As an herbalist who heals both humans and goats, Kat Drovdahl, Fir Meadow La Manchas and Toggenburgs, believes the body wants to heal itself. All it needs is the right nutrients.
“I’m with a group of herbalists that are what we call vitalistic,'” said the Oregon based dairy goat owner. “What vitalists do is work with the body. We don’t try to control the body. We try to figure out what the body is doing and try to help it accomplish its goal.”
Drovdahl is currently a Certified Family Herbalist. She is working toward receiving her degree as a Master Herbologist from the School of Natural Healing in Utah. She is taking the course by correspondence but before she graduates she will be required to spend some time taking tests on the school’s campus. Schools around the world use the curriculum developed by the School of Natural Healing.
“In the herbal world a Master of Herbology is the equivalent of a medical doctor or a doctor of veterinary medicine,” she said. “There are lots of text books to study, a lot of DVDs, and just lots of material.”
As Drovdahl has studied herbs and practiced herbology, her confidence in herbs’ healing power has grown. When she began with herbs, Drovdahl said she thought herbs and conventional medicine would work well in parallel with each other.
“You can use herbs along side conventional medicine but once you have a base of knowledge you can use herbs by themselves,” she said. “You do not have to go back to medications. We’ve been able to help people turn around a bad case of mastitis in their dairy goat within 24 hours with just herbs. We got a call on what appeared to be gangrenous mastitis. It would not diagnose but they were getting the black and blue marks and the udder was starting to get cold. As an herbalist, federal law will not allow me to diagnose but I can say what herbs will work in that situation. I can say it appears to be gangrenous mastitis.”
Kat Droval and her dairy goats are living proof that getting the right nutrients through a proper diet supplemented with herbs can heal and keep a body healthy.
Drovdahl was able to clear up that particularly nasty case with her standard mastitis treatment.
“I pretty much treat all mastitis the same way because very seldom will a person bring to me a culture indicating what kind of mastitis it is,” she said. “Besides, usually by the time a vet gets a culture you are three to four days into it and you’ve lost a lot of valuable time. You can’t leave mastitis untreated for three days.”
“What I have people do is mix golden seal and echinacea together with some cayenne,” she said. “The cayenne is the catalyst and it is a form of vitamin C. It also expands the capillaries so we can get the nutrition to the tiniest of cells in the furthest locations. I’ll put a goat on that and about four crushed cloves of garlic hourly. We also rub diluted essential oil of peppermint on the mammary. Peppermint is a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory agent. It’s also an anodyne and helps relieve the pain,” she said.
People who treat goats with an injection of antibiotics can walk away and not check on their animal for 12 hours. Herbs may require more stamina. But antibiotics, or other conventional medications, attack the disease. Herbalists, especially vitalists, want to heal the animal.
“What a vitalist will do is look at and treat the cause,” Drovdahl said. “We will also work with the symptom but, for example, we don’t want to treat diabetes. We want to heal diabetes or high blood pressure or whatever. We want to heal it and we don’t want to deal with it for life. That usually works except with some autoimmune disorders and genetic conditions. Sometimes we can heal them too.”
“So, if there is diarrhea you want to find out if the bowels are working and what the body is trying to flush,” she said. “We ask is it something that is in the system that we need to get out? What we do is provide the nutrients that the body needs to take care of itself.”
Drovdahl has developed a line of herbal products to heal many common, and not so common ailments, in goats, humans, and other creatures. Most products that heal a goat will also heal humans. Some of the products include Al R G and Better Daze. A customer gave Better Daze to an aging buck that had neurological problems. The results were dramatic.
“The buck had been through three vets,” Drovdahl said. “He was skin and bones and would just walk in circles. He just wasn’t interested in life. My friend was over visiting with the buck’s owners one night and they were getting ready to put that buck down. She had some of the Mmune and the Better Daze and she asked if she could try some. She said in a very short time that buck got his spirit back and no longer had the neurological problem that it had. He is alive and well today.”
“Al R G is good for allergies and hives,” Drovdahl said.
“We had a human client who developed a serious case of hives diagnosed by his doctor,” she said. “He was given Prednisone which did not work for him. He started on this every hour along with ginger baths and his hives were alleviated in two days.”
For a herbal starter and first aid kit Drovdahl recommends having on hand Wounderful Salve for minor and serious cuts and lesions. She also recommends having PreVent and DeWorm on hand regularly. PreVent prevents diarrhea in farm animals and pets. DeWorm is an herbal dewormer.
“We lamb-bar PreVent and the DeWorm,” she said. “Both of them make for a healthy digestive tract. Most goats re-infect themselves with parasites every day but if we chemically dewormed our goats every few weeks we could kill their liver. The worms never get resistant to the herbs. These herbs have been in use for thousands of years.”
Drovdahl has all of her products available at her website.
“My website has a search engine on it where you can type in pneumonia or mastitis or prostate or autism and come up with the herbs that will help you,” she said. “Then you can order them online, mail your order to me, or give me a call. I have customers in the United States and internationally.”
Many of the herbs that Drovdahl sells come straight from her garden. She said she couldn’t get all of her studying, gardening, and goat care done if it wasn’t for Jerry, her husband of 20 years.
“Besides granting me the time to work on the goats and herbs, he handles all the irrigation and mowing, moves around the hay and grain, feeds the does and bucks their hay and the kids their lam-bars, and, among many other things, feeds the guardian dogs.”
Drovdahl can be reached through her website at www.firmeadow.com or by phone at 541-855-2561.