Minor wounds, hot spots (Acute Moist Dermatitis), or other sores can be maddening to heal. Dogs, cats and other pets often lick the area excessively or aggravating factors such as allergies can turn it into a constant battle. A natural alternative to steroids, antibiotics and other medication is commonly sought, but finding a well-researched home remedy can be challenging.
Our readers have mentioned using Calcium Montmorillonite Clay numerous times as a successful treatment of hot spots and other wounds, especially in dogs. Science backs up these claims with Montmorillonite Clay’s proven antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-itching and wound-drying properties. It can also help treat possible causes behind hot spots or other sores internally by taming allergies, purifying, detoxifying, balancing pH, and promoting optimal function of the immune system and organs. A dash of clay in the water bowl makes internal support easy and effective. Animals of all kinds instinctively seek out healing clay in the wild for good reason.
Since so many have experienced success with a traditional clay poultice, we’ve taken it a step further by formulating an ointment that boosts the healing power and offers a broader spectrum of treatment.
Montmorillonite Clay Ointment with Essential Oils
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1/2 c water or steeped Green Tea
1/4 c edible-grade, certified pure calcium montmorillonite clay
5 drops Aloe Vera “juice”
1 TBSP extra virgin coconut oil
Optional: For serious infections in dogs, you may wish to include a couple of drops of Lavendar (Lavendula angustifolia), Helichrysum italicum, Ravensare aromatica, Salvia officinalis, and/or Cistus ladaniferus.
Mix well. Apply to cleaned wound daily or as required, gently spraying off old clay between applications (don’t rub). You may spread the ointment paste onto gauze for secure application, but be sure to allow airflow and change the bandage daily or when it appears wet. Store in a dark, airtight container in a cool location.
It’s important to use certified Montmorillonite (Bentonite / Smectite) Clay and high quality essential oils from a reputable source to avoid impurities that may make the condition worse, or at the very least be ineffective. High quality essential oils are available at Starwest Botanicals.
Note of Caution: If you don’t know the cause of your pet’s sores, please visit a veterinarian for diagnosis. Do not combine natural remedies with prescribed medication without first clearing it with your veterinarian.
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Engel, Cindy. Wild Health: Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom. Houghton Mifflin. 2003.
Bell, Kristen Leigh. Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils & Hydrosols with Animals. 2002.
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