Applied Zoopharmacognosy can help emotional, physical and behavioural conditions in all species.  For instance: 

For more information about Applied Zoopharmacognosy or to be book an appointment for a session, 
you can email Meredithe on
info@undertheginkgotree.co.uk, use the online contact form or call her on 07779 060919

  • allergies
  • pain
  • inflammation 
  • respiratory problems
  • kidney / urinary / liver
  • nerve damage
  • skin and coat problems
  • tumors and growths

What is Applied Zoopharmacognosy

Animals have evolved to cope with potential threats including disease and injury and as a result have developed solutions to restore health by self-administering medicinal compounds naturally found in the wild.  They have an innate ability to prevent disease.

Zoopharmacognosy is the process when animals self-medicate and naturally forage plants and their essential oils, algae, clay and other natural remedies. This practice allows an animal to use its innate ability to prevent disease.  The word Zoopharmacognosy was coined by Dr.Eloy Rodriguez a biochemistry biochemist at Cornell University. The word is derived from the ancient greek 'zoo' (animal), 'pharmaco' (remedy) and 'gnosy' (knowing). 

Applied Zoopharmacognosy is the art of enabling domestic and captive animals to self-medicate effectively in environments without therapeutic plants. Offering appropriate secondary compounds and extracts containing concentrated plant compounds (such as essential oils) for self-medication allows the animal to be in control of its health, remedy, dosage and application.  An animal will be aware of what is needed to bring itself back to health.  

What happens in an Applied Zoopharmacognosy session?

After an initial chat with their guardian about their history (i.e. medical, physical, emotional history etc.. ) a session would then involve the offering of pure essential oils, floral waters, fixed and macerated oils, dried herbs and powdered herbs and minerals to the animal in question whilst reading their responses to the plant's secondary metabolites and minerals.  At any given time during the session, the animal is the one who determines not only what is chosen to work with but also how it is to be used, whether inhaled, ingested or rubbed onto a specific part of their body.  With the feline family, the session begins with the offering of dried herbs on a towel, sometimes called a Herb Garden, for them to start to select what they wish to work with.  Essential oils are mostly inhaled when working with cats and due to their metabolism, essential oils should only be offered to be rubbed onto them by a qualified Applied Zoopharmacognocist.  With the canine and equine family, the session would usually start with the offering of minerals, dried herbs and fixed oils like Spirulina, Barley Grass and Rosehips to ensure that they have all the minerals and vitamins that they need before seeing where they wish to move the session along e.g. choosing oils for pain control or emotions.  At the end of a session, your animal will be left with their favourite, chosen oils/powders in either inhalation tubes, on a piece of fabric or a mix for application as in when dealing with arthritis in a specific area.  

Another way in which your animal can heal themselves whenever they need to or want to is with one of our HerbalStuffies!  Meredithe creates and cuts out a linocut design which she then prints onto cotton using eco fabric inks, sets them, sews them up, fills them with hypo-allergenic stuffing and then the Applied Zoopharmacognosy magic happens with the addition of dried herbs! Organic dried Valerian Root to help when anxiety hits for both cats, dogs and small furries. Catnip for its stimulating and calming qualities with cats. Chamomile and Lavender flowers for its gentle calming qualities.

More information on how to order your HerbalStuffies coming soon.....

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • digestive system
  • fevers
  • hormonal / reproductive
  • immune deficiency
  • infections
  • wounds and burns

Applied Zoopharmacognosy in Action - HerbalStuffies

  • fear
  • grief
  • insecurity
  • new home
  • separation
  • shock
  • stress
  • trauma past/present

Under The Ginkgo Tree

Meredithe attained her diplomas in Applied Zoopharmacognosy in All Species with Caroline Ingraham.     

As such, she upholds the same Code of Ethics which are outlined below:

Code Of Ethics
The 5 main principles of Ingraham method:

  • Always gain the animal's consent
  • Never put plant compounds in the food of an animal
  • Always allow an animal to self-select the plant compound 
  • Never diagnose
  • Never restrain an animal

The practice of Applied Zoopharmacognosy is not intended to replace veterinary care; therefore it does not diagnose, dose or treat. Instead it facilitates the enhancement of an animals environment.
Legality of the Ingraham Method of Applied Zoopharmacognosy
Please be aware that the following only applies to those in the UK.  Jurisdictions in other countries may have different laws concerning animal self-medication.
There has been some discussion on the legal status of allowing animals to self-medicate, especially in regard to whether it contravenes the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966). The Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966) states that it is illegal for non-veterinarians to perform an act of veterinary surgery on an animal. According to the act, “veterinary surgery” means:
…the art and science of veterinary surgery and medicine and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, shall be taken to include:
(a) the diagnosis of diseases in, and injuries to, animals including tests performed on animals for diagnostic purposes;
(b) the giving of advice based upon such diagnosis;
(c) the medical or surgical treatment of animals; and
(d) the performance of surgical operations on animals. As stated above, it is illegal to diagnose an animal with a disease or perform a diagnostic test. Applied Zoopharmacognocists do not diagnose, they simply offer the plant extracts on the basis of the symptoms displayed by the animal.

The IAZ has been legally advised that allowing animals under the care of others to self-medicate with plant extracts is permissible as it would not constitute an act of veterinary surgery. This is because the plant extracts that are offered are not controlled substances that can only be possessed by a veterinary surgeon. It would be an act of veterinary surgery if you administered a product that could only be legally possessed by a veterinary surgeon. If the product is on general sale (as plant extracts are) then non-veterinarians are allowed to possess it. This is why providing an animal with an over-the counter wormer does not constitute an act of veterinary surgery. 
Remember that if you are not a vet then it is illegal to diagnose or give advice based on a diagnosis.
It is essential to obtain insurance before allowing animals under the care of others to self-medicate.  You must also seek permission from the carer before offering any extracts.

Find out more about Caroline Ingraham and Applied Zoopharmacognosy