Applied Zoopharmacognosy – one of the most natural ways to help heal your animals

canstockphoto7780334Animals know how to heal themselves. They have the innate ability to recognise and seek out medicinal plants and compounds in their environment, in order to achieve and maintain health. This has been well documented by scientists such as Jane Goodall in her research with chimpanzees in the wild. Our domesticated pets have very limited access to be able to forage for these natural remedies themselves and so we can help them with Applied Zoopharmacognosy, which is the offering of good quality natural remedies, such as essential oils, herbs and herbal powders, clays and macerated oils, so that an animal can self-select their own medicines.

Animals can self-select for physical, behavioural and emotional issues and the evidence of our pets self-selecting for these issues is growing all the time.

Using Applied Zoopharmacognosy gives your animals the wonderful opportunity to help them to heal themselves.

Cat self selectingAn Applied Zoopharmacognosy session will involve us working together with your animal, offering natural remedies that are appropriate for the symptoms or behaviours your pet is displaying. I will teach you how to observe your animal’s reactions to the remedies and how to know which ones they would like to try. These remedies are not added to your animal’s food, but instead are offered separately and an animal may choose to inhale, lick or have the remedy applied topically.

You will have the option to purchase some of your animal’s favoured remedies, so that you can continue to offer them over the following days or weeks. The best results come from listening to your animal and ensuring that they are still enjoying the remedy each time you offer it, allowing them to say no thank you when they have had enough! Animals naturally stop selecting the remedies as healing takes place.

Animals have been seen to self-select for the following issues





Respiratory problems

Skin problems

Digestive problems

Urinary problems


Bacterial and viral infections

Issues affecting the nervous system – fits and dementia

Elderly animals – special support for our older friends

Run down animals – helping to support the immune system


Fear – of fireworks, thunder, visits to the vet and many more issues

Anxiety and lack of confidence

Aggressive behaviour

Depression and withdrawn behaviour

Repeated and compulsive behaviours

Hormonal issues

Shock and recovery from accidents and traumas

Rescue animals – helping them to overcome past traumas and bad experiences

New and young pets – helping them to adjust to a new environment

House pets – environmental enrichment for those animals who live solely indoors

Relationships – helping to improve relationships between household pets and between pets and their owners, as well as helping an animal to come to terms with the loss of a companion

Animals self selecting in nature

Which animals may benefit from Applied Zoopharmacognosy?

Dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, snakes, birds and rodents all respond positively when offered the opportunity to self-select their own remedies. It has also been used successfully with farm animals such as cows, sheep, pigs and goats as well as native wild animals and exotic species such as reptiles and zoo animals.

Evidence of our pets self-selecting in their own environment

  • Eating grass and taking an extremely long time in choosing the right strand!
  • Licking, eating and rolling in dirt
  • Rolling on fragrant plants such as lavender and rosemary
  • Foraging and eating wild plants such as nettles, rosehips, cleavers, and brambles

Popular natural remedies

Often seen to be self-selected by animals exhibiting these issues or behaviours

Rose Otto essential oil Fear, compulsive behaviours, past trauma, balances female hormones
Valerian essential oil Anxiety, fear, nervousness, muscular tension, rescue animals
Yarrow essential oil Inflammation, wounds, kidney and urinary issues, past trauma
Violet Leaf absolute Rescue animals, helps animals to cope with change of home or owner
Peppermint essential oil Digestive and respiratory issues, pain, nerve damage, inflammation, itchy skin
Arnica macerated oil Pain, bruising, shock, emotional trauma, recovery from injuries
Seaweed extract Arthritis, joint and lameness issues, wounds, abscesses, tumours
Spirulina Allergies, cancer, skin and joint disorders, animals that are run down
Green Clay powder Wounds, sarcoids, skin infections, important source of minerals

What about Veterinary care?

Applied Zoopharmacognosy is not intended to be a replacement for veterinary care and advice. A vet should always be your first point of call when you are worried about the health of your pets. Please check with your vet that they are happy for your animal to have an Applied Zoopharmacognosy session, before contacting me to make an appointment.