My visit to the Natural & Organic Products Show 2009 (2)

6 April, 2009

Continuing the series on my visit to the Natural & Organic Products Show 2009.


(As you may be aware, flower essences are remedies which act on the emotional state of a person or animal.  They are made by infusing the flower in water in the presence of sunlight to capture the vibrational quality of the flower.  The belief is that each unique flower vibration is capable of healing different negative emotional states.)

It’s not often I come across a range of flower essences specifically-created for pets.   Most holistic practitioners use traditional Bach flower remedies for pets.  I’ve used Australian Bush Flower Essences.  Bioforce have a small number of pet-specific remedies.  And in the US, Green Hope Farm have an Animal Wellness Collection.

At the show, I came across Tortue Rouge, a company specialising in organic essential oils, that has created a pet-specific range of flower essences (more to follow).

The company is based in the South of France,  in the beautiful Languedocienne mountains.  All their essential oils are grown by themselves in their grounds. 

What I found impressive was the four varieties of high-altitude lavender essential oil that they were able to offer me:  lavender grown at 800 metres, 1200 metres, 1600 metres and 1800 metres. 

(What’s the big deal about high-altitude lavender, I hear you ask.  Well, apparently, high-altitude lavender has a higher ester content – esters are the chemical components that give the oil its relaxing, calming effects as well as floral scent.  Therefore the higher the ester content, the finer the scent and more therapeutic the oil. )

I couldn’t smell the difference between the 1200m and the 1600m, but the difference between the 800m and the 1800m was discernible – the latter had a creamier, almost honeyed fragrance.

Anyway, I digress.  The founder of the company, Petre (pronounced “Peter”) Sefton has always loved animals and decided to create a range of flower essences for pets.  She and I had a very interesting discussion about whether or not the intent and “purity” of the person making the flower remedy had any influence on the efficacy of the remedy, and whether commercial methods of production eroded quality.

I spoke with Tracy Savage, one of the assistants at the stand and she gave a glowing testimonial on their effectiveness.  She is normally a sceptic about flower essences, however, she gave some to  a friend who had a rescue cat who, four years after the rescue, was timid and nervy.  Apparently, three days after the remedy, the cat became more confident and sociable. 

I realise that what I’ve just narrated is anecdotal, so I’m looking forward to trying these essences and reporting on the results.  However, it is worth noting that a number of holistic vets including Richard Allport are using these remedies.



  1. hi there, i was wondering if you could give me some information. i have a pregnant queen, this is her second litter. ive asked experts on a site online and they gave me a bunch of gobbledygook. is it nessacery that the nipples grow and if they dont get very big should the kittens still feed? ive tried to find the answer everywhere but no one seems to understand my question. even my family strongly say that the size of the nipple isent a factor and they should feed no matter how big. but the first litter wouldnt suckle. are they right? no where online seems to know anything. thanks

    • Hello paigen_evanson

      How pregnant is your queen? Has she kittened yet?

      As far as I know, nipples start “pinking up” or getting more prominent from week 3 onwards. But some queens’ nipples don’t pink up much and hardly change during the pregnancy.

      It isn’t the size of the nipples pre-birth that is important. What is important is what happens after the queen has given birth. The combination of birth hormones, kittens suckling and kneading the teats is what causes the milk to descend.

      When you say the first litter wouldn’t suckle, you didn’t say why. Sometimes kittens are born too early and don’t have the suckling reflex. Sometimes the queen isn’t producing milk – this is not related to the size of the nipples at all, but to whether she is producing the hormones to encourage milk production. You need to have a vet administer oxytocin to encourage milk production. And if the kittens aren’t suckling then you may either have to try to encourage them to suckle by holding them up to the nipples, and squeezing the teat gently to see if you can express some milk. If not, you will have to tube feed the kittens.

      You can also get very good expert advice from the Novice Breeder’s Forum on yahoo groups:


  2. Subsequent replies between me and paigen_evanson was conducted directly by e-mail.

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