If you are the kind of person who wants all the "i"s dotted and the "t"s crossed, flower remedies are probably not for you. Prepared from flower blossoms floated on water according to the 19th century instructions of English homeopathic physician Edward Bach, the remedies are not exactly herbal and not exactly homeopathic. Considering that for some not even the substantial body of well-documented scientific and clinical evidence supporting homeopathy and herbal medicine is enough to give credibility to their practice, flower remedies are an even tougher nut to crack. And yet....
They work. Without a doubt, again and again, I have seen pets and wild animals respond to the remedies. In fact, although of course people take the remedies as well, I find that they work far better on animals than on people, or at least more quickly.
For anyone interested in trying Flower Remedies on their pets, here are a few formulas I have had results with.
For injury, panic, shock, or after surgery or any other traumatic event: Rescue Remedy.
For a pregnant animal and her newborn offspring: Rescue Remedy mixed with Walnut. Mix six drops of each remedy in a two-ounce dropper bottle. Shake in a vigorous, up and down fashion, twelve times. Give one dropperful twice a day to a pregnant dog, cat, or other small animal starting a few days prior to the due date; give half the bottle twice daily to a horse or other large. Administer to the newborn animals as soon as they are born, two drops to a puppy or kitten, a dropperful to a larger newborn.
For a sick or debilitated animal, who is suffering an infection or on strong medication: Crab Apple.
For jealous pets: Holly and Chicory.
For the mindless, ball crazy, hyperactive dog who has trouble concentrating: Vervain.
To increase concentration and help with learning new things: Cerato and Chestnut Bud.
For the shy or easily frightened animal: Mimulus, Aspen, and Larch. For animals fearful of thunderstorms: Although many people try Rescue Remedy for this purpose, it's not a good choice at all. Try a mixture of Mimulus and Aspen.
For the demanding, lonely, possessive pet: Chicory, Heather.
For high-strung, nervous animals, including horses: Impatiens, Sweet Chestnut, and Vervain.
For spooky animals, especially horses, who shy at imaginary threats: Aspen and Star of Bethlehem.
For those cats who seem to want to be with you but can't quite let their independent "guard" down: Water Violet.
For wild animals who have suffered a shock, such as a mouse brought in by a cat or a deer who has been hit by a car: Rescue Remedy and Star of Bethlehem. For animals who are sick and seem to be giving up, especially after a long illness: Gentian, Gorse.