Self-Selection

This is a fun topic and yet quite amazing.   Nature shows us time and time again, we should let it work its own magic. 

Technically it's called:  Zoopharmacognosy is a behavior in which dogs and other animals will self-medicate by selecting and ingesting or topically applying plants, soils, insects, and psychoactive drugs to prevent or reduce the harmful effects of pathogens and toxins. 

It may take you a little time to experiment with this and you’ll need more than 1 or 2 oils for your dog to choose from. This gets more fascinating as your collection grows or when you come for a consult with me and we have the option to offer your dog many choices.  

As you start to understand how to choose oils that are appropriate for the issue you’re trying to address, you will pull several options from your collection. You’ll then open the bottles, and create an offering of the caps (safely so he can’t grab the cap and run) and let him respond to the one he likes (or needs — and yes they know!)

I have had multiple dogs with Separation Anxiety issues choose Cedarwood oil. To the point of beginning to lick it off my hands.  I often have nervous dogs want to lick Valor from my hands.  There are many stories I could tell.

At a past conference, my roommate’s dog was very ill. There were several aromatherapy pros who came to support him. His mom had him on a regimen of supplements, Raindrop, Reiki, and every effort we could offer.  

One night, I was working with him and the oil he chose was Cypress. He licked it off my hands, over and over. She told me to give him as much as he wanted.

Being new to oils at that time, I looked up the benefits of Cypress — and cried my eyes out.

Cypress is from the greek word “sempervivens” — which means Live Forever.


Try it with your dog and let me know how it goes!   If you're wondering why he may have chosen something specific, we can work together to solve the puzzle!

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