Recently we undertook the first dry-run for the Level 2 workshop later this month and we are getting very excited! In the mornings there will be discussion on issues such as barriers to success, Triggers, Mind-body connections, mixing modalities, emergencies, dealing with trauma. Case studies will also be referred to along with science papers where possible. Participants are joining us from all over Ireland and the UK, many of which are experts in their field and so we look forward to some lively enriching debate! In the afternoon, small groups of students will be assigned a horse along with a kit and a breakout room on Zoom (or should that be stable? ) Participants Online will be assigned a breakout Stable and join in with the session by suggesting extracts to offer, take the session notes etc. Also part of the plan is to have a roaming Yard-Cam going from group to group catching snippets from each session for further interest for those online. Team Vet Kerstin will assess the horses prior to the workshop and also be on hand to give valuable input. Horses in Breakout rooms is an absolute first in the Equine Educational Industry in Ireland if not in the World. We are very excited about these developments and Welcoming you all to Whitethorn Farm either physically or virtually!
Carly is delighted to have been asked to represent the Equine Zoopharmacognosy Industry at the Equine Touch UK Conference in October. She will give a talk on how and why horses self-medicate on herbs and essential oils, along with looking at Case studies of horses that have benefited from this modality. Animal self-medication (or Applied Zoopharmacognosy) compliments bodywork modalities such as Equine Touch, Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, and Shiatsu. Extracts are offered during a body work session in order to support the releasing process. For example, Yarrow, Sweet Marjoram and Peppermint essential oils are known muscle relaxants and are often selected whilst bodywork is in progress. Black Pepper is also often selected for sore muscles whilst Rose otto is known to reduce adrenalin and can support the horse in letting go during a session. Carly is looking forward to spreading the word further and continuing to inspire Body workers on the benefits of Equine self-medication at this years Equine Touch Conference! A big 'Thank you' to all at Equine Touch Uk for this fine opportunity!
We are delighted to give a big Welcome to Tilly and Greta to Whitethorn Farm. They are joining the Team as part of our commitment to the non-use of herbicides or pesticides which we have never used here at Whitethorn Farm. They are primarily in charge of weed control and are great candidates for our interspecies grazing programme! They are experts in self-selection and the first extract that Greta (brown goat - British Alpine) selected was Arnica, whereupon the stiffness in her gait completely disappeared. Tilly's initial selection (the white Saanen Goat) was Yarrow essential oil (ingested) and later on Garlic and Clove essential oil (possibly for worms). At one point we noticed Greta itching and so offered Neem powder. She requested a topical application and the itching ceased. She also inhaled Neem oil but did not choose to ingest. They both enjoy seaweed and rosehips every day and now as the weather is getting colder, some cereal. An interesting behaviour with goats, is that when they select an oil, they often request a topical application between their horns on their poll by lowering their head to the bottle. The picture above is of them shortly after they arrived. They are now enjoying rest, recuperation and retirement after a very productive life producing many kids and much milk. See below for more recent pictures of them - a lot done but more to do! They are in their senior years but great characters and a huge addition to the farm. We love them!
At last weeks online Canine Level 1 Zoopharmacognosy workshop we worked with Pippi. Pippi, as you can see, is a beautiful very friendly 3yr old Otter hound and as a dog is rather anxious and always on alert. Pippi selected analgesics which was surprising as she showed no obvious symptoms of pain. On the first day she selected Cornflower Floral Water, Rose Floral Water, Wintergreen essential oil, St John's wort macerate, Sandalwood essential oil and then promptly went to process at the other end of the room. On the next day she selected similarly (analgesics) but had less St John's wort than the previous day and added Comfrey macerate to her selection as well as Arnica Co2. She processed a lot more deeply on the second day with deep leg and body twitching. Izzy intends to continue offering at home and we look forward to hearing how she reduces her intake of analgesics as the healing progresses. She was a model demo dog and we are very grateful to Izzy for bringing Pippi along!
Please note: Aromatherapy oils are not suitable for the zoopharmacognosy approach. All our extracts are specifically sourced for the self-selection method.
How can Herbs help your Dog?
Digestive issues such as diarrhoea and constipation, skin irritations, and hormonal issues plus emotional and physical pain/ trauma have been resolved using this approach. Your dog has an innate ability to self-medicate on plants due to it's superior ability to smell and seek out the medicinal qualities within plants. We have a mere 5 million olfactory receptors whereas a dog can have around 500 - 600million. Your dog's sensory apparatus (mainly taste and smell) will then adjust according to it's medicinal needs. For example, a plant that would normally taste bitter, would become palatable until the correct amount is ingested at which point it would resume it's bitter taste. During the workshop this point is brought home with participants completing their own self-selections with one of the samples in the Learning Pack.
Workshop Learning Pack
The extensive learning pack is sent out to participants prior to the workshop and includes a Herbal Compendium, Extracts for Conditions listings, Record sheets and presentation notes. Participants may work with their own case study during the course and avail of guidance from Carly during this time. Participants will also have access to a private Facebook group for support within the Zoopharmacognosy Community and the members section of the website enabling them to access Extracts for Conditions online.
I am a great believer in serendipity and when I overheard the words 'Dogs' and 'Skin issues' in a conversation whilst sitting waiting in the Covid vaccination centre in Sligo my ears pricked up. This is because I had 3 dog clients to go to that following week all with skin issues! So of course I looked around to see from whose mouth those two important words had come from and I saw a man sporting a jacket with the words Coastal Nutrients on it. I googled it then and there and I liked what I read. To cut a long story short we got chatting and did a deal in the Covid centre car park (I know, of all the places!) and came away with a case of the said Mackerel oil. Visiting my clients the following week 2 out of 3 dogs with skin and gut issues and selected it with gusto. It seems Mackerel is rich in the Omegas 3, 6 & 9 which are critical for the well-being of joints, gut and skin integrity for dogs. Not only do dogs benefit from it when needed but it is organic, produced in Ireland by a small family business in Donegal and so ticks a lot of boxes for me! It is available at the following link or click on the picture to take you to the product page.
Dog Supplement: The Diva Dog
CASE STUDY : Remarkable resolution of PANNUS. So this is 'Dog' as she is affectionately known! A beautiful GS that came to me for Zoopharmacognosy after being diagnosed by her Vet with Pannus (autoimmune disease resulting in blindness normally considered incurable). Dog was knocking into walls etc and needless to say, she and all her human family members were finding this rapidly progressive blindness extremely distressing (deteriorated within 3 weeks). They took Dog to the vet whom prescribed an immunosuppressant to be applied topically which Berenice and her family administered as directed. Berenice then contacted me to see if there was anything Zoopharmacognosy could do. After consultation with our Team Vet Annett, we decided it would be safe to offer plant extracts to see how/if they could help. Annett said that the key to resolution was to redirect the immune response. Within 10 days of the Zoopharmacognosy session, Dog's eyes became fully clear and to date her sight is fully restored. Berenice says: "Before zoopharmacognosy her coat was completely dry and dull and she was so skinny you could see and feel her bones. In a few days she’s basically back to normal with her eyesight fully restored, and her personality is bigger than ever , and even the vet is shocked, her words were she’s never seen any recovery that quick."
It is important to note that the initial session starts the process of resolution in motion. It is the willingness of 'Dog' to engage and the dedication of her owner over the following week or so to continue offering the extracts that creates the best possible outcome - which happily in Dog's case was her eyesight being restored.
So well done Team Dog!
We are delighted to announce that we have successfully sourced from the continent a lovely rich Organic Co2 Rosehip extract (Rosa canina). This type of distillation process ensures absolutely no solvent residue and the product (human grade) contains a broad level of constituents which includes high levels of Linoleic acid (essential fatty acid belonging to the omega-3 fatty acids group) which has been proven to inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandin resulting in reduced inflammation. Older animals that have joint issues or are arthritic and younger growing animals select Rosehip Co2. If you feel your dog or horse may benefit from Rosehip Co2, click here to purchase at our online shop. There are various forms in which you can offer Rosehips to your dog or horse - as whole hips, as a ground powder or as a Co2 extract. However when your dog/horse ingests the Co2 extract orally, the extract is then able to access the buccal membranes. This then facilitates the extract entering the blood stream directly thus avoiding enzymatic activity in the gut.
This is Freda whom Gana is currently fostering from the My Lovely Horse Rescue branch in Cork, Southern Ireland. She is such a sweet little lady and very lucky to have been found and rescued and is now receiving much needed TLC. However, unfortunately Freda has been diagnosed with severe liver damage which may have been caused by Ragwort. As a four year old she also has the physical development of a two year old due to malnourishment. Throughout the Winter, Freda was averaging 8 dungs in 12 hours. After attending one of our online workshops, Gana began offering herbs using the Zoopharmacognosy approach. As a result of regular offering Freda is now averaging 4 dungs in 12 hours. Gana’s Vet felt the frequent dunging was a sign of liver damage and that the reduction in the no's of passing of dung is a strong sign that Freda's liver is on the mend. Freda has been selecting various herbs and oils over the last 2 months including the following: Lime essential oil, Neem fixed oil, Wormwood powder, Milk thistle powder, Slippery Elm powder, Marigolds dried herb, Liquorice root powder, Dandelion root dried herb (500g almost daily), Cleavers and Nettles. Nearly all of these extracts are selected to support and rejuvenate the liver. Freda’s selections make perfect sense!
Please remember that aromatherapy oils are not suitable for use in Zoopharmacognosy
This is Missy - a lovely gentle Cockapoodle that lives in the Burren and took the long trip up to Sligo to get some help with itchy skin - particularly her paws, vulva and ears. She engaged very quickly and was very clear in her selections and her MO was also very clear. She would come over to me, see what I had to offer, select and then go back over to Jayne to process until she was ready to check out another extract that I had for her. Early on in the session she selected Coconut oil and then proceeded to purge. Gut infections are often the cause of skin irritation and purging is a useful way of removing unwanted contents from the dogs stomach. We discussed removing cereal from Missy's diet which can often exacerbate gut infections and inflammation. Whilst she did select for inflammation (Peppermint & German Chamomile), interestingly enough she selected for Arnica C02(often selected for emotional and physical trauma) and initially orange blossom floral water followed by Neroli essential oil (often selected for grief). She processed for a long time (leaning on Jasmine ab as a support) on both and kept returning ever so often for a top up. During the follow-up offering Missy selected a topical application of green clay (often selected for fungal infections) on her vulva, anus and paw and itching ceased for a whole night which is unheard of! This is only the start of Missy's healing journey but I am delighted to say that Jayne has reported a significant reduction in itching and a lot done but more to do. The healing power of plants! If you would like to learn how to use Zoopharmacognosy to resolve numerous physical and emotional issues with your dog click on this Canine Workshop link
Please note that aromatherapy essential oils are not suitable for this type of work.
Hi! My name is Carly and I am a life long lover of Dogs and Horses. When my mare was having regular episodes of Colic I looked around for a solution and found Applied Zoopharmacognosy. I was so impressed that I trained in this fascinating effective herbal approach and now I teach others how they too can use this healthcare approach to support their dog and/or horses throughout their lives for emotional and physical issues. I also have an online shop providing all the Zoopharmacognosy extracts you need to offer to your dog or horse. Happy Offering and Healing Selecting!
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