by: Josie Noecker, Pet Foods Buyer
Flower essences are known to be a positive and natural way to help alleviate mental and emotional issues for humans, but did you know they can be a valuable asset to your animals as well? Flower essences can assist with many of your pets emotional and mental needs.
There are many ways in which you can administer flower essences: orally, through their food, drink, or massaging it into their paw pads or ears. One can also make a spray of several essences combined, or you can make your own flower essence mix in a dropper bottle.
It is said that the best way for essences to work to give them orally, but they can work with the other methods. You may find yourself misting your animal or the animal’s space several times a day. With cats you might find it easier to put 3-4 drops in moist food a couple times a day. If you put drops in water, you will have to do this several times a day as the properties of the essence will eventually evaporate. There is also the massage aspect of administering essences: the ears and paw pads of any animal are the optimal areas in which to massage the essence in. Besides the flower essence in general, gentle massage is beneficial for your animal companion. You can turn it into a special ritual between you and your pet. This also will help deepen the bond between you and your animal.
Try one method at a time until you find what you and your animal companion are comfortable with since there isn’t a wrong way to work with flower essences.
In this day and age we are all looking for better ways to improve our health and the health of our animals with minimally invasive therapies. Flower essences are simply made of a flower, spring water and a touch of brandy for preservation purposes. Many people know of the Bach flower essences, and Rescue Remedy is known world-wide. Rescue Remedy is a combination of 5 flower essences: Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum. You can use regular Rescue Remedy for your pets, but if you want an alcohol-free version, you can special order the Rescue Remedy for pets through our Wellness Department.
One product I recommend is the Flourish Animal Rescue Formula. Originally in a spray bottle you will now find it in a dropper bottle. This essence is a great, all-purpose formula made to help animals with any form of stress. Stress from other animals, abuse, vet visits, and more. It’s combined of 12 essences, one of which is the Five-Flower Formula. The Five Flower Formula is the FES company’s version of Bach’s Rescue Remedy. So if you do not own either one for your personal use, this essence spray already has a rescue remedy mixed in to aid with stress.
We have many essences from the FES company here at the Co-op and this is a great way to educate yourself on the different uses for each essence. With the essences we have, you can purchase what will address your animal’s issues and make your own essence. All you need is a dark colored, glass dropper or spray bottle. Spring water and a teaspoon of brandy to preserve your mix. If you choose to not preserve the essence with brandy, I have read that teaspoon of apple cider vinegar can work also. General rule of thumb is you can add up to 7 essences for one mix, but it is fine to have less; just put two drops of the needed essences into your mixing bottle. Less is more; flower essences work best over time and you must dose them regularly several times a day. I’ve read several times that one shouldn’t expect immediate results, but over the course of a month you should see improvement.
For those who are open to animal communication, this would provide you a perfect opportunity to act as a partner with your animal and find out what they need and want. Ask them which essences they would like mixed together and how often you should administer and in which way. Evaluate the situation and look for the essences that would address the root cause of any sort of issue your animal is having. Perhaps your animal is inappropriately urinating around the house. Perhaps another animal is coming around and your pet is stressed out, or you are gone for long periods of time and it is happening due to separation anxiety. Remedies that would help calm your animal and also alleviate stress would be the route to go. Chamomile helps with emotional calm, Dandelion relieves tension, and Buttercup helps with self-esteem. These are just a few ideas of what might work for particular issues.
Flower essences are, all in all, a way to help assist the mental and emotional well-being of your animal. There is no wrong way to work with flower essences; all you need is time, patience, and consistency. Here’s to healthy and happy pets!