Dr. Edward Bach developed this therapy
in England in the 1930's. Dr. Bach was working with a homeopath when he
discovered Flower essences. While flower essence was developed for humans, it
has been found to work on animals as well.
How does Rescue Remedy work?
essence therapy works on a similar mechanism as homeopathy. Parts of the flower
are diluted and then potentised to become effective. The flower essences are
found in liquid form. Thus, the remedies work on an energetic level, similar to
homeopathy, acupuncture and Reiki. They affect the mental and emotional parts of
our being. Dr. Bach felt that physical illness can be caused by emotional upset
and by fixing the emotional balance the physical illness disappeared.
Flower essences work to heal both physical, mental and emotional illness. All of
the aforementioned illnesses affect each other in one way or another. Therefore,
flower essences restore the inner balance by working on the vital force. The
vital force is an inner force within the body that governs our strength and
well-being. As we get sick our vital force weakens and therefore, the flower
essences work on our vital force to strengthen it. The particles of the essences
work in specific patterns. This means that certain essences cure certain
illnesses. It is the practitioner's knowledge that is needed to pick out the
correct remedy for the appropriate ailment. Overall, flower essence are to said
to release negative emotions and help heal and calm, using either internally or
externally non toxic and have no side effects and are safe for pets, people,
children and animals of all sizes.
But, how does one know what emotions
dogs, cats, horses and all animals are experiencing? You would be surprised as
to how easy it is to "read" an animal. All it takes is some observation and a
little insight. You might discover that animals take less effort than humans do!
The following is a
description of the Flower Remedies that make up Rescue Remedy, the most commonly
used Bach Flower Remedy. Rescue Remedy is not a Flower Essence in itself but a
combination of five of original Remedies. Once these five remedies are combined,
the Rescue becomes an essence unto itself. If is different now than its
Rescue Remedy is the 5-flower combination for any
acute trauma or stress. Considered as a single remedy in combinations. The five
remedies are Star of Bethlehem for trauma and numbness, Clematis for being
grounded and to prevent passing out, Rock Rose for panic, Impatiens for tension
and irritability and Cherry Plum to prevent losing control. Basically four drops
of the stock bottle are added to a one ounce glass dropper bottle of spring
water and shaken up. It is best to make this up immediately before use as the
mixture will not keep too long. Three or four drops of the mixture can be given
into the mouth or onto the gums every five minutes until a response is seen.
Rescue Remedy can also be given in the water during any time of stress and in
this case it is best to use ten drops every time the water is changed.
Rescue Remedy, combined with the homeopathic remedy Aconite makes a wonderful
calming essence that can be used on wild animals, and for rehabilitation, as
mentioned above it works well on any kind of stress or fear situation and
definitely helps with survival rate in these situations. A few drops of the
combined essence on the gums or even onto the ear of the rescued animal will
calm them down and make them easier to handle. It can even be sprayed onto the
skin or ears with a spray bottle and will still have a beneficial effect. A
dropper of the combination can be put in the daily water for rescued animals to
help them withstand the stress of captivity, and make them more manageable.
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Clematis Increases attention span
and ability to focus on the training lesson at hand. When the animal is comatose
or unconscious for any reason; returning the animal to consciousness. After any
surgery to increase recovery alertness time.
Impatiens For the very
nervous animal. a. Any form of nervous difficulties, especially those that
have the nervous shakes.
For the overly anxious animal. a. At feeding
times b. Before a show c. For animals that have epileptic type fits
especially when agitated by being overly excited or upset.
for any form of pain.
Rock Rose For any form of terror and panic a.
After an accident, injury, fire or any terrifying event. b. For the overly
fearful animal that possibly was terrified sometime in their life. Fear does not
Rock Rose is for dauntless courage. a. For animals
that are used in service to mankind such as police work.
courageous animal to accentuate their already innate abilities.
Plum For the animal that looses control, becoming wild and crazed. a. for
vicious animals that become dangerous when provoked. b. For the high strung
animal, including horses, that lose control easily. c. for the animal that is
destructive, losing control. d. Losing control when seeing another animal
enter into their territory. e. To help retain control during mating season
for both sexes.
To remain in control when: a. In competition when
stressed by strange people, noises, animals. b. Training animals not to react
to gun -fire.
For the animal that becomes frantic when traveling such as
horses that spook when being placed in trailers.
For the animal that
suffers from: a. Seizures or anxiety attacks
An animal who chews
himself. a. Allergies to grasses b. Staying away from stitches after
Star of Bethlehem Star of Bethlehem is for all forms of
trauma. a. To give comfort to animals who were left alone or are in a kennel
feeling unloved. b. For an injured or ill animal who is required to remain at
a veterinary clinic, during which one time their owners are there with them.
Cerato keeps animals "on track". Therefore, it is ideal to administer before
and during a training session and during competitive events.
How to Give Bach Flowers to Pets
To make up a combination, use 2 drops of each
desired flower essence to one ounce of water; for Rescue Remedy use 4 drops per
ounce of water. You can add up to 20% alcohol (usually brandy or vodka) as a
preservative as desired, but some animals dislike the taste. (You can use flower
remedies straight from the stock bottle, but they taste terrible!) You may use
up to 6 essences in combination, with Rescue Remedy counting as one essence. In
general, use the fewest essences possible.
The remedy can be given by
mouth, which is the most effective method. Only a few drops (4-8) are necessary,
and need not be swallowed, but only must contact the mucous membranes (gums,
tongue, lips). Be careful not to contaminate the dropper by touching it to the
animal (if this occurs, rinse the dropper in very hot water before returning it
to the bottle). You can also add a dropper full to the water dish, or a few
drops on wet food (there is no effect of dilution). You can add a dropper full
to a spray bottle filled with spring water, and use it to spray a room, carrier,
car, around litter boxes or plants, or other problem areas. You can even put a
few drops in your hand and pat the animal on the head and around the ears with
it--the head is very sensitive to energy and will absorb the flower essences in
this way. In the case of chewing or excessive licking or hot spots, you might
want to try applying the remedy directly to the problem spot (IF it isn't too
raw, otherwise the remedy will sting); the animal will then consume it when it
next licks that area.
The Bach Remedies can be taken directly from the
stock bottle or from the personal dilution bottle by placing 2 - 4 drops in your
animal's feed or water. The Remedies are easy and convenient to use with varied
methods of application that can be selected to suit an individual's specific
The most common forms of administering the Remedies are placing
them into the animal's food or water; dropping them directly into the animal's
mouth; or rubbing the needed remedies on one's hands before petting them.
There is no improper or wrong method of applying the Bach Remedies. It is
truly not necessary to be precise in counting the number of drops in any of the
dilution methods. The suggestions given, herein, are merely to offer a
reasonable parameter of accepted dilution methods. Follow your own judgment and
insights. Remember that you cannot overdose the Remedies for they are non-toxic.
DOSAGE AND TIMING
Just a few drops (4 - 8) at a time are sufficient.
For serious or acute conditions the remedy can be given as often as needed, even
every few minutes. For most behavioral problems , you can give 3 to 4 times a
day for 2 to 4 weeks. If the response is reached by that time, you may begin to
decrease the dosage gradually. You may need to add a dropper full to drinking
water or give once a day long-term for some problems.
The Flower Essence remedies are non-toxic and have no side effects.
Therefore, they are safe if another pet in your household should receive the
flower essence via drinking water. With flower essences, if the animal needs the
remedy, the remedy will work and vice versa.
CHOOSING REMEDIES FOR ANIMALS
Assess the characteristics of the animal exactly as for a person.
Drops of remedy can be given on food or in the animal's drinking water, 2 drops
for birds and small animals; 10 drops in a bucket of water for large animals
such as horses.
BETHLEHEM ~ mental, physical or emotional trauma; need for comfort; any stray or
animal from shelter , shock
SWEET CHESTNUT ~ at wits' end, despairing,
rescue animals who have been subject to severe abuse
TOMATO ~ also helps
the body in throwing off infection or disease.
VERVAIN ~ fanatic,
VINE ~ control, domination
transition, protection, over-sensitive to environment , before introducing new
WATER VIOLET ~ grief, loner, reclusive, arrogant; to bring joy;
for most Cats
WHITE CHESTNUT ~ repetitive thoughts
WILD OAT ~
bored, feeling un-useful
WILD ROSE ~ apathy, passive resignation; to "be
WILLOW ~ resentment
The above information is intended to
give you more information about the use of Flower Essences. If you have more
questions, please consult a Flower Essence professional. Flower Essences are
intended to help deal with behavior and emotional imbalances. It takes trial and
error to find the correct remedy for your pet. From my personal experience with
my own pet, they do work very well.