Project Description

APA philosophy and tools

APA grew out of my work in animal aromatherapy. As I worked with essential oils and various animals, I came to understand that most of what we call disease could have been prevented if we had taken care of the early signs of stress in the body or mind. By understanding what causes stress in the body and mind we can create a healthy environment and prevent illness before it happens.

APA has 4 main tools

  1. Essential oils, hydrosols and herbal oils (aromatics) using animal self-selection (zoopharmacognosy) to relieve stress and rebalance body and mind
  2. Traditional Chinese Medicine, to balance the bio-system and understand the root of dis-ease
  3. Understanding the mechanisms of stress and how to reduce stress in the domestic environment (species specific management)
  4. Basic ethology (the study of animal behavior with emphasis on the behavioural patterns that occur in natural environments.)


Essential oils are a safe and effective solution for many common health and behaviour problems in domestic and captive animals, such as:

  • Stress, Allergies, Arthritis, Cushings Syndrome, Excema, Hormonal Problems, Metabolic Syndrome, Sweet itch, Skin problems, Laminitis,  Aches and Pains, Injuries, Immune disorders, Sarcoids, Warts, Aggression, Disobedience, Phobias & Fears, Separation Anxiety, Spookiness, Stereotypical Behaviour.

APA uses an animal’s instinctive ability to choose substances it needs to be healthy (known scientifically as zoopharmacognosy); you, the guardian, provide your horse, dog or cat essential oils, hydrosols and herbal oils to support the body’s natural ability to self-heal. Working together like this, in a way animals instinctively understand, restores health and enhances the bond of trust between you.

Traditional Chinese Medicine for animals

TCM is a holistic method that looks at the body as a unique eco-system that has its own seasons and climates, which need to stay in balance; it uses acupuncture, herbs, diet and physical exercises to help maintain this balance. The emphasis in TCM is on keeping the body healthy so that the question of illness does not arise.

How TCM is used in Animal PsychAromatica

APA uses several of the principles of TCM, such as the importance of a balanced diet and free movement of energy within the meridians, but especially the 5 Element Theory.

The Five Element Theory is an integral part of the APA system. It is a way of understanding the causes and manifestations of physical and emotional problems in humans and animals. Understanding each Element and how it manifests, at ease and in dis-ease, helps to give a clear idea of which essential oils, nutrition, and home environment will be most suitable for your animal. The Five Elements can be used to give insights into the root of pathologies, our loved ones and ourselves and resolve many problems before they even begin.

Reducing stress with species-specific management

Each species evolved over millions of years to become what it is today, the food they eat, their social behaviour and physical needs are all based on this. Domestication is a very short part of evolutionary history, so many of the demands of domestication such as diet, how we ask our animals to live, and our alien social customs, can cause mental or physical stress.

Many problems, including itching skin, bad breath and behaviour problems arise because domestic animals eat an unsuitable diet, high in fats and sugars, preservatives and other additives, or low in trace nutrients.  Our animals also live in an environment which causes them psychological and physical stress; lack of company,  exercise or clear rules all contribute to stress levels. There are many simple ways animal guardians can change how they manage their animals to increase health and well-being. 

APA educates and advises owners how they can provide an ‘as natural’ lifestyle for their pets, even if they are living in a city apartment, thereby reducing many of the stresses which are the cause of illness and behaviour problems.

Is it a problem?

Sometimes natural behaviour is a problem in a domestic environment, such as a dog digging or a cat spraying. Also, humans can be very confusing for animals as we say one thing with our body and another with our mouth, and our behaviour can be very inconsistent.

Many problems with animals are just a matter of perception. Sometimes humans interpret natural behaviour wrongly, or do not understand the message the behaviour is trying to convey.

An APA consultation can help you understand what your animal’s behaviour means and gives you simple solutions to every problem.

How APA can help

An APA consultation will provide you with the aromatics you need to re-balance your animals body/emotions and help him/her return to a state of well-being. We also offer advice on the best food for your particular animal, taking into consideration his character and circumstances. APA aims to help you and the animals you love understand each other better and communicate clearly, so you can live together in health and harmony.

If you would like to learn more about how APA can help your animals go here, or to become an APA practitioner go here, or contact us if you have questions