5 Elements for Animal Wellbeing

Why Five Element Theory?

Here at the Animal Wellness Lounge, we’re all about whole animal wellness. Essential oils are a central part of this, but we have multiple tools in our kit. 5 Element Theory is one of them. It is fascinating, easy to use and gives you deep insight into your animals and how you can keep them healthy and happy.

I use the principles all the time to care for my own animals. It helps me decide which aromatics to offer them, which food will best suit them, how each one prefers to learn, and other useful keys for a harmonious life together.

What is Five Element Theory?

The Five Element Theory is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is a way of understanding the causes and manifestations of physical and emotional problems in humans and animals, and emphasises the need to heal the emotions in order to heal the body.

Five Element Theory is based on the cycles of nature. The five elements are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal, elements of nature that are seen to nourish and control each other. Keeping them in balance is important for health.

We are all made up of all the elements, and move through all the elements in a lifetime. However, an individual is said to have a ‘constitutional type’ aligned strongly with one or other of the elements. We are likely to show character traits, physical problems, and emotional responses specific to that element.

This questionnaire will help you figure out which element your animal is most closely aligned with. The charts give a brief overview of how the elements manifest, and how you can use this knowledge to help your animals. 

Which element is he/she?

To figure out the predominant element in your animal’s character read the five answers to each question carefully.


Decide which answer is MOST TYPICAL of your animal and give it a mark of 5, mark the least likely response as 1, and the others 2, 3 and 4 in order of similarity to your animal.


Try to be objective about the answers and remember that you are choosing what is the most usual response!

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When answering you must also take into account what is typical for the species, e.g. horses will instinctively want to run from something scary, but how does yours deal with that instinct? Age and breed will also affect the appearance of behaviour; however, your animal will have its own unique tendencies. Answer from your gut without thinking too hard and you will find it easier, if the questions are not things you have experienced first-hand, imagine the situation.

When you have completed the quiz, add up the points for each letter, (i.e, what is the total number of points for each A answer, each B answer, etc.) and see which letter has the highest points, then check which element that letter represents (letter key at the bottom of the page). The letter with the highest points is the primary element. If there is an element that has significantly less points than the others it indicates a deficiency, so you could also choose oils to strengthen the deficient element. This is a quiz in which there are no right or wrong answers, enjoy!

The Quiz

1. You and your animal go on an adventure, does he most typically:

A) Relish the experience and come alive

B) Get excited and nervous
C) Get worried and anxious
D) Assess the situation coolly

E) Would rather go home

2. Your animal is asked to perform to a crowd, does she most typically:

A) Enjoy the challenge
B) Revel in the limelight but get a bit goofy
C) Mess up the routine he has been doing perfectly
D) Carry on regardless,carefully ignoring the attention

E) Refuse to participate

3. Your usual routine has changed, is your animal most typically:

A) Impatient and pushy
B) Really excited to see you, wants to play all the time

C) Anxious and demanding of your attention
D) A bit standoffish
E) Outwardly cool, but withdrawn, possibly restless

4. Your animal most typically learns best through:

A) Simple direction
B) Play
C) Repetition
D) Precise explanation
E) Figuring it out in his own time

5. When your animal is scared he will most typically:

A) Lash out
B) Fool around/get hysterical

C) Demand attention
D) Get guarded and spiky
E) Disappear

6. Would you describe your animal's approach to life as most typically:

A) Forward fast

B) Curious

C) Lazy
D) Considered

E) Cautious

7. When meeting a new person your animal is most likely to be:

A) Quiteforward,evenalittleintimidating

B) Excited and curious, or shy
C) Friendly and demonstrative
D) Polite but distant

E) Suspicious

8. When your animal is eating she will most typically:

A) Keep one eye on the competition
B) Always be ready to leave for something more interesting

C) Forget anything else exists
D) Pick and choose the best bits and leave the rest
E) Eat because one must

9. The most important thing in your animal’s life is:

A) Action
B) Playmates
C) Harmony
D) Personal space
E) A quiet place to retreat to

10. Your animal least tolerates:

A) Boredom

B) Isolation

C) Conflict

D) Confusion

E) Noise

11. Which of these best describes your animal?

A) The Organizer

B) The Playmate
C) The Sympathizer

D) The Observer

E) The Philosopher

12. How does your animal like to be touched?

A) A good solid pat or massage as a sign of solidarity
B) Soft caresses
C) Can’t get enough of hugs and attention
D) Doesn’t really like to be touched except by a few special people

E) Will come to you for a cuddle in his own good time

The Codes

A = Wood

B = Fire

C = Earth

D = Metal

E = Water

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Understanding the Elemental Characters

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