Contrary to what some might think, my role as a holistic animal healer is not, in fact, to heal pets. My role is to promote conditions within your pet for them to heal themselves.
It’s quite brilliant actually, since an animal’s body, like our own, is an incredibly intelligent organism. Given the proper set of circumstances it can heal itself quite readily.
One of the ways I encourage this to happen for your pet is to use plants and extracts in a healing session. It is a practice known as Applied Zoopharmacognosy during which animals are offered plants and extracts found in their primitive and native habitats. This allows an animal to “guide its own health” (1) as they might have in their natural environment by foraging for plants and other natural compounds for their medicinal and nutritional value.
The types of extracts I use during a session like this, more easily referred to as herbal self-selection, are herbs, flowers, essential oils, floral waters, clays, algae, nutritional oils and more. Your pet knows instinctively what they need for their own benefit. I need only to know what to offer.
The beauty of this practice is that these extracts allow your pet to heal on a body, mind, spiritual and soul level. So for example, if your pet is experiencing pain from surgery, anxiety from past trauma or behavioral issues with unknown origin, herbs and extracts can help with them all. Also, I don’t necessarily need to know exactly what is causing your pet’s problem since extracts heal the root cause of a variety of conditions by their nature.
What happens during an herbal self-selection session?
Since an animal knows what they need, the way a self-selection session is conducted is that I offer extracts to your pet (as opposed to prescribing or applying them) and they are given the opportunity to “select” the remedy. Once they have done this, they will guide me as to whether they prefer inhalation, ingestion or topical application. The outward signs they show can range from being very obvious to quite subtle. They are also given the opportunity to process their response, much like you might do during a massage when you stretch, yawn or fall asleep. For an animal this might be licking, scratching, yawning, walking around, rolling over and even going into a very deep trance-like state.
These extracts are quite potent and some should not be ingested or applied topically, so for these reasons, self-selection should only be conducted by a trained practitioner.
Logan Selects Herbs
To give you an idea of what a session would look like, I share part of Logan’s session in the following two videos. Logan was rescued by his Mom several years ago. She describes Logan as a horse who has never been easy.
In the first video Logan is selecting Calendula flowers, which help with trauma, sadness, digestive issues, lymph congestion and skin problems related to depression or anxiety. He has also selected dried Nettles which help bolster the blood, improve circulation and support the liver and kidneys. Notice how voraciously Logan is wanting both of these healing herbs.
Logan Selects Essential Oils
In the second video, I have offered Logan violet leaf essential oil. After initially inhaling it, Logan has shown me that he wants this healing oil applied topically to both his neck and his head. Violet Leaf is a deeply healing essential oil which helps with emotional trauma, tension and anxiety. It is often selected by animals who have experienced changes in their home environment, as Logan has.
Is your pet experiencing pain, anxiety, restlessness, fear or other emotional, physical or behavioral discord? Contact me today to explore how a self-selection session for your pet can help them heal and have a better quality of life.
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Lots of love,
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