That's awesome!! My family and I rely heavily on herbs for any illness or injury. We tell others, non-permies, about things like this and they look at us like we're crazy. It's great to see documented proof that it works!!
Amazing!! Thank you for sharing this story and the others on your site. I feel that herbs are my next serious topic of study. The story of Max is incredible!
I have a little story about a dog....
I used echinacea for a dog bitten by a rattlesnake last year. I of course panicked at first and rushed him to the vet...they drugged him up so bad it was terrible. That night as he was locked away at the vets I began researching, and up came echinacea. I used it in tincture form in raw meatballs, probably around 8 doses per day for three days. By the end of the third day there was no swelling and none of that necrotic tissue everyone talks about. The vet of course gave me drugs to give him, but they promptly found their place in the trash bin.
Since I live in rattlesnake territory I bought three bottles of echinacea tincture. I keep a bottle in my truck, one in my saddle bag, and one in my abode. And have been planting echinacea, and will be planting lots more...among many others.
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Wonderful story! I feel so encouraged as I've struggled to learn how to use natural medicine in a very isolated situation. The internet opens up the subject for anyone willing to learn, but it can be really hard to know what to use and when. We love our furballs and hate to see them suffering.
Two years ago, we went on a trip and had to board our dog and cat in Fairbanks. The kennel required several shots for each of them. The vet was 60 miles away and unavailable after hours. It was -20 and our dog stayed outside for a little while when we got home.
When I brought her inside, her face immediately started to swell up dramatically. As her eyes and airway closed, she started to panic and banged her head against the floor. I held her in my arms and said a quick prayer. Two attempts to call the vet's emergency number yielded no help. I turned to the internet and searched for essential oils for pets as my darling struggled to breathe. Fortunately, I found a site with a recommendation including oregano, tea tree oil, lavender, and lemon oil. These are all oils I use regularly and if I didn't do something, I feared she would die right there.
I put one drop of each oil in the palm of my hand and mixed them with my finger. Then I rubbed the mixture all over her gums. The allergic reaction stopped immediately and she was able to breathe normally within a couple of minutes. The swelling was completely gone in less than 10 minutes. She had no further problems that night.
Our dog is a Harzer Fochs breed which is a sheepherding dog out of Germany. I'd read that these breeds sometimes have a reaction to vaccinations, but I knew as a rescue dog, she'd been given all these kinds of shots before. I didn't know to be worried. It was a horrible lesson that I hope to never have to repeat.
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