Rescue Remedy Review

photo of a pack of rescue remedyBach’s Rescue Remedy is an unusual alternative medicine and in some ways a controversial one.

It’s widely used around the world, yet has no scientific evidence to confirm its effectiveness.

Despite the lack of research evidence, it’s produced on a commercial level, sold in many shops, and has proven to be a hit with millions of people.

Since I’m always on the lookout for new sleep and anxiety products to test, I was particularly interested in the version created to help you sleep – Rescue Night Liquid Melts.

As with previous sleep aids I’ve tried over the years, I decided to test it for a week and see what effect it had.

Following that, I then tried out the traditional Rescue Remedy during the day to see if it would help my stress levels.

I also researched how it works to see if I could demystify it. So if you’re thinking of trying it yourself, you’ll find out what you need to know in this review.

What is Rescue Remedy?

Rescue Remedy is the most famous of many remedies sold under the brand of Bach Flower. They were developed by Edward Bach, an English homeopath, in the 1930s.

According to their website, Rescue Remedy isn’t technically a remedy, but a blend of 5 different remedies. The idea is that it’s a one-size-fits-all solution when you’re in need of some help with stress or anxiety.

And that’s where I think the name ‘Rescue Remedy’ itself is genius. It’s interesting to read customer reviews on places like Amazon or the Mumsnet forums. You’ll find people admitting they were attracted to the name or the tagline of ‘comfort and reassurance’.

Whether you’re doing something stressful like your driving test or exams, or just in need of a little help with the stresses of daily life, Rescue Remedy is on hand to help you get through it.

Ingredients

The traditional Rescue Remedy contains the following ingredients:

  • Impatiens
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Cherry Plum
  • Rock Rose
  • Clematis
  • 27% grape-based brandy

If you look at the Bach Remedies website, you’ll find some further information about how these individual ingredients are supposed to help.

I found some of the explanations to be very esoteric. And they left me wondering exactly how they did what they are meant to do, such as this excerpt for Cherry Plum:

For those who fear losing control of their thoughts and actions and doing things they know are bad for them or which they consider wrong. Teaches trust in one’s spontaneous wisdom and the courage to follow one’s path.

I have a naturally cynical mind, and I do try to keep an open mind to counteract it. But this explanation left me wondering exactly how it would teach me to trust in my own wisdom.

How does it work?

rescue remedy night melt pill close-up

One of the tiny rescue remedy night melts which dissolve on your tongue.

After reading about the individual ingredients, I needed to know more. And the Bach remedies website offers an interesting account:

The Bach Flower Remedies…gently restore the balance between mind and body by casting out negative emotions such as fear, worry, hatred and indecision which interfere with the equilibrium of the being as a whole. The Bach Flower Remedies allow peace and happiness to return to the sufferer so that the body is free to heal itself.

And that’s it. In the FAQ section, this is the full explanation for how Rescue Remedy works its wonders.

How Bach himself worked

To find out more, I turned to the Wikipedia entry and several other websites with articles about the origins of Bach’s flower remedies and how they work.

Here’s a curious quote explaining how Bach himself actually worked:

Rather than using research based on scientific methods, Bach derived his flower remedies intuitively and based on his perceived psychic connections to the plants. If Bach felt a negative emotion, he would hold his hand over different plants, and if one alleviated the emotion, he would ascribe the power to heal that emotional problem to that plant.

So the bottom line, apparently, is that Rescue Remedy works by transmitting the flower’s energy or vibrational nature to you.

This positive energy can then help heal conditions which involve negative energy, such as anxiety or stress.

It was around the time of reading this that I got a bit lost, so I’m not going to go into more detail about the energy concept.

If you’d like to find out more about the process and background, the Wikipedia entry is a good place to start.

My experience

I’d love to be able to report that the Rescue Remedy had a miraculous effect, but it just wasn’t the case for me.

I took a Rescue Night Liquid Melt every night for a week to see if it would help with both my sleep and general stress levels.

I don’t have any specific measure of how effective a sleep aid is other than my personal feeling and judgment. When strong pharmaceutical sleep aids work, it’s clear because they simply knock me out.

But the more subtle sleep aids based on natural remedies can be harder to evaluate. I certainly didn’t experience any knockout, nor any fuzziness the next day after taking the remedy.

I believe I slept reasonably well on a few nights that week, which is standard for me. But I can’t say I slept noticeably better than in the week previous to taking it.

So the reality is that I really can’t say either way whether it helped or not. I slept in pretty much the same way as I had done the week before, which had been with no sleep aid.

Following that, I then decided to try normal Rescue Remedy during the day for a week. I had a fairly hectic and stressful week, so it seemed a good opportunity to test it.

But once again, I can’t say that I noticed anything different.

Why do so many people swear by it?

As far as I can tell, there’s no scientific evidence that Rescue Remedy is more effective than a placebo – such as in this 2009 study.

And more recently, a major review of studies into homeopathy found no evidence for its therapeutic benefit beyond a placebo effect (as reported in the Independent newspaper in the UK).

So why is that so many people say it really helps them?

If you take a look on Amazon, for example, you’ll find hundreds of reviews from customers saying they found it helped. But you’ll also find a large number saying it didn’t do anything.

And in the comments below this article since first writing it, many readers have reported both sides – it either works well or does nothing for them.

Just a placebo?

Personally, I’m a believer in the power of the placebo effect. I know from personal experience that chamomile tea relaxes me, despite only limited evidence that it has strong sedative properties.

I think in that case it’s partly the relaxing ritual which goes with it. Simply taking time out helps me relax before going to bed.

Could it be that a similar thing happens with Rescue Remedy?

Perhaps by implanting the idea in your mind that you’re going to be ‘rescued’ and receive a feeling of ‘comfort and reassurance’, your mind and body do the work to get you there.

Ultimately it boils down to personal belief and choice; I’m only writing about my personal experience in this review.

The universe is a mysterious place, so I don’t think there’s any harm in trying it for yourself. Even if the placebo effect works for you, that can be very helpful in itself.

Your opinion

I’d love to hear your opinion about Rescue Remedy. Have you tried it before? Did it have any effect? Please leave a comment below with your thoughts about it.

74 CommentsLeave a comment

  • Hi I’m not a fan of these so-called remedies. So I’ll tell you an unbiased nonplacebo effect on me.
    I have had a tin of rescue remedy pastilles in the cupboard for a few years. A flatmate left them behind. Anyway, in afternoon I had a craving for something sweet, I searched the pantry and found the tin. I then proceeded to eat the whole tin as they were yummy.
    After about an hour I was feeling tired and very disoriented. Like I had been given a sleeping pill.
    So without being biased or taking because I thought it would work placebo effect.
    How to explain that!

    • Hi Diane
      Thanks for your comment. It’s kind of a strange thing you describe here – didn’t you see on the label that they weren’t sweets??
      And after a few years, they shouldn’t have worked any more as sleep aids and herbal remedies lose their potency.
      As to why you felt tired, who knows. Maybe it was a coincidence and you were just tired that day anyway. Maybe your brain had a different placebo – a satiation effect from thinking it had just eaten a whole tin of yummy sweets, thus releasing happy hormones in your brain, making you feel sleepy. But really, I’m just throwing some guesses out there.
      Be careful what you eat a whole tin of next time – if it had been a stronger sleeping pill, you might have ended up in hospital.
      Regards
      Ethan

    • Hi Eunice
      I don’t know – it might have been something completely unrelated and you are associating the two things incorrectly. But if you’re worried about your nose bleed, and the safety of rescue remedy, the best step is to talk to your personal doctor about it.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Hi

    I’m wondering if there are any side effects like weaker memory after long term consuming the rescue sleep? I have been taking it for the past 1 week so I’m worrying that this may lead to a chemical imbalance in the brain.

    Kindly please advice.

    Thank you and appreciate ^^

    • Hi Eunice
      Thanks for your comment. From what I know about it, I don’t think you have anything to worry about! I’ve never seen anything to suggest it can cause memory problems or other serious side effects. And personally, knowing what the ingredients are, I very much doubt it will do anything bad to you.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I’ve used rescue Remedy for a long time for day and night. It’s brilliant and a lifesaver and enables me to sleep well with no nightmares. I’m looking for a kids version for my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter who has never had a proper nights sleep. She wakes 2 or 3 times screaming and crying and we wonder if she has nightmares. Can you advise please?

    • Hi Sharon
      Thanks for your comment and for sharing your experience. I don’t think there is a kid’s version, at least not that I know of. Perhaps you could go their website and contact them to ask if it’s ok to give it to her.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I used Bach Star of Bethlehem before, taking it internally upset my system but rubbing a little behind my ears and/or on the inside of my wrist was calming. Can I do the same with Rescue Remedy when I go to bed?

    • Hi Marion
      Thanks for your comment. To be honest, I don’t know. It’s not what the instructions advise, but I can’t personally think of a reason it would do harm. It just probably wouldn’t do much!
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I have found this product great and it really works. I am just getting over the bacterial flu that is going around, and was really sick with it. i coughed so hard, i burst a blood vessel in my nose, and since i am on Blood thinners i lost an awful lot of blood, the doctor could not stop the bleeding, so he had to pack my nose.
    Due to all the blood loss, when i came home i was hyperventilating so badly, and it woke me up at night. it was so bad i felt i couldn’t breathe, so i took my Rescue Remedy and have been taking it all day. it certainly does help with the hyperventilating because it relaxes me, i have not been hyperventilating since and will continue to take it.

    • Hi Daria
      Thanks for your comment. It sounds like you had a very unpleasant experience there! I hope you recover quickly.
      Regards
      Ethan

      • Well similar to above on 19/02/18 I started heavy coughing over night and by 21/02/18 I had full blown chest infection.I could not sleep at night for about 10 weeks just an odd night here and there and a doze off some times mainly up walking the floors of my home. My GP gave me antibiotics started to work but needed more antibiotics. In all from 21/02/18 to 23/04/18 I was given 4 different antibiotics and a nasal spray to heal my sinus said that would take 2 months to clear . During this period of not sleeping I was hyperventilating and found one of my medications for irregular heart beat was affected by what was going on probably all the antibiotics My heart rate crashed to 32 beats per minute and I was admitted to hospital over night and taken off the drug which cause this heart rate collapse. not sleeping all this time I tried allsorts of over the counter remedies as my GP didn’t want to prescribe sleeping pills. Most contain Valerian but didn’t work for me. I’ve been taking Rescue Night drops for about 1 week now to 16/05/18 and they seem to have worked for the last week anyway.I also take blood thinners and had some slight nose bleeds during this time,. Sleeplessness was particularly bad for me as at 70 years I have never had any form of sleeplessness.

        • Hi Roger
          Thanks for your comment and for sharing your experience with Rescue Remedy. It sounds like you’ve really been through it. I hope you recover fully and quickly.
          Regards
          Ethan

  • Hi Ethan, I came across this review as I am researching natural ways to develop better sleeping habits and ultimately be able to improve the quality of my sleep. I liked the review and I think there was a good attempt to give it a go and test any potential benefits in spite of the lack of scientific evidence to back up the product’s claims. I’m definitely in two minds about natural products versus prescription medications. There seems to be a belief amongst some that all pharmaceuticals are bad and all natural products are good, but I don’t think that is the case. Some natural products can be harmful either directly or indirectly, and some can be extremely beneficial, the same goes for pharmaceuticals. I absolutely believe that natural products can support health and wellbeing, perhaps even cure some conditions or illnesses, and I would much prefer something natural for anxiety related issues given that most if not all related pharmaceuticals come with a barrage of side effects which often exacerbate anxiety.

    With respect of rescue remedy, I have severe anxiety and PTSD, and I tried rescue remedy, and really really wanted it to work for me. Sadly it had no effect whatsoever. I suspect that any benefits whether placebo or actual would be for much milder forms of my affliction, notwithstanding that placebo can be very powerful depending on the individual’s belief system.

    • Hi Kurani
      Thanks for your comment and your kind words. I’ve had a few comments criticizing my attitude towards the product, so it’s nice to hear from someone who doesn’t think I was set out to rubbish it from the start. I actually really wanted it to work too, as I usually prefer to avoid strong pharmaceuticals, and plant-based products usually appeal to me more. But as you and I both discovered, it just didn’t do much. As you say, for some people the placebo might work wonders. But not for me.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I tried this some years ago and was surprised that it seemed to work but then looked at the ingredients and saw that it was based on brandy so I tried just having a very small amount of brandy (cognac actually) and found that it worked the same for me.
    I would be more interested in seeing how a small a dose of brandy would work and given that it would seem to be the only active ingredient then it may just be easier to have shot when needed with the main question being how much is enough to get a good sleep and how much is too much.

    • Hi Stephen
      Thanks for your comment. That’s an interesting point you raise. Even though brandy is an ingredient, I’m not sure if the quantity would have any effect really. But if you take more, such as a whole shot, then it’s possible it will help you fall asleep quicker, but then it might interfere with the normal sleep stages during the night. Have a read of this article about alcohol and sleep, which might interest you.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I have this but what if u sprayed it in ur mouth too much, in one go, it says to only have 2 sprays but what if u did it over 10 or 20 times? Could u die? Or go unconscious? And would u need to be in hospital? Is it a serious matter ?

  • I’m an anxious person, so was my mother and my adult daughter isalso. My mother took rescue remedy & it worked for her. I took it when my children were young & I wouldstress ,also I took it during menopause which I suffered badly fromfor 13 years, and it was a lifesaver as far as I am concerned & today @ 76 I still take it whenecessary . My daughter, on the other hand says it doesn’t wrk for her.i wouldn’t be without it and while in Australia I found they make r.r. In pastilles which are easy to suck so I’m a huge believer In Rescue Remedy

    • Hi Shona
      Thanks for your comment and for sharing your positive experience. It’s always useful to hear from people who do get good results from a sleep aid.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • You should review Yogi Bedtime Tea if you haven’t already. It knocks me out, like can’t even finish the cup, don’t know what hit me, knocks me out. We sent it to my fiance’s family in Russia they didn’t realize it was for sleep, drank it in the morning and said they could barely make it to work. It’s one of the few herbal remedies that consistently has the same effect on me too, night after night. It must be some synergistic effect in the formula as I have experimented with most of those herbs individually for one reason or another without the same effects.

  • Just wondering, why does this product ask you to spray on the top and bottom of tongue? What happens if you spray and swallow the content and drink water?

  • I am diagnosed with mental illness and prescribed heavy dosage of antipsychotic medication including zeldox. I noted that once every 1-2 months on a random night I would be unable to relax to fall asleep. My legs tremor and cannot relax. I tried spray my tongue with the Rescue product but didn’t seem to note the effect immediately. Its already 2am, so I just took the sleeping pill prescribed by my psychiatrist. About 1-2 hours later I was knocked out and slept. I dont know if it is the effect of the spray or the sleeping pills, but I hope I wont become dependent on the pill or the spray

    • Hi Plumtart
      Thanks for your comment. I imagine if you were knocked out, it was the sleeping pill. Perhaps taking the rescue remedy had an effect in one way or another too. But a strong knock-out is not what rescue remedy is capable of.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I take two melts every night it does help me to relax n get to sleep ,but I still waken up a few times ,but it helps a lot

  • Ethan
    You seem to have a negative approach to this subject. If it works for people that is positive and should be treated so. Who is bothered about clinical tests and all that. If it works it works

    • Hi David
      Thanks for your comment. When I write reviews I try to tell it how it is – both in my experience and with background research where I feel necessary. And sometimes that means a negative review. It’s the same for anyone who writes reviews.
      Admittedly I usually don’t linger too long on the negatives, but in this case I feel it was important to point out to my readers some key background information.
      You might be surprised to hear that there are in fact a lot of people who are bothered about clinical tests – myself included. The percentage of my readers who click on links I include to research studies is very high.
      I recommend thinking about doing the same rather than just taking a product because the manufacturer says it works.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I studied a science degree into animal nutrition and I have to disagree on the placebo point you made. Plants are proven in many scientific peer reviewed papers to be effective for many ailments. Is it that different from mould being a well used ingredient in antibiotics? Most western medicines can be traced back to their plant origins if you dig deep enough. If plants can poison you they can also heal you!
    I have used (with great success) herbal supplements for years with horses, dogs, my children and myself and there is a very obvious reason why they seem to show greater effect in the animal world…they dont research and subsequently doubt any benefits. As a placebo is known to work to make someone better, it is also known that negativity breeds negativity. If someone calls you stupid enough times you will (even if just fleetingly) doubt your intelligence. I put to you firstly a week is not enough time to ascertain the benefits of a cumulative product and the fact that you immeditly tried to find fault through research didnt allow you to feel for benefits. Cumulative supplements take time but in my experience (also tested on police hotses and dogs) they work.

    • Hi Tai
      Thanks for your comment. I don’t doubt that some herbal supplements can be effective. I just don’t have much faith in this particular one, or various others that are meant to work in a similar way. In terms of research, I usually look into the products I try. It’s not about specifically looking for fault though – it’s just that that’s what I found!
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I have anxiety. I tried a million different remedies incl medication from my doctor and nothing really worked. On my way to the city in peak traffic I had a very bad anxiety attack. The day before I bought resque remedy. I used it and immediate my panic was gone. The first time ever that a panic attacked stopped without splashing ice cold water in my face. I am still using it.

  • Hi. Just wanted to say that a friend of mine’s dog has crazy anxiety for car rides. He gives him a couple sprays now before going in the car, and he’s calm. I just bought it for myself but after reading your review, I’m a bit discouraged. I hope it works (placebo or otherwise lol)

    • Hi Karyl-Lyn
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, I know my review isn’t very positive at all. To be honest, I really don’t understand how it can possibly help animals. My only thought is that perhaps it makes the owner feels more in control and calm, believing they have something that can help their pets. And the animals then perceive that calmness and lack of usual edginess that people sometimes transmit to their pets. I’m sure the dog whisperer from the TV would say something like that!
      Anyway, let me know if you find it helps you or not. Even if it is placebo, that can have a surprisingly powerful effect!
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Hi Ethan,
    I do not have any personal experience of rescue remedy but I do have some information for you which I hope you find useful.
    To really begin to understand how homeopathy works you have to delve into the world of energy medicine and the interesting world of quantum physics, and to recognize that at the most basic level we are an information and energy system.
    The material world disappears completely….. this is not woo woo but a scientific fact. Once you get into the world of sub atomic particles and beyond matter simply ceases to exist and all you are left with is empty space.

    So delve into the world of quantum mechanics to start with. Also look up the history and discoveries of one of India’s greatest scientists, Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose and his work with plants and other materials and how they responded to different stimuli such as thoughts, intentions, physical trauma etc….makes fascinating reading…….and this goes back as early as the late 1800’s.

    You could also get a copy of Christopher Birds book, The Secret Life of Plants, and discover amazing research about plants and energy, and information, that has been going on for centuries.

    Also Professor Keith Scott Mumbie’s book, Medicine Beyond, is a major eye opener and a great intro to this world of energy,…..there is a huge amount of research being done around the world in all these amazing areas by very qualified scientists. It has been going on for centuries.

    The answers you are seeking will not be found at the materialist level because it ignores the fundamental fact that everything in this universe runs on information, order and energy. Life is an electromagnetic phenomena.

    You have to leave Newton behind and walk into the amazing world of quantum mechanics and consciousness………..as Einstein said…”all matter is condensed energy.”

    This is the area which will begin to give you legitimate answers…..hope you make the leap.

    All the best
    Greg

    • Hi Greg
      Thanks for your comment and for sharing these ideas. I do know of the area you talk about, and accept that the universe is a complex thing which still has many unanswered questions and much to discover still. I don’t doubt that. You’re right in that the materials you mention do make fascinating reading. When I was a vegetarian I was once presented with that book by a friend who thought it would be funny to challenge my principles with evidence that plants have emotions! However, at the end of the day, despite being fascinating, many of these ideas just haven’t been replicated, which makes it hard for me to accept them.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Hello. I have just been giving my daughter of almost four, the rescue night spray for app. 5-6 nights. The last two nights she have been waking up crying and opening herself up, about how she have felt it during the divorce from her father. She cried so much and really told so many detailed things, that I could not belive it. I comforted her and told her she was brave and amazing. I thought tonight i would research about these effects, as i know, that homeoptahic medicine can open up for the trauma/sickness, that one is suffering from. I first didnt put the two things together, as I just wanted to give her something that she could have a well rested night with, but after the second time her crying started i had the thought if it was the medicine. I will not give her more the next days, but then try again. I see it as a good sign and my darling will be heard from the bottom of her heart. Many greetings to all

    • Hi Aquarius
      Thanks for your comment. Whether or not the rescue remedy helped her open up is hard to say, but the important thing is that she did. Perhaps it was also the extra love and attention she felt from you? You could also try experimenting by not giving her the remedy, but still giving her extra attention and seeing if she continues to open up.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I’ve used Bach Rescue Remedy and it worked for me.
    And I am convinced it really does work, not just a placebo, because family and friends have given it to their children, (without the children knowing), and it helped all of them in various ways.
    Also I have used it on my two dogs, who presumably don’t know about placebos, and it worked on them too.
    I love it! :)

  • Hi Ethan, my mother in law has taken herself off her anti depression medication and replaced them with Rescue Remedy. We are all concerned because it is so very close to Christmas and I’m sure she should not be stopping her prescribed meds without first consulting her GP.
    Thought please?

    • Hi Carol
      Thanks for your comment. Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply – I hope you have found a solution to the issue by now – how did she do over Christmas?
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Hi Ethan,

    Thank you for your review and for this site. I believe you are bang on with everything you wrote. I too have suffered from insomnia for years and have tried many products. Interestingly enough, the first few times I tried Rescue Night, I actually slept well. I then made the mistake of researching the product and just how it works. I was less than impressed by the lack of science just as I imagine you were. I had stopped using this product all together because it did not seem to work as well after the research (lol go figure), however, as I have an almost full box, I’m going to try it again. There is a tremendous psychological factor attached to this kind of “remedy”. Whether or not a person understands the concept of the placebo effect and perhaps just believes that some guy who knew about flowers made something magical, if their brain lets them sleep then great. Sometimes it’s the psychology that makes the difference, not the science. So long as the product doesn’t do them any harm, I have no problem with that. I’ll bet you agree. I’ll bet that anyone who has gone more than a few nights in a row without significant sleep would agree.

    Thanks again,
    Rick

    • Hi Rick
      Thanks for your comment, and I’m glad you like the site. I do actually agree with you in the most part. When I first found out how it worked, I was amazed that something like that was allowed to be sold in shops. Then I remembered that you can find tarot card readers telling people’s fortunes on national television, and people who pay a premium telephone number, so it shouldn’t surprise me that much!
      At the end of the day, I guess if it does no harm, and people do find it helps then there’s perhaps nothing wrong with that. As you say, the mind is an amazing thing and I think sometimes just feeling like we have something external helping us can go a long way. And I also guess it wouldn’t work if people went to the shops and saw a brand called “placebo sleep aid”. Unless, of course, they didn’t know what placebo was.
      I know my comment might sound flippant to some, especially those who believe in – or have a work interest in – Bach flower remedies. At the end of the day, there’s definitely some truth to what you say – if people who struggle to sleep find it helps, that’s the main thing.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • My husband died suddenly and unexpectally in my arms 1 month ago. I am stressed to the max. I will try Bach Rescue Night Liquid Melts tonight. Will be the first time I’ve tried anything like this. Will be interesting to see if it works.

    • Hi Donna
      Thanks for your comment. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I can only imagine how you must feel. Hopefully they will help in a way. Have you also considered taking something natural which does have a stronger evidence base for its efficacy, such as a Valerian product? You might find that helps keep some stress at bay. I’d also highly recommend speaking to a grievance counselor if you can access one.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Hi I tried rescue remedy for my driving test and Its worked !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. I have passed my driving test today. Like all medicines I had some after affect such as headache and moody .I still used it to try and I am pleased I did.

  • i have insomnia anxiety stress i tried rescue remedy sleep and white chestnut before sleep i slept trough the night that made me very happy i am using it already a few months it made me a great believer in bach flower remedies if it helped me it can help anybody PAULA P

  • Hi Ethan,

    Interesting read as I just purchased the Rescue Remedy Pastilles after reading many positive reviews. I suffer from anxiety disorder and am hoping this product will help me when I’m having a bad anxiety day. I just took one for the first time so we shall see what happens! I am a big believer in trying natural remedies before drugs so I hope it works!

    • Hi Abby
      Thanks for your comment. It would be interesting to hear back from you in a few days when you’ve had a chance to see if it works for you or not. Even though I didn’t have much success with rescue remedy personally, I agree that it’s a good thing if we can find a natural solution before taking stronger meds.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Hi, I’ve been using the spray rescue remedy for several months now and have found it an absolute godsend. I actually use it because at the age of 21, I get unbelievable nightmares that leave me wakened at night with serious panic attacks. These nightmares more often than not happen in the REM stage of my sleep and I find the rescue spray on the tongue makes me sleep a lot faster and a lot deeper. Granted I often spray a little more than the dosage into my mouth but I’ve been severe nightmare and panic attack free now for about two months. They took over my life and now I can say that I’m genuinely so so much happier and less anxious now I’m using the product!

    • Hi Bethany
      Thanks for your comment. It’s great that you’ve found something which works so well for you. Hopefully it will stay that way!
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Interestingly enough I’ve just tried Rescue Remedy for the second time in my life. I suffer from ME/Chronic Fatigue, which means that my system is in a constant state of chronic stress and anxiety, and depressive thought cycles, which manifest as some of the less pleasant symptoms. Being thoroughly skeptical, I tried it once using the dose stated on the pack, and I didn’t notice any change whatsoever. Little over a year later and I’ve just tried again, as my partner had a bottle lying around the house. This time I used three times the recommended dose (basically, two and a half droppers on the tongue), and to my immense surprise, it really took the edge off my anxiety and stress, which resulted in my thought patterns returning to normal. That was three weeks ago, and I’m still testing this out now. So far, so good. It’s not a ‘miracle cure’, for me at least, but it actually is taking the edge off and allowing me to carry on with my daily life, in a way that SSRI medication never did. I’ve heard a lot of rumours about the alcohol level being the only ‘active’ ingredient in Rescue Remedy, but I would have to say that this is false, as alcohol in any average quantity actually makes my symptoms worse (as well as forcing other non regular symptoms to emerge). It’s an interesting one. I’ll keep experimenting. As of right now, it gets my vote.

    • Hi Raye
      Thanks for your comment. It’s good to hear from someone who finds rescue remedy really helps them. Whether it’s real or just a placebo doesn’t really matter in my opinion. If it helps you feel more on top of things, that’s all that counts!
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Hello
    My son 5yo has SPD and ADD.I needed to start with something before getting into medicine , so I decided to give it a try ..it worked for him ! And he doesn’t know about placebo :)))
    He is calmed now, relaxed, you can sit with him and talk and he listens ! This drops changed this family for better …Definitely would recommend for kids

    • Hi Nancy
      Thanks for your comment. It’s great that it’s helping your son. One thing to note though is that not knowing about placebo makes it even more likely that it will work! If he thinks he’s being given something which will help, but doesn’t understand that some things help just because you think they will, then it’s even more powerful. I imagine you could probably switch out the remedy for pure water and it might have the same effect. Give it a go and see if it keeps working…
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Hi,great post – open to unbiased discussion. I have been trying Bach remedies in many cases during my therapies. My experience shows that Bach remedies work wonder on children and animals. Also, on adults where problem seems not ‘deep’. I have given Rescue spray to a woman who went into great panic and fear in the moment of losing control over a boat with people on a board. That was a moment of life and death for her. I gave her few sprays of Rescue (the only medicine I had with me) put her back to herself and she was smiling and joking in 5 min!

    When people have long standing emotional problems, i.e. insomnia due to family/work problems, self image/perception, grief for month or years – Bach remedies seems to help less. To be more correct, the may have worked at the beginning, but looses its effectiveness after.

    What Bach did not mention is that the power of the remedy must be greater than the degree of “illness”, which could be emotions, fears, loss of sleep, control, etc.

    Therefore, there is no discussion on does Rescue help or not, all depends on circumstances of the case.
    When Bach remedies fails, I suggest to find good classical homeopath, who works with high potentized homeopathic remedies and prescribe single doses (not combination, those are low potencies).

    • Hi Natasha
      Thanks for your comment, and compliment about the article. And thank you for adding your views – as you say, I do like to have open discussions after the articles, so it’s good to hear from people who have a positive attitude towards a topic in cases where I perhaps don’t.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I’ve just bought night spray remedies and tried it. Don’t know yet but I think it works.
    I also ordered star of bethel and will try it tomorrow.
    I suffer from anxiety.

    • Hi Clint
      Thanks for your comment. Let me know how you find it in a few days time if you get the chance to come back. It’s always interesting to hear from people about how they got on with remedies, especially if they have a different experience from mine.
      Regards
      Ethan

      • I bought rescue remedy today as I have a driving test tomorrow. I have heard so much about it was colleagues that have tried it and claimed it to being this wonder remedy, so thought I’d give it a try.

        I am very sensitive to most stimulates and recreation drugs so a perfect person to experiment on, as I don’t need too much to feel the effects. Also I do suffer with anxiety now and then and have very bad PMT.

        Well, I took the day rescue remedy about an hour ago, four drops on my tongue and I felt the effects after 2 minute. I felt as throw id had a glass of wine, then I likened it to feeling like being on my nicotine patches, feeling high on nicotine; that kind of spaced out feeling. Its starting to ware off now and I’m currently very conscious of my eye lids as though I’m slowing sobering up. I think ill try two drops later to see if I feel any different later.

        NB: just read back through my note and could make head or tale of them so have to edit.

        It seems a great calmer but probably not best used when a great deal of concentration is needed – I like a driving test!!!

  • I tried my 1st capsule of rescue remedy night capsules 2 nights ago before bedtime. It gave me instant sleep but woke 2 hours later at 1am. When it normally happens that I wake up during the night I always have difficulty getting back to sleep. With the 2nd capsule I was able to go straight back to sleep for another 4 hours. I was mainly awake then for the rest of the morning with out taking anymore. An outstanding remedy For an essential nap. I probably will need about 3/4 capsules for a full 8 hours.

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your comment. It’s always good to hear from people who have had either a negative or a positive experience with a sleep aid. Do you think it works by way of the ingredients having sedative effect, or do you think it worked as a placebo? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on that.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Leave a comment:

    Your email address will not be published.


    Your message will only be visible after moderation.