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Nature's Finest

9th Feb 2011

Armed with powerful natural ingredients, Sean Cooney took to his kitchen and used a food processor to create a healing cream. Today, Botanica’s range of Herbals Creams washes and sprays are used by animal care experts worldwide with impressive results.

  A spiritual naturalist, Sean Cooney does not like to be called ‘alternative’. “I argue that I’m original, my ingredients have been used for thousands of years,” he begins. “My range of healing products are outstanding in their effectiveness and their ability to heal where modern medicines have failed.”

  Growing up on a farm in Wexford where the family’s homemade lotions and potions meant they rarely needed to call out a vet or doctor, it’s no surprise that when Sean finished studying agricultural science, he began dabbling in natural solutions for common problems.  

  “There was a particular client who had tried everything to heal their athletes foot and was totally frustrated so I suggested going back to nature. From my kitchen table I began experimenting with ingredients to create a healing cream for humans and animals.”

   Drawing on his experiences gained working alongside chemists and scientists, Sean set about mixing his own unique recipe, except this time he used only natural ingredients: “I started off with Tea Tree, Lavender and Aloe Vera then I added comfrey which is like a fertilizer for the skin, it’s great for the reproduction of the cells.”

 

The end result is known today as Botanica’s Natural Herbal Cream, a product that’s effectiveness in healing cuts and wounds has been proved time and time again, but at the beginning Sean had a lot to prove, especially to the clinically minded veterinary world as he reveals: “Veterinarians are trained to use chemicals and them someone comes along with a homemade potion – it goes against their training. You have to know that and accept that and then work to change that view point,” he argues.

 

“When I started out over 20 years ago I was miles ahead of my time and I was treated very much like a Witch Doctor. If you mentioned Tea Tree people wanted to know how much you had to drink. It wasn’t taken seriously. Had it been a gimmick I would have moved on to other ideas but it was something that I knew and truly believed in. I went back to the kitchen and the food processor and I kept it going and if my children ever had a scratch or graze they’d ask for the horse cream.”

 

Determined for his product to succeed, Sean made the decision not to go out and do the hard sell, but instead to let the product speak for itself.

 

“I met horse trainer Nick Skelton in the Odyssey about three years ago. At the time his number one horse Arko was having terrible trouble with cracked heels and I suggested using Botanica, and it worked! Now the racing fraternity are big fans of my products.”

 

Citing another success story, Sean reveals how a friend took a tub of cream down to Dublin Zoo resulting in rich rewards: “A while later I gave the Zoo a call and Gerry Creighton the manager arranged for me to visit as the large animals such as Rhinos and Elephants have lots of problems with their skin. I brought down some more products and a few months later the zoo opened an account and put an order in for a couple of thousand pounds.”

 

And of course, one open door leads to another… “Gerry introduced me to Alan Roocroft a leading elephant behaviour consultant a few months back,” Sean continues. “One of the first things he informed me was that he is inundated with product, but we got talking and the barriers came down and Alan admitted that there was a noticeable difference in the condition of the Dublin Zoo animals today than there was three months ago when he was here last. Of course he wanted to have his own testimonials so I gave him product and he has gone from being negative to being incredibly positive about the product.

 

In fact Alan is so enthusiastic about the success of the Botanica products in treating the elephant’s skin conditions that he has invited Sean to attend his Elephant Management School in Hamburg to introduce himself., and his products, to the Zoo and safari parks around the world.

 

2011 looks to be a big year for Botanica and Sean is especially excited about a potential TV Venture: “We are planning to arrange a trip to India to carry out field hospitals where we will be treating the animals with Botanica. The really exciting part is the trip will be filmed by National Geographic in conjunction with RTE.”

 

In addition to making an impact in the large exotic animal field, Sean’s cleansing wash and herbal cream are also enjoying increased popularity on home turf among local horse trainers, breeders, and vets.

 

“I have some of the top veterinarians on board now which is great.” Sean enthuses. “I am a great believer in starting at the top. The people at the top have open minds – that’s how they got there, and let in trickle down.”

 

A great believer in Karma, Sean argues that every closed door results in a better one opening and he tells a great story to prove his point: “I sent the race horse trainer Mark Johnston some product and he blanked it, but the upside of that was that his secretary tried the cream on her dog who had skin problems and it worked. The knock on effect was that her sister in law was a veterinary surgeon and she was intrigued and took the product on in her surgery. Luckily the surgery was one in a franchise of about 60 vets and now they all use it!”

 

Botanica’s website and printed literature is full of glowing testimonials and case studies ranging from the treatment of serious wounds in horses, to the treatment of sores on udders in cattle and sun burn on dogs. In fact Sean claims his products enjoy a 98% success rate and that new uses for the treatment cream are still being discovered.

 

So what’s the secret to Botanica’s success? Sean believes it’s not the ingredients in the product, but rather how they are put together as he explains: “Everything in the treatments we humans have been using thousands of years, the only difference is that I was the first to make a cocktail. The key to my success is the word synergistic – the ingredients work exceedingly well together and enhance and multiply the effect when used together. I believe they also kick start the bodies own immune system as we get success where all else has failed.”

 

With a skincare range now launched and new products in the planning, it looks like Sean’s years of hard work and dedication are finally being rewarded, a result that’s totally in keeping with his spiritual philosophy on life: “I’m totally convinced you reap what you sow. If you sow poison ivy and deadly nightshade, don’t be looking for golden corn. I like to ask myself, ‘What’s my purpose in life, what can I do to help mankind? My contribution is the healing powers of Botanica. There are a lot of animals out there today who are alive because of Botanica and that’s a great legacy.”

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  • Alan Roocroft,
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    It’s been my experience that Botanica products work as a softening agent on Elephant’s tails and feet. The areas on the tails and feet after Botanica creams were used were softer and

  • Alfonso Martin MRCVS,
    8 Scroggy Lane, Glenavy, Crumlin

     

    We have been using Botanica products for the past 2 years

     cracked heals…

     

    Itching - Anti-Itch

    Infact Botanica can

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    Bingley West Yorks

    I have been using Botanica products for more than 2 years on our horses, in particular the Wash and Herbal Cream. I have found these products to be excellent and very effective.

     

  • Dr Adrian Mulholland,

    Hello Sean

     

    I have been recommending Botanica Wash and Herbal Cream for all types of skin conditions.
     

    Another indication for your considerat

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    Dear Sean

    I have to write to tell you of the excellent results I have had from using your products. I bought your antiseptic cleansing wash plus other products at the horse of the yea

  • Imogen Miskin,

    Hi Sean I would just like to say a very big thank you! for kindly giving me some of your BOTANICA natural herbal cream, at "your horse live". For the scar on my forehead from when a do

  • Jenny Close,

    Hi Sean

    I was talking to you last night, my blackberry battery was too flat to email last night.

    I use Botanica Natural Herbal Skin Cream in the way windowlene is used in M

  • Cala Russell,

    I was given a sample of your amazing cream by Di at Coltsfoot (our sponsor) and IT IS AMAZING !! It heals almost anything... form spots to cuts and back again. No offence but its a little like h

  • Mollie,

    Hi

    My mother bought a selection of you creams. She gave me some to use as a DEODERANT. I didn’t think for one minute that it would work, but I did use it at her persistence. To

  • Mrs Theresa Lennon,
    Rostrevor

    I was first introduced to Botanica Healing Skin Cream when my daughter contracted chicken pox.

    My sister worked in a local Pharmacy and recommended it. She had it very bad on her face

  • Huw Gruffydd,
    Wynnstay, Rhuthun

    Hi Sean,

    It has been nearly seven weeks since I e mailed you thanking you for the package you kindly sent to me. The filly had a nasty cut on her leg about above her

  • Mark Durning,
    4 Moorefield church road killiney co. Dublin

    Hi Sean
     
    I am an Equine Dentist and use only the best products that are on the market. My customers’ horses deserve the best care possible and this is why I use

  • Paula Flavin,

    Hi Sean ,my stallion had very serious problems in his sheath area caused by a buildup of smegma ,we had tried everything, and was having intensive treatment by the vet ,I had heard about Botanic

  • Claire Dunphy,

    Hi Sean,

     

    I purchased a 550 ml tub of the Botanica Anti-Itch cream and 500ml Botanica cleansing wash at the Dublin Horse Show in August.  I have a horse that has

  • Mairi,

    I would like to thank you for selling me the pack at the Royal Highland Show which included the Anti Itch.  My pony has not itched at all since using your product and I have used it on othe

  • Laura Domenica,

    Dear Sean,

     

    I have a Friesian mare. When I bought her, I didn’t realize she had Severe Itch. We went on holiday in the spring and when I returned two weeks late

  • Diana Milligan,

    Hi Sean, I rang you last year and you said you would donate a Botanica Hamper to the Scottish Donkey Breed Society and we would very much like to take you up on this offer for a fundraising raff

  • Peta Roberts F.B.H.S.,

    Dear Sean,

    At HOYS you asked me to let you know how my pony was doing on your anti itch cream. He now has hair on his quarters, and a tail, and our fence rails are intact! It took unt

  • Alfonso Martin,
    8 Scroggy Lane, Glenavy, Crumlin

    We have been using Botanica products for the past 2 years.

     

    It has always worked very well and are pleased with the results

  • LESLEY-ANNE HENRY,

    IN a 'Coals to Newcastle' sce­nario, a small Northern Ireland company has started selling herbal products to China.

    Botanica International from Warrenooin

  • Jane Zhang,

    In an unusual reversal, a British herbal company has landed a cor selling natural medicinal lotions, sprays and liquids to China where h medicine has been conducted for thousands of years.

  • Ray Cooling,

    IN WHAT appears to be an act of total role reversal, a United Kingdom company has landed a long contract to sell herbal remedies to China. Botanica International, based in Northern Ireland, make

  • News,

    Nick Skelton uses Botanica on Arko

    The top show jumper Arko owned by John Hales of One Man and Azertyuiop fame, fame, used to suffer from permanently cracked heels until rider Nick Sk

  • Newry,
    39A Patrick St

    We have been using the Botanica range of products for more than 2 years and found them very effective.

    They promote the recovery off horse skin. They are effective in recovery of cuts

  • Hugh C. Suffern,

    We have been using Botanica Range of Products for a number of years now with amazing w'.kits on Cuts, Grazes, Cracked & Sore Heels. In Botanica can be used daily

    The Botanica

  • Buisness Life,

    Last year there was panic buying in high street giant Boots after one of its own brand skin care


    creams was featured in BBC science documentary and again queues ha

  • Marian Cooper,

    A Northern Irish woman who survived a bomb blast hails Botanica as a miracle cream, as it healed a wound after almost 20 years!

    "I was about to get into the bath when a bomb expl

  • Paul Mulholland,

    Please see attached photograph of the tip of my left ring finger after an accident at work and following plastic surgery at the Ulster Hospital, Belfast.

    I know it looks a right mess

  • Dessie Hughes,

    My name is Dessie Hughes and I am a horse trainer based at The Curragh Co Kildare. Due to increasing wet weather and regular use of artificial surfaces on the gallops our horses often suffer, We

  • Tom Taffe,

    Dear Sean

    We have been using your Botanica Herbal Cream for two years now for various conditions, We have found the product to be excellent and all problems have cleared up very quick

  • News,

    THE red hand logo of Botanica International is easily recognised by people in the sport horse sector, but an increasing number of race­horse owners, trainers and bree­ders are becoming a

  • Dr Salom√© Weingarten France,
    France

    We met at the FRANCE VET congress in Paris a month ago and you gave me a few samples of your products a Cleansing Wash and an Anti-Itch Cream in order to try on my horse which has been s

  • Angela Brindley,
    Cheshire

    Good Afternoon Sean,

    I have owned my gorgeous coloured cob for four and half years now. He suffers from leg mites, which causes him to itch and bite his legs, resulting in sores aroun

  • Paul Martin,
    Clanciarrai Kerry Blues.

    My name is Paul Martin from Lurgan, Co Armagh and I have been breeding Kerry Blue Terriers for thirty five years and also judge all terriers both at championship and open show level.  I hav

  • Alan Roocroft,

    It’s been my experience that Botanica products work as a softening agent on Elephant’s tails and feet. The areas on the tails and feet after Botanica creams were used were softer and

  • Predrag Marjanovic,
    Singapore Polo Club

    Dear Sean,

    I am very happy to say we have been using your Botanica Products on all types of skin with great success here at the Singapore Polo Club.

    We have used Botanica W

  • Brian Dooley,
    Newry

    Dear Sean,

    I have been using the Botanica products for a number of years now and I must say our stable yard would not be without them.

    The Botanica Anti-Itch cream is absol

  • Tina Mc Grane,

    As a greyhound trainer I use a lot of Botanica products. I have been training greyhounds for many years and can honestly say that Botanica Natural Herbal Skin cream is the most effective cream I

  • Gerry Creighton,

    Hi Sean,

    As requested an update on the Botanica herbal cream use here at the zoo, I spoke with all the keepers involved in applying theherbal cream to our pachyderms [large mammal wit

  • Jayne Doherty,

    Dear Sean,

    I wanted to write to you to say I just love Botanica!

    It was first in my kit bag when packing for the European Championships this year as I knew it has so many u

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