A SIMPLE GUIDE TO USING BACH FLOWER REMEDIES FOR YOUR ANIMALS
Animals have emotions too. They too feel fear, anger, jealousy, and depression just like us. The Bach Flower Remedies are able to help our animals when they have negative emotions just as they help us when we are emotionally out of balance. Unfortunately, we are not able to ask our pet why it acts depressed, but we do know if it misses a friend or gets overly excited around new people.
The Bach Flower Remedies are safe for both humans and animals; dogs, cats, horses, birds
There Are The 38 Individual Remedies, Divided Into Seven Emotional States:
• Insufficient interest in present circumstances
• Oversensitive to influences and ideas
• Despondency or despair
• Over-care for others
Under The 38 Remedies below you’ll find a description for each remedy, and some suggestions for using the remedies for your animals.
HOW TO DOSE
You can put 1 drop from the remedy bottles into your animal’s water bowl or on a treat.
Sometimes it’s best to make up a treatment bottle instead of giving the remedies straight from the stock bottles.
Your remedy will last longer diluted like this, and you won’t risk contaminating your stock bottle.
• Get a clean 30 ml amber glass dropper bottle
• Put 2 drops of your selected remedy into it
• To blend more than one remedy, add two drops of each remedy (max. 7 remedies)
• Top up with spring, filtered or mineral water (don’t use distilled water)
• To preserve it, add 2 tsp of brandy, apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin
DOSAGE FROM YOUR TREATMENT BOTTLE
Give your pet 4 drops at least 4 times a day, on the nose. Give the remedy for as long as needed.
You can use flower remedies for all your animals – as well as for yourself, your family and friends.
You can buy all individual remedies or complete kits online at DirectlyFromNature.com, or at your local health food store.
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When deciding on a remedy for your animals, try to see things from their point of view. Think about what’s changed in their environment that could have caused their current condition.
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Rescue Remedy Pets.
5x (HPUS) dilution
Star of Bethlehem – Orithogalum umbellatum
Helps animals that have experienced abuse, trauma, and shock, whether experienced recently or in the past. Helps the animal let go of the trauma and enjoy life.
Rock Rose – Helianthemum
For situations in which the animal experiences panic or terror such as an accident, going to the vet, thunderstorms, or fireworks.
Cherry Plum – Prunus cerasifera
Helps animals who seem to have lost control of their actions such as constant barking, scratching, or licking.
Impatiens – Impatiens gladulifera
Helps those animals who are impatient and can’t wait for their meal or to go for a walk.
Clematis – Clematis vitalba
For animals who seem to be sleeping too much and not really paying attention to what’s going on around them.
Inactive Ingredients: 80% Vegetable Glycerin, 20% water
Direction: Add 2-4 drops of Rescue Remedy Pets to your animal’s drinking water and you’ll see how quickly they return to normal.
You can also add a drop to a treat, on food, or rub it on the paws or ears.
THE 38 REMEDIES
EMOTIONAL STATE: FEAR
Rock Rose as one of the remedies in Rescue Remedy. Rock Rose helps with panic, a state of frozen fear or nightmares. You could give this to your animal who hides under the sofa in fear, trembles and cowers, or is too terrified to go into the vet’s office, wanting to run away.
Mimulus helps relieve fears of known origin, or shyness. It can bring courage to animals who are afraid of specific things like the mailman, vacuum cleaner, thunder, fireworks or the groomer, or being alone.
Cherry Plum helps animals who seem to lose control of themselves. You could give it to an animal who reacts with panic or hysteria, or a dog who barks uncontrollably or can’t stop scratching or licking herself.
Aspen helps with fears of unknown origin in humans or animals this would be for someone who feels anxious or nervous but doesn’t know why. It’s hard to use for animals but if your dog is barking or seems agitated for no apparent reason that might be a time to try Aspen.
Red Chestnut is helpful is a good remedy for those who are over-concerned about others. Use it for your anxious dog or cat who follows you around the house or is overprotective.
EMOTIONAL STATE: UNCERTAINTY
Cerato for those who lack faith in their own judgement and are always asking other people’s advice in their decision-making. In animals Cerato might be helpful in giving confidence to a timid animals who always gets chased away, or for a dog who always looks to her owner for cues on what to do.
Schleranthus are for those who lack balance, can’t decide between two things. Motion sickness or dizziness.
Gentian helps those who are easily discouraged, lacking inner stamina and who give up easily. Gentian can provide encouragement and grounding, restoring confidence. A good example in animals would be a new mama who abandons her litter or can’t figure out how to take care of her babies. It would also be helpful in a situation where an animal feels despondent or depressed over a known cause like the death of a family member or littermate.
Gorse is a remedy that fits extreme situations – a sense of hopelessness and despair. Situations like terminal illness or even a difficult family or business situation that seems hopeless could lead to this state. If your family is going through anything like this, your animal can pick up on it, so give Gorse to your animals as well.
Hornbeam works well when some part of the mind or body needs strengthening before daily work can be done. This is not for deep seated exhaustion, but for people who are procrastinate because they’re overwhelmed and unable to focus or concentrate. In animals it can be used to restore enthusiasm and vitality, perhaps in a senior animal.
Wild Oat is a remedy for someone with ambition and desire but who finds it hard to decide what to do, or doesn’t know what their purpose in life is. This could be a good remedy for a retired working or show dog, to give them ambition and purpose now that all the fun is over.
EMOTIONAL STATE: INSUFFICIENT INTEREST IN PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES
Wild Rose is for a state of profound indifference to life, where there is resignation to the condition and no effort to improve state. It’s similar to Wild Oat, but Wild Rose is a state of resignation, whereas Wild Oat can’t figure out what to do. If your animal lacks enthusiasm, one of these remedies might help. If you’re unsure which is best, you can combine them or put both into your animal’s water bowl.
Honeysuckle is a good remedy for bereavement or sadness. It can give hope and help a puppy settle into his new home and can be a good remedy for rescue animal who’ve lost their original home and need help adjusting to their new one.
The Clematis patient lives more in future than in present and may live in a dream world, escaping reality. It can be a good remedy for an animal who’s sleeping too much and isn’t interested in what’s going on – perhaps a senior animal who’s detached from the activity of the household.
Olive is for complete mental and physical exhaustion – it’s the burnout remedy. It could help vitalize and recharge an animal who’s had an illness or ordeal that’s left them exhausted. It would combine with Gentian for new mothers after a difficult labor.
White Chestnut helps quiet the mind and reduce the mental whirlpool of thoughts that keep circulating in the mind. It’s a good remedy for humans to take before meditation. You can use it to help shift your animal’s emotional energy if she has a persistent recurring or chronic illness – perhaps a chronic cough or limp that you’re treating.
Mustard can help alleviate real depression and gloom, uplifting the emotions so life is appealing again. This could be a good remedy for an animal who’s depressed after the loss of a loved one.
Chestnut Bud is a remedy for people who repeat the same mistakes and don’t learn from their past experiences. For animals it would be a good remedy to use for house training or a dog who’s always getting her nose swiped by the cat and doesn’t learn her lesson!
EMOTIONAL STATE: OVERSENSITIVE TO INFLUENCES AND IDEAS
The Agrimony patient pretends to be happy even though they’re suffering underneath. This person has a good sense of humor and wants everyone to be happy, getting upset when there are quarrels or arguments. In animal it could work well for a sensitive gentle working dog who doesn’t seem to be himself, or a usually tolerant family pet who’s off his feed. It’s also helpful for a sensitive, intelligent animal who’s always observing the troubled world around her and worries about it.
The Centaury plant is very delicate and grows in clusters in grass among the weeds. It’s easily overlooked and stepped on. So it fits someone who is over-anxious to serve others, neglecting their own mission in life, over time resentment can build up in this doormat personality.
Holly is for those who experience feelings of jealousy or suspicion. It’s good for an antisocial animal, especially if she over-reacts to noises like loud children or the doorbell, or thinks the mailman is out to get her. It could also help if your pet is jealous about a new addition to the home – another pet or even a new baby.
Walnut protects against outside influences during periods of transition. Situations like moving, getting a new pet or time changes can affect an animal who could benefit from Walnut. This animal may also be affected by lights or computers or different smells. Give it to your animal before and after moving house.
EMOTIONAL STATE: DESPONDENCY OR DESPAIR
The Elm mind is unable to rise above challenges or duties, feeling that the task is impossible – an overwhelming dreaded responsibility. Elm helps rekindle joy at taking on new challenges. For animal, it’s another good remedy for a new mother, especially after a difficult delivery.
In the Larch state, a person feels they’re not capable or successful and can’t measure up. They experience feelings of inferiority, failure and shyness. Larch could help a dog who is just learning how to behave in the show ring or needs help meeting new expectations.
The Pine state is preoccupied with guilt, shame and regret and may have obsessive-compulsive disorders. This is one that’s hard to prescribe to a dog because they don’t really experience guilt like humans do.
Your dog may look guilty after you catch her raiding the garbage, but 5 minutes later she’s forgotten all about it. It could be helpful if your animal is sensitive to reprimands.
Star of Bethlehem
This remedy is for the mind that’s closed down due to shock or grief. This is one of the key ingredients in Rescue Remedy. It’s very helpful for animal who’ve experienced abuse, trauma or shock, whether recently or in the past. It can help your animal learn to enjoy life again.
The Sweet Chestnut mind is stretched to its limits of endurance, with intense feelings of despair. This is a good remedy to use if your animal in pain or recovering from surgery or loss.
Someone in the Willow state has a “poor me” attitude and doesn’t accept responsibility for their own problems, often blaming others. Willow is good for an animal who rejects a new family member or is always squabbling with others.
The Oak state of mind is obstinate and doesn’t give up. There’s a tendency to overwork and have tunnel vision, focusing too much on getting the job done. Despondency and despair grow and fatigue is common.
It can help an animal who’s stoically endured a lot, whether physical or emotional.
Crab Apple is the “Cleanser Flower” for a patient with a poor image, who feels contaminated or unclean. It’s used in detoxing for humans. Crab Apple can combine well with Cherry Plum if your pet is excessively grooming herself.
EMOTIONAL STATE: OVER-CARE FOR OTHERS
Chicory is for the animal is needy, in your face demanding attention. Meowing or barking to get your attention, even in the middle of the night. Nipping at you to get your attention.
The Vervain person wants to convert everybody and can be fanatical about his beliefs. For animals who are overly excitable and can’t calm down.
A person in the Vine state convinced of his leadership abilities and wants to control others. He can be condescending and self-aggrandizing. Vine can help a dog are overly bossy and tries to become the alpha of the pack, even towards the owners.
Rock Water is prepared by leaving a bowl of water taken from any special well known to have healing power, in a sunlit spot for one hour. Rock Water helps overcome self-denial and rigidity, especially in people who are hard on themselves.
Beech individuals can be arrogant, intolerant of others, often critical and finding fault. Beech can help your animal that doesn’t seem to be able to get along with other animals.
EMOTIONAL STATE: LONELINESS
Water Violet is for someone who’s aloof and wants to be alone. It can help stand-offish dogs become more sociable and companionable. It could be a good remedy for a newly adopted cat who needs some encouragement in becoming part of her new family, and might combine well with several other remedies.
Just as its name implies, Impatiens helps with impatience, intolerance and irritability. An animal who needs Impatiens might have digestive problems from eating too quickly. If your dog can’t wait for her meal or can’t wait to get going for her walk, she could benefit from Impatiens.
Heather is for fear of being alone. It’s a good remedy for a dog who barks incessantly or otherwise pesters you, trying to make herself the center of attention.