Homemade Herbal Animal Dewormer & Tonic

Because the prices of premixed herbal dewormers are getting so expensive, I have done some research and have found some recipes for homemade herbal wormer. I ordered the herbs in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs. Because all the herbs are Organic and Red Lake Earth diatomaceous earth is OMRI listed, this dewormer is 100% Organic.

This is my recipe; I got the best out of several recipes, and, with a few tweaks, here it is! More updates as I continue to test it and tweak it.

As a rule of thumb, use 1 cup of the powdered herbs to 2 cups of the cut herbs, except for the cloves, and diatomaceous earth.

Updated 02/13/2016

Homemade Herbal Animal Dewormer & Tonic

Dosage: 1 teaspoon for every 30 pounds, 1 tablespoon for every 100 lbs.

Note: it is better to overdose than underdose with herbs. Extra herbs will not hurt the animal, but too little will not be effective.


  • 1/2 cup whole or powdered Cloves
  • 1 cup Anise Seed powder (optional)
  • 1 cup Black Walnut hull powder*
  • 1 cup Cayenne Pepper powder*
  • 1 cup Cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup Garlic (powder or minced)*
  • 1 cup Ginger Root powder
  • 1 cup Mustard seed powder
  • 1 cup Psyllium seed powder
  • 1 cup Rosemary leaf powder
  • 2 cups Sage leaf
  • 2 cups Thyme leaf
  • 2 cups Wormwood*


  • 2 cups Diatomaceous Earth —Note that diatomaceous earth makes the dewormer very dusty and hard on the lungs; it may be omitted and fed separately to promote palatability of this dewormer. (diatomaceous earth is very helpful in getting rid of external parasites as well)

Use Diatomaceous Earth in the wormer for pigs, birds, ground feeds, and dosage      balls.

*The most crucial ingredients marked with an asterisk.

Basically, use 1 cup of powdered herbs to each 2 cups of cut/chopped herbs. The exceptions to this are the cloves and the diatomaceous earth.


Mix all ingredients together and store in a glass jar. Keep in a cool, dark place.

Administer for 7 days, morning and evening, every 6-8 weeks and as needed. Do not add Wormwood or Black Walnut for pregnant animals; do not add Black Walnut at all for equines.

If Wormwood and Black Walnut have been left out of main batch:

Individual dosage of Wormwood is 1/4 tsp per 30# at same rate as dewormer (7 days, 2x per day, etc.)

Individual dosage of Black Walnut is 1/8 tsp per 30# at same rate as dewormer (7 days, 2x per day, etc.)

Worming Kids: Administer the three day dose starting at 3 weeks of age and repeating every 3-4 weeks until the kids/lambs/calves/etc, are 6 months of age, then then begin them on the 8 week cycle. If you see any diarrhea, immediately administer three days in a row. This also helps prevent coccidiosis.

Herbal dosage balls can make herbs more palatable to livestock. I use molasses because it can be bought in bulk very cheaply at Tractor Supply or Southern States.

Herbal Dosage Balls For Livestock:

Mix together:

  • 1/2 cup (8 Tablespoons) powdered or finely crushed herb
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) Slippery Elm Bark powder OR flour (this acts as a binding agent to hold the herb mixture together.)


  • 1/4 cup Molasses/Honey OR 1/2-2/3 cup Peanut Butter

With your fingers (or in a food processor), mix and kneed into a dough. Break into 12 even pieces, shape into balls and then roll the balls in a little bit of flour just to coat. Each ball equals a 2 Teaspoon dose. Offer an herbal dosage ball to the animal first, and he may eat it right out of your hand. If he won’t, shove it in his mouth. Often, the animal realizes the balls taste good and wants more. If he spits it out, just shove further back in the mouth next time. (For goat kids, or other smaller animals, I break the balls into smaller pieces to administer.)

**WARNING** The rear teeth of livestock are EXTREMELY sharp and can give a very nasty cut. Be super careful during force feeding dosage balls!!

A picture of herbal dosage balls can be found here: http://fiascofarm.com/herbs/herbimages/balls-1.jpg


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Homemade Herbal Animal Dewormer & Tonic — 33 Comments

  1. Can I use this formula right after an animal give birth? I have sheep, which I am new to and the only mentors I do have use traditional methods. They say to worm right after birth but with a chemical wormer of course which I do not want to do. Also I’m assuming the recipe with wormwood and black walnut would also be okay for lambs if you use it on kids.

    • Another question; you use anise seed powder I believe instead of fennel that I have seen in other recipes I was just wondering why or if it mattered which one? Thanks!

    • Yes, I use this wormer right after birth, with animals who are particularly prone to worm infestations it can be doubled. It’s perfectly fine for lambs.
      Fennel can be used as well, either one works well. I use anise because I use this mix for my LGD as well as my goat/sheep flock and my LGD likes anise better 🙂

    • All of the herbs help expel the worms in some way,
      Cloves are anthelmintic, coccidiostatic, and help firm up stool
      Anise makes it more palatable (especially for dogs) and is antiparasitic
      Black walnut hull powder is a strong anthelmintic
      Cayenne supplies vitamin C and expels worms with the capsaicin.
      Cinnamon is coccidiostatic and antidiarrheal
      Garlic is anthelmintic, antiparasitic, antibiotic, and antiviral
      Ginger is astringent, anthelmintic, antibiotic, antidiarrheal, and coccidiostat
      Mustard is antiparasitic and anthelmintic
      Psyllium expels worms by scrubbing the gi tract
      Rosemary is antiparasitic and anthelmintic
      Sage is anthelmintic
      Thyme is anthelmintic, antiviral, antibiotic
      Wormwood is a very strong anthelmintic

      By using a varied combination of anthelmintic (deworming) herbs, the herbal mix helps control a larger variety of internal parasites and support overall health.

  2. Hi! I noticed in your other herbal wormer post you used Red Raspberry instead of Rosemary? Just wondering about the switch…could one of them been a typo?? If not, which one would be better to use? Or could I use both? 😃 Thanks!

    • Red raspberry is a helpful pregnancy tonic for livestock. I initially included it to make the wormer multi-task, but now use it in a separate preg booster.
      Rosemary is just another anti-parasitic herb that helps expel worms.

  3. Aloha from Hawai’i. I would like to use your dewormer recipe, in fact I made a half batch today. Unfortunately I could only find the black walnut hulls and the wormwood in tincture form. How many drops per herb tincture should I give to my goat based on weight? Many thanks!

  4. Can this be used for my rabbits? What is the recipe for your pregnant booster? Can it be used for all pregnant livestock as well? Thank you.

    • Yes, it can be used for rabbits. Rabbit dose is 1/4 the goat dose.

      The pregnancy booster consists of 1 part peppermint, 1 part thyme, 1 part chamomile, and 6 parts red raspberry leaf. The goat dose is 3 tbsp per day, so the rabbit dose would be 3/4 tbsp per day.

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