Flower Essences

April 11, 2015


Flower Essences are a safe and effective therapy for all animals, at any time and all stages of life.

Flower essences are generally prepared from a sun infusion of either wildflowers or pristine garden blossoms in a bowl of water, which is further diluted and potentized, and preserved with brandy. Quality preparation requires careful attention to the purity of the environment, the vibrancy and potency of the blossoms, celestial and meteorological conditions, and sensitive study of the physical and energetic properties of the plant through its cycles of growth.


Flower essences do not work because of the chemical composition of the liquid, neither do they contain any actual physical part of the plants or minerals from which they are made.  They work because of the life forces derived from the plant and contained within the water-based matrix. Like homeopathic remedies, flower essences are vibrational in nature. They are highly dilute from a physical point of view, but have subtle power as potentized substances, embodying the specific energetic patterns of each flower. They are unflavored and unscented Their impact does not derive from any direct bio-chemical interaction within the physiology of the body. Rather, flower essences work through the various energy fields, which in turn influence mental, emotional, and physical well-being.


Flower essences are not cures.  Flower essences are not directly used for physical complaints, but as a tool to enhance healing on a spiritual, mental, emotional and physical level. These states of mind or moods not only hinder recovery of health and retard convalescence, but are generally accepted as primary causes of emotional imbalances and are the basis of many physical health problems.

Because flower essences are not drugs, and have no biochemical effect on the body, as pharmaceutical drugs do, you can not overdose on them, or take the ‘wrong’ one. No "wrong" choices can be made in selecting essences. However, there may be one or more essences which would be the most helpful in the moment. Flower essences are not contraindicated with any other form of health care.  They will not interfere with pharmaceuticals, herbs or homeopathy.  They are safe for elderly animals, newborns and pregnant animals. 


The essences are entirely positive and cannot under any circumstances cause the negative state to appear


Where things are getting worse in spite of the remedies this may mean one of two things. Either the remedies have not yet had time to work (two or more months or even years of regular dosage may be needed to deal with deep-rooted problems) or the selection was wrong. 


Interpretation of some flower essences specifically for use with animals:


Animal Rescue

A special combination remedy, developed over ten years of research, to help with many forms of animal rehabilitation (AL)



Mental and emotional aftermath of shock, accident, trauma, surgery or illness (FES)



For animals that are very fearful, for no apparent reason, and are very sensitive to anxiety and apprehension. They may tremble with fear and anxiety without any obvious causation. (Bach)


Bleeding Heart

For grieving animals that have suffered a loss of either another animal or person. It also helps animals who have never recovered from a loss or grief that happened in the past. (FES)



For animals that are overly submissive and eager to please, tending to be bullied by other animals. For animals that grovel and urinate from submissive behavior when petted. (Bach)



This is a calming remedy that helps fractious and irritable animals. It is especially useful if they are teething and also helps the animal that tends to have terrible temper tantrums. (FES)


Cherry Plum

For animals that cannot control their behavior, such as aggression and biting, and tend to have violent impulses towards other animals and people, and even be dangerous. (Bach)


Chestnut Bud

Failure to learn from lessons; repeated cycles of errors despite having been trained otherwise (Bach)



For the overly possessive and maternal animal that wants attention all the time and is also jealous of other animals or people who might compete with them for affection. (Bach)



To encourage inter-species communication for better bonding, training etc (FES)


Cow Parsnip

Helping to adapt to new surroundings (AL)



Crab Apple

For cleansing the body and getting rid of toxins. This remedy acts more on the physical body than any of the other essences and is good for any situation where cleansing is required. (Bach)


Dagger Hakea

Resentful, bearing grudges, bitter and smouldering! (AUST)



Upset linked to change, travel or break in routine (FES)


Dog Rose

Everyday fears and lack of confidence (AUST)


Fringed Violet

Shock, trauma and their after-effects in the short or long term (AUST)



For animals that are easily discouraged and give up easily and are easily set back. For example in training programs they will give up if they make even a small mistake. (Bach)



Loss of vitality and the will to live; depression and despair (Bach)


Grey Spider Flower

States of acute fear and terror in animals (AUST)



For animals that hate to be left alone, and suffer from separation anxiety. These animals tend to be very vocal, and may whine and cry a lot if they have to be left alone. (Bach)



Aggressive behaviour, rage, jealousy, biting and fighting (Bach)



Pining for the past, loss of interest in the present (Bach)



For the impatient, fast moving, hyperactive animal that never seems to slow down. These animals can be snappy and irritable and they tend to rush ahead, or pull on the leash. (Bach)



Controlling, domineering and ruthless! (AUST)


Kangaroo Paw

Impulsive, clumsy, unthinking behaviour (AUST)



For animals that lack self confidence and tend to be timid and shy, can help animals that need to perform in the show ring but dont have the confidence to show themselves well. (Bach)


Little Flannel Flower

Repression of ‘the child within’ leading to overly serious behaviour (loss of puppyhood through abuse or trauma) (AUST)



Mariposa Lily

Animals that are insufficiently bonded to their young, to help introduce a puppy to a surrogate mother (FES)



This remedy is for animals that are scared of known things, such as thunderstorms, other animals or people. It helps them to overcome their fears and be timid and scared of the world. (Bach)


Mountain Devil

Chronic hostility and angry disposition (AUST)


Old Man Banksia

Sluggishness, lack of energy and drive, apathy (AUST)



For animals that are exhausted and drained by a long strain or a difficult illness, such as a chronic disease. This will help them handle the ordeal better and become stronger again. (Bach)



For owners who feel guilty about ignoring their dogs during the week, or during training (Bach)


Pink Yarrow

Helps protect animals from negative emotional energy, such as during a divorce, or stressful family situation, or when another animal or person is sick or draining their energy reserves.


Quaking Grass

Helps a group of animals re-adjust after a change, such as a new addition to the pack (FES)


Red Clover

Problems with animal hysteria e.g. hysterical fear attending the vets


Red Helmet Orchid

Rebellious, hot headed, fiery disposition – used to cool tempers (AUST)


Rescue Remedy

The single most useful flower remedy combination, helps with any kind of stress or trauma, such as accidents, birthing, illness, stress, and it even helps recovery after a seizure. (Bach)


Rock Rose

This is useful for animals that are very scared and prone to panic attacks, for no known reason. They become totally rigid with fear and tend to be very highly strung and nervous. (Bach)



Rebelliousness, resistance to authority (FES)



Vacillating, swinging moods; animals that seem unsettled and keep shifting from place to place (Bach)


Self Heal

This is a wonderful remedy either alone or in combination. It helps healing by stimulating the innate healing reserves of the body and is useful in any illness to bring about healing. (FES)


Snap Dragon

Aggression with tendency to bite (FES)



Fear, particularly fear of other animals (AL)


Soul Support

Emergency, trauma, accident, nervous shock (AL)


Southern Cross

Bitter, self-pitying, ‘victim’ mentality (AUST)


Special Yarrow Formula

The Special Yarrow formula helps protect animals and people from negative external influences such as environmental pollution, toxins, electromagnetic energy and other factors. (FES)


Star of Bethlehem

For animals that have suffered any kind of trauma, emotional or physical, such as an accident or abuse. It will help them to recover from this shock, however long ago it took place. (Bach)


Tiger Lily

This remedy helps with aggression and animals that tend to bite and snap. It helps them release aggression and be less hostile, and opens them up to learning to co-operate with others. (FES)


Tundra Twyblade

After-effects of shock, trauma and abuse in animals (AL)



This is good for the very enthusiastic animal that is over bearing and highly strung. It helps calm hyperactivity and restlessness and suits the animal that wears people out by their excess energy. (Bach)



This remedy helps with the dominant animal who wants to be the boss of all the other animals and people. They are bullies to the other animals around them and hate to be disciplined. (Bach)



This is an extremely useful remedy for any time of transition, such as moving house, becoming pregnant, adjusting to new animals or family members, or going to a new situation. (Bach)


Water Violet

This remedy tends to suit cats that are unusually introverted and detached, and it helps open them up to be more friendly and outgoing and less aloof and emotionally distant. (Bach)


Wild Oat

Helps the restless animal that never seems to know what they want or to settle down into anything, it helps them to focus their energies and be less scattered in their approach to life. (Bach)


Wild Rose

Loss of interest in life, emotional ‘shutdown’, listlessness and apathy, often following period of abuse or abnormal stress (Bach)



This remedy helps with resentment and bitterness and often helps cats that urinate everywhere, due to a change in the household, such as the arrival of another animal or a baby. (Bach)

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