Facts about Cow Dung
In folk medicine, cow dung was used as a remedy or for disinfection in Europe and is still used in many countries. It contains a penicillin-like substance that has a disinfecting effect and reduces pathogenic bacteria. As scientists have discovered, cow dung contains Vacca bacteria that restore the balance of the immune system and stimulate the production of serotonin ("happiness hormone"). Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Agnihotra can uplift your spirit and be an effective remedy in cases of depression. In folk medicine cow dung was mainly used for abdominal or intestine problems and respiratory diseases.
Vedic scriptures describe another highly interesting feature of cow dung: the reduction of radioactive radiation! After the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, a group of scientists in Yugoslavia investigated the effects of Agnihotra on radioactive radiation. When the normal levels were exceeded almost 100 times, they found in radiesthetic tests that the radioactivity in the immediate environment was completely neutralized for some time by means of Agnihotra.
Which cow dung is suitable?
You can use the manure of all cattle breeds, including very old breeds and bisons.
The cows should not get silage fodder (after winter silage feeding wait about two weeks). If you want to make it perfect, make sure that the cows have horns. Naturally hornless breeds, such as the Galloways, are also suitable.
In our experience, it is best to take the dung of female, adult cattle, because the dung of bulls often smells unpleasantly.
How to get dry cow dung?
There are several possibilities of getting dry cow dung:
Gathering dry cow dung
The easiest way is to go to rural areas with dairy farming during summertime. On abandoned cow pastures you can collect cow dung already dried by the weather. (Please ask the owner first, because cow dung is also a valuable fertilizer.) A complete drying can be recognized by the fact that the cow dung either has no scent or there is a fragrance of fresh herbs, and the pieces of cow dung are easy to break. Rid the collected dung of small stones and other impurities. To use it for the fire ceremonies cut or break the cow dung into suitable pieces.
Drying of fresh cow manure
At Homa-Hof we dry large quantities of cow manure. It is collected fresh from the pastures by means of a bucket and a ladle. An fine net is laid on a solid wire mesh, which was stretched on a sturdy wooden frame. Then we spread the fresh cow manure with a trowel to a thickness of 5 to 10 mm and scrape the desired piece size with the help of a spatula. In dry, warm weather conditions, the top layer may dry within one day. Then the fine net is turned over together with cow manure, and the net is removed.
In dry, warm weather conditions a few days are necessary for drying.
The finished dried manure can easily be broken into pieces and has a pleasant odour. In a dry place it can be kept for years.
Cow dung is dried in larger quantities at the Homa-Hof from May to September. You are welcome to watch or help with it, while learing more worth knowing. What we do not use ourselves is offered for sale in our shop.
For some time now, we have been spreading cow dung with a self-made applicator. Large quantities of fresh manure can be distributed evenly onto the wooden lattice frames within a short time.