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Flower Essences


Edward Bach, M.D., the British physician and flower essence inventor, reasoned that negative, inharmonious thoughts and feelings poison the system, bringing about ill health and hindering recovery. He believed the only way to truly cure illness was to address its underlying emotional causes. This view is diametrically opposed to that of conventional medicine, which treats symptoms. Everyone, including our animal companions, experiences negativity from time to time, but some are better able to deal with it and thus bring their systems and minds back into harmony. For those who need help, flower essences are wonderful assistants.

Flower essences are completely safe and nontoxic and do not interfere with medicines or any other healing therapies including homeopathy. Flower essences act on the emotions and energy and do not have direct physical effects. However, they often relieve physical symptoms whose root is emotional imbalance.


Giving flower remedies to people, children and animals is simple. You’ll be making a dosage bottle for your remedy selections. I like the cobalt blue glass dosage bottles (but amber is fine too). I find the 2 ounce size with glass dropper perfect. Choose the essences that apply to the situation. Start with a maximum of six to eight remedies, which you may select from the Bach flower repertory based on the symptomatic picture of what is described in their usage guidelines. I usually include the remedy called Rescue Remedy, which is a combination remedy itself, but we need only count it as one essence when mixed with others. The reason I include Rescue Remedy is that we may not consciously know what the real issues are that may be causing underlying issues, and this remedy seems to catch the ones that we humans may miss for ourselves and others.

Prepare the clean 2-ounce (60 ml) cobalt glass, dropper bottle by filling it with spring or purified water. Add 2 drops of each chosen remedy from its original stock bottle; for Rescue Remedy, add 4 drops. Vigorously shake the dosage bottle against your hand for a few seconds to energize the remedy. You may also use a spray bottle and can apply the spray to the chakra point you feel would be most appropriate. I like to use the heart chakra as so much energy emanates from it. But please don’t spray cats or dogs as they deem it to be punishment and intrusive. Horses don’t seem to mind when misted with flower essences. For dogs and cats, just put a few drops of the combination remedy in the cat or dog’s species appropriate raw food or purified drinking water. You can rub a few drops of the remedy on the inside of the cat or dog’s ears, on the crown of the head, or on the paw pads; or just give on or two drops by mouth. When using a spray bottle, you can spritz the ambient environment. And keep in mind this works well for dogs and cats who must be transported by cars, so spritz their carriers, too and for cats. Their litter boxes can be spritzed as well, for example, in the case of inappropriate elimination. As you begin to open up to the idea of flower essence therapy, your imagination can guide you on a wonderful path of exploration.

Ideally, flower remedies are given three or four times a day. In cases of extreme stress, Rescue Remedy may be given as often as needed. I especially like to simply add my particular remedy to a glass of alkalized, ionized or spring water and sip leisurely. Only a few drops should be taken or administered at a time. To increase the effect, administer essences more frequently, not in greater volume.

Take or administer 5 to 10 drops at a time by mouth or alternative route such as I have mentioned by spraying or dabbing onto chakra points or sensitive areas. Try not to touch the dropper to anything, especially the mouth so that the dropper is not contaminated. If you do, rinse the dropper in hot water before you put it back into the bottle to avoid contaminating the remainder of the formula.

When the remedies are sprayed or given in food or water such as for dogs, cats or horses, even babies, children, elderly or infermed individuals, there’s no need to worry about their effect on anyone else should they come in contact with the flower essence. If another animal (or human, for that matter) doesn’t need this exact remedy or combination of remedies, it will have no effect.

To ensure potency, always prepare the remedy-enhanced food or water fresh daily. Store flower remedies the same way you would homeopathic remedies. In other words, keep them away from sunlight, heat, strong odors, microwaves, motors, electrical equipment, and disinfecting agents.


Before you begin using flower essences, remember to take a good look at yourself or those living things in your care objectively so you know what actions and behaviors are normal.

When it comes to animals, children and even the very elderly, we often accuse both humans and animals of being angry or spiteful, or simply difficult because we misunderstand their behavior when they behave in ways we don’t like, but this is only our inability under certain circumstances to understand our fellow sentient beings on a truly deep, loving personal level.

The more we practice ‘being and becoming’ simultaneously and stay truly in the moment, the more value we add to the lives of those around us. Flower essences offer a gentle therapy to aid in all the transformations we go through in our lives.

For a complete illustrated guide in the use of Bach Flower Essences for cats, see The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care at my Celestial Pets website.

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog. Celeste is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join Celeste at her website or on Facebook.


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3:42AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

The other reason to safeguard and cultivate our nature

12:54AM PDT on May 6, 2014

Thank you I am currently using Rescue remedy on my 18 year-old beloved cat.

12:37AM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

Love flower essences and Dr. Bach's Rescue Remedy ; ) Thanks for sharing

12:15AM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

This info you provided in the blog that was really unique I love it!!!
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2:47PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

thank you for this article :)

2:40PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

I love to smell flowers like the sweet bubby bush we have here in the mnts it just makes me think of a cottage home.

7:56PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Looks easy to do.

5:35PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

I’m working on a how to make your own flower essences article for my Celestial Musing blog and hope to have it available to my Care2 friends soon! You have all also inspired me to write something I have been dreaming about for some time and that is an Anti-aging book for people (I’ve written 4 books on Holistic Health care for dogs and cats, including the first anti-aging book for cats entitled The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care and I am having a wonderful time now making the leap to help all of us humans, to "Live Long and Prosper," something I learned from my Star Trek, acting days!

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