Flower Essence Healing for Animals and Their People
What are flower essences?
Flower essences are a gentle, natural way to assist with healing emotional difficulties. They are a form of vibrational medicine, created by infusing water with the energy from flower blossoms. They help restore balance and harmony, thus promoting healing on all levels. Flower essences were first developed by bacteriologist and homeopath Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930's. The Bach flower essences are 38 different remedies that cover the spectrum of emotional issues. Since they do not contain any physical substance from the flower, unlike herbal medicines, they are completely safe to use, with no side effects. Also, they will not interfere with other treatments, either traditional or alternative, such as drugs or homeopathic essences. Since Dr. Bach's time, many other systems of flower and plant essences have been developed as well.
How can flower essences help our pets?
Due to their incredible effectiveness, holistic practitioners have used flower essences on animals for years. They can help animals deal with change, travel and surgery as well as recover from abuse and neglect. They are a powerful yet gentle tool to assist with healing fear, shyness and other problem behaviors. Flower essences, especially the Bach essence called ‘Rescue Remedy’, are commonly used in animal shelters by the staff to help the shelter animals. Entire books have been written on how to use flower essences with animals.
How do I know which essences to give my pet?
Since flower essences are totally non-toxic, it is safe to experiment with them. You can simply try some essences and see if they help. If it is the wrong essence for your pet, it will simply not do anything.
I can consult with you to find out what is going on with your pet and then will select the essences most likely to help in your situation and prepare a custom mixture. and infuse it with Reiki energy to help increase the effectiveness. Using flower essence mixtures in conjunction with a Reiki session can also be very helpful.
How Can Flower Essences Help Pet?
Is your animal recovering from an operation or about to have one?
Has your animal been suffering or acting strangely in any way?
Is there tension or friction between your animals?
Has there been a change in the household or are you moving
Is your pet excitable or irritable or over-anxious?
Does your pet seem overly needy or dislike being touched?
There are 100s of situations where flower essences may help with the situation.
Flower essences are mixed with spring water and a little brandy as a preservative in an amber or cobalt glass dropper bottle. They tended to spoil quickly, unless refrigerated (and flower essences in the refrigerator tend to be forgotten and not used). Since just a few drops are used, the alcohol will usually not bother you or your pet. If it does, you can put a few drops of the flower essence in a glass of spring water (not tap or distilled) to dilute it, and then give a few drops of that mixture. This will not affect the potency since it is an energetic medicine. The concentration of the essence does not matter. What matters is how often it is taken. You can also use the essences externally or added to your pet's drinking water.
Flower essences can be taken internally or applied to the body. To energize the flower essences, you can slap the bottom of the bottle against the palm of your hand 10 times before taking the essences. This makes the liquid foam a little and is called ‘succussing’, a term from homeopathic medicine. Doing this once a day is sufficient. Since the essences are energetic in nature, make sure that you do not store them near a source of electromagnetic radiation such as a microwave oven, TV, phone, computer or magnets. If you travel, do not put the essences through the x-ray machine at the airport—have them hand checked. Make sure not to touch anything with the dropper or it will become contaminated with germs. Don’t let your pet lick the dropper. If the dropper does touch anything, wash it off, wipe it with alcohol to sterilize it, and then rinse the alcohol off. If the mixture in the bottle turns cloudy or has particles in it, throw it out.
The recommended daily dosage is 4 drops, 4x per day. If you cannot do it this often, then twice a day is usually adequate. To take the drops internally, put 4 drops on the tongue or in a glass of water or in food. To take the drops externally, put some drops on your hands and then rub your hands on your skin and hair. The effectiveness is not diminished by mixing the flower essences with food. To give the drops to pets, put several drops in the water dish or on their food. It can be difficult to get the drops in a pet’s mouth without them struggling or licking the dropper. So don’t try this unless it is very easy to do. To give the drops externally to pets, put the drops on your hands, rub your hands together briefly and then pet your animal.
When you take the essences or give them to your pet, think of the positive qualities the remedy is promoting, rather than the negative qualities it is correcting. That way, you are giving energy to the positive rather than the negative qualities. For instance, if a remedy treats fear, think of how the remedy is promoting courage when you take it. If it treats anxiety, focus on it promoting calmness. When I prepare essences, I write the positive qualities on the label, to remind the client of those when they take the remedy or give it to their pet.
Flower essences will not interfere with any other medications you are taking and are totally safe to use during pregnancy. According to some sources, they will enhance the effectiveness of homeopathic essences. PLEASE NOTE: no advice here is ever meant to replace that of your doctor or veterinarian, nor is it meant to be purported as given ‘medical advice’ or medical treatment. No do I, in any way, claim to offer any products, treatment, service or advice that purports to cure, heal, alleviate, or prevent any illness or medical condition. While it is my experience that the products and services offered often appear to have a beneficial effect, it is not a substitute for proper medical advice or treatment by a medical practitioner.