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Essential Differences: Botanical Flower Essences Vs. Essential Oils

Posted by Kendra Van Hall on

At Arenus, we often get asked if our Botanical Animal Flower Essences are the same as essential oils. While there are some similarities, they are very different in many ways. For one, flower essences and essential oils have unique healing properties and separate application instructions. 

It is key to learn the differences in order to use them safely and to gain the most benefit for yourself and your pets. 

Read on to learn about the differences, and how you can use our Botanical Animal Flower Essences to help alleviate emotional and behavioral issues in your pets.

Unique Healing Properties

To start, flower essences are water-based, made only from flowers. They are completely safe to take internally including animals and humans. They are all-natural and help support healing through homeopathic means, meaning that the flower essence is diluted many times over to reap the healing benefits.

Essential oils on the other hand are oil-based and made from the aromatic parts of plants. They are highly fragrant and are often used in perfumes or natural body care products. Essential oils heal through biochemical properties.  There are some safety concerns to be mindful of including the dosage and how to properly combine essential oils.

The Main Difference

Flower essences and essential oils are used in very different ways. Flower essences are taken internally with a dropper. You can add them to water or take them directly. Or add them to your water bottle (or pet's water bowl) and sip throughout the day. Essential oils are applied topically or inhaled. You will want to use a carrier oil to dilute essential oils since they are extremely potent and should not be applied directly to the skin without dilution. 

Finally, the healing differences are significant. Essential oils are often used for physical healing. For example, you can use them to help kick out a lingering cold or alleviate congestion. Flower essences affect healing by addressing emotional causes that led you or your pet to be ill in the first place. 

According to the creator of Botanical Animal Flower Essences, Stacey Small, “The only time flower essences fail is if we guess wrong as to what the root cause of the issue is. If we think the problem is fear-based and use a remedy geared toward allaying fear, and it turns out to be an anger issue, the fear remedy will not work. I ask everyone to have patience. Essences are not animal-specific, but issue-specific.”

How to Use Botanical Animal Flower Essences

Did you know? Our Botanical Animal Flower Essences are not just for horses and dogs. Many small and large animals can benefit from their healing properties. 

Have a rowdy chicken that needs to Mellow Out? Is your goat not getting along with the pack and needs to reduce his or her Sibling Rivalry? Many of our clients have successfully used our Botanical Animal Flower Essences on a variety of animals including chickens, geese, goats, cats, rabbits and more.

Administering Botanical Flower Essences to your pets is simple. You can add essences to their water bowl and allow them to sip throughout the day, or take from the dropper according to dosage instructions directly.

If you need help selecting the right flower essence for your pet, be sure to check out the Arenus Product Selector. This is the easiest way to find the best formula for your pet and their specific behavioral or emotional issue. Wishing you and your pets the very best health and healing!


Equine Herbal & Energetics by Stacey Small and Andrea Baldwin, Infinity Publishing Inc. PA 2016

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