The word Zoopharmacognosy comes from the ancient greek
'Zoo' (animal) 'pharmaco' (remedy) and 'gnosy' knowing.
Zoopharmacognosy refers to the process by which animals self-medicate and naturally forage plants and their essential oils, algae, clay and other natural minerals. All animals have an innate ability to self-select to balance themselves and prevent disease.
Based on science and observation, zoopharmacognosy is a process that enables domestic and captive animals to self-medicate effectively in environments without therapeutic plants. I facilitate this process by bringing the plants and other compounds to the animal!
Essential oils, plants and other compounds are offered to the animal based on the history provided by the owner or care giver. Remedies selected by the animal are not added to the feed or masked in any way to encourage the animal to ingest them. Compounds selected by the animal for self-medication allow the animal to guide its own health. The animal has the ability to control it's remedy, dosage and application. An animal will be aware of what is needed to bring itself back into health before symptoms manifest.
I trained with the Ingraham Academy of Applied Zoopharmacognosy and continue to develop my knowledge by attending courses with the Ingraham Academy and other relevant organisations including Rose Therapies and Alan Howell - Shechina.