Flower Essences for Horses
Flower essences are a form of vibrational or energetic medicine as are acupuncture and homeopathy. Unlike homeopathy, however, flower essences cannot be antidoted with coffee, mint or other strong flavors or scents. Flower essences address behavioral and emotional conditions in the horse, and you don't have to "believe in" flower essences for them to be effective. The animals have certainly proven that.
Flower essences are usually found prepared as small, one-ounce bottles of liquid with dropper tops. They are filled with water that has been energetically (with sunlight) imprinted with the properties of a particular flower. Brandy is then added as a preservative. Flower essences are not contraindicated with any other form of health care; they will not interfere with pharmaceuticals, herbs or homeopathy. They are safe for elderly animals, newborns and pregnant animals, and are available at health food stores and through many sites on the Internet.
Although one cannot overdose with flower essences, the standard dosage is 4 drops in the mouth about 4 times per day, or 1 to 2 droppersful in drinking water, on treats, or in grain. One can also apply the essences to the fingers and rub the horse just above the lip, on the gums or on the head between the eyes.
Trauma Remedy is the flower essence that I recommend everyone should have on hand. I have bottles of Trauma Remedy all over the house, barn and car. Trauma Remedy, also sold as Rescue Remedy®, Five-Flower Formula® and Nature's Rescue, is for any kind of emergency, trauma, accident, or stressor, large or small. It is also the remedy I recommend when you don't have 'specific' essences on hand. Trauma remedy is immediately calming to any animal or person.
Several years ago I heard what sounded like thunder outside. I looked out the door and saw my neighbor's young Percheron, Kansas, wildly running around our corral. His people were teaching him to pull carriages. He was dressed in the full pulling regalia - yoke, with chains coming off of it, and tires attached at ground level for weight. Something spooked him and he was off like a flash of lightning. He was running around the corral, frothing. I could just picture the chains and tires entangling in the corral and pulling it down, killing or injuring my horses. My daughter ran for a can of grain and I squirted it with Trauma Remedy. My daughter shook the can of grain, his ears perked up and he came to a screeching halt in front of us. In seconds you could actually see a calm from the Trauma Remedy wash over him. His people arrived, wild eyed and stunned that anything could have settled him so quickly. I think the key is remembering that you have the flower essence and remembering to use it.
Fear Essence is one of my favorite flower essences because it is so remarkable to witness its effectiveness. Animals and people who react strongly to thunderstorms and firecrackers are helped dramatically with this essence. I have gotten the most heartwarming correspondences from people - whose dogs who would literally dig through a door to get inside during a thunderstorm when their people were away - who now tell me they "have a new animal" after the Fear essence. . I find that 2-3 doses of the flower essence are remarkable in calming the animal's fears. A friend's mare was about to foal and the 4th of July was approaching. She was worried because there were some concerns around the pregnancy and this mare had a history of great agitation with thunder and firecrackers. She gave her horse 3 doses of Fear essence during the day and planned to camp out with her all night in hopes of keeping her calm. The horse was not oblivious to the fireworks, but she remained calm amidst the noise and smell of sulphur in the air.
I blended Fear and Trauma once to use on a formerly abused stallion who a man from the stock show kept in our barn for the night before he hauled it 5 hours to Grand Junction. The next morning I watched this old cowboy lead the horse away 4 times. Four times the horse returned to our barn minus his person. I had asked if I could help by giving him some flower essences. The response was a firm "No". It was obvious he'd never heard of flower essences. He told me that the horse had been abused and that when he got within 15 feet of the trailer, he bolted. I ignored the very patient, but frustrated man as I squirted the blend of Trauma and Fear into some grain. I let the horse eat a little and waited a couple of minutes. Then I very slowly led him to the trailer and tied him in. The man was so amazed that he quickly shut the trailer door and latched it, with me still inside! I wiggled myself right out the window in record time and dropped the blend into my own mouth all the way back down the driveway.
Holly essence is specific for jealousy and Quaking Grass is an essence that helps animals in accepting new members of the household, litter or herd. I generally like to mix Holly and Quaking Grass essences whenever there is a new addition to the home or barn. This works well for permanent additions and for temporary conditions such as pet sitting and visiting horses.
Chamomile flower essence is calming for general nervous upset. Prickly Pear is a sweet essence for the animal who may suffer from loneliness when its person(s) needs to be away for extended periods. Animals, like us, have different levels of sensitivity. Some are lonely if we need to leave them for the weekend while others may be lonely during the day while we are at work. Prickly Pear in the drinking water or trough alleviates some of this loneliness. I sent my daughter and her horse to the fair with Chestnut Bud, Dill and Trauma Essence. Chestnut Bud stimulates the animal's emotional memory to help retain training and lessons, helping to not repeat the same mistakes over and over. Dill is helpful when animals are overwhelmed or confused especially during travel or change of normal routine. She came home 4 days later and all the essence bottles were empty. I asked her if she spilled them all. She said, "No mom, everyone was using them."
Another favorite essence is Self Heal. This essence is used when the animal is sick or recovering. Self Heal brings out everything the horse has inside for recuperation and the will to live. We dropped some Self Heal essence around the beaks of some tiny turkeys that looked as if they had already gone. They are big, beautifully ugly, healthy and walking around today.
I haven't had too many occasions to use Vine flower essence, but I was very grateful to have it when the need arose. Vine is for very aggressive animals - those who tend to display "bully" behavior. Snapdragon essence is effective for horses who crib or bite and nip.
These are just a few of the essences I use for horses. I have and use about 70 essences in total. I suggest some of the following books if you are interested in learning more about flower essences for horses. I'm always happy to answer questions via email or phone. I love how the essences are so gentle and yet powerfully effective.
This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace veterinary care.
For more information:
"The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care" by CJ Puotinen - I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves animals - my very favorite book
"Flower Essence Repertory" by Patricia Kaminsky and Richard Katz
"The Healing Herbs of Edward Bach" by Julian and Martine Barnard
"Flower Essences and Vibrational Healing" by Gurudas
"Plant Spirit Medicine" by Eliot Cowan
"Flowers that Heal" by Patricia Kaminsky
"Vibrational Medicine" by Richard Gerber, MD
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