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This is probably what will become the first of several appearances (over months) by Meg Harrison, founder of Black Wing Farms and an expert on using flower essences to solve behavioral problems in animals. If you have ever used Bach Rescue Remedy for yourself or a pet, you’ve used a flower essence.
When Brittany first appeared at our home, she suffered from severe separation anxiety and ended up having to be near me all the time and go everywhere I went over a period of months. At that time, I tried one of Meg’s flower essences and could never tell how much it helped. Didn’t hurt, but was Brittany actually less anxious? Hard to tell. (Today I’d start an anxious dog on CBD oil and go from there).
I have two thoughts about what Meg sells: 1) It works and 2) It doesn’t work. I don’t think she makes up her many success stories, but where I saw Brittany’s rear legs improve within hours of her first CBD dose, I am not sure what flower essences did for her. But I have an open — even hopeful — mind about their efficacy. Something I don’t really have for homeopathy.
If flower essences can live up to the claims, I’d use them in all my transport situations. And rescues. I haven’t done extensive testing and I’d like to find a tester with no preconceived expectations about flower essences if I can do a trial.
Brittany, by the way, lost her separation anxiety over a period of months and is now comfortable being alone for hours at the time.
From her website:
44 years ago, Meg Harrison, founder and owner, was using flower essences for the treatment of alcoholic teens. Then she had a revelation in the aftermath of a horrible horseback riding accident when the horse’s owner used flower essences on Meg and her horse to great effect. Since that time 25 years ago, Meg has created a wide range of products to help with the mental, physical, and emotional needs of animals.
Uses of these products were well proven in the wake of the Southern California wildfires of 2003 where her products helped to calm and stabilize traumatized pets and farm animals who were lost, injured, or abandoned during the fast-moving blazes. At this time Meg decided to market her products and became BlackWing Farms.
In 2005, Meg then went to Louisiana and volunteered (eventually to be hired by the Humane Society of the United States) to help care for the animal victims of Hurricane Katrina (and while there also weathered Hurricane Rita). Again the value of her flower essences was proven as time and again they effectively helped to calm and treat the animals in the care of the Humane Society of the United States and the Louisiana SPCA.
Since then the products of BlackWing Farms have been requested by various distributors including Jeffers Pet Catalog, as well as the animal rescue organizations, Best Friends Animal Society, ASPCA in NYC, Animal Farm Foundation, the Humane Society of the US, The Gentle Barn in their rescues and longterm care of slaughterhouse animals.
Within the last 10 years, we also began to market a line of sprays for use by people to affect mood. This product is a direct descendant of the flower essence concept used by Meg 40+ years ago and are formulated using flower essences and essential oils.
Here is the bio Meg provided:
Meg Harrison, author and flower essence expert specializing in animal behavior, has successfully helped thousands of behaviorally-challenged animals using proprietary formulas blending essences, carefully chosen essential oils, and homeopathic remedies. Working with trainers, health care practitioners, rescuers, and shelters nationwide; she is able to facilitate positive change in the vast majority (93%) of cases, no matter how difficult or emotionally damaged.
Experience includes: rehabilitating rescues from puppy mills, hoarding cases, court-ordered seizures, research labs, captured Mustangs, feral cats, and farm animals rescued from slaughter. Most quickly adjust and feel safe in their environments thus explaining the outstanding success in shelter settings. Positive effects during emergencies which demand immediate calm, focus, and co-operation have been recognized by staff and volunteers in 14 California wildfires, 11 hurricanes, 2 F-5 tornadoes, in addition to visible relief for thousands of dogs and cats seized and held by court orders.
With 40 years of experience working with difficult and damaged individuals, she has advocated for gentler, more effective ways to improve overall mental and emotional well-being and the behavioral health of 24 different species continuing to share her experience and hard-won knowledge with anyone who will listen whether in a lecture hall, webinar, walking shelter dogs, or during a natural disaster.
Meg@BlackWingFarms.com or call 760-728-9900.