Emotional support for Holistic equine care
by Barbara Volk ©2007
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Flower remedies, were originally developed by Dr. Edward Bach
(1886-1936), A homeopathic physician who believed that our bodily ills are
the physical symptoms of our mental and emotional dis-ease.
The remedies are developed in the same manner as homeopathic
remedies, by extreme dilution, and then succussed using a specific rhythmic
method to potentize the solution.
Flower remedies work on an energy level, and by
affecting the state of mind and emotions of the patient, an increased positive
attitude results that opens the door to more effective physical healing.
Equines respond incredibly well to flower essences. The trick
lies in choosing the right flower. Because our horses can't tell us about
their mental and emotional dysfunctions, we must be able to objectively observe
their behavior, and understand what their physical language tells us about
their mental and emotional well being.
One of the wonderful things about this modality is that it truly
functions within the principle of DO NO HARM. If the wrong essence
is chosen, it simply will have no affect. You cannot use too much, but more
is not better.
Rescue remedy is probably the most well known of the flower
remedies, so we begin our journey of discovery there. This remedy is actually
a combination of five flowers; Rockrose, Impatiens, Clematis, Cherry plum
and Star of Bethlehem. This is a case where the whole is more that the sum
of its' parts. It is different in action from any of the individual elements.
When combined, these remedies support and enhance each other's qualities.
Rockrose; this is the remedy for emergency situations that seem
hopeless, and if the patient is unconscious. The patient is full of fear or
the situation is severe enough to cause fear for those who are around the
Impatiens: This essence is indicated for anxiousness, and an
impatient, easily annoyed attitude. It is also suitable for nervousness, and
epileptic type fits. Impatiens is also an excellent remedy for pain.
Clematis: this flower restores consciousness. It can be used
in any situation where the patient is physically or mentally unconscious.
It also increases the ability to focus the mind and intention.
Cherry Plum: this remedy is indicated in the case of hysteria,
loss of control, and has the ability to assist the patient to re-connect.
Star of Bethlehem; the indication for this essence is shock
or severe trauma. It is also used for patients who are experiencing great
The indications for use of Rescue Remedy are wide and it is
usually the essence of first resort. It is the first choice in any traumatic
situation, whether it is emotional, mental, or physical.
Uses of Rescue Remedy for equines;
Care and application
Flower essences are vibrationally sensitive and can be easily
contaminated. When using the remedies, be careful not to touch the dropper.
Protect them from sunlight, X-rays, microwaves, computers, all electro-magnetic
devices and extreme heat or cold. Store bottles in an upright position.
Flower remedies can be used straight, individually, combined
or in a dilution. In most cases I prefer a dilution. As with homeopathic remedies,
the more diluted the original essence is, the more potent its vibrational
To prepare a dilution, use a cobalt or amber bottle, fill it
half with purified water or spring water. Add a teaspoon of brandy as a preservative;
then add 4 to 6 drops of the chosen flower essences. Don't combine more than
six remedies at a time. Rescue remedy is considered one essence, but I do
not fine it necessary to combine it with others.
Shaking in a vertical direction then magnifies the remedy.
Flower remedies can be taken internally or applied externally.
In acute emergencies, use five to ten drops every ten minuets until there
is a return to balance.
Normally five to ten drops four to five times daily is used.
One application should be first thing in the morning and one should be last
thing before bedtime. Be sure not to brush your teeth or eat anything one
half hour before taking the remedy and fifteen minutes after.
The use of flower remedies is an intuitive process, and with practice, can become a powerful tool in a Holistic approach equine care.
©2007 by The Horse's Hoof. All rights reserved. No part of these publications may be reproduced by any means whatsoever without the written permission of the publisher and/or authors. The information contained within these articles is intended for educational purposes only, and not for diagnosing or medicinally prescribing in any way. Readers are cautioned to seek expert advice from a qualified health professional before pursuing any form of treatment on their animals. Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher.
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