Flower Essences For Our Dogs
by Dr Jeannie Thomason
Flower essences are liquid drops made from individual flower petals, whose vibrational energy (or essence) is transferred to water by a special process. The drops are then taken internally or applied topically. They are not drugs, vitamins or aromatherapy, they are specially prepared extracts of the flower of certain plants that work through energy fields to heal stress and disease from the inside on the vibrational level where energy actully precedes physical manifestations of health.
Flower Essence formulas are designed to harmonize, nourish and enhance healing; they are on the cutting edge of energetic healing. Supporting the emotional balance that underlies true health. Flower essences are useful in restoring harmony and vitality in systems thrown out of order by disease conditions, life changes, emotional events, stress, accidents, or surgeries. They nourish and energize the bodyâ€™s innate capacity to heal by facilitating ease and re-establishing balance.
Dr Edward Bach, a physician who gave up his busy practive to study and develop 38 different flower essences that still bear his name is considered the Father of Flower Essences. While the original flower remedies were developed for humans, over the years, they have been found to be very helpful with emotional, physical, and behavioral problems in animals.
Animals are particularly responsive to the many forms of subtle energy that surround them, so flower essences, with their gentle vibrations, are extraordinarily effective with animals.
Mental and emotional stress/upset usually has lasting physical effects on health. Since our pets have
an active mental and emotional life, they can also develop behavioral problems such as excessive barking, separation anxiety, abnormal fears, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and inter-animal conflicts. Since many physical dis-eases have their roots in emotional stress and have a deep energetic component, the energy in flower essences can be used to help resolve these imbalances and aid the animal’s recovery.
Some examples of stress related physical health conditions are: vomiting, diarrhea, asthma, urinary tract problems, conjunctivitis, etc. While there may also be underlying physical causes for these dis-eases, acute flare-ups are very brought about due to emotional stress. The use of flower essences will restore and aid the animalâ€™s energy balance, and can often help with the physical problems as well. All physical symptoms usually have an emotional component, and are very sucessfully helped with flower essences engery.
Since flower essences act energetically and actually not physically, they help animals to become more present and centered, to work through challenging situations or transitions, and to be more comfortable. Flower essences are safe and gentle even for newborn puppies and kittens, and can be safely taken with any foods or medications, as they cause no harmful side effects. They are an ideal and easily accessible health resource for use with our pets whether they be working or companion animals, pets in daycare, refuge, shelter or emergency situations. They cannot be overused or misused, and they are compatible with all other treatments, including drugs, surgery, and holistic treatments like herbs and homeopathy. Even if you give the wrong remedy, it will not have any negative effects, but simply no effect.
Flower essences are usually most effective when given in frequent small doses that reinforce the vibrational shifts and cellular communication that they offer.
How to Use Them With Your Animals
Place up to 4 drops of the flower essence on your palm or in a small amount of water to drink and offer it to the animal. Drops may also be placed on nose pads or ear leather. Do not allow the dropper to touch the skin or mouth. The usual dosage for flower essences is four drops four times a day.
While there are Flower Essences that aid in most every need, The Whole Dog recommends the following Flower Essences to keep on hand in every household with dogs:
Bach Rescue Remedy: recommended as an emergency remedy to help calm pets in all kinds of stressful situations. Can be used for an immediate calming effect in any stressful situation, or when your pet needs help overcoming a variety of emotional or behavioral problems, such as:
â€¢ Visits to the vet
â€¢ Fear of loud noises (fireworks, thunderstorms, etc)
â€¢ Shock, trauma or mistreatment
â€¢ Adapting to loss of companion
â€¢ Separation anxiety
â€¢ Adapting to new surroundings (home, kennel, stable, etc.)
â€¢ Obsessive cleanliness or overgrooming, etc.
Pet Essences Travel Flower Essences: Use for a trip across the country or around the corner to the vet. Helps with fears and motion sickness.
Pet Essences Training / Breaking Habits Flower Essences: Use to improve communication between animal and trainer, improve attention, memory, and confidence
Pet Essences Immune System Booster Flower Essences: A combination of flower essences designed to balance the emotional attitudes that present a physical state of disease that could benefit from an immune system boost.