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How to Treat a Hot Spot Naturally

July 21, 2016 March 23, 201716 Comments

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Hot spots, also known as "summer sores" are skin irritations of the most annoying sort that can plague your sweet pooch, cat or horse. There can be many causes but most consistent in all cases is bacteria. I've safely treated my own dog's hot spots naturally for years with this simple essential oil blend partnered with a skin loving oil. Hot spots begin when your pet scratches or licks herself obsessively and chances are good that she's on her way to creating a wet scab on furry skin. Just like humans, any break in the skin no matter how minor can become a source of infection especially in moist locales from playing in the water etc. This is a hot spot, a bacterial infection, a summer woe. From personal experience, should you consult your vet you'll most likely be prescribed a synthetic anti-bacterial cream and quite possibly antibiotics plus an office visit fee. With an inexpensive blend of therapeutic essential oils and an organic, skin loving carrier oil you can provide your uncomfortable pet relief fast and provide superior healing long term. It's easy, safe and affordable! dog-hot-spot All Purpose Healing Salve or Essential Oil Blend is my signature healing blend - it's an absolute work horse when it comes to antimicrobial applications. Both serve equal purpose and can be customized to your needs. The EO Blend can be made into a spray bottle application which I can tell you from personal experience when dealing with a squirmy 100 lb Newfoundland, a quick spray of All Purpose diluted with a skin loving carrier oil is a convenient application. A spray bottle protocol is really nice for sensitive to touch situation. All Purpose Healing Salve is emollient and spill proof and pre-diluted! This blend contains the following therapeutic essential oils: Lavender - Lethal to skin pathogenic strains (dermatophytes, candida/thrush), important oil for immunocompromised such as chemo, transplant or AIDS patients, boosts immunity, calming agent, analgesic, effective for lice. Melaleuca - Cure-all reputation, effective for dangerous microbial infections, capable of rupturing casing/cyst that protects virus from antibiotics, promotes absorption of nutrients, inhibits fungal growth, faster healing. LemonLemon is a great alternative for people sensitive to strong aromas like Melaleuca standing on it’s own merit as an anti-fungal. Lemon essential oil is a gentle detoxifier, germicide, and astringent. If you'll apply All Purpose Healing EO Blend in a carrier oil or the Salve topically and directly on hot spot 2x daily, you'll soon have a very happy companion!  I can say this with conviction because it's our farm/ranch go to for pets and, their humans. Also, and I think you'll love this, this pure blend of essential oils diluted with a carrier oil or blended in my salve is lickable but far from tasty. I've yet to need a "cone of shame" to keep my Newfie from licking her wounds and this includes surgical incisions. Remember, pure essential oils are absorbed into the skin rapidly, almost no essential oil residue will be left to lick but your pure carrier salve or oil will remain on the skin so please make sure that whatever carrier base you use is pure enough to ingest. If you have cats and are concerned about using this essential oil blend, please take a minute to read this article by Robert Tisserand about essential oil safety for cats.
    What can you do with this blend or salve you ask? Sanitize and moisturize. Keep your heels velvety soft this summer by applying All Purpose Healing Salve every night. It also makes a GREAT diaper rash salve. Soothes dry itching skin that may be allergy related. Super for sunburned noses of the canine persuasion!  Word to the wise, because this salve has Lemon in it your skin will be vulnerable to sunburn if you go out in the sun after applying, wait 8 hrs to be safe. Wound care to protect against superbugs. Pure essential oils are very sophisticated in preventing antibiotic resistance over synthetic antibiotics because of their almost 500 chemical constituents vs synthetic antibiotic's 7 or 8.  Additionally, because every growing year is different due to weather, drought, pests, stress or too much water the chemical constituents of essential oils will adjust as a result.  Mother Nature can outsmart a lab any day of the week. Don't miss out on the benefits this simple, highly effective healing blend brings to any home, farm or ranch. As I mentioned above, it's a workhorse, truly all purpose for animals and human alike. shop-ad

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    May 10, 2017 at 11:52am

    All Purpose Healing Salve dabbed on the inflamed bites would help calm the inflammation and help protect against a bacterial infection.


    May 10, 2017 at 11:52am

    Are there oils to help with fleas? Mine get flea bites and really inflamed. Hate to use the harsh chemicals on her.

    Debora Cadene

    May 10, 2017 at 11:52am

    I love the information you share with us. Thank you!! One of my dawgs has a sore on her neck under her jaw, and I’ve been putting the APS on it and as always, got good results. That stuff is such a work horse. Last year she had raced through a bit of hi grass while we were out for a hike, and there was an undetected section of barbed wire still there. She ended up getting a one inch cut on her front lower leg. I used the APS and kept it wrapped with clean bandages and that thing zipped up like nobody’s business. We use it daily for something or other on ourselves or our critters. My husband, who can be somewhat skeptical of the oils, asks for it regularly.


    May 10, 2017 at 11:52am

    If you do your own research you’ll find that yes, Melaleuca can be toxic to animals used FULL STRENGTH but it can also be an effective healer when used carefully ie: strong dilution and, in moderation. I believe people need to know this and make their own choice as their pet’s number one advocate. I also believe this EO can be far safer (diluted) than some of the prescriptions recommended by vets.

    “Tea tree oil, or Australian tree tea oil, has become a popular alternative treatment for many skin conditions affecting humans. Its popularity has resulted in some veterinary skin care products that contain small amounts of tea tree oil. In small concentrations (.1% to 1%), tea tree oil is tolerated and safe for cats and dogs.”


    May 10, 2017 at 11:52am

    Melaeuca oil is also known as tea tree oil. It is poisonous to dogs. Do you have another oil you suggest to add in its place? And maybe do some homework about it first. I’m surprised you have that in there, I’ve followed you for years and you know a LOT about oils. I follow both your sisters too. Yall are great but I love my dog too much to risk it.

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