Last week I started sharing a little about a recent zoopharmacognosy (self selection) session with a canine client of mine.
Rachel Windsor-Knott, of My Animal Matters, sent a box of samples to Willow’s owner and, via Skype, talked us through how to offer them and what signals to watch for.
Having offered some essential oils, we then moved on to the 2 macerates that Rachel had thought would help Willow: Comfrey and Arnica. Willow devoured these, lapping up all that Rachel had sent. (Comfrey – also known as ‘knit bone’ – is good for fractures and also helps in cases of soft tissue damage. It eases inflammation of the stomach, too, so can be helpful in easing the side effects of pain killing medication. Arnica helps with bruising, muscular injury and inflammatory pain. It is also an immune system stimulant.)
Rachel then suggested offering the Rose and Valerian Root waters. Willow licked and chewed at the bottles so her owner poured some out and again she lapped these up and wanted more. She seemed to have a slight preference for the Rose water. (Rose is used in cases of anger and resentment, hormone balancing, feelings of rejection and emotional wounds, trauma and unwanted memories. Valerian root is a muscle relaxant and sedative which helps in cases of anxious behaviours.)
We then moved on to Marjoram Sweet. This was on a cloth and again Willow showed interest. Her energy come up and she appeared quite playful. She approached her owner which made Rachel think she might want to have the oil applied. Rachel gave instructions for Willow’s owner to rub the cloth on her hands and offer these to Willow. Willow accepted this so her owner gently rubbed her hands first on Willow’s chest, then her neck and shoulders and on down to her back. Willow then turned round and presented her rump and back for the oil to be applied there too! (This oil is an antispasmodic, helps to ease stiffness in the muscles and is also very comforting in cases of grief.)
Lastly there was a cloth with Violet Leaf oil. Willow showed great interest in this, chewing at the cloth. (This oil is very supportive when there is anticipation of pain. It is comforting to the heart and helps those of a nervous disposition.)
Next week I’ll talk about how we drew the session to a close and how things progressed for Willow.
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