Many dog and cat owners will put a few drops of Bach’s Rescue Remedy in their pet’s water bowl when the animal is feeling fearful or stressed. Rescue Remedy is probably the most well-known example of a type of natural therapy many pet owners swear by…flower essences. What are flower essences and how can they help your pet feel better? Read on…
Flower remedies were discovered by a British homeopathic doctor named Edward Bach in the early 20th century. He put flower blossoms in containers of spring water and let them sit in the sun for several hours. The “essences” of the flowers entered the water, which was then preserved with brandy. He also experimented with boiling twigs in water and then adding brandy to that.
Rescue Remedy contains a blend of five of Bach’s original essence discoveries: star of Bethlehem, rock rose, impatiens, cherry plum, and clematis. Other essences contain other types of flowers, depending on their intended purpose. Mimulus is used for fear, crab apple for excessive grooming, and heather for pets that don’t like to be left alone.
Whether you believe in the healing power of flower essences or not, your pet cannot be harmed by the addition of a few drops into the water bowl. You can also spritz some near your pet, or even rub a little bit on the gums, behind the ears, or on the paw pads. Try some out and see what kind of results you get. Experts recommend starting with one or two applications per day, and then observing the effects over a period of time.
It can be difficult to deal with an anxious, fearful pet, and many worried pet owners have turned to flower essences when all else failed. Be sure to make the application of the essence as calming and stress-free for your pet as possible, such as by combining it with a little massage. For more on flower essences and pets, click HERE.
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