Product Type: Bach health products
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A superSTAR in times of stress
Bach Rescue Remedy Gummy Stars
Member Name: elysia2003
Bach Rescue Remedy Gummy Stars
Date: 14/05/13, updated on 19/05/13 (198 review reads)
Advantages: Calm and soothe in periods of stress. Natural flavour and a texture kids of all ages will love.
Disadvantages: I really would rather not to have to use these (but if they help what's the harm).
My ten year old daughter is a lovely, caring, thoughtful child (even if I do say so myself) but as a downside to this, she has a rather nervous disposition. Whenever it comes around to class assembly, her ballet recitals or her cheerleading performances, anywhere she's on show basically, she falls to pieces. She has physically worked herself up to the point where she has made herself ill and been unable to attend. Yes I can tell the difference between actual illness and just plain faking it, and she just does not do this.
I was discussing the matter with some friends around Christmastime, when one of them mentioned trying lavender or some other herbal remedy to calm her nerves; when I remembered that years ago in a period of stress, I'd turned to Bach's Rescue Remedy. It had helped me then, so I was hoping it would help my daughter too. We've since used this form of the product quite successfully and this review discusses why I would recommend it.
~~~ Background ~~~
Rescue Remedy was developed by Dr Edward Bach, a successful Harley Street doctor in the 1920's. He felt dissatisfied with the way other doctors focused on the illness, while ignoring the person who had it. He was inspired by the results of homeopathy and over the following years he researched and identified 38 negative states of mind, and found a corresponding flower or plant which when ingested would remedy the problem. Wanting to make his remedies more available to the general public, he began to make and sell the tinctures. It's been a huge success and today Rescue Remedy is sold in over 70 countries around the world.
~~~ My Purchase ~~~
I'd previously used a liquid version that administered the correct dosage via a dropper. The remedy was to be placed under the tongue and I can still vividly remember the strong taste. I thought there was no way I could get my daughter to willingly take it, but knowing it might make her feel better, and with lots of bribery, perhaps she could be persuaded.
When I went to Boots to buy it, I couldn't find any information with regards to its suitability for children. I'd read the front and reverse of the packet several times and even opened the box and read the instructions but there was nothing to say it couldn't (or could for that matter). I thought it best to double check with the pharmacist and I'm glad I did - the original Rescue Remedy was unsuitable for under 12's, Elysia was 9 at the time, but he recommended that I buy the Gummy Stars instead.
~~~ Gummy Stars ~~~
Rescue Gummy Stars are designed to soothe and calm when you need a little help. Being a gummy texture and a fun star shape, it's something children will enjoy taking. This is an absolute positive for me, as it is so much easier and convenient to trying to get them to take medicine or a tablet. Each gummy comes in a natural orange flavour; there is none of the strong alcoholic cherry flavour that I initially associated with the Bach drops that I had previously used, and so it's more palatable.
Each star (I won't say sweet as that implies it's a confection) contains 4 drops of the original rescue, which in turn contains a combination of five flower essences. Along with the remedy, the act of chewing is supposed to relax and unwind, and I suppose to some degree it does. If it takes your mind off whatever it is that's bothering you, even for a nano second, it's got to be worth it.
I like that these are suitable for children (and adults) from the age of 2. I know it's probably me being over protective, but having an age recommendation as low as this reassured me that they were/are safe for my daughter to consume. I also like that as well as the supposedly good stuff inside, there are no nasty ones either. These are free from artificial flavours, colours, sweeteners, alcohol, preservatives, and are even safe for lactose and gluten intolerants too. It must be noted that they are not suitable for vegetarians.
~~~ Dosage ~~~
Each box costs £5.25 in Boots, and inside you will find four blister pack sheets, each containing nine gummy stars. These sheets are also perforated into strips of three for convenience. It's so much easier popping a section of three stars into your handbag for those little panicky moments, than carry the fully box around.
The only recommendation for dosage is to take when needed, although I wouldn't recommend popping these like 'pills' as it were. Whenever my daughter has had the need to use them, I've always left a gap of at least an hour or two between doses. I wouldn't want her to feel reliant on them, but neither do I want her to suffer stress when there is no need.
~~~ Relief ~~~
Would I recommend these? I do, sort of. I wouldn't want any child to feel the need to take these really. Children should be carefree and not stressed to the point of making themselves ill like my daughter was. Just thinking about setting foot on stage was giving her stomach cramps, and the endless nights tossing and turning weren't helping the matter. She didn't/doesn't like to let anyone down yet she's extremely shy; so by trying her utmost to perform as well as she could was making her ill. I'm not a pushy parent, no matter what you think by reading this review, there is absolutely no way on this earth I would push her into doing something she didn't want to do, but it was the pressure she put herself under that she needed relief from. These Bach's Rescue Remedy Gummy Stars helped her to do that. Whether it's all in the mind, or whether there is some scientific reason for it, I'm undecided, all I know is these work, so much so she's been able to perform in competitions, stand at the front narrating during plays and performances, and just generally being able to focus on doing her best when it does to exam time without the stress that goes hand in hand.
As mentioned before, these are not just aimed at children even though my review seems to focus on it, adults can use them too. I've used them very successfully from time to time (they are so much nicer to take than the drops), and my eldest daughter aged 22, even took some this morning before going to her job interview - fingers crossed, hopefully there will be good news. :)
~~~ My Thoughts ~~~
These little gummy shapes are mini marvels. I'd rather you not 'HAVE' to use them at all, if you know what I mean, I'd rather everyone live their lives in peace and tranquility; but if you feel the need for just a little bit of help to calm and soothe, and lessen that tight panicky feeling, these could just be the ticket. Please do seek help from a do seek help from a doctor if you think your child (or an adult) is stressed more than 'normal' or over a long period of time, but I really do recommend these for relief from short periods of stress and worry.
For more information please see the Bach website at: http://www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com/en-gb/uk/our-br ands/rescue-remedy/
Summary: Calms and soothes in periods of stress and panic. Suitable for ages age 2 plus.
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