applied zoopharmacognosy

What is Applied Zoopharmacognosy?

 Animals have evolved to cope with potential threats including disease and injury and as a result have developed solutions to restore health by self-administering medicinal compounds naturally found in the wild.  They have an innate ability to prevent disease.

Zoopharmacognosy is the process when animals self-medicate and naturally forage plants and their essential oils, algae, clay and other natural remedies. This practice allows an animal to use its innate ability to prevent disease.  The word Zoopharmacognosy was coined by Dr. Eloy Rodriguez a biochemistry biochemist at Cornell University. The word is derived from the ancient greek 'zoo' (animal), 'pharmaco' (remedy) and 'gnosy' (knowing).  

Applied Zoopharmacognosy (IAZ)  is the art of enabling domestic and captive animals to self-medicate effectively in environments without therapeutic plants. Offering appropriate secondary compounds and extracts containing concentrated plant compounds (such as essential oils) for self-medication allows the animal to be in control of its health, remedy, dosage and application.  An animal will be aware of what is needed to bring itself back to health.  


What happens in an Applied Zoopharmacognosy session?

After an initial chat with their guardian about their history (i.e. medical, physical, emotional history etc.. ) a session would then involve the offering of pure essential oils, floral waters, fixed and macerated oils, dried herbs and powdered herbs and minerals to the animal in question whilst reading their responses to the plant's secondary metabolites and minerals.  At any given time during the session, the animal is the one who determines not only what is chosen to work with but also how it is to be used, whether inhaled, ingested or rubbed onto a specific part of their body.  


Cats, essential oils and IAZ

With the feline family, the session begins with the offering of dried herbs on a towel, sometimes called a Herb Garden, for them to start to select what they wish to work with.  Essential oils are mostly inhaled when working with cats and due to their metabolism, essential oils should only be offered to be rubbed onto them by a qualified Applied Zoopharmacognocist.  

Canine and Equine sessions

With the canine and equine family, the session would usually start with the offering of minerals, dried herbs and fixed oils like Spirulina, Barley Grass and Rosehips to ensure that they have all the minerals and vitamins that they need before seeing where they wish to move the session along e.g. choosing oils for pain control or emotions.  

At the end of a session

At the end of a session, your animal will be left with their favorite chosen oils/powders in either inhalation tubes, on a piece of fabric or a mix for application as in when dealing with arthritis in a specific area.  

What IAZ can help with

anxiety  ~   depression  ~  digestive system  ~  fevers  ~  hormonal / reproductive  ~  immune deficiency

infections, wounds and burns  ~  allergies  ~  pain  ~  inflammation   ~  respiratory problems  ~  fear 

kidney / urinary / liver  ~  nerve damage  ~  skin and coat problems  ~  tumors and growths  ~  grief

insecurity  ~  new home  ~  separation  ~  shock  ~  stress  ~  trauma past/present   ~  and much more...

Applied Zoopharmacognosy can help emotional, physical and behavioural conditions in all species

Applied Zoopharmacognosy in Action - Herbalstuffies

Another way in which your animal can heal themselves whenever they need to or want to is with one of our HerbalStuffies!  Meredithe creates and cuts out a linocut design which she then prints onto cotton using eco fabric inks, sets them, sews them up, fills them with hypo-allergenic stuffing and then the Applied Zoopharmacognosy magic happens with the addition of dried herbs! 

Organic dried Valerian Root to help when anxiety hits for both cats, dogs and small furries. 

Catnip for its stimulating and calming qualities with cats. 

Chamomile and Lavender flowers for its gentle calming qualities.