Botanical Self-Healing is a process of gently offering a substance to an animal, and respecting his or her choice.
Performed correctly, it is a very safe process – your animal makes all their own choices and he or she will protect their own wellbeing instinctively.
But, just to remind you of some of the dangers if you were to stray outside of this framework:
Offer – never prescribe, administer, dose or feed
Remedies should NEVER be forced on the animal, or put in their food.
Animals should always be free to walk away from an aroma.
Cats & essential oils – the dangers!
Cats are a little bit special. They should only ever INHALE essential oils.
Even with the vapour and aroma of essential oils, choice is everything, and like other animals, cats must always be free to move away from a smell.
Putting essential oils directly onto or into a cat’s body is dangerous and can actually poison or kill the cat.
This because cats have low levels of some of the enzymes involved in breaking down various chemicals, which can therefore easily build up to toxic levels in their bodies if they suffer excessive exposure.
One thing you don’t want is for a cat to rub themselves against a bottle of essential oils that you are holding up for them, so when offering, make sure that your hand fully encloses the bottle and its top.
Pregnancy is so unique. Always seek professional advice before offering remedies to pregnant animals.
Animals with problems breaking down fats
If your animal has a health history which involves difficulty breaking down fats, including any history of pancreatitis, consult your vet before offering fats and macerated oils. Always be cautious with the amount of these that you offer.
And look after your home
To keep your home fully lovely, do offer remedies in a room with an easy-to-clean floor, and keep them away from your surfaces to avoid any risk of staining.
Always seek appropriate veterinary care
Botanical Self-Healing is an incredible tool, which can transform your animal’s health and behaviour, but it is not a substitute for veterinary care.