid memberships to help further educate people in the safe and effective use of herbs, essential oils, and other natural methods.

I’m excited to share the brand new website with you!  Please visit this link for details!

~ Kristie, MH, CA, CEIT, BioEnergetic Practitioner

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 On Guard 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.  After you receive it, store it 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, CA, CEIT

Parasite Formula Tea

UPDATE!  I have an online class here that includes videos and I walk you through how to prepare and administer the tea method.

I’m constantly experimenting with herbs.  Many of you know that I have a dairy goat herd and that I’m a Certified Master Herbalist.  My herd got bigger and I started considering how I could get the herbs to them consistently and make it easy on myself.  I experimented mixing them in kelp and leaving it out free choice, and I still do that with the Parasite Formula, since my animals are used to it.  That way they can self medicate if they need to.  I’ve also used tea on occasion while cleansing our herd, and it worked very well for me.  MUCH less work and the animals did well on it.  In fact, they drank more often with the tea added to the water than they did when I offered plain water.  It occurred to me that this may work very nicely for our Parasite Formula as well, so I started offering it once a week (or as needed) in their water tank.  

Tori eye membranesI watched their eye membranes and ran fecal tests to gauge how well the tea was working for me.  I am very pleased with the results and I’m finally ready to share this process with you, since it is SO simple.  This is Tori.  Her eye membranes look fabulous!  You should see her in person, because the flash washed out the watermelon red color a bit.  🙂

Making Parasite Formula Tea:

I have a 16 gallon tank. I take one cup of Parasite Formula herb mix and put it in a half gallon canning jar.   I add 6-7 cups of steam distilled water just off the boil to make the tea.  I put a lid on tight and steep it for at least 15 minutes.  I personally let it steep until the jar is cool enough to handle. Then I dump the entire contents of the canning jar into the water tank and fill it up the rest of the way with water from the hose/hydrant.

You may be wondering, “Can I make a smaller quantity?”  Certainly!  Follow the same instructions, including the same amount of steam distilled water, but use 1/16th of a cup of herbs (I would use one heaping Tablespoon) for every gallon of water your tank holds.

I have had excellent results using this amount of herbs in that amount of water (tank size).

We do NOT go by weight of the creature while using this method.  I go by the size of the water tank.

Why distilled water?  I specify steam distilled water because it pulls 30-35% MORE potency out of the herbs we use.  Reverse Osmosis water is second best if you do not have access to distilled water.

I do NOT add Garlic/Ginger paste to the tea.  It floats on the surface of the water and my goats did not like that.  I save the Garlic/Ginger Paste for parasite overload, given as a drench twice a day.

I wait until they finish the tea in the tank before I rinse it out and give more or put out plain water.

Additions?  You CAN add some Black Strap Molasses and/or raw and unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar to the tea to encourage them to drink when you first start putting out the tea.  I like to add ACV to the tea each time (if I remember) because of its health benefits.

I use the tea proactively once a week.  If I have young kids in the herd, I put it out 3x/week, plus any day that ground conditions are wet.  This seemed to work VERY well to keep coccidia under control, as when I checked the fecals of my goat kids I only found ONE coccidia oocyst (egg) on the ENTIRE slide of my centrifuged sample.

I hope this was helpful to you and your herd!

~ Kristie, MH, CEIT

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