Product Type: Bach health products
Newest Review: ... Clematis, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum and White Chestnut. How to use Rescue Night To use Rescue Night, you simply take 4 drops o... more
Subtle Snooze Aid
Bach Rescue Night
Member Name: Tarapea
Bach Rescue Night
Advantages: All natural, no side effects, suitable for all the family
Disadvantages: Not a longterm solution, tastes a bit weird!
I suffer insomnia as part of a chronic illness. Due to my sleeplessness being frequent in nature, I'm always on the look out for something more natural that can be used on a long term basis without any nasty side effects. Having been a big fan of the Rescue Remedy brand, when I saw this advertised on the Holland and Barrett website, I quickly added it to my basket.
The product cost me £7 for 10ml bottle from aforementioned health shop, Holland and Barrett but I know it can be purchased more cheaply than this and in most supermarkets and chemists.
It comes in small yellow cardboard box, with a blue night scene depicted with moon and stars to differentiate it from the usual Rescue Remedy bottle. It advertises itself on the front as being 'For a natural night's sleep'.
Inside the box you'll find a tiny bottle nestled in with a simple instruction manual, again with the same night scene on it. I chose the glass dropper bottle, so there's a small rubber teat on the lid. Rescue Remedy Night is also available in a more handbag friendly spray, and tablets.
The box tells us that the remedy contains flower essences of Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum and White Chestnut. The full list of ingredients is as follows:
Glycerine, Water and flower essences Helianthemum nummularium, Clematis vitalba, Impatiens, glanduilifera, Prunus cerasifera, Ornithogalum umbellatum and Aesculus hippocastanum.
Now, I personally suffer from an allergy to cherries and having never heard of a Cherry Plum before, I set out to find out whether this was in fact a cherry or a plum... or possibly an oddly shaped orange. Anyway, in case there are any other cherry allergy sufferers out there (long shot, but still...), this fruit is actually a plum that happens to be shaped like a cherry. There's your random and boring fact for the day, folks!
Rescue Remedy Night is alcohol free, unlike the others in the range, and apparently suitable for the whole family. The idea is to squeeze the rubber tip and release it to pick up some of the remedy, then apply four drops to your tongue or into a glass of water. It doesn't give any indication of how often or how many times you can do this, so I'm assuming it's quite a safe remedy. There are no listed side effects on the instructions. Mind you, the manual also claims it to be 'non drowsy', pretty disappointing for a sleep remedy don't you think?!
~~~~Does it Work?~~~~
I waited until I'd settled down, completely ready to try and sleep before I tried this in order to give it the best chance of working. I often find if I take a remedy 20 minutes before I intend to sleep, as instructions often tell you, my mind stays active and it tends to have less of an affect.
With pillows plumped, lamp light dimmed and the cat demoted to the bottom of the bed, (really selling myself as the stereotypical unattractive cat woman to the lovely people of Dooyoo here) I reached for the Rescue Remedy Night bottle.
I often think the original Rescue Remedy smells a little like a cheap brandy, which I assume is the alcohol content, but not so with the Night version. It doesn't have much of an aroma at all actually, just a very faint herbal scent which isn't off-putting at all. The taste is quite strong and overpowering though, the second it hits your tongue I felt it almost burned! It only lasts a few seconds before melting away however, and thankfully the taste doesn't linger at all. It's not a foul taste, just quite a strong and unusual one. If it works well, I don't think you'd be at all put off by the flavour.
It had a mild effect quite quickly, within 15 minutes. Not sleepiness really, more of a calming sensation. I can't really vouch for whether this is a placebo effect or not, but I will say that having tried a bank breaking amount of natural sleep remedies in the past, not many of them have much of an affect on me at all so I'll give the Rescue Remedy a break and assume it was working true to its word.
Going back to the ingredients list, they say that Rock Rose essence is for terror and panic, Impatiens for irritation and impatience, Clematis is used to ease inattentiveness and lacking interest in life while Star of Bethlehem is for shock and Cherry Plum is for irrational thoughts and fear of losing control. Now these can all be found in the standard Rescue Remedy as well as the Night one, and you'll notice that nothing there mentions anything about helping you sleep.
I found the remedy to be very calming and soothing. Though it didn't send me off to sleep any quicker, I felt very relaxed and content to rest comfortably until I finally fell into a much easier sleep than normal, all be it still at a ridiculous hour. As I mentioned, I do suffer a chronic form of insomnia so quite possibly if it was more an occasional issue for you, perhaps due to stressful circumstances, you'd have a lot more luck with this product than me.
As I see it, it's a calming natural remedy that relaxes me very well when I'm struggling to sleep. It's never going to have the same ability as sleeping medication to knock you out and keep you asleep for hours, but at the same time you don't wake up feeling like you've been hit over the head with a ten tonne hammer cartoon-style the next morning, either.
I haven't really been fair to Rescue Remedy Night given that it'd take a miracle wrapped in a silk bow to fix my sleeping difficulties - maybe I'd fair better with the original Rescue Remedy with alcohol?! But it did have a very calming affect which aided restful sleep. So if you suffer occasional restlessness at night, I'd still recommend giving this a go - it's got to be worth a try.
Thanks for reading :) x
Summary: This will definitely ease night time stresses that come with occasional sleeplessness :)