Our Favorite Herbal Remedy: Cow Fart Juice

Cow Fart Juice is a potent herbal remedy for topical use on skin discomforts due to wounds or a microbial (bacterial, fungal, viral) presence. It softens skin fibers in their healing phase, in order to  reduce future scarring and post-breakout redness. Apply 1 drop Cow Fart Juice directly on the point of healing skin (especially if it is scabbing) 2x per day.

Our Top Five Answers to the Question, “Why Is It Called Cow Fart Juice?”

One. Because it ain’t bullsh**

Two. Because the healing herbs of cow fart juice are part of a mixture of weeds that make up the cows natural diet and the grassy smell that is faintly of the French countryside and its dairy air. (derrière!)

Three. Because this mixture of healing herbs has traditionally been used on livestock to heal the perineum after birth.

Four. It’s an ironic farce based on the idea that conventional products sometimes repackage waste products as healthy.

Five. It reminds us to keep a sense of humor about our work. Skin issues are deeply sensitive topic and much of our sense of well-being is tied to how we feel about our skin or in our skin. Sometimes we get so caught up in the idea of promises and controlling the skin that we forget to stop and smell the cow farts.

How to Use Cow Fart Juice:

Use as a Spot Treatment
For individual spots: After applying your Moisture Duo, place ONE DROP of Cow Fart Juice on your finger, and lightly dab the oil directly onto the individual “spots.” A little goes a long way. Do this 2-3x throughout the day. 

For larger areas, be sure to apply after your Moisture Duo and do not apply more than once a day.

At night after cleansing, lightly dab one drop of oil onto individual spots before going to bed.

Indication for Use of Cow Fart Juice as a Spot Treatment: Bumps that you have played with or picked at and may have a scab. Patchy areas due to fungal, bacterial or viral presence.

Use as an Oil Cleanser
Up to 5 times per week, make your evening cleanse an oil cleanse with Cow Fart Juice. Apply 6-10 drops into the palm of your hand and cover your face with the product. Take your time massaging Cow Fart Juice into congested areas or areas that have scabs or scars. Press a steamy washcloth (we prefer our textured ones) over the skin and pause a moment, (yes, stop and smell the cow farts…) For more information on Oil Cleansing see this article.

Indication for Use of Cow Fart Juice as an Oil Cleanser: Large areas of scabs or scars, over-active oil glands, dehydration (looks like blackheads or whiteheads). Useful for encouraging the speed-up of healing “The Ghosts of Pimples Past.”

Use as a Transitional Oil in Your Moisture Duo
Use Cow Fart Juice as the oil portion of your Moisture Duo*** when there is an active biome issue while taking steps to rehabilitate the dysbiosis. Drip 3 drops of Cow Fart Juice in your palm and then pump 5-6 sprays of Mineral Mist directly into the oil to emulsify it. Rub your hands together and then massage the moisturizer into your skin.

After 3-8 weeks move on to Nourish & Replenish Oil

***Using any of our oils with one of our unique Between You & the Moon Mineral Mists emulsifies the oil, allowing it to penetrate below the skin’s surface due to the water content and helps the body “translate” the messages of the properties of herbs we use in order to better understand and utilize them! In addition, it provides the appropriate acid/alkaline balance to prevent pH disruption.

Indication for Use of Cow Fart Juice as Part of the Moisture Duo: Reactive skin (lots of inflammation at the surface) that has a tendency towards microbiome dysfunction or dysbiosis. Presence of pus is usually a good indicator.

But What Does It DO?

What makes Cow Fart Juice effective? The unique formation (based upon thousands of years of herbal wisdom, handed down through generations of wise women and crafted by hand with love by the herbal crafters of Brooklyn Herborium) was created to support the “Triforce of Defense.” In order for the skin’s protective barrier and first line of defense to be strong enough to inhibit outside invaders while also creating a terrain that is inhospitable to malicious microorganisms, it is important to maintain the Structural Integrity, Biome and Oil/Water Functions of the skin.

Cow Fart Juice Aids in Wound Healing (Structural Integrity)

Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is a powerful herb native to Southeast Asia with a long history of use in Thai medicine tradition. Modern studies confirmed the longstanding belief in Gotu Kola as an effective aid in wound healing. It is also helpful in skin disorders, scar tissue reduction and treating skin inflammation.

Plantain (Plantago major) is a species of flowering plant that is one of the most abundant medicinal crops in the world. It contains three chemical components: aucubin (an antimicrobial agent), allantoin (which stimulates cellular growth), and mucilage (which reduces pain and discomfort in the skin). For hundreds of years, poultices of plantain leaves have been applied to wounds and sores to soothe the skin and encourage cellular regeneration.  

Blue Violet (Viola sororia) is a small, perennial wildflower whose leaves are a natural and non-irritating source of salicylic acid. Blue violet also contains saponins and flavonoids. These phytochemicals can protect the skin against environmental elements and glycation. Blue violet, like plantain, contains mucilage, which helps to hydrate and reduce discomfort in the skin.

Cow Fart Juice “Manages” the Skin’s Microbiome (Biome)

Neem (Azadirachta indica): We use both an infusion of whole leaves, twigs and bark as will as cold-pressed oil from the seeds and fruits of the Neem Tree. Variously known as “Sacred Tree,” “Heal All,” “Nature’s Drugstore,” “Village Pharmacy” and “Panacea for all diseases,” it is one of the most popular traditional Ayurvedic treatments for skin diseases. All parts of the whole plant are believed to be antiseptic, febrifuge, anthelmintic, antifungal, antibacterial, parasiticidal, pediculocid and antiviral yet is considered to have no side effects.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is considered “royalty” in some cultures as it can act as a potent adaptogen, meaning that it helps the body balance and adapt to stress. In addition, basil effectively manages the body’s natural microbiome as it actively reduces pathogenic microorganisms while supporting the microbiota that support the skin’s natural processes. This is one of the reasons why our pesto recipe is one of the favorites in our Microbiome: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly workshops!

The Organic Sesame Oil: (see more below) The oil we infuse the above herbs into is just as important as the herbal actions for supporting the skin’s natural microbiome. The benevolent microbes that live on the skin (such as S. epidermis) feed on triglyceride-rich fatty acids found in our sebum, elevating Cow Fart Juice to the status of an effective and appropriate prebiotic skin-food for these healthy bacteria.

Cow Fart Juice Mimics Key Components of Your Natural Skin Moisture Factor (Oil/Water)

Herbal-Infused Oils: In addition to the prebiotic properties of the herbal-infused oils (noted above), the fatty acid makeup of the oil itself in the proportions that we use, make it effective and appropriate for use on skin that needs to “build-up” its acid mantle (possibly due to past barrier disruption). Simply the fact that the entire plant matter of the herbs has been infused into the traditionally prepared oil changes some of the properties of the oil making an oil like this more comparable with the skin. 

Plant-Derived Squalane: Similar to the squalane content in human sebum (the oil portion of skin’s natural protective barrier), it mimics a crucial component of how the skin makes its own moisturizer. The large molecule formation of it offers additional protection from bacterial, viral, and fungal infections as well as helps to keep the product stable without the use of an artificial preservative. 

Proportion: Our method of oil-blending uses proportions that “teach” the skin how to rebuild itself. Rather than just “doing the job” for it, we use the herbal oils to give the skin what it needs and then allow it to respond. (It’s a method that works well with preschoolers too…)

Here’s one of many amazing testimonials from a client:

I have been battling cystic hormonal acne for sixteen years, and I have never found anything that heals my skin like Cow Fart Juice. After trying dozens upon dozens of products—myriad prescriptions, drug store lotions and creams, natural remedies, you name it—I had all but given up on the idea of having “good” or even “normal” skin. That changed when I discovered Cow Fart Juice. If my skin breaks out, I just apply it at night, and the problem is practically cured by the morning thanks to its antibacterial magic. (…) A little bit goes a very long way, and don’t let the name fool you—it smells heavenly!Shayne. March 24, 2013