Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. The statements in this post are meant for educational and entertainment purposes only.
If you follow along on The Prairie Homestead Facebook page, then you probably know that we lost one of our dogs in the early part of December due to accidental antifreeze poisoning.
We had no intention of getting another dog so soon, but we heard of a young female South African Boerboel (Mastiff) that needed a new home.
“Rue” is a great dog. She’s only about 8 months old and still has a lot of puppy in her, so we are working to teach her about homestead life (don’t chase horses, don’t chase chickens…) She’s coming along well, but occasionally she can be aggressive towards certain other dogs.
The week after Christmas, she started a fight with our Blue Heeler, so hubby stepped in to break it up. In the confusion, she accidentally bit his hand. (Yes, we are 100% positive it was an accident. If we even had the slightest idea that she did it on purpose, she would be gone in an instant.)
Thankfully, she only got him with one canine tooth, but it was pretty deep. I don’t have a lot of experience with dog bites, but I knew I wanted to avoid a trip to the emergency room if at all possible, so we decided to go the natural route. (She has been vaccinated for rabies, so we knew that wasn’t an issue.)
And the results of our natural treatment? Absolutely astounding!
The bite wound has healed incredibly well- no redness, no swelling, no bruising, no infection.
And the best part? We didn’t use a single “modern” antibiotic– no ointments or prescriptions. (Why do we avoid antibiotics? This link explains one reason.) Here is how we did it:
How We Treated a Dog Bite with Essential Oils
First off, I brought hubby into the house and we cleaned the wound thoroughly. He held it under running water for several minutes to help flush it, and then we poured hydrogen peroxide on it several times.
Initially, I wasn’t quite sure what essential oils to use and I didn’t have time to research, so I went with my gut.
I grabbed melaleuca for it’s cleansing/antibacterial properties, clove to help numb the pain (he said it hurt- a LOT), and lavender to soothe.
I applied one drop of each directly to the bite, and then we bandaged it to keep it clean.
Unfortunately, this was also the day we were set to slaughter our hogs, so he stuck his glove back on and went outside… (It’s not a whole lot of fun to skin a hog with a bum hand… just FYI.)
After doing a little more reading later that day, I decided to switch to using a cleansing blend (ours contains lemon, melaleuca, cilantro, and other oils) and Frankincense.
I had him come back inside several times that day so I could remove the bandage, and repeat the oil application. (One drop each of the cleansing blend and Frankincense.)
The only other thing I did was to have him soak his hand in warm Epsom salt water that evening. I had read Epsom salts can help to clean the wound and draw out any infection, so I figured it would be a good added precaution.
We repeated the oil/bandaging protocol for the next several days. The wound never got swollen, or red, or nasty… I liked my essential oils before, but I really, really LOVE them now.
A Few Notes:
- If you are using essential oils for any sort of medicinal/first-aid purposes, make sure you are only using a high-quality oil. I personally use doTERRA oils, and am pleased-as-punch with them.
- I think a huge part of our success was that we start using the oils immediately and continued to apply them frequently.
- I will always have hydrogen peroxide and Epsom salts in my first aid kit from now on!
- Please use common sense and caution when dealing with animal bites and other wounds. There is a time and place for medical intervention. You will have to make that call.
Interested in learning more about doTERRA essential oils?
Visit this page for more info, as well as a big list of all the ways I use my oils around the homestead.
Have you ever used essential oils in first-aid applications? What did you use?
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This post is not to be taken as medical advice. Please exercise extreme caution when dealing with wounds.