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For sharing news, information, updates and tips that I have found helpful for my pets. I hope you find this blog informative, fun, and useful for your own animal companions.

By ritalymboura, Jul 29 2019 11:27PM

This beautiful little bush with yellow flowers has amazing pain-relieving and anti-depressant properties. Animals tend to self-select it in an infused oil.


I harvested some of the flowers to make my own infused oil this summer. I soaked the flowers in some organic sunflower oil. As you can see in the photos over a couple of weeks the flowers release a red pigment. This holds the active compounds hypericin and hyperforin. The oil can then be strained off for use. I love seeing the yellow flowers turn the oil bright red.



By ritalymboura, Jan 9 2019 08:11PM

A happy new year to all our customers and followers!

The ANT blog has been rather quiet these last few months. This is partly due to my training in Canine Merishia Massage. Just one module to go before I am fully qualified and can start offering this service. Coming soon so watch this space!

January is a cold and quiet month after the festive season, and our energies can slump. This can also be true for our pets. Reiki healing can help recharge and rejuvenate your energy. So why not book a Reiki healing session both for yourself and your pets. I can include both in one appointment, so contact me for details.

Your animals can also benefit from an Animal Herbal choices session. There are nutritional herbal powders that are packed full of vitamins and minerals that can give your pet a boost. An Animal Herbal Choices session allows your pet to indicate which powders they prefer using their natural ability to self-select. I will explain how this wonderful method works during a consultation, so contact me to enquire.

I am also planning more talks and workshops later in the year and will announce these in due course.

Wishing you and your animals a happy and healthy 2019!



By ritalymboura, Oct 13 2018 10:38PM

Come along to this introductory talk on Herbal Self-Selection for Pets by Rita Lymboura

Tuesday 20th November 2018

7.30 – 9.00 pm

Hosted by Laceys Yard

Chesham Town Centre, 2 Laceys Yard (by Cox the Saddler at 23 High Street)

To book your seat call: 01494 771324


Learn about herbal remedies and self-selection for pets with animal therapist Rita Lymboura.

Rita will be explaining how animals self-select plants for their well-being by a process called applied zoopharmacognosy. This behaviour-led method can aid animals on both a physical and emotional level.

Using a variety of herbal extracts including powders, floral waters, infused and essential oils, Rita will explain how to offer them safely to benefit your pets at home.

[Note: Due to venue restrictions animals are not permitted on the premises]


Hosted by Laceys Yard

Chesham Town Centre, 2 Laceys Yard (by Cox the Saddler at 23 High Street)

To book your seat call: 01494 771324

Cost: £12 (limited spaces available)





By ritalymboura, Sep 24 2018 10:56PM

The days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping, and the leaves are turning rustic shades of red and gold – Autumn is here! With it comes firework season, from Diwali celebrations to Guy Fawkes night. Very exciting for us but quite distressing for our pets. Many dogs and cats find it hard to cope with the sudden explosive bangs which must sound even louder to their extra sensitive hearing.

However, there are ways to help them cope and it is best to prepare from now. My approach is to use a combination of creating safe spaces where they can hide and feel secure and offering them herbal extracts via self-selection to promote calm.

Find a quiet area to put your pet’s safe space, where they can retreat and hide away. A safe space can be an ‘igloo’ style pet bed, or a crate containing a bed and covered with blankets to make a den. Even a cardboard box turned on its side with an inner cushion is a cheap and easy safe space that cats can use. Or they may simply prefer to lie under a table or bed.

On the night of the fireworks, keep your pets indoors with windows closed and curtains drawn. Having the TV on or playing soft music can help lessen the noise impact. If your pet is getting anxious or panicky, remain as calm as possible and reassure them.

There are herbal extracts you can offer on a self-selection basis if you are familiar with zoopharmacognosy (if you are not, feel free to contact me for guidance or to book a session). Note that essential oils are safe for dogs, but for cats I would recommend offering floral waters or dried herbs which are safer for non-practitioners to offer.

I would begin with extracts that allay fear, such as frankincense, valerian and violet leaf. These herbs contain phytochemicals that when inhaled will affect the brain chemistry and promote calm. Rose water can help reduce adrenaline as well as being a lovely scent to work with. Lavender is another herb noted for its calming properties. Angelica root can help promote a sense of peace and is also available as floral water or the dried herb. Chamomile, cornflower water and vanilla are also comforting extracts to try.

Once your pet has self-selected their remedies, start to offer them daily in the run up to the fireworks. The animal will begin to associate that aroma with calmness, so when they are exposed to scary noises, that scent can bring them a sense of security. The herbal extracts can be sprayed or dropped onto cloths, and the cloth placed near their safe space where they can access it. Always allow your pet to walk away from the scent when they have had enough, and never force an extract on them. Self-selection works by letting the animal choose which herb and how much they need. Allow them to guide you – their nose knows!


Wishing you all a happy and peaceful autumn season!



By ritalymboura, Jan 29 2018 11:24PM

We have all seen how cats love dried catnip. But did you know they also enjoy other dried herbs?

Try creating a cat herbal mat for your feline companion to enjoy. Just place a selection of dried herbs on a mat or towel. Try rose petals, calendula flowers (english marigold), chamomile flowers, mint, lavender, valerian root (very popular with cats - though smells rather unpleasant to us!), and of course cat nip.

They may sit, sniff, nibble, or start rolling around on the herbs. Just give them space in case they become a bit frenzied with the enjoyment.


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