I was already an enthusiastic user of Rescue Remedy for my cats and myself when I moved from New York City to upstate New York. It hadn’t occurred to me that wild animals would have any need for this treatment, but I learned fast about its value.
During my first winter, on a snowy afternoon, I heard a thumping sound against the glass doors of my living room. I went outside and saw a nuthatch lying on a heap of snow. I ran back to the house, returned with a bottle of Rescue Remedy, and very slowly dribbled a few drops onto the bird’s beak. It opened its eyes and began to move, but was not yet capable of flying. Unless I took it inside, it would freeze to death.
I found a cardboard box, lined it with newspapers, and very carefully lifted the nuthatch into it. Once inside, I put some sunflower seeds and a dish of water with a few drops into it and covered the box with a screen. Avoiding the attention of some very interested cats, I put the box in a room and closed the door.
The next morning the nuthatch was clinging to the screen and beating its wings. I released the bird, and it flew away.
Since that incident, I have treated countless birds that have been stunned by a collision with window glass. Why does it work so well?
Rescue Remedy is a composite of five Bach Flower Remedies:
Rock Rose: For terror and panic
Impatiens: for irritability, nervousness, and tension
Cherry Plum: For fear of losing control
Star of Bethlehem: For trauma, shock, and numbness
Clematis: For unconsciousness
As you can see from the above, it’s an ideal treatment for a bird that’s had an unfortunate meeting with a window. I have also given it to other animals.
The most dramatic case was a raccoon that, based on its limp, appeared to have an injured leg. When I saw it I immediately called a local animal rehabilitator (which I recommend that anyone who sees an injured wild animal do), but she said, with regret, that she wasn’t legally allowed to treat a raccoon because of the risk of rabies.
Because coyotes live in the woods behind my house, I was concerned about the animal’s vulnerability. I suggested that I would put out dry cat food for the animal and a water dish with water-treated Rescue Remedy. She approved this treatment plan.
I did the food and water plan for about a week, and I could see that the raccoon was rapidly improving. Then one day I saw it at night, loping easily across the yard.
In general, Rescue Essence can be very helpful for animals in cases of physical or emotional trauma. For animals up to human size put four drops in the drinking water. For larger animals, such as deer, put ten drops of Rescue Remedy in a bucket of water.
A reminder: Never try to directly, i.e., with physical contact, treat an animal. If you administer Rescue Remedy to a bird, only touch it if, as in the nuthatch story, it will die if not moved. I also checked with an animal rehabilitator to make sure my treatment was okay. This is always a good idea. Animal rehabilitators are trained to deal with animals, evaluate their condition, and if necessary, get them to a vet. Never do this on your own.