Guest Blogger: Shann Nix Jones
I started out as a San Francisco radio talk show host and city girl who couldn’t boil an egg. At the age of 41, I met and fell in love with Rich Jones, a Welsh farmer, and moved onto his self-sustaining family farm by the sea.
My little boy Benji was suffering from asthma, eczema and recurrent bronchial infections. Antibiotics seemed to just make his condition worse, and I didn’t know what to do. Rich knew from his Welsh folk tradition that goats milk is known to be good for breathing difficulties and skin conditions, so we bought our first goat.
Soon we had too much goats milk left over! So I learned to make a powerful Eastern European goats milk probiotic called kefir. I also learned to put this kefir into handmade soaps and lotions.
Natural eczema treatment
Amazingly, a combination of drinking kefir and applying the kefir soaps and kefir lotions to Benji’s skin completely cleared his eczema. We now call this “the Good Skin Solution,” and it looks like this:
Before long, other mums on the school run began asking for our kefir soaps and kefir lotions for their own children with eczema. We launched our little online business, Chuckling Goat in 2011.
MRSA infection treatment
Things were going well until disaster struck – my husband Rich went into hospital with a severe bout of colitis, and came back with a life-threatening MRSA infection. Doctors told us that they could not help us, as the superbug was resistant to all antibiotics.
Back to the drawing board! Determined not to lose the love of my life, I got out the biggest pot in my farmhouse kitchen, and began mixing the essential oils I used to scent my soaps. I came up with a combination that we now CG Oil.
Using this unique combination, plus our own homemade kefir, I was able to clear Rich’s MRSA within 2 weeks! Today he is happy, healthy and back on his tractor.
Safe and effective
The Innovation Sector of the Welsh Assembly government became interested in our astonishing natural health solutions, and partnered us with Aberystwyth University for further testing and development. Our kefir has now had extensive testing and genetic straining performed on it by the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth, which has found it both safe and effective.
My diaries of my fight to save my husband’s life were turned into a #1 Amazon best selling book, titled Secrets from Chuckling Goat: How a Herd of Goats Saved My Family and Started a Business that Became a Natural Health Phenomenon.
Today we now have 70 goats and 12 employees. And our little business, born on the farmhouse kitchen table, has seen a growth in 1,113% growth in sales over the past twelve months.
But we still make everything right here on the farm, in small batches, by hand. Our products are still all-natural, free of any dyes, perfumes, parabens, petrochemicals or phthalates. Our goats still all have names and not numbers, because they are part of our family.
On the farm we grow the hay, feed the goats, milk the goats, make the kefir, make the skincare products, pack them up, ship them out and talk to the customers. It’s an entirely end-to- end process – and that’s the way we like it. It means that we can maintain our immaculate standards, for our animals, people and products, and never have to compromise. We do no paid advertising, and we do not sell through outside retailers. Our products are available exclusively from our website, www.chucklinggoat.co.uk, or from our farm on Fridays. There is generally a waiting list for our products.
What have I learned through my adventures on the farm?
Chemicals like antibiotics and steroids often do more harm than good. Turns out that nature had the answers, all along!
We have open days on the last Friday of every month, when you can come and meet the goats, and see where we make the kefir, soap and skin cream. Hope to see you on the farm!
For more information on the science behind natural healing for eczema, hay fever, food allergies and asthma, check out Shann’s blog.
Chuckling Goat kefir, kefir soaps and kefir lotions for pets and people are available exclusively at Chuckling Goat. Check out our goat pictures and real-life farm adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.