“The state of our emotions are a crucially overlooked factor in the treatment of disease”
Edward Bach 1930
Flower essences help to heal negative emotions to improve our physical health
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; this vibrational energy works on the sub molecular life-force or ‘chi’ as it is sometimes known. When everything is working in unison, at the right ‘pitch’, we are physically, emotionally and mentally healthy; any imbalance can be a cause of illness
I know, sounds a bit woo-woo; and I have found them to be super effective with both dogs and myself.
It is important however to state that 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.
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
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 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.
Practical Directions for Administering Flower Essences
Flower essences are most commonly taken orally from a dropper bottle
directly under the tongue, or in a bit of water.
In addition to oral use, flower essences can be quite effective when absorbed through the skin in baths or topical applications. In dogs, you can put it in their bowl water if they are a drinker, or put the drops directly onto a small piece of bread. It is best to avoid drops directly in their mouths, as the droppers are often made of glass.
There are several levels of dilution in the preparation of flower essences. The mother essence is derived from fresh blossoms in a bowl of water, infused with the morning sun (or heated by fire, in the case of some of the English essences). The mother essence is generally preserved with brandy. This infusion is then further diluted to the stock level, and sometimes again to a dosage level. Generally it is the stock level of dilution which is available commercially from flower essence companies, although there are some premixed combinations sold at the dosage level of dilution.
Other options for using the essences:
Using a glass spray bottle or mister: add two to four drops of flower essences from the stock bottle of each essence selected, rhythmically shake or lightly tap the bottle in order to keep the essences in a more potent or energized state. Rather than taking the drops internally, spray the mixture around the body and in the environment.
Use in baths: About 20 drops of stock of each essence to a normal-sized bath tub of warm water. Stir the water in a lemniscatory (figure-eight) motion for at least one minute to help potentize the remedies in the water. Soak in this solution, pat the skin gently dry, and then rest quietly or go to sleep to continue to absorb the subtle qualities of the essences.
Topical use: Add 6-10 drops of stock of each essence selected per 30 gm (1 oz) of creme, oil, or lotion. Use on a daily basis either exclusively, or to supplement oral use. Essence drops can also be applied directly on the body in conjunction with massage, acupressure or acupuncture, or chiropractic treatments.
Timing of dosage
Regular, rhythmic use of the flower remedies builds the strength of their catalytic action. Therefore, potency is increased not by taking more drops at one time, but by using them on a frequent, consistent basis.
Although flower essences can be used on a short-term basis for acute situations, their ideal use is therefore for long-term or deep-seated mental-emotional change. For particularly deep changes, remedies may need to be taken for a period of months. However, in most cases changes will be noticed in about one month.
The essences should be taken four times daily, although this may need to be increased in emergency or acute situations to once every hour, or even more often.
The essences address the relationship between the body and soul, and therefore are most effective at the thresholds of awakening and retiring. Other transition times of the day are also important, such as just before the noon or evening meals.
What Results to Expect
There is a full spectrum of responses to the flower remedies.
Some people report immediate, discernible, and very dramatic results. Others appear to notice no differences at all, and may only slightly perceive shifts in well-being and in mental-emotional states after a very long period of time. Most people typically respond to the essences somewhere in the middle of this range. This is also what we have observed with the use in dogs.
Specific Remedies and how they can help your dog
One of the most well known flower essences is Bach's Rescue Remedy. This is actually a mix of 5 different flower essences, and this combination helps with any kind of stress or trauma, such as accidents, birthing, illness, stress, and it even helps recovery after a seizure.
There are many producers of Essences, however the most commercially available include Bach remedies (B); Australian Bush (AUST), Californian Flower Essence Society (FES) and Alaskan (AL) remedies
Some examples of what behaviours can be helped with flower essences:
When a previous experience may affect behaviour:
Star of Bethlehem (B): old trauma not dealt with
Tundra Twyblade (AU)/ Fringed Violet: shock of trauma or abuse
Mimulus (B): low level, everyday fear, generally anxious
Cherry Plum (B): when pain or cruelty is still fresh in the mind
Rock Rose (B)/Grey Spider Flower (AU): extreme fear, terror and panic
Honeysuckle (B): Down in the Dumps; soulful whining, pining for owner
Gorse (B): truly despairing; death of owner or pet partner
Dill (FES): Overwhelmed/confused
Scleranthus (B): motion sickness**
Soapberry (AL): Attacked by other dogs
Red Clover (FES): fear of Vets
Olive (B): 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.
Unknown fear – Rescue Remedy/Soul support
** this flower remedy can be used to immediately stop a physical complaint
Watch out for fear transference!!!! Is it actually you that displays fear and your dog is simply picking up on this?
Aggression – remedies should always be combined with training and routine
Vine (B)/Isopogon (AU): Relaxes outright tyrannical behaviour
Dagger Hakea (AU)/Willow (B): Resentment over your authority (‘extinction burst’ – things could get worse before better)
Saguaro (FES): Trying to exert authority as a result of adolescence maturing
Holly (B) jealousy in a pack; Tiger Lilly (B); Snapdragon (FES) & Mountain Devil (AU)
If hostility arises for no apparent reason, this could be as a result of illness – contact your Vet immediately
Ideal remedies to have to hand for rescue or new dogs
Cow Parsnip (AL): Helping to adapt to new surroundings
Quaking Grass (FES): when introducing new people, other dogs, new environment (for all in the situation)
Holly (B): deals with any jealousy; new babies/puppies being brought into house
Southern Cross (AU): ‘victim’ mentality
Vervain (B): over enthusiastic e.g. lead pulling/biting
Another common issue is Separation Anxiety – again this must be combined with training and exercise
Heather (B): These animals tend to be very vocal, and may whine and cry a lot if they have to be left alone
Honeysuckle (B): Down in the Dumps; soulful whining, pining for owner
Gorse (B): truly despairing
Bleeding Heart (FES): moping, waits on owners every move, bored – combine with exercise and training
Chicory (B) more active seperation anxiety symptoms – MUST combine with routines/training
Willow (B)/DH/Vine (B) – more resentment based
Details by flower essence:
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)
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)
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)
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)
Helping to adapt to new surroundings (AL)
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)
Resentful, bearing grudges, bitter and smouldering! (AUST)
Upset linked to change, travel or break in routine (FES)
Everyday fears and lack of confidence (AUST)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
Helps a group of animals re-adjust after a change, such as a new addition to the pack (FES)
Problems with animal hysteria e.g. hysterical fear attending the vets
Red Helmet Orchid
Rebellious, hot headed, fiery disposition – used to cool tempers (AUST)
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)
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)
Aggression with tendency to bite (FES)
Fear, particularly fear of other animals (AL)
Emergency, trauma, accident, nervous shock (AL)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 t
he arrival of another animal or a baby. (Bach)