Yes, we are here!

At GRIT and MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we have been educating folks about the benefits of self-reliance for 50 years. That includes researching and sourcing the best books and products to help individuals master the skills they need in times like these and beyond. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-866-803-7096 or by email. Stay safe!

Natural Remedies for Your Pigs

Learn about two natural and effective remedies that can help treat skin diseases and wounds for your pigs.

| February 2018

  • pigs
    Natural remedies are effective options to treat skin diseases and wounds on your pigs if conventional medicines are not available.
    Photo by iStock/Getty Images Plus/anopdesignstock
  • cover
    “Choosing and Keeping Pigs” by Linda McDonald-Brown provides readers with a directory of 30 different breeds of pigs and provides clear instructions on choosing and looking after pigs.
    Cover courtesy Firefly Book, Inc.

  • pigs
  • cover

Choosing and Keeping Pigs (Firefly Books Inc., 2009), by Linda McDonald-Brown is an expert guide for anyone interested in keeping pigs. The book details everything readers need to know about caring for and keeping a pig, covering topics ranging from housing to health and habitat management. The following excerpt is from Chapter 3, "Pests and Diseases."

In many countries, natural remedies are used as a matter of course if conventional ones are not available. Extracts of tea-tree oil, tansy, lavender and eucalyptus have had considerable success in the treatment of skin diseases and wounds. Vets use licensed medicines automatically and often have only a limited knowledge of alternative medicines. If you are interested in using natural medicines, you will therefore need to approach specialist companies for advice on the suitability of their products. Two of the more popular natural remedies are:

Tea-tree oil. This comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia. It has long been used as a wound-healer by the Aborigines, and its value as an antiseptic is recognized worldwide. The two active chemicals in tea tree, terpenes and cineole, are well known for their ability to destroy most bacteria, fungi and yeast, and the oil is of great value in treating skin diseases and parasitic infestations.

Aloe vera. The Aloe vera plant contains more than 200 naturally occurring nutritional substances and possesses a number of health benefits. Aloe-vera gel applied locally encourages skin regeneration and can be used directly on wounds, sunburn and insect bites.

More from Choosing and Keeping Pigs:
The Healthy Pig
Health Problems for Pigs
Plants That Are Toxic to Your Pigs

Excerpted from Choosing and Keeping Pigs, by Linda McDonald-Brown. Used with permission from Firefly Press, © 2009.

Live The Good Life with GRIT!

Grit JulAug 2016At GRIT, we have a tradition of respecting the land that sustains rural America. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing to GRIT through our automatic renewal savings plan. By paying now with a credit card, you save an additional $6 and get 6 issues of GRIT for only $16.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of GRIT for just $22.95!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters

click me