In the previous 3 posts I’ve shared what happened at a recent zoopharmacognosy (self selection) session with a canine client of mine, Willow. The session was offered via Skype by Rachel Windsor-Knott of My Animal Matters. Having asked Willow’s owner to fill out a detailed consultation form Rachel then sent a box of samples and, during the call, described how to offer these to Willow. Rachel’s selection of herbs and oils was spot on, and Willow worked with everything in the box.
Rachel also recommended that Willow’s owner offer her Coconut oil in addition to the remedies to make sure that she was choosing the macerates for their herb content, rather than for fats (see further information in Part 3). Willow proved to be very keen on this and her owner realised that it has also been helping her skin. (Willow had had a tendency to lick at her paws causing redness and broken skin but this has now cleared up.)
Rachel added Spirulina to Willow’s selection of remedies. This is helpful in cases of anxious behaviours and joint problems. It is detoxifying and helps to stimulate the immune system. It’s also a great supplement for senior dogs or those who are a little run-down as it is rich in protein and nutrients. Willow proved to be very fond of this too!
Following the initial session, Willow’s owner continued to offer the remedies, particularly the Peppermint, Marjoram Sweet and Violet Leaf oils, the Comfrey and Arnica macerates and the Rose water. To these she then added the Coconut Oil and Spirulina. She shared this message with us when her box of remedies arrived:
Willow was so excited when your parcel arrived and was ripping off the bubble wrap with me! She’s loving the arnica, comfrey, violet leaf (rubs on side of head with it and mouthing/chewing the cloth) and marjoram on her back, more than the others… She is much more relaxed and softer…
Rachel had included small sachets of Devil’s Claw and Barley Grass which Willow took for a few days. (Devils Claw is good for arthritis, inflammatory pain and musculoskeletal issues. Barley Grass supports animals with anxious and hyperactive behaviours and those with skin conditions. It is rich in nutrients, particularly magnesium). Her owner then sent us this message:
Not keen on devils claw today so offered barley wheat grass … then offered spirulina… Lucky I put a towel down, specks of green everywhere! … Still wanting marjoram on her back and generally sleeps with either violet leaf/peppermint.
Willow is twitching now, she hasn’t done that for a while.
Throughout this whole process I was also offering Reiki to Willow to help her body enter into it’s Rest and Repair mode. She can tend to be an anxious dog who is always on the alert so the Reiki helped her to relax so that her body could heal and so that the oils and other remedies could work effectively. Several of the remedies she chose were also supporting her on this emotional level. This is a picture of Willow after one of our Reiki sessions:
In our fifth session, Willow’s owner said that had she not seen it for herself she would not have believed the change in her dog over the last month.! From having been very wobbly on her back legs and walking with a rather odd, wide-legged gait, scuffing her toes, Willow now almost looks normal when she walks. She had lost some muscle tone but is slowly building this up again as she regains strength and feeling. She now knows when she needs to go outside for toileting and so there have been no further accidents in the house. Her owner is overjoyed! When she’d first been given the diagnosis from the vet she had thought she might soon have to say goodbye to her beloved dog whereas now it seems that Willow has been given a new lease of life!
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