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Flower Essences for Animal Issues

Posted by admin on Nov 13, 2010

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by Kitty Holman

Many people use flower essences as gentle, healing remedies for various types of problems. But these essences are not just for humans; animals can benefit from their use as well. Below, we’ve outlined a few of the more popular uses of essence as they can be used to treat our pets. It is important to note that all animals are unique and different in their own ways. These guidelines should be used as just that, and not taken as recommendations for use in all cases.

22308169.thbUnfortunately, it’s true that many animals suffer abuse at the hands of humans, either from owners, handlers, or strangers. This abuse can be physical mistreatment, neglect, and even abandonment. Because animals are highly sensitive creatures, the effects of this abuse can often be long lasting. If you have adopted an animal from a rescue organization or taken in a pet that is known to have a less than appealing past, consider these essences for their treatment. First, Aspen is often used to address and assuage unknown fears and promote centeredness or groundedness. Larch is used to generate self-confidence and boost self-esteem, as well as creative expression. To help animals recover from feelings of guilt and shame, try using essence of pine which will help them feel freer and forgiven. Finally, to reduce the symptoms of shock and to promote healing, the Star of Bethlehem is the best choice.

Aside from abuse, many animals, especially cats and some dogs, can be highly sensitive to change, which could include moving, a new child, or simply new furniture. To help animals overcome their fear or dislike of change, many pet owners turn to beech, which fosters feelings of tolerance, flexibility, and acceptance. Walnut can also be useful as it encourages feelings of safety, adaptability, and enforces appropriate boundaries. Housebreaking is often very hard for humans and animals to agree upon. Some pets, despite excellent training strategies of the owners, refuse to learn the housebreaking rules. To help with this problem, cherry plum is often used because it generates self-control, calmness, and dissuades unwanted behavior. Chestnut bud, which allows animals to learn from past mistakes and move forward, has also been proven successful in these situations.22308426.thb

Other essences that many pet owners enjoy include Chicory to combat possessiveness, Vervain to promote balance and reduce hyperactivity, and White Chestnut for worrying. Again, all animals are unique, and despite any undesirable personality traits they may possess, pet owners have an obligation to provide and care for their animals. With this helpful guide, all pet owners can better address the maladies of their furry friends.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kitty Holman writes on the topics of nursing schools.  She loves to write on green living, environment and health, and welcomes your comments at her email: kitty.holman20@gmail.com.



I have had great success using essences with my cats. We’ve had issues with biting, me/my/I, whining, fear of visitors, etc., and all were taken care of with the use of the right essence.

I also used essences to “reel in” a badly injured & malnurished stray that was too fearful to allow human contact, though he also seemed to want it badly. He is now a happy, healthy and greatly loved addition to our family!

November 13th, 2010 | 11:31 am

Thank you for this article, Kitty. Maybe you can offer some advice about my cats. The last one that was introduced into my home has never been accepted by the others. It’s been almost 5 years since she joined our household. The other cats hiss at and chase her, and one even stalks her. She’s very sweet, and has overcome a lot of their hostility by bonding with us humans, but it still disturbs me to see that she is an “outcast.” Beech sounds like the remedy for this situation as it reinforces acceptance and tolerance. Can the remedy be placed in their community water bowl? Any other tips for this kind of situation?


November 13th, 2010 | 3:18 pm

Although your question is not directed at me, I hope you won’t mind me answering. I would try Quaking Grass (FES) and Bloodroot & Desert Sumac (Desert Alchemy). They all are concerned with issues of community/fitting in. You can put them in their water bowl. The aggressiveness of the other cats may need to be addressed too. Good luck!

November 21st, 2010 | 8:18 am