I was fortunate enough to, again, be a part of the wonderful blog at The Herbal Academy of New England. They are such a remarkable group of people, and I am both honored and humbled to be able to contribute.
I shared our recipe for a healing clay that we use on all of our animal (& us occasionally). I hope you will check it out, as well as, all of the amazing posts by such inspiring men & women here. May this clay offer up a bit of its healing power for your animals.
Healing Clay For Animals
Makes approximately 1 lb. of product
4.8 ounces bentonite clay 4.8 ounces apple cider vinegar 3.2 ounces witch hazel 1.3 ounces rolled oats ¼ ounce dried peppermint leaf ¼ ounce dried basil leaf 1 mL – 1 ½ mL (20-30 drops) of essential oils (Calendula, lemon, rosemary, peppermint, and sweet basil)
Measure all dry ingredients and combine in glass** bowl.
Measure and combine all wet ingredients in separate glass** bowl.
Begin slowly incorporating wet ingredients into dry ingredients with a wooden** spoon or my favorite – your hands. Your mixture should be the consistency of peanut butter when fully incorporated.
Seal and store in dry, cool place.
When ready to use, scoop out (with damp hands) the desired amount. Apply to wound and let dry.* When applying the clay, make sure it comes into contact with the skin. Any hair has usually been removed in the animal’s scratching. However, if the area is concealed by hair, you may need to pull it back or trim slightly so that the clay can be applied directly to that area.
The clay can be reapplied as needed. This will depend on the animal’s ability and desire to rub it off. This desire will decrease as the areas begin to heal.
Results will vary with condition. I applied it to Cheyenne’s infected areas twice daily for two weeks. The skin’s redness reduced almost immediately (within 2 – 3 days). Of course, hair regrowth took much longer. If I notice her beginning to scratch the healing areas again, I repeat the process immediately. During a hot, muggy summer this can be a recurring issue. I’ve found if I stay on top of it, the condition is greatly reduced, and I can keep the areas from ever breaking open.
*As climates differ widely, you may need to add moisture to this Healing Clay For Animals as needed. To further the healing properties, I like to use diluted apple cider vinegar to bring clay to consistency. Add small amounts (½ tablespoon at a time) until the clay is at a consistency to make applying easily. You want to be able to easily wipe across wound without it peeling back or falling off.
**Do not use any metal utensils or vessels when mixing or storing this Healing Clay For Animals, as metal can affect the bentonite clay’s effectiveness.