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      12.09.2013 18:06
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      A natural way to assist in relieving the stresses and worries of the day

      After almost two years of relying on sleeping pills, I finally managed to free my body of the drugs during a relaxing break at the seaside in April of this year. Not only was I free of filling my body with chemicals on which it had become reliant, but my sleep quality was considerably improved and I was no longer feeling groggy for several hours after waking. I managed three months without the pills and I would look forward to bedtime knowing that I would obtain a good night's sleep.

      However, the pressures and stresses of life began to creep up on me and bedtime was once again becoming a time that I would really dread as I knew I would be tossing and turning until the early hours and subsequently set off to work feeling absolutely exhausted. Whilst my GP was more than happy to prescribe further pills, I did not want my body to once again become reliant upon them and I sought advice from my local pharmacist. After asking me various lifestyle and health questions, I was recommended Bach Rescue Remedy with this review discussing my experience.

      For those consumers who are unfamiliar with Bach Rescue Remedy, I would advise that it was created in the 1930's by a Harley Street Physician by the name of Dr Edward Bach. The Remedy is presented in a bright yellow box, which is very appealing to the eye, as it promotes happiness and calm. Accompanying the slim brown 10 ml glass bottle is a small instruction sheet, which displays colourful image of each of the five flower remedies that have been used to create the Rescue Remedy.

      I have to admit that I have always previously been sceptical about the benefits of natural remedies. However, not wishing to pump my body with any more sleeping pills, it was my only hope especially as I had tried out all of the more commonly known methods, such as taking a hot bath, avoiding watching television before bedtime and drinking a mug of hot chocolate. I was interested to learn of the claimed benefits of each of the five flowers, which have been blended to formulate the Remedy.

      The liquid Remedy contains rock rose, which is for assisting terror and panic; two issues which I cannot really admit to experiencing, impatiens for irritation and impatience, which are two symptoms that are very true for me. Star of Bethlehem has been provided for shock and cherry plum for irrational thoughts and fearing of losing control, which is perfect for those occasions when I'd love to be able to scream at the top of my voice instead of remaining calm and professional.

      The bottle is hygienically sealed with tightly wrapped plastic, so there is assurance that nobody has tampered with the product prior to purchase. To use the Remedy, the rubber necked glass pipette needs to be unscrewed and then gently squeezed and released to draw some of the liquid into the tube, which has an angular tip to enable it to be easily positioned over the tongue. Four drops need to be released by gently squeezing the rubber neck.

      I was initially rather nervous about squirting the liquid into my mouth especially as the aroma is fairly strong and I felt as if I was about to drink perfume. Thankfully, the taste is nothing like the scent and whilst there was evidence of something lurking on my tongue, it disappeared the second I swallowed the liquid with no lingering taste remaining. Alternatively, the four droplets of liquid can be added to a glass of water and gently sipped although this is not a method I've tried, as it's far easier and quicker to drop directly onto the tongue.

      Whilst I was not expecting miracles, I worked with the product in the same way as I did when taking sleeping pills and that is remaining calm and allowing the ingredients to work with my body. Whether it is mind over matter, I really don't know, but after a few nights, the Remedy began to help to promote calmness and relax my mind, which subsequently allows any minor worries to drift away and send me into the land of nod. However, there are occasions when it doesn't work for me at all especially as my husband has a lot of serious health issues and it is when I sit down and think too deeply that I work myself into a distressed state.

      The Remedy is suitable for using during the day and not just at bedtime and according to the leaflet, is safe for the whole family although it does not mention a minimum age group. The product is suitable for vegans, is free from artificial additives and is non drowsy although it would be good if there was a drowsy version available that could be specifically used at bedtime. There is no maximum dosage displayed on the bottle or the leaflet although I would not feel too comfortable about continuously using the Remedy throughout the day.

      Due to my experience with using Bach Rescue Remedy, I can award nothing less than five stars, as it really does help me relax on the majority of occasions. You can make a purchase from stores such as Boots, Superdrug and Lloyds Pharamcy in either a 10 ml bottle, which retails at just over £5 or the 20 ml bottle, which retails at approximately £7.20. You can also purchase Bach Rescue Remedy in a variety of other formats such as a spray or lozenges. Whilst there is no information provided on the leaflet to suggest that this Remedy cannot be taken with other medication, it is always wise to check first with a pharmacist or GP.

      I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.

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        22.02.2013 12:05
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        A fantastic herbal remedy to help soothe scarey situations.

        So I get really nervous in new situations, well I did more so a few years ago than I do now. Basically I have always been a shy sort of person until I really get to know you; I hate new buildings and well training courses make me panic as I'll be forced to work in groups. Don't even get me started on role play or actually standing up in front of tonnes of folk and do a presentation; as I'm a total scaredy cat a friend recommended I try a thing called Rescue Remedy. As I am completely caffeine sensitive and don't like taking a lot of tablets for fear of rattling or becoming a middle class 'junkie' she told me this is a flower based herbal calmer.

        So I looked up this Rescue Remedy and the original (the one I tried) is a combination of natural flower essences. This product was originally made by Dr Edward Bach in England in the 1930's and today is still made to the same recipe which is rock rose (for terror and panic); impatiens (for irritation and impatience); clematis (for lack of focus and inattentiveness); star of Bethlehem (shock); and cherry plum (for irrational thoughts and lack of self - control). There are 38 seperate flower remedies in total to help find our positive inner being.

        So after looking this up off I went to the local Holland & Barrett (there are no other local herbal shops so no competition there) and looked through the extensive range of herbal remedies. After getting too lost from looking I eventually saw the distinctive yellow bottle marked 'rescue remedy' in a 10ml dropper bottle for £6.99. I thought the price was steep but apparently it is brilliant so I went with that review. Also available are sprays, lozenges, balm and a night time range at various prices.

        So the little bottle I bought comes in a yellow box with a little leaflet explaining the do's and don'ts along with risks and uses. The bottle including the lid is 80mm high made from a brown coloured clear glass with a yellow label all the around the bottle. The front had 'Bach' 'Rescue Remedy' in large writing and the line 'to comfort & reassure' which is soothing in itself!

        To the side is the ingredients list which I have mentioned above and the natural oils are dissolved into a natural grape alcohol solution, I presume for taste and also this may be the best way to hold the blend.

        The directions for use of this product are to put 4 drops into water and sip at intervals; alternatively 4 drops can be put directly onto the tongue. I like to put the drops directly onto my tongue and the taste is slightly sweet with a smooth watery type texture; this is definitely not unplesant. The drops once on the tongue make me feel a little woozy (I think I put too many on to be honest) and definitely stop me panicking and stressing out. As the drops are required in such small doses and infrequently the bottle lasts months and does make the initial expenditure worth while.

        The drops are safe to put into animal water bowls especially at times of stress such as bonfire night or if the pets are anxious of guests.

        A double thumbs up from me as they definitely calm my thoughts and stop the nerves!

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          12.02.2013 23:07
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          A natural way of relieving stress

          I am a born worrier, so my mother has always told me, and she is right! Before exams or before interviews etc I would spend the days before being uptight, worrying about every little thing that might go wrong. It was my mother who first picked up a bottle of this Bach's Rescue Remedy, which comes with a little dropper so it is very easy to use. It is also available in a cream form and spray, neither of which I have ever used. Thankfully over the last few years, I haven't had as much need to use this, but I do still keep a little bottle in my medicine cupboard should I need it.

          For such a tiny 10ml bottle, this is not cheap and can set you back anything between a fiver and £8. The Bach range of products tends to stand out on the shelf, since it comes in bright yellow packaging. On the front of a box, it states that this natural product can be used to 'comfort and reassure' and in fact, it can be used by all the family, there isn't a lower age limit. This product is meant to restore inner calm in order to help with life's stresses and struggles. This rescue remedy is made from a combination of flower remedies, including Rock Rose, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum and Impatiens.

          To take this product, it is simply a matter of either using the dropper and putting 4 drops on your tongue, or diluting it water. I have only ever used the dropper and I certainly don't mind the taste of it on my tongue. It is neither sweet nor bitter but certainly easy to take.

          Like with a lot of natural products, it is sometimes hard to tell whether this product has alone been truly effective, or whether you convince yourself that it works and you therefore feel better. I;m not sure which was the case with me, however, I am much more inclined to believe that this did actually help ease my worries and make me feel more relaxed before exams and before interviews. I wouldn't by any means suggest that it took all my fears away but it certainly seemed to make me feel less tense than I would have done without it. Even if it is psychological, it still helped me to be calmer going into an exam or interview and that is the important thing, and so for that reason I think it is a useful product to have!

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            29.10.2012 15:37
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            Helping you over the rocky bits by flower power.

            Everybody has rough times in their lives when they are stressed because of circumstances. At the moment everything is on hold whilst waiting for a date for an operation for my Dad who is 88. I am in another country sitting here surrounded by lists of flights and a half packed suitcase. Waiting. This is the worst kind of stress for me and has resulted in many sleepless nights to which I have tried various remedies. Going to bed early. Going to bed late. Yoga. Whisky. Yoga and whisky, not a good combination believe me! It was in a late night lotus position, glass in hand when I remembered Bach Rescue Remedy which I had used many years before as a scared new crew on my first big boat.


            Developed in the 1930's by Dr Edward Bach, a Harley Street doctor who after many years of experimenting, matched various essences of flowers to treat the underlying emotional reason for the problem. In my case. I COULD NOT SLEEP!!!! He developed a mixture called Rescue Remedy which is a mix of 5of the concentrated flower essences to comfort and reassure for any stressful situation. I bought my 20ml bottle for 9.99pounds in Boots in Gatwick airport on one of my recent trips to and fro. Although this might sound a bit fanciful to many I was ready to try it again as I had turned into a haggard, grumpy, shrew due to worry and lack of sleep.

            Packaging

            The brown glass botttle is packaged in a bright cardboard container in graduating shades of yellow. with the "Bach" signature displayed on each side and Rescue Remedy is diplayed on the front. On the reverse and side are the ingredients and direction for use. Insideyou will find a brown glass bottle clothed in a matching yellow label bearing the same instructions and ingredients. The neck is closed by a black screw on top which holds the traditional dropper with the little rubber baloon which you use to extract the liquid from the slim glass bottle.

            Inside is an information leaflet which gives a little informationabout Dr Edward Bach and the ingredients of the Rescue Remedy which he formulated in the 1930's which are listed below.

            Rock rose -for terror and panic.
            Impatiens-for irritation and impatience.
            Clematis- for inattentaviveness and lacking interest in life
            Star of Bethlehem- for shock.
            Cherry Plum-for irrational thoughts and fear of losing control.

            As at the moment I seem to fit most of these categories, locking the safe combination in the safe, snapping at everyone, even Saint Jessica the dog, checking whether I have turned the oven off 3 times, I seemed an ideal candidate for a bit off rescuing.

            How to Get Rescued.

            Simply put 4 drops in a litttle water and sip which is how I take mine or 4 drops directly onto your tongue. You can also add to a 30ml mixing bottle containing still spring water and take 4 drops a minimum of 4 times a day.
            The clear liquid is a very pale yellow and has a very slight taste to it from the grape alcohol solution which the extracts are mixed in. It is very easy to use.

            Does it Help?

            I have got a lot more life experience, not all of the nice variety since I last tried this so I was a bit sceptical but, yes it does help me. I take it last thing at night or when I am feeling especially nervous and it just calms me down and thank goodness lets me sleep. if it is just phycologigal I do not care as long as it keeps working. I can cope a lot better after a good nights sleep which was the whole idea.
            The little bottle can slip into my handbag and there is also a spray bottle and pastilles available if you would prefer these altenatives. Available from Boots and other pharmacists, around 9.99pounds for 20ml.

            5 stars from me for Doctor Bach, Try it if you are pacing the floor or practicing drunken Yoga.

            Thanks for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao under splishsplash.

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              07.10.2012 12:41
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              Calm in a bottle

              Natural medicine is not something that I have a huge interest in or have paid much attention to in the past. I tend to avoid most medications unless I really need them, and after having this product recommended to me I thought there would be no harm in giving it a go as being all natural, it would not do me any harm.

              What is this product? Rescue remedy is a product made by Dr. Bach. The description claims it will "quickly restore inner calm, control and focus, helping you manage your daily stresses and get on with your life". The remedy contains 5 different flower essences;
              - Impatiens which will lower stress and alleviate impatience
              - Star of bethlehem which helps you deal with trauma/shock
              - Cherry plum to improve self control
              - Rock rose for panic or terror
              - Clematis to help you focus and improves clarity and alertness

              The remedy can be used in a variety of situations where you may feel nervous/worried, for example: before job interviews, exams or presentations; in times of stress, trauma or shock; in emergencies or after getting bad news.

              The remedy is available in drops, a spray or pastilles. The product I chose was the 20ml dropper bottle, this is also available in a smaller 10ml bottle. The bottle is glass with a dropper lid. It has a yellow label with the Bach logo and product name. When purchased the bottle also comes in a little cardboard box which contains all the product information. The drops can be taken in 2 ways, either dropped directly onto your tongue or added to water to be sipped at. The bottle is small and discreet and can easily be slipped into a pocket or handbag. When I took the drops directly onto my tongue, I found the taste to be quite unpleasant and almost alcoholic. When added to water the taste is diluted and slightly more pleasant.

              So, does it work? I first tried this product when going for my first "proper" job interview. As you can imagine, this was a nerve wrecking experience. I took the rescue remedy directly onto my tongue before going in to the interview, and also sipped at it in water throughout the morning leading up to the interview. I did feel that this calmed my nerves slightly, particularly after taking it directly onto my tongue. I was not completely calm, as to be expected, it is not a miracle product! However something that stays in my mind is wondering whether this is a psychological effect, knowing that I have just taken something that is meant to calm me, or whether it truly does work.

              Something I found interesting about this product is that it is suitable for all the family including children, and can even be given to pets as it is all natural. It is suitable for vegetarians/vegans.

              A 20ml bottle of this currently costs £9.99 in Boots. 10ml is slightly cheaper at £7.39. I have found that my 20ml bottle has lasted me, although I do not use it regularly. I'm sure that this can also be found cheaper probably online if you shop around. It is sold in most chemists and health shops.

              This product is something that I will probably continue to use before stressful situations like future job interviews or when giving presentations. I would recommend it to anyone who has a stressful event coming up!

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                29.06.2012 00:49
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                A great product

                I first came across this a few years ago when I was suffering badly from worry and nervousness. since then i have used on many occassions.

                What is it?
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                Bach Rescue Remedy is a natural product for rescuing from the horribleness of worry or nervousness that takes over aperson. this particular one is a dropper bottle.

                What is in it?
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                Bach Rescue Remedy is made with flower extracts of Rock rose, impatients, clematis, star of bethlehem and cherry plum in a grape alcohol solution.

                Packaging
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                This particular type the dropper comes in a small 10ml bottle with a dropper in the lid. It's packaging is quite distinctive in yellow. It's a perfect size for fitting into handbags or pockets so can be used discretely without others needing to know or notice.

                What does it do & how to use
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                It works by dropping a few drops onto your tongue or under the tongue, this is the quickest way to the blood stream and starts working almost straight away. The ingredients used have great benefits of calming and helping to relax you. The bottle comes with a dropper so you squeeze the dropper in the lid. A few drops can also be used in water, this is especially useful if you have a child who is anxious and you want them to relax without knowing what you are doing.

                Taste
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                I have to say it does have a distinct taste, I guess it's slightly like dandylion and burdock! It's a sort of sweet plant taste but it's not unbearable and it doesn't last long - it's worth it!
                My experience
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                I used to suffer terribly with nerves especially when speaking in front of people or having to do a presentation, the trouble was my whole self would shake which then made it worse because I could see that and it would make me more nervous and so went the vicious circle. It knocked my confidence. I still always wanted to have a go at things and was determind not to let it get the better of me, then after being asked to read a poem at a funeral and feeling that I wanted to a friend suggested this bach rescue remedy - I'd try anything at that point. I was still nervous as it doesn't take it all away completely but I have to say I was much better and I found that the shaking wasn't half so bad. So the next time I got nervous I tried it again and gradually I have felt more and more confident and have used it less and less, although those who feel anxious and nervous know it doesn't go away forever, whenever I'm feeling a bit anxious about anything I've always got a bottle in my handbag just in case and because it's discrete it's great, no one notices if a few drops are just dropped onto my tongue.

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                A great product and a great buy and best of all its natural. It costs approx £3 (june 2012)

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                  29.03.2012 12:02
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                  rescue remedy

                  I am really interested in homeopathy and have used varies remedies over the years. There is one remedy that I always have in my bag and use regularly; Nelsons Bach rescue remedy.

                  Rescue remedy was first developed in the 1920's by the physician Dr Edward Bach. At the time Dr Bach was working in a lucrative practice in Harley Street. However he had become disillusioned with conventional medicine that just looked at the disease and not the patient as a whole. In 1930 Dr Bach gave up his practice and spent the rest of his life researching alternative therapies and the link between mind and body.

                  Rescue remedy is made using 5 different types of flower essence and helps to restore your inner calm. It includes-

                  Rock rose to help stop fear and panic.

                  Impatiens to help stop irritability

                  Clematis to help you focus

                  Star of Bethlehem to help deal with shock and cherry plum to help give you more self control.

                  Rescue remedy is suitable for everyone including children. Rescue remedy is available in several different variants including a dropper bottle, spray and pastilles. I prefer the dropper as I think it is easy to take on the move.

                  The recommended dose is 4 drops either onto your tongue or in water if you prefer. The rubber dropper is easy to use and ensures an accurate dose. I like to take the drops directly onto my tongue. You can repeat the dose as often as your like until you feel more in control.

                  Rescue remedy is made using grape alcohol and tastes like brandy. So does it work?

                  I can honestly say that I think it does! I have suffered some really stressful situations over the years and think taking rescue remedy has helped take the edge off my feelings. It is great to take when you are feeling nervous or scared for whatever reason. I like the dropper bottle as it is instantly available whenever I need it.

                  Rescue remedy is not cheap with a 20 ml bottle costing £ 5.88 from Amazon or a whopping £9.49 from Boots! Like always it pays to shop around!

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                  01.03.2012 13:32
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                  A quick, easy and effective way to calm nerves and eliminate anxiety.

                  Bach Rescue Remedy.

                  Original Flower Remedies.

                  Bach flower remedies were developed in the 1930's by Edward Bach, an English scientist. He believed that dew found on flowers have healing properties and so can be used to help calm people in stressful situations. The remedies are considered to be alternative medicines as they are made up of natural ingredients.


                  Why Did I Need This Product?

                  I have always been a confident flyer. In fact, I still am, when I am flying with friends or family. It is only when I fly on my own that I get quite nervous. I am not sure why but anxiety takes over and although I have never not got on a flight, sometimes I have been a bit scared and tempted not to. My mum recommended that I buy some of this rescue remedy to use when I start to feel panicky. I was a bit sceptical at first and always put off buying some until I was in the airport one day and I decided to give it a go. I wasn't sure if it was going to work or not but I was willing to give it a shot.


                  How Much Did It Cost?

                  I bought a 10ml bottle of the drops from Boots and it cost me £5.50.


                  How Did I Use It?

                  The directions recommend that you add 4 drops into water and sip or place 4 drops directly onto the tongue. The remedy does not taste nice at all so the thought of diluting it to me is worse than quickly swallowing it. I prefer to place the drops directly onto my tongue as it is quick and effective. The bottle is only small and comes with a rubber top which you squeeze before unscrewing the lid to suck up the remedy. To use you simply place on your tongue and squeeze the rubber top once again to release the remedy. Sometimes I have just used two drops of remedy opposed to the recommended four and it has still had the same results. The liquid itself is a yellow colour and it smells and tastes very strongly of alcohol. Despite this the remedy has not got an alcohol content, it is just the solution that gives this impression. The remedy does not taste very pleasant at the time of use however there is no bad aftertaste which is a plus. The bottle is very light and convenient to carry around in your handbag. Also there is a long use-by date on it so it will last for a few years after the date of purchase.


                  Ingredients.

                  The ingredients are as follows: 5x dilution of flower extracts of Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum in a grape alcohol solution.


                  Is It Effective?

                  I was very surprised at how quickly and effectively this remedy worked. I wasn't expecting much so the results were fantastic. I took a few drops before my flight, the day I bought it, and as I boarded the plane all worry left me. I felt very relaxed and I struggled to conjure up any feelings of anxiety. Since that day I have used this remedy on many occasions when I have felt stressed and it has always calmed me down. This rescue remedy is very useful and it is very reassuring to know that it is in my handbag. I definitely do not use the remedy very often, if I was to use it in an ordinary situation then I would not feel its results. I only ever use the remedy in times of severe panic or worry. I definitely do not enjoy the taste of the remedy but it is worthwhile putting up with to combat those nerves.


                  Would I Buy It Again?

                  I would definitely buy these drops again or try other Bach products. I find it very interesting that a flower remedy can be so calming and useful. I would definitely recommend this product however I would not recommend using it too much, only in situations where you will benefit from it.


                  Thank you for reading : )


                  Review also on Ciao under luceey.

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                    I still need rescuing but my cat's doing ok

                    I'm an anti-social sort of person, and meeting new people in new surroundings is a situation that always puts me on edge. I'd seen good reviews about Dr Bach's Rescue Remedy and was interested in trying it for myself to see if it could help. I bought a bottle of the traditional liquid form from Holland and Barretts. There are two sizes available, with the larger bottle being cheaper per ml. The 10mls bottle costs RRP £6.90, and the 20mls bottle costs RRP £9.20. You can find this in most health stores and pharmacies.

                    Product description: "Bach Rescue Remedy consists of a unique blend of flower essences and has been developed to provide support during times of emotional demand and everyday stressful situations. Bach Rescue Remedy is safe for the whole family to use; it is suitable for vegans and comes free from alcohol and artificial additives."

                    This treatment appealed to me, not only for its intended purpose, but also because it is completely natural and there are no artificial additives. I also have this strange mental block around swallowing pills which means that a lot of mainstream products are not appropriate for my needs. The Rescue Remedy is great in this respect as it comes available in several different forms, including spray, pastilles, cream, drops and gum.

                    The liquid variety that I have comes in a small glass bottle with a pipette attached to the lid. The bottle is made of a dark coloured glass so it is very hard to see how much is left inside which is a bit of a nuisance. The dropper is easy to use until you get near the end of the bottle and some tilting is required to suck up the remains of the liquid. Alternatively you can pour the drops out but it's much more accurate to use the pipette tip.

                    Recommended directions for use: Drop four drops directly onto the tongue or into a glass of water and sip at intervals.

                    I tried using this myself a couple of times when I was going to be in social situations on my own without knowing anyone else there. I hate these sort of occasions as I'm useless at making small talk and find it difficult to interact with people. I should probably just give up and be a hermit, I'd be much happier. Anyway, the first time I used it I decided that it would probably be quicker and easier just to drop the stuff straight onto my tongue. This was a mistake, as I discovered that the Rescue Remedy tastes BLOODY AWFUL. I mean really horrendous. After having a drink to try and get rid of the nasty taste, I went about with my plans for the rest of the day and was expecting to notice some sort of change or difference in the way I was thinking and feeling. Unfortunately there was no miracle and I was still as socially awkward as usual. I tried using the Rescue Remedy again on another couple of occasions and mixed it with water to drink instead of dropping onto my tongue. The bad taste was still there but it was slightly more bearable when diluted in the water. Again, after each event that I attended I had not noticed any positive effects and my frame of mind was the same as always. I still felt tense, nervous and uncomfortable, and there was not even a slightly relaxing or comforting feeling from taking the Rescue Remedy. I thought to myself it was a shame that it seemed such a waste of time and stuffed the bottle to the back of my medicine cupboard.

                    Several months later, and I was reading a book on homeopathic remedies for cats with behavioural problems. No I haven't gone mental myself, but my poor old cat Bob was really out of sorts and acting like a complete loon. He would endlessly pace round the house during the night, howling like a dinosaur. Yes, a dinosaur. I've never heard a cat make a noise like this before! He also began scratching at the furniture and was becoming very demanding for my attention. He then started to become aggressive on occasion and I ended up with a few scratches after he lashed out at me. So what was wrong? Firstly, he's a grumpy old man coming up to 17 years old. Secondly, he'd gone missing for several weeks and was in a poor looking state when I got him back, it looked like he's been in a couple of scraps and was very skinny. When he got lost a second time I decided it was time to keep him in and he's a house cat now, which is a shame as he used to love going outside, but I can't risk him getting lost again as he's too old and senile now bless him. And to top it all off, I then ended up taking in a stray kitten that my friend had rescued. So his little world has changed quite dramatically and the behaviour seems to be the result of several incidents.

                    Anyway, the book recommended that Dr Bach's Rescue Remedy could be used as a treatment. I thought, excellent, I'll give it a go and hoped that it worked better for Bob than it did for me. It's perfectly safe to use this product on cats as it is natural medicine based from plant extracts. Of course some plants are poisonous to animals so you should be careful before treating with this type of product, but the book assured me that this would be appropriate if a smaller dose was used. It suggested giving 2-3 drops daily in the cat's water bowl, which is what I did. Bob didn't seem to have any problem drinking his water with the drops mixed in so I guess he didn't mind the taste as much as I did.

                    I kept giving him the drops and hoping that it would help him as I was worried that he was so stressed and unhappy. It took several weeks, but then I began to notice that he had stopped his nightly howling. He also seemed calmer around me and stopped trying to claw at me. I was really happy that he was seeming to relax, and so have continued to give him the Rescue Remedy drops. He seems much happier now and less destructive, although he does still fight with the kitten even though I try my best to stop them! I am glad that I stuck with the treatment as it did take a while to get results, but it has really helped him to calm down and I'm relieved that it has worked.

                    Overall, I'd say that if you are going to use this infrequently in times of need, it will probably have no effect. The only thing it did for me was give me a bad taste in my mouth. It took a few weeks of daily doses before I noticed positive effects on my cat so maybe it works better when used regularly, to help balance and give an accumulative effect. I can recommend it if you want a natural treatment to calm down a troubled cat, although it is a bit on the expensive side.

                    Ingredients: Dilution of flower extracts of Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum.

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                      18.01.2012 17:03
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                      Instant calm in a bottle

                      I first heard about Rescue Remedy a few years ago through a friend who ran an animal rescue charity and who was also a fan of the holistic approach rather than conventional medicine. She used to add a few drops of rescue remedy to the water in the cages of nervous or distressed animals and swore it used to make them easier to handle before grooming or transferring them to new homes. As I had a very nervous cat I used it in his water to help him settle into his new home after moving and I found he settled much more quickly than after a previous move. I also use it in his water in the weeks leading up to Bonfire night and although he still gets scared he is more calm in the house than during his early years. Before using it on my cat I must confess I was a bit sceptical and thought it could be the placebo effect, however when it comes to animals this does not enter the equation.
                      I have also recommended Rescue Remedy to my family. My husband has a stressful job and after trying it prior to an exam, now always carries a bottle in his pocket. My Mum does not travel well and keeps a bottle in her handbag for long car journeys and my sister uses it when she is under a lot of pressure with work. I have also used Rescue Remedy before exams and found it helped to calm my nerves considerably.
                      Rescue remedy is supplied in a small dropper bottle which is perfect for carrying in a pocket or handbag. Although it seems expensive for a small bottle you do only need a few drops so it does last for ages. After using rescue remedy and also seeing the benefits my family have experienced I have now completed a course in the use of Bach's Remedy's.

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                      15.12.2011 14:22

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                      The pastilles are better

                      I have used this a few times in the past, although I mainly use the pastilles now.

                      I dislike the taste to this one. It tastes almost alcoholic and I can taste a horrible alcohol aftertaste in my mouth after use, to be honest that's what puts me off using it again. The pastilles taste so much better. I also struggle using the dropper as it's almost impossible to drop the recommended dose of five drops onto your tongue (or into water). The dropper always drops more than you want, which is annoying as you get so little for your money!!!

                      You can drop the drops into water, although I can't taste the remedy when I use it this way. I guess that's a good thing as I hate the taste of it anyway. The bad thing is that by using it this way it doesn't have much of an effect. It just seems too weak and it doesn't help to calm my nerves, which means that i'm more prone to panic attacks.

                      I get a better effect by dropping the remedy straight onto my tongue. It DOES help to calm by nerves but I still get the odd panic attack again. Whereas I get less panic attacks when I take the pastilles, so I guess the pastilles work better and they're also better value too.

                      Not bad, it does work but I suggest using the remedy neat as watering it down weakens it (like it does anything really). It does taste pretty nasty though!

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                      27.07.2011 22:15
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                      try it and see!

                      I discovered Bach rescue remedy a good few years ago while going through a messy divorce and coping with a new born baby, I needed something to help me through the real stressful times, I did not want anything too strong just something to help me cope.

                      I am sure it was either a health visitor or nurse that told me to give Bach Rescue Remedy a go.

                      I found it in Boots although I am sure it is much more widely available now, I purchased it in dropper form, I have since used lozenges also.

                      The dropper form comes in a brown bottle with a glass dropper, it is an ideal handbag size that you can take anywhere, it is discreet, you apply four drops under your tongue at times of stress or you can have it already diluted down in a bottle of water. The taste is strange almost brandy like, it does linger for a few minutes but is by no means unpleasant.

                      The ingredients in Bach Rescue Remedy include Rock Rose for terror and panic, Impatiens for irritation and impatience, Star of Bethlehem for shock, Clematis for inattentiveness and Cherry Plum for irrational thoughts. It is also totally safe for the whole family to use, I regularly gave it to my little girl to calm her down. There are no side-effects and I believe it will not interfere with any other medication.‎

                      I was pretty ill whilst pregnant with my two year old, I swore by this stuff, I carried the lozenges everywhere with me, especially antenatal appointments etc, I even used it during labour, however it obviously didnt touch the labour pains, lol..

                      I also used it up to and during my driving test, and passed!!!

                      It really does calm you down I believe in this stuff and recommend to absolutely everyone.

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                        Worth a try if you feel stressed.

                        About six months ago, I had an interview for a promotion. I was really nervous and wanted something that would help calm me down. I wasn't sleeping and was just getting more and more anxious about it. I was recommended the Bach rescue remedy by a friend who swears by it.

                        *Price*

                        The dropper is available in two sizes: 10ml and 20ml. I bought mine from Boots and the prices are:
                        10ml - £5.50
                        20ml - £7.55

                        *Description*

                        The bottle comes in a traditional style dropper bottle. It has a rubber topper connected to a piquette. To use the product you need to unscrew the rubber topper connected to the lid and depress it, this sucks up the liquid. You are then ready to use it.
                        The liquid is yellow and is the same consistency as water. It has a slight smell to it and smells of flowers but with an alcoholic undertone. Similarly, to me it tastes a bit like whiskey and I had to double check the alcohol content on the bottle. It doesn't contain alcohol but this is what it tastes like to me.

                        *How they are supposed to work*

                        Rescue Remedy is world-famous for quickly restoring inner calm and enabling the body to release its own potential to manage daily stress without side effects.
                        It's a natural alternative to other stress relief methods and allopathic medicines with the benefit of being in a liquid format.
                        Rescue is completely natural and contains five of the 38 Bach Original Flower Remedies; Rock Rose for terror and panic, Impatiens for irritation and impatience, Star of Bethlehem for shock, Clematis for inattentiveness and Cherry Plum for irrational thoughts. It is safe for the whole family, to help with everyday stress.
                        It works in harmony with our own body, helping us to release our potential to stay calm and in control when faced with demanding situations.

                        *Recommended dosage*

                        RESCUE Remedy is safe for all the family to use, even children and animals. Your GP or healthcare professional may even prescribe it for you, as it is available on the NHS. It is supposed to be non addictive.
                        Directions: Drop four drops directly onto the tongue or into a glass of water and sip at intervals. Always read the label.

                        *My experience*

                        I find the Bach remedy an interesting concept. It says it is not addictive but I would imagine some people could get addicted to it, just as people get addicted to painkillers. I would be very careful giving this to my child and a little shocked the company even recommend this!
                        If it works for you then it is great because it is portable, discreet and convenient to take. It can be taken any place and anywhere.
                        My experience of the rescue remedy is that it did calm me and I did feel more relaxed. I used a good long squirt just before my interview (a bit too much) and to be honest it was probably a mistake. I felt very relaxed, so relaxed in fact I began to think I didn't even want the job after all! I felt like it stopped me performing to the best of my ability. As much as the nerves and adrenaline are not nice feelings, they help me perform because all my senses are heightened. I got the job fine and was really pleased with it, but I'm not sure the remedy was the reason why. I would recommend people stick to the stated dosage. However, the product does work! I think the best use for this, on a personal level would be at night when I struggle to sleep.

                        Another point to note is that it made my breath smell slightly alcoholic. This is not a good thing when going for a job promotion!

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                        21.02.2011 14:54
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                        Due to the busy lifestyle I lead I sometimes find myself pretty stressed, so when a family member recommended Dr Bach Rescue Remedy I decided it couldn't hurt to give it a go.

                        ~ What is it? ~

                        Bach rescue remedy is a natural liquid containing 5 different flower essences which combined create soothing and calming effects on the body and mind. These flower essences each have a different property from combating impatience through to battling irrational thoughts. The liquid is designed to comfort and reassure you as you go through day-to-day life experiencing events that may cause you stress and anxiety.

                        At first when reading the guidance and information provided on the leaflet that accompanied the bottle, I was a little dubious about trying it as I hadn't experienced any of the symptoms that the different flower essences claim to combat, however I was sure that my family member hadn't either and she claimed it was really good, so decided to try it.

                        Now this is quite an expensive product, I bought a 10ml dropper bottle from Tesco priced at £5.50, however you can also purchase the same product in a 20ml bottle for a few pounds more. There are also a number of other calming products within the Dr Bach range.

                        It is recommended to use the dropper on the lid of the bottle to put 4 drops of the rescue remedy into a glass of water to dilute and then sip slowly. You can also put droplets of the remedy directly onto your tongue if you prefer.
                        The liquid smells quite like brandy and is dark yellow in colour. I found the bottle very easy to use to dispense the remedy.

                        I decided to take the remedy by diluting in water. I found that the taste was tolerable, but not particularly pleasant - I'm thinking it must have been the flower essences!! I found that the effects of the remedy certainly were not instant but I did feel a bit calmer and less stressed, which as a result allowed me to think straighter when dealing with problems at work.
                        I have used the rescue remedy a couple of times since and have felt more relaxed each time, however I am still a little sceptical though, as I wonder if it is more the psychological effect of thinking that the product will relax you as opposed to the product itself, the jury is still out on this for me.

                        Overall I think as a natural product this cannot do any harm using if you feel stressed especially for exams, driving tests and other stressful times during life. I will keep this in my cupboard for times I feel a bit anxious as I have felt more relaxed each time I have used it.

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                        Brilliant product if you can get past the taste!

                        I purchased this product a couple of week ago, my driving test is looming and the thought of all that anxiety on the day made me feel so nervous i felt i needed a little help. It cost me about £5 from Lloyds Pharmacy and comes boxed in a little pipette bottle. The idea is that when you feel nervous or stressed you apply 4 drops to either your tongue, in some water (which you sip throughout the day) or on certain absorbant points of the body such as behind the ear. I did wonder why anyone would want to apply behind their ear, that was untill i tasted it!

                        What can i say, the taste is awful! It really reminds me of brandy and lingers on your breath like alcohol. I suppose the reason is it contains a small amount of alcohol to preserve the ingredients. About an hour after taking it i went on a driving lesson, the idea was the driving lesson was going to be a test run to how the product would effect me. I didnt notice much differance at first, then i was put in a few situations as a driver which can prove very nerve wracking. Normally i would crumble and get all flustered, however this time i accepted any mistakes i made and kept calm- usually any big mistake would affect how i drove for the entire lesson and i would go home miserable and self defeated.

                        I deffinately think this product works and is well worth the money- that is if you can stomach the taste! The bottle is rather small, but dont be put off by that- it lasts ages. I have used it tons of times yet the bottle looks barely used.

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                        Rescue Remedy Dr Bach created an emergency combination containing five flower remedies - Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose and Clematis. Rescue Remedy combines these five Bach Flower Remedies and can be used to help you cope with immediate everyday situations such as going to the dentist, interviews, making a complaint or wedding day nerves. It can also help in times of crisis or trauma such as bereavement, a relationship breakdown or redundancy.