Flower Essences for animals

Flower Essences for animals

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The following table describes the uses of flower essences for animals. Flower essences are gentle, 100% natural and have absolutely no side effects.

They mainly act on the psyche and animals are very attuned to these remedies.

Description of the Bach flower essences
Description of the Bach flower essences

I also have a brief description of the flower essences.


Name Description as per Dr Edward Bach in “The Twelve Healers” Animal Relation
Rock RoseFEAR

The remedy of emergency for cases where there even appears no hope. In accident or sudden illness, or when the patient is very frightened or terrified, or if the condition is serious enough to cause great fear to those around.If the patient is not conscious the lips may be moistened with the remedy.

Other remedies in addition may also be required, as, for example, if there is unconsciousness, which is a deep, sleepy state, Clematis; if there is torture, Agrimony, and so on.

Ingredient of the Rescue Remedy.

For any situation where the animal is terrorized and fears for its own life, bringing about extreme reactions, panic and fear. When the animal is so afraid that it will do anything to escape, including injuring itself and others.For animals who are terrified to go outside.

Animals that are dizzy or unconscious due to heatstroke or sunstroke

For those who panic prior to perform

For those grieving after the loss of a companion or owner

Mimulus FEAR

Fear of worldly things, illness, pain, accidents, poverty, of dark, of being alone, of misfortune. The fears of everyday life.These people quietly and secretly bear their dread, they do not freely speak of it to others.

Shy and withdrawn people

For animals that have a fear of known things, whether it be the dark or the thunder, the sound of a motor bike, fire etc. These fears can be demonstrated by the animal panting, pacing, growling etc.Broken down animals due to unhappiness or stressful environment

May be useful to the animal standing at the bottom of the hierarchy who is bullied by others

Cherry Plum FEAR Fear of the mind being over-strained, of reason giving way, of doing fearful and dreaded things, not wished and known wrong, yet there comes the thought and impulse to do them. Ingredient of the Rescue Remedy.

For animals who lose control, have a destructive behaviour, become unmanageable and nasty to the point where their owner is afraid of them. Sudden outburst of irrational rage, violence or hysteriaAlso useful for epileptic seizures.

Animals who are unpredictable that show extreme flight/fight response.

Animals with self-destructive behaviour and rages.

Aspen FEAR Vague unknown fears, for which there can be given no explanation, no reason. Yet the patient may be terrified of something terrible going to happen, he knows not what. These vague unexplainable fears may haunt by night or day. Sufferers often are afraid to tell their trouble to others. For animals that are generally anxious, edgy and fearful without any specific reason. Animals who refuse to go outside and then become difficult to train.Many abused animals who become fearful and edgy may benefit from Aspen.
Red Chestnut FEAR For those who find it difficult not to be anxious for other people. Often they have ceased to worry about themselves, but for those of whom they are fond they may suffer much, frequently anticipating that some unfortunate thing may happen to them. Animals who are overprotective of their owners, offspring, mates, home etc. Fear of separation when the animal fears for the others, not to be aloneAnimals who fret overwhelmingly when left behind or separated form their owners, mates etc. when they fear for the others
Cerato UNCERTAINTY Those who have not sufficient confidence in themselves to make their own decisions. They constantly seek advice from others, and are often misguided. Animals who seek constant approval from their owners. For those who are highly dependent on their owners due to no interaction with their own speciesAnimals who lack self-confidence in general
Scleranthus UNCERTAINTY Those who suffer much from being unable to decide between two things, first one seeming right then the other. They are usually quiet people, and bear their difficulty alone, as they are not inclined to discuss it with others. For animals that alternate between one state to another (kindness/aggression, joyful/depressed etc)Might also help with inner ear ailmentsMight be of help with unclear symptoms that keep changing
Gentian UNCERTAINTY Those who are easily discouraged. They may be progressing well in illness, or in the affairs of their daily life, but any small delay or hindrance to progress causes doubt and soon disheartens them. For animals that give up easily, get depressed/sulk easily For those who lack interest in food
Gorse UNCERTAINTY Very great hopelessness, they have given up belief that more can be done for them. Under persuasion or to please others they may try different treatments, at the same time assuring those around that there is so little hope of relief.

For those who have lost their “Joie de Vivre”For animals that have spent most of their life in captivity and haven’t got the heart to keep goingMay be useful in cases of laminitis

Lethargic animals

For those who have given up hope as sometimes seen with neglected, abused animals

Hornbeam UNCERTAINTY For those who feel that they have not sufficient strength, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life placed upon them; the affairs of every day seem too much for them to accomplish, though they generally succeeded in fulfilling their task. For those who believe that some part, of mind or body, needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfill their work. For animals who are not enthusiastic to perform after a period of inactivity For those who need a lift after illness
Wild Oat UNCERTAINTY Those who have ambitions to do something of prominence in life, who wish to have much experience, and to enjoy all that which is possible for them, to take life to the full. Their difficulty is to determine what occupation to follow; as although their ambitions are strong, they have no calling which appeals to them above all others.This may cause delay and dissatisfaction. For those who do not seem to perform to their best abilities-may help retired race horses or those who do not wish to raceFor those who are uncertain of their abilities in performing/working in a particular field. For example a jumping horse that may, in fact, be more suited to dressage
Clematis NOT SUFFICIENT INTEREST IN PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES Those who are dreamy, drowsy, not fully awake, no great interest in life. Quiet people, not really happy in their present circumstances, living more in the future than in the present; living in hopes of happier times, when their ideals may come true.In illness some make little or no effort to get well, and in certain may even look forward to death, in the hope of better times; or maybe, meeting again some beloved one whom they have lost.

For animals who do not seem to be able to focus or keep their attention to the task-for those who are lethargic/inactive and seem to sleep a lot.For animals who never seem to be present

For those who are bored or who do not get enough mental stimulation

HoneysuckleNOT SUFFICIENT INTEREST IN PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES Those who live much in the past, perhaps a time of great happiness, or memories of a lost friend, or ambitions which have not come true. They do not expect further happiness such as they have had. For animals who have troubles adjusting to new owners/home. or those who become depressed or ill when away from home or from their ownersFor animals who do not want to move on from a past situation such as those grieving excessively over a lost owner/mate/offspring
Wild RoseNOT SUFFICIENT INTEREST IN PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES Those who without apparently sufficient reason become resigned to all that happens, and just glide through life, take it as it is, without any effort to improve things and find some joy. They have surrendered to the struggle of life without complaint.

For animals lacking energy and life force who do not want to move or when their body is cold. Constant apathy and lethargy.For animals suffering a debilitating illness

For abandoned animals

For those who do not like change as it is too much effort

For those who do not want to do anything like exercising

For those who do not seem to enjoy life but are neither happy or sad, neither excited or depressed, just flat without any spark

OliveNOT SUFFICIENT INTEREST IN PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES Those who have suffered much mentally or physically and are so exhausted and weary that they feel they have no more strength to make any effort. Daily life is hard work for them, without pleasure.

For complete exhaustion, mental or physical due to prolonged periods of stress or exercise. May aid in recovering after surgery or long illnessFor those competing/working over multiple days

For those who have suffered a great ordeal where they had to survive by themselves like lost animals



For those who cannot prevent thoughts, ideas, arguments which they do not desire from entering their minds. Usually at such times when the interest of the moment is not strong enough to keep the mind full.Thoughts which worry and will remain, or if for a time thrown out, will return.

They seem to circle round and round and cause mental torture.

The presence of such unpleasant thoughts drives out peace and interferes with being able to think only of the work or pleasure of the day.

For animals with obsessive behaviour such as paw chewing, wind-sucking, scratching, licking etc. For animals that are so stressed that they can’t stop themselves from doing something
Mustard Not SUFFICIENT INTEREST IN PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES Those who are liable to times of gloom, or even despair, as though a cold dark cloud overshadowed them and hid the light and the joy of life. It may not be possible to give any reason or explanation for such attacks. Under these conditions it is almost impossible to appear happy or cheerful. For depressed animals where there is no reason for it, whether it be physical or environmental. A vet should be consulted when an animal is depressed as it is rarely without a reason.
Chestnut bud NOT SUFFICIENT INTEREST IN PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES For those who do not take full advantage of observation and experience, and who take a longer time than others to learn the lessons of daily life. Whereas one experience would be enough for some, such people find it necessary to have more, sometimes several, before the lesson is learn.Therefore, to their regret, they find themselves having to make the same error on different occasions when once would have been enough, or observation of others could have spared them even that one fault. For animals who do not seem to learn easily and where endless repetitions are required. When animals repeat the same mistakes over and over.May be useful to animals with short attention span

For those who in health or illness like to be alone. Very quiet people, who move about without noise, speak little, and then gently.Very independent, capable and self-reliant. Almost free of the opinions of others.

They are aloof, leave people alone and go their own way.

Often clever and talented.

Their peace and calmness is a blessing to those around them.

For animals who do not like to mix with others including with humans For those who like being alone which might not appear normal within a herdFor animals who do not demonstrate a normal social behaviour (within the norm of the species/breed)

For those who want to be left alone when ill


Those who are quick in thought and action and who wish all things to be done without hesitation or delay. When ill they are anxious for a hasty recovery.They find it very difficult to be patient with people who are slow, as they consider it wrong and a waste of time, and they will endeavour to make such people quicker in all ways.

They often prefer to work and think alone, so that they can do everything at their own speed.

Often used in extreme pain, especially in acute pain of nerve type and muscular aches For animals who are in a hurry to do thingsFor those who cannot stand still and want to go go.

Can be useful in arthritic conditions

For those who become restless if not enough exercise and/or attention

For those who will hurry and push others who get in their ways

HeatherLONELINESS Those who are always seeking the companionship of anyone who may be available, as they find it necessary to discuss their own affairs with others, no matter whom it may be. They are very unhappy if they have to be alone for any length of time.

For animals who seek constant attention from their owners For those who are constantly in their owner’s space wanted to be close byFor animals that pace, paw, bark, whine, destroy things etc when left alone

Extreme anxiety separation because they do not want to be left alone

AgrimonyOVER SENSITIVE TO INFLUENCES AND IDEAS The jovial, cheerful, humorous people who love peace and are distressed by argument or quarrel, to avoid which they will agree to give up much. Though generally they have troubles and are tormented and rest less and worried in mind or in body, they hide their cares behind their humour and jesting and are considered very good friends to know.They often take alcohol or drugs in excess, to stimulate themselves and help themselves bear their trials with cheerfulness.

For animals that never complain about pain and keep going until breakdown. For those who are eager to please their owner, even if they are in pain.For animals that get anxious and stressed but the only sign is through skin problems or digestive upsets

These animals might suffer from sleeplessness

CentauryOVER SENSITIVE TO INFLUENCES AND IDEAS Kind, quiet, gentle people who are over-anxious to serve others. They overtax their strength in their endeavours. Their wish so grows upon them that they become more servants than willing helpers.Their good nature leads them to do more than their own share of work, and in so doing they may neglect their own particular mission in life. For animals who do not ascertain themselves For those who get bullied by othersFor animals who are over submissive, who will do anything to please their owners and would follow them around constantly.
WalnutOVER SENSITIVE TO INFLUENCES AND IDEAS For those who have definite ideals and ambitions in life and are fulfilling them, but on rare occasions are tempted to be led away from their own ideas, aims and work by the enthusiasm, convictions or strong opinions of others. The remedy gives constancy and protection from outside influences. For animals who cannot adapt to change, including new surroundings, new owners, new mates etc During pregnancy, teething, weaning, first seasons etcDuring new routine, including new exercise/training
HollyOVER SENSITIVE TO INFLUENCES AND IDEAS For those who sometimes are attacked by thoughts of such kind as jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion. For the different forms of vexation. Within themselves they may suffer much, often when there is no real cause for their unhappiness. For animals who demonstrate strong emotions of jealousy, suspicion, hatred and turn viciously against the other party.
LarchDESPONDENCY OR DESPAIR For those who do not consider themselves as good or capable as those around them, who expect failure, who feel that they will never be a success, and so do not venture or make a strong enough attempt to succeed.

For animals who lack self-confidence For those who have lost their confidence due to some past eventThose who are afraid of failing

Those who will not try again after a failure

PineDESPONDENCY OR DESPAIR For those who blame themselves. Even when successful they think that they could have done better, and are never content with their efforts or the results.They are hard-working and suffer much from the faults they attach to themselves. Sometimes if there is any mistake it is due to another, but they will claim responsibility even for that. Normally not used with animals as it is difficult to determine whether an animal has feelings of guilt
ElmDESPONDENCY OR DESPAIR Those who are doing good work, are following the calling of their life and who hope to do something of importance, and this often for the benefit of humanity. At times there may be periods of depression when they feel that the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being. For animals who become stressed due to the demand of activity or tasks such as those competing, racing or having a stressful job like a police horse or police dog who are surrounded by crowd, noises and violence. May also be useful to animals used in hospitals, retirement homes and disable children activities.These animals may develop allergic reactions due to high stress levels.
Sweet ChestnutDESPONDENCY OR DESPAIR For those moments which happen to some people when the anguish is so great as to seem to be unbearable. When the mind or body feels as if it had borne to the uttermost limit of its endurance, and that now it must give way.When it seems there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face. For animals with extreme anguish due to abuse, neglect, cruelty or chronic illness. For those who are starving themselves to death after being abandoned or separated from their owners or the loss of their mate. Might be of help to the Gala who has lost its mate.
Star of BethlehemDESPONDENCY OR DESPAIR For those in great distress under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness. The shock of serious news, the loss of some one dear, the fright following an accident, and such like.For those who for a time refuse to be consoled this remedy brings comfort. For all forms of shock and trauma, whether it be emotional, mental or physical. This remedy is part of the Rescue Remedy
WillowDESPONDENCY OR DESPAIR For those who have suffered adversity or misfortune and find these difficult to accept, without complaint or resentment, as they judge life much by the success which it brings. They feel that they have not deserved so great a trial, that it was unjust, and they become embittered. They often take less interest and less activity in those things of life which they had previously enjoyed. For resentful animals, self-pity. Sulkiness

For those who are struggling and fighting strongly to get well, or in connection with the affairs of their daily life. They will go on trying one thing after another, though their case may seem hopeless. They will fight on.They are discontented with themselves if illness interferes with their duties or helping others.

They are brave people, fighting against great difficulties, without loss of hope or effort.

For animals who are generally strong but don’t seem to be able to get over an illness. They are fighters and will keep working and do what is asked for them until they break downThey never complain or show pain

For animals with debilitating, terminal or chronic illness who keep fighting until the end but become tired and overwhelmed


This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they had something not quite clean about themselves. Often it is something of apparently little importance: in others there may be more serious disease which is almost disregarded compared to the one thing on which they concentrate.In both types they are anxious to be free from the one particular thing which is greatest in their minds and which seems so essential to them that it should be cured.

They become despondent if treatment fails. Being a cleanser, this remedy purifies wounds if the patient has reason to believe that some poison has entered which must be drawn out.

For animals who are obsessed with grooming themselves. For those who can’t stop licking themselvesFor animals who are left in an unclean, unhygienic environment (feces, urine etc)

For animals with skin allergies, hair loss, acute skin disorders etc

ChicoryOVER CARE FOR WELFARE OF OTHERS Those who are very mindful of the needs of others; they tend to be over-full of care for children, relatives, friends, always finding some thing that should be put right. They are continually correcting what they consider wrong, and enjoy doing so. They desire that thosefor whom they care should be near them. For animals who are overprotective of their offspring in a way where they do not let the little ones wander/explore etc. Clinging animals

Those with fixed principles and ideas, which they are confident are right, and which they very rarely change. They have a great wish to convert all around them to their own views of life.They are strong of will and have much courage when they are convinced of those things that they wish to teach.

In illness they struggle on long after many would have given up their duties.

For very intense animals with nervous and muscular tension. Active and happy animals that tend to be hyperactive, running everywhere, jumping all the time and pushyThose who always invade personal space but in an overwhelming way
VineOVER CARE FOR WELFARE OF OTHERS Very capable people, certain of their own ability, confident of success. Being so assured, they think that it would be for the benefit of others if they could be persuaded to do things as they themselves do, or as they are certain is right.Even in illness they will direct their attendants. They may be of great value in emergency. For animals who are set in their own ways leaning towards aggressiveness and bullying. They are dominant and over territorialUseful to the alpha animal who terrorizes the herd, always pushing, biting, kicking and attacking those lower in the hierarchy
BeechOVER CARE FOR WELFARE OF OTHERS For those who feel the need to see more good and beauty in all that surrounds them. And, although much appears to be wrong, to have the ability to see the good growing within.So as to be able to be more tolerant, lenient and understanding of the different way each individual and all things are working to their own final perfection. Animals who show intolerance towards other animals or people or events. Not to be confused with fear.
Rock WaterOVER CARE FOR WELFARE OF OTHERS Those who are very strict in their way of living; they deny themselves many of the joys and pleasures of life because they consider it might interfere with their work. They are hard masters to themselves. They wish to be well and strong and active, and will do anything which they believe will keep them so.They hope to be examples which will appeal to others who may then follow their ideas and be better as a result. Animals who are inflexible (mentally and physically)Those who are very disciplined and find it difficult to have their routine modifiedDominant behaviour

2 thoughts on “Flower Essences for animals”

  1. lea hennessy

    Hello so delighted to find your site. I use flower essences but have become very unhappy with the standard bach stuff produced by Nelson Homeopathic. When I check the energy levels of an essence I use kinesiology to determine the quality levels on a ration of 1 to 10. I find them running at a level of 2 which is disappointing. Crystal Herbs produce Bach Flower Remedies with a much higher reading and are produced in the original way using mainly the sun method and boiling for some plants. Please do not take offence as none intended. The world needs more people like you doing such great work. Lea

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