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When I started back to work after being sick for a few months, I found that I had got into a really bad routine and was really restless and anxious at bedtime. This led to me having only a few hours sleep each night and being really tired all day. I decided that I needed something to help me settle down at night, but didn't want anything too strong or artificial, so after being recommended the Rescue brand, I went down to Tesco and picked up a bottle.
What is Rescue Night?
Rescue Night is a herbal remedy designed to help you turn off or blank out those annoying thoughts that creep up on you when you are trying to get to sleep. It is made of 6 different natural flower ingredients, these are Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum and White Chestnut.
How to use Rescue Night
To use Rescue Night, you simply take 4 drops on your tongue or in a glass of water before bedtime and relax. I find that Rescue Night is very easy to use and actually tastes quite sweet and nice.
Does it Work?
I have found that this remedy is quite effective at helping me switch off after a really stressful day and get some sleep.
I found that when I was having problems sleeping, this remedy helped me get back into a good sleep routine and when I wake up in the morning after take Rescue, I always feel really well rested and ready for the day ahead.
You cannot take Rescue every night, but it is good to use to take on occasion when you are having a lot of bother sleeping, however if you find that you need it and sleeplessness persists, you should consult your doctor.
Price and Availability
A 10ml bottle of this remedy is quite expensive, it comes at around £7.50 a bottle, though Tesco usually put on 3 for 2 offers on it so it is best to keep an eye out for it on sale and stock up if you like using it. I think that although this is very expensive, it is worth it for a good night sleep and if you only use it every once in a while, a bottle lasts for ages.
I think that this is a great sleep remedy, I have found that it definitely has helped me stop repetitive, annoying thoughts at bedtime and also get into a good sleeping routine. Overall I would give this remedy 4 out of 5 stars.
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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
Every so often, I find it difficult to sleep. Especially if I have a busy or stressful day coming in the morning. I don't really like taking tablets, but I don't mind an herbal one now and again if it helps me to sleep. Recently I purchased the Bach Rescue Night Liquid Drops as I have already tried Rescue Remedy and got on with it well enough.
What does it do?
The product has claims that it will help to drift off into a natural sleep when your mind won't switch off from repetitive thoughts.
How does it work?
The product contains natural ingredients to speed up the sleep process and relax the mind. The tablet contains White Horse Chestnut which is supposed to calm your thoughts and allows you to switch off and fall asleep.
Who can use it?
The product is alcohol free, unlike some of the other Bach creations, and it is suitable for use by the whole family.
How do you use it?
One tablet is to be used per night. As you lie in bed, you need to place one of the tablets on the tongue. The tablets are dissolvable so you just need to leave it there to do its work. The tablets are not to be swallowed.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a yellow and navy box which has some stars and moons on it. The tablets come contains in a foil packet and you pop them out as you would with a normal tablet. The tablets themselves look really cute. They are tiny honey coloured balls that look a little like jewels.
The tablets cost around £5 and they can be bought from large department stores and also from large supermarkets. It can be bought from a variety of online websites.
Amount of tablets
Inside the package, there are 28 tablets so if you need to use them every night the packet should last you about a month. I use them sporadically when I am particularly stressed so my packet is lasting me a long time.
Taste and consistency
The tablets are really small so it is not completely noticeable that it's even there. I was worried about the concept of leaving something to dissolve on my tongue as I fall asleep but it so small that even if I swallowed it accidently, it wouldn't be a problem. The outside of the tablet is very smooth and when it melts is taste floral if that makes sense. It doesn't particularly taste lovely but it isn't unpleasant. According to the box it has been flavoured with orange and vanilla but I can't really say it tastes of these things. Once it melts away, it leaves a slight film of the tongue but other than that, it just disappears.
I am always slightly of the mind that tablets of these types simply have a placebo effect. I think that if you believe that you've take something to help you, then you often sleep better anyway. I also wonder how much thinking about the taste of the tablet and it melting away will take your mind off thinking of other things anyway and will therefore allow you to stop thinking about work.
Whether this works because of the placebo effect, because it's a distraction or because of the floral extract doesn't really matter. What does matter is that it does help. I drop off considerably quicker when I take these tablets and fall into a more undisturbed sleep than without them. It does seem to take my mind off things and it does seem to relax me. It doesn't keep me asleep throughout the night and it certainly won't knock you out but it is a gentle push in the right direction.
All in all, this won't make you fall asleep, particularly if you have big worries but it does seem to distract and relax you. I wouldn't rely on it to make me fall asleep but I think it is a lovely natural helping hand during the times when you mind just won't stop. A word of warning though, the capsules are made out of fish gelatine so those who don't eat fish should give these a miss.
My 2 year old daughter is not the best settler or sleeper even now and has an active imagination and is easily excitable/made nervous at bedtime. She often wakes and is very dreamy and experiences night terrors if she has too much stimulation near bedtime. I had been searching about for a non medical, non addictive herbal or homeopathic remedy to help her rest her mind and calm down to allow good sleep to follow. After a bit of searching I came across Bach Rescue Night, it had reasonable reviews and was not too expensive (approx £5) to try out.
The blurb from the company is - Bach Rescue Night is a unique combination of the flower essences of Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum with White Chestnut Rescue is the most famous combination of flower essences developed by Dr.Bach. The Bach essence of White Chestnut has been used to help switch off the mind from unwanted repetitive thoughts.
The liquid can be given to children or adults and is easily dispensed either into milk/water or straight onto the tongue. You just squeeze the stopper at the top of the lid and the liquid is sucked up the tube, squeeze again and you dispense the drops.
My daughter has no problems with the taste of the liquid and happily sticks her tongue out to receive her "sleepy medicine". I have found that for me it works well if I give this to her on her tongue about 30 mins before I want to put her to bed. By bed time she is chilled and calm and doesnt get silly when she is put down to sleep.
I must stress that this is not a cure, you still need to adopt a good bedtime regime, bath, bottle, reading, no busy dvd's on, low lights, calm atmosphere - but I do feel this really helps her mind switch off and remain asleep during the night. We experience far less nightmares and terrors and when she does wake she is no longer fearful or wide awake but wanting to go back to sleep. We often use this in combination with a little dab of chamomile on her muzzi or Badger night night balm on her temples. Its not fail safe, we still have wobbles but we do have all the tools we need to help her get to sleep and stay asleep - no night nurse or alcohol required - expect for Mummy and Daddy!
Bach Remedies are part of a homeopathic range of treatments, the only one that I have tried is this Back Rescue Night and I have found that I have had mixed results from using it when it comes to getting a good nights sleep. Having recently become a parent for the first time I was finding that while my sleep would naturally get disturbed in the early weeks even when my daughter settled in to a routine and went through the night from her late 10 to 11 feed until 6 to 7 in the morning I was still not getting a good nights sleep as I was not able to settle and relax.
By avoiding any chemicals or alcohol in the product then the idea is that you get a natural nights sleep and do not become reliant or addicted to the sleep aid
It is a liquid that comes in a small 10ml bottle and all you need to do is either put upto four drops into a drink of water or directly onto your tongue, personally I have found it to be more effective applied directly to my tongue as I seem to have a better nights sleep on these nights rather than the couple of times when I added it to water. It has hardly any discernable taste to it so taking it is not problem.
I have not found this to be a consistent product, it seems to give me more better nights sleep than I was getting before hand but it is not guaranteed to work and some nights I notice no real benefit, it does make me wonder whether other factors have more of an influence like the amount of stress I have had in the day or maybe what I have eaten.
It is worth a try I guess as a friend swears by it however my experience is that it is not going to work every time. A 10ml bottle will set you back £5.25.
I have, as you may be able to tell from the reviews I have done on similar products, been searching lately for a product that will help me relax one an evening and ultimately assist me in getting to sleep. I have tried all sorts of medical and non medical products but nothing has helped me! I picked up the Bach Rescue night a few weeks ago and after using it every night since I again have little success to report and find this product to be pretty much similar to each and every one I have tried, ineffective.
The product is a gel which you can place on your tongue or drink in water and its main "selling" point is the fact that it is made from 5 natural ingredients thus avoiding the supposed side effects and medical problems other sleeping aids could cause particularly the links to addiction and dependence. It also means it is perfectly healthy for your body to consume and will please people who like to follow a natural and healthy lifestyle.
It costs around £4.99-£5.49 depending on where you shop and depending on how much you use you are looking on average at about 6-8 weeks per bottle. This is a competitive price for the market and gives good value in lasting for this period.
But the ultimate question as with all these products is, does it actually work? The packet claims that it is intended to relax the body and mind in preparation for a good nights sleep but I found it had no effect at all and am again very disappointed in a sleeping aid product. The 10ml bottle has a dripper on the end to ease use and for the first few nights I didn't use this directly onto the tongue and placed it instead in my usual cup of water before bed. T didn't make the water taste foul and I could barely taste it. But it seemed to have no effect so I began using it directly onto the tongue and used the recommended dosage of four drops. This was about 20 minutes before bed and I felt nothing. The taste is not very pleasant directly onto the tongue but it is not off putting enough to make you gag nor lasting enough to give you an unpleasant taste all night but I wouldn't recommend eating anything after this!
But still, even when I upped the dosage after a few nights taking 7-8 drops I felt no difference and rather than being a good investment I see it as £5 wasted and cant really think of anything positive to say about it as in my experience it has done nothing it claims to do or nothing to aid myself. Different users may have different measures of success I am sure of that but in my experience I wont be using this product anytime soon!
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Over the last few months I haven't been sleeping too well at nights as I have been worrying about work, possible redundancies, money worries with the credit crunch amongst other thoughts. I was awake most of the night then eventually when I got to sleep it wasn't long until I was up again, as a result I was knackered this was rolling on for weeks and something had to be done. I had been recommended Bach's Remedies by a friend so I had used their products before and it seemed to help a lot so when I was at the chemist I saw that they did this especially for night, I thought I would give it a go in the hope it would naturally make me go to sleep naturally. It took a few nights to work but so far I am pleased with the results. I wake up nice and refreshed and have a clearer mind during the day. I seem to be enjoying life again without the same worry.
This paragraph is taken off the leaflet:
(RESCUE Night is a combination of the five Bach Original Flower Essences found in RESCUE plus the Bach Original Flower Essence of White Chestnut. This essence has traditionally been used to help switch off the mind from unwanted, repetitive thoughts. These flower essences combined in RESCUE Night to help you enjoy a natural night's sleep.)
The good thing about Rescue night it's made by natural ingredients which help you enjoy a natural night's sleep unlike some prescribed medication which have some side affects. Including being addictive.
The product is suitable for all the family (although would always advise speaking to Doctor / Pharmacist before giving to under 18's) and I have given Bach's products to my dog in his water if he has been stressed, when we moved house and it's great a fire works night. This was under the vets instruction and it worked with him too.
It can be dripped onto your tongue or added to water. I just apply directly to my tongue as the taste is not unpleasant just mildly sweet and it doesn't smell strong either. Rescue night comes in a small neat bottle with a 10ml dropper which is perfect to keep on your bedside table and doesn't leave a mess and there is no wastage. It says to put 4 drops directly on the tongue or add 4 drops to water and sip at intervals and not exceed recommended dosage, but it doesn't tell me how often these intervals are? So how do I know if I'm over dosing? I usually take late in the evening just to relax me before having a bath to unwind then take again just before I go to bed, it doesn't tell me on the bottle how long it takes to work but after the second helping I'm not long sleeping. I used to spend ages watching TV in bed before falling a sleep, now the TV is off before I go to bed.
I was £5.29 from Boots (although I have seen them in the Supermarkets too), they were doing a 3 for 2 offer on complementary and herbal remedies. Compared to sleeping tables for about the same price and you were getting less than a months supply I think Bach's Night is really good value for money, I've been using it for just over a month and not even got half way through the bottle.
It makes you drift into a natural sleep
Does not make you tired in the morning like tablets do
Does not contain alcohol
Suitable for all the family
Suitable for vegans
Free from artificial additives
Easy to use
I have trouble sleeping - not all the time, but sometimes my mind goes round and round in circles worrying about the day, and I can't switch it off. Then I start panicing about waking up tired, and start shouting SLEEP DAMN YOU in my head - which doesn't seem to work.
Having used Bachs original rescue remedy for years in stressful situations, I decided to give their night formula a try, to see if it helped me to relax and drop off more easily.
This contains all the original components of standard Rescue remedy :
Rock Rose - for terror and panic
Impatiens - for irritation and impatience
Clematis - for inattentiveness and to counteract faintness
Star of Bethlehem - for shock
Cherry Plum - for irrational thoughts and lack of self control
It also contains White Chestnut, the only extra ingredient compared to the standard remedy, which claims to help the mind turn off negative thoughts. The whole combination is designed to relax and soothe, and help make you restful, ready for a good nights sleep .
The product comes in a small bottle with a 10ml pippette style dropper , which helps with the dosage . The bottle itself is made of drak brown glass, which (as you'll already know if you're familiar with aromatherapy) is essential to help block out light which could damage the integrity of the oils.
The dosage instructions recommend dropping four drops, either directly onto the tongue, or in a glass of water and sipped. I always use this directly on my tongue, I guess becuase I feel I'll get the effect more quickly . It doesn't taste bad - a sort of flowery taste with a hint of alcohol behind it.
Does it work ? Well, yes and no . I do feel more relaxed after using this, although I'm not sure whether thats just in my head, feeling happy that I've done something to fight the stress, or if I actually am being soothed by the remedy. I do find either way that I soon relax and manage to drop off, so I'm happy .
A bottle of this costs around £6, and is available at Boots and many other chemists.
4 stars .
I often have trouble sleeping, and with a busy family life and lots of things on my mind, getting enough sleep is very important. I found that it's the initial settling down that's the problem, it's hard to turn my brain off and get into the sleep state. I've tried many things, giving up caffeine (argh!) running a couple of times a week, even listening to sounds of the rainforest (which drives my husband mad!). I didn't want to start taking sleeping pills, herbal or prescription, as it's not something I feel comfortable with.
I've been using Bach rememdies for a while, taking them for emotional balancing and calming effects, so it was something I thought would be worth a go for sleep troubles. I went to my local health food shop, who have a great variety of Bach products (they can be found easily in Boots and also online) and found the Rescue Night remedy.
A 10ml bottle was 5.99, although I've seen them on offer in other shops for less, but this is about the average price. This particular remedy comes in a bright yellow box, with blue highlights and a small moon design on the box. It's very easy to spot.
The 10ml bottle has an applicator dropper, which is standard with most of these remedies. It's very handy, and makes measuring and administering the liquid easy and spillage free. It's made of all natural ingredients, is vegan and vegetarian friendly, and unlike some of the others it is completely alcohol free, so safe for use with all the family (not that my kids need much help getting off to sleep these days, it's getting them out of bed that's the challenge!)
To use the prouduct, you need to apply 4 drops onto your tongue before heading to bed. You can add to water if you prefer, as the taste is a little odd, but I just brave it and go straight onto my tongue. I do this usually within half an hour prior to heading for bed. I then get sorted out, trying to stay calm and zen like, before trying to sleep. The drops should help relax and aid natural sleep, and I'm not too sure how well they work. I felt a little more relaxed after the first few nights, although I was still struggling to get to sleep. It's by no means an instant fix, but the natural things do take time to have a clear effect. I think my own anticipation of results probably helped, and after applying the drops I'd make a more conscious effort to be calm and relaxed. Placebo effect or not, I did find that after a few days I was beginning to sleep more easily, and with continued use of the product I have settled into a happier sleeping pattern. I would definately recommend this product to others as a non-medicated way to improve sleeping patterns. Once again, a great remedy from Dr Bach!
Ingredients listed below:
Impatiens Glandulifera - Impatiens
Helianthemum Nummularium - Rock Rose
Clematis Vitalba - Clematis
Aesculus Hippocastanum - White Chestnut
Prunus Cerasifera - Cherry Plum
Banish stress, eat flowers. Well sort of. If you're like me and a bit of a part time hypochondriac, then you will subscribe to Healthy Direct, Holland and Barrett et al and always be convinced that life is against you. I have had trouble sleeping for years. I do not toss and turn all night, but often it takes me a while to get off. I have tried Kalms tablets, warm milk, Ovaltine, two pillows, listening to gentle sounds from the forest and also this product, the Bach Rescue Night remedy.
My Granny got me into herbal remedies, swearing by them to temper mood swings and help her natural balance. I have always been dubious, but there is something satisfying about trying them, because you just never know, they might work for you.
This little bottle can be bought from health food shops for about six pounds . The idea is that you squeeze drops onto the tongue or into a glass of water and consume. The mixture does indeed have a flowery taste, not wholly unpleasant, but leaves the mouth tasting like you have licked out a pot of pansies. It contains Rock Rose and the stimulating Clematis amongst other extracts. You cannot pinpoint any one flower, but you will get the herbal taste.
I usually take mine neat on the tongue because I am hardcore. I first used this a couple of years ago, when my job was giving me a lot of stress at nights. Did it do anything for me though? Well I must be honest, I did not notice any dramatic change, it might have induced a placebo effect in me, but that aside, I still had restless nights and saw very little change. The only thing that could be said, is that the initial taste does make you feel calm and rested. For me though, it did not induce sleep and I have had better results with warm milk. Sorry Bach!
I have always been a night owl, though not always through choice. Over the years I have tested a wide variety of remedies from aromatherapy to hypnotherapy, but with limited success. By and large I have resisted homeopathic remedies, but several years ago had booked a flight that departed at a very unsociable hour of the morning and, wanting to get at least a couple of hours in before heading for the airport, relented to Bach Rescue Night.
Bach Rescue Night purports to calm the mind so that consumers can 'fall asleep without repetitive thought.' In this case the remedy was quite wrong, as when I eventually drifted off it was with the words 'When is this stuff going to kick in?' repeating in my mind.
The product comes in a small bottle with a 10ml pipette. You release four drops of the liquid onto your tongue, or alternatively into a glass of water. I prefer to drop it straight onto my tongue and get it over with for, even though the liquid is not overly unpleasant in terms of taste, it does have a lingering organic, almost woody, flavour.
Bach Rescue Night is available without prescription, and is suitable for the whole family. It does not contain alcohol or artificial additives, and is also suitable for vegans.
Bach Rescue Night contains the following ingredients:
Flower essences Helianthemum nummularium
Ornithogalum umbellatum (ResuceTM)
10ml of the product retails at £5.25. It is also available from the following sources at a variety of prices:
£3.82 from LifeAndLooks.com
£4.95 from ChemistDirect.co.uk
Additionally, it is available at Boots online or in stores at £5.29.
I have never used one of these herbal alternatives that I have found to be successful, and Rescue Night is no exception. I did feel slightly more relaxed about half an hour after consuming the drops, but this could well have been a placebo effect. If you are looking for a product that will aid you into a deep slumber soon after it being administered, Rescue Night is not it. If you are searching for a product that will act gently however, then you may find this product to be of some use.
Having tried many of the Bachs natural remedies I decided to give the Bach Rescue Night remedy a try. Due to the muggy weather, heat and lack of air flow at night time, during the past few weeks I have been finding it hard to settle.
As all these types of remedies have been on a 3 4 2 promotion in Boots I thought that it was as good a time as ever to give some of these a try to see if they would be of help.
The Bach Rescue Night remedy is an alternative to taking prescribed sleep inducing medications, which can often be addictive and have nasty side effects. Bach remedies as a whole are well respected and widely used and as I have found many of these to be beneficial I hoped this would prove to be also.
The Bach Rescue Night product comes in a bright yellow box with blue highlights and a small moon design, the word 'Rescue' is clearly written down one side of the box so its easily recognised if you want to check it out. The remedy can be found in the natural healthcare section in Boots, but is also widely stocked in other chemists.
The product itself comes in a 10ml bottle with a handy applicator dropper attached. The dropper makes it easy to take the remedy as and when you need to and means that nothing is wasted.
The Bach Rescue Night product is one of the more well known remedies formulated by Dr Bach. All the remdies including this one are based on naturally found ingredients which are used to work in harmony with both your state of mind and your body.
Its good to know that the Night Rescue is vegetarian and vegan friendly and free from artificial additives. Its made form natural ingredients and is 100% alcohol free, although a small hot toddy may produce a similar restful effect on some people! Shh, forget I said that.
The idea of the product is that you apply 4 small drops direct from the dropper onto your tongue shortly before retiring to bed. As I have found that I am not too keen on the taste, I prefer to take mine in a cool glass of water instead. That has been easy for me to do as I usually have a glass of water at that time, to help clear my system and help with hydration. I find it helps you wake more refreshed in the morning.
Once you are ready to settle down the Night Rescue is meant to help you drift off to sleep in a more relaxed way with the help of 5 of the Bach flower essences along with white chestnut, which has been a traditional method for helping to take your mind off things.
I have found that the results have been mixed I have used the remedy alone and found that whilst the drops did have some relaxing effects, they were not 100% successful. I still found it rather difficult to drift off and that made me rather edgy.
I found that when I tried the Night Rescue along with the Boots Pillow Mist Spray, which is also a night time aid to sleep and relaxation, the combination of the relaxing aroma of the pillow mist and the use of the drops was much more successful and really did promote a more relaxed atmosphere for me.
Although I cannot say I went off to sleep immediately, I can say that the two combined did have a decent effect and whether it was purely a placebo effect or not I cannot say. I have continued to use them together for the past few days to see how the overall effects are.
Once thing I will say is that the pure routine of taking the remedy and spraying the pillow mist, seems to be a more settling way to start my sleep time routine. So I hope that results will improve over time, if not then I will consider trying something else.
The ingredients within the rescue are as follows:
Impatiens Glandulifera / Impatiens
Helianthemum Nummularium / Rock Rose
Clematis Vitalba / Good old Clematis
Aesculus Hippocastanum / White Chestnut
Prunus Cerasifera / also known as Cherry Plum
Ornithogalum Umbellatum / known to me as Star of Bethlehem
Cost wise, as I paid for my 3 items on a 3 4 2 promotional buy they worked out cheaper then is usual, but you can expect to pay between £5.25 and £5.99 per 10ml bottle. As the product does not contain alcohol it may be suitable for children and adults. But as ever its always best to check with your GP or pharmacist prior to commencing use of the rescue.
Over all when used with the pillow mist results have been some what varied, but seem to be improving with daily use. So I feel that I am going to rate this with 4 stars for now.
My eldest son (who we shall call "Bob" for the purpose of this review) has been struggling to get to sleep for months, so much so that he gets really annoyed with himself, which stops him from sleeping even more. For the odd few nights, I would generally just leave him to sort himself out, but this has happened every night for almost a year, and we are both at the end of our tether when he is still awake at midnight! I decided to go to my local health food shop for some advice, and I was recommended Bach rescue night. He is almost eleven, and quite well built - I would not want to give anything to a child any younger.
As I have always suffered from a bad sleeping pattern; I'm tired during the day and I fall asleep regularly, and at night I find it difficult to get to sleep and then I wake up in the wee small hours and lie awake for hours, I decided that I would test this product on myself first to ensure that there were no side effects before giving it to Bob.
Rescue Night is a herbal remedy, and the main ingredients are glycerine and water. It also contains a combination of five flower essences and white chestnut, and these ingredients when combined together are supposed to give you a good night's sleep. It says on the box that the product is suitable for the whole family, but it does not specify ages. Rescue Night comes in a small brown glass bottle with a dropper for the lid and you are advised to either put four drops on your tongue or add four drops to water and sip slowly. If you put them in water, no taste is detectable, but if you put them on your tongue, they taste just like rubber to me (like licking a hot water bottle!). There are no instructions stating when you should take them, so I just take them on my way up to bed.
I must be honest and say that I really noticed no difference in my sleeping pattern at all. They did not make me drowsy or the slightest bit sleepy, and I woke up just as I normally do at 3.20am! There were certainly no side effects what so ever; I felt as though I had taken nothing at all! I took them for two weeks, and I felt as though they were safe enough to give to Bob. On the first night, I put four drops in water and sent him up to bed with a book. Within twenty minutes he shouted down that he was feeling sleepy and after half an hour he was asleep! Result! But hang on a minute.
Bob took this on week nights for a couple of weeks and fell asleep really well every night, but then the bottle ran out. I didn't have any spare, so I filled the bottle up with water and dropped it into water as usual! Naughty I know, but a useful experiment. He took them as usual then went up to bed - and fell asleep! I did this for another week, and exactly the same happened, which only leads me to believe that this product is somewhat of a placebo, and it is very much mind over matter. Bob took them believing that they would make him sleep, so he slept - I wish that I had the same sort of belief. He doesn't take them anymore, as he believes that the drops "cured" him, and so stopped taking them by choice.
I cannot absolutely slate this product, as in a roundabout sort of way; it did what was expected of it! However, it did cost me over £5 and they may as well have just put water in the bottle rather than an expensive combination of ingredients. I think that a lot of herbal remedies work alongside your state of mind, but so long as the end result is a positive one, who am I to judge? If you do want to give this product a go (if only to get the empty dropper!) it is available in most health food shops.
When it comes to sleeping I'm the worlds worst at it. I rarely get over more than a couple of hours kip and it's mainly due to repetive thoughts. I'm a worrier and make like very complicated for myself! Not only that if there's any noise (and I mean anything) that's it I'm up as it gets on my nerves. The slightest movement, noise anything at all disturbs me. I even lose patience if there's any light coming from anywhere!
Add to that the stress I had at Christmas. I got involved in a relationship that wasn't right for me. I liked the bloke loads but it was too complicated and all over Christmas although we were seeing eachother I felt bad then new Year I ended it which really upset me to admit defeat. Already I was down about other things as well. I have an eating disorder I see a councillor for and suddenly it all felt very pointless indeed and I was getting nowhere fast. My Step Dad is travelling 6 hours a day to and from work and looks like he may have to quit his job which has caused stress and worry in my household (I live at home with the folks at the moment) and he isn't a well man after having a two heart attacks. My very good friend was rushed into hospital with Anorexia on Christmas Eve which gutted me (and feels close to home with my own eating disorder to contend with too, I have a kidney stone which moved and kept growling at me and I have a spine condition called coxidinia (a lump at the base of my spine) which I recieve injections for every 3 months to keep me pain free that was starting to act up which gave me anxiety over the holidays with me praying it wouldn't get bad for me cos I'd need to suffer and go on a waiting list and of course I missed my own Dad I lost to cancer 9 years ago. I felt sorry for myself and really, really horribly down. I couldn't speak without crying and it wasn't one problem that upset me more than another it was just life felt crap and of course when that happens you eat to comfort yourself or you stop and I stopped eating completely. Then cos I have an eating disorder my periods stopped (the pmt didn't of course) and I couldn't sleep through hunger and I dehydrated mself and you get the picture I was in a viscious circle!
I'm quite a positive person and have found my councillor to be wonderful but for two sessions all I could do was cry at him and it wasn't simply a cry to be honest it was more of a wail and me staring into space alot I just went blank alot. He's always felt like my friend but I felt so distant from him and my hackles were up. Life was awful and it got so bad he brought a Phychologist in at one point to have a word with me. I had nothing to say to anyone and when I did go to speak it was angry spite or nothing would come out but said wails. I didn't feel like me, I just felt wrong and full of fear and anxiety.
Eventually though I did get my period which I'm sure helped alot lol. (I am meant to take medication for pmt and don't) and I picked myself up (God knows how though) and after talking to my councillor I went and invested in some Bach products in Boots as a last resort. I didn't want medication as I'm trying to solve my issues myself after all and face them all head on so I didn't want happy pills (which in my experience dont help much anyway!).
I decided to try and look after myself alot more and I invested in vitamins, and calming bath and body products, bottles of posh waters and teas I would buy and try anything even calming lavender air freshener. I was on my knees and it was time to drag myself up out of the mire by the short and curlies lol. At the time of purchasing this I must have spent a fortune! I don't even remember I was so down and dazed lol but I bought this and the Bach Pastilles and the Rescue Cream in bulk as I was determined to get back to my old happy self.
I bought this to try and relax me at night and again like not wanting happy pills I really didn't want to get myself hooked on sleeping pills or anything strong and I've never found Nytol and Kalms Night in the past not to help me at all. I like alternative treatments and felt this was very worth a go as life (for me) was at bad as it gets.
Small, bright yelow, oblong cardboard box. On the front in black, grey, yellow and white writing I'm told it's Bach, Original Flower remedies, Rescue Night, Bach Flower Essences For A Natural Nights Sleep and that it's Alcohol Free and at the bottom of the box I'm told it has a 10ml dropper. In largish yellow writing on the left hand side of the box Rescue is written there and there is a small dark blue piece of world pattern on there with a half yellow moon on it. On one side of the box I'm told again it's Rescue Night which is suitable for all the family, it's alcohol free, free from artificial additives, suitable for Vegans and there is a bar-code on there. On the other side of the box the ingredients are listed and contact details for Bach are given. On the back of the box I'm told a bit about the product, how to use them, and told the best before date is on the bottom of the pack and finally that it's a 10ml dropper again. The bottle is an amber colour with a twist on/off dropper with a piece of pink rubber sticking out of the top. On the front of it there's a sticky yellow label on there (same sort of design as the box) which again tells me what it is and who it's by and the size is stated, ingredients are listed, directions for use are given, storage instructions are there and finally once again contact details for Bach are given.. Simple informative packaging is what this is.
A Bit About The Product According to The Box....
Rescue Night Drops, Flower Essences In A Glycerine Solution.
Rescue night is a unique combination of the flower essences of Rock Rose, impatiens, Clematis, Star Of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum (Rescue) With White Chesnut.
Resue is the most famous combination of flower essences deceloped by Dr.Bach. The Bach essence White Chesnut has been used to help switch off the mind from unwanted repetive thought. These flower essences combine to help you enjoy a natural nights sleep.
Suitable for the whole family.
Directions For Use....
Put 4 drops directly on the tongue or add 4 drops to water and sip at intervals.
My Experience With The Product....
Well I didn't know what to expect and to be fair I don't believe in miricles so I didn't expect much to happen. Before using them though I always prepare myself as I dont believe they could work alone. I always drink warm milk, settle down with soothing music, soft lights or a gentle, unexciting book. I light a small smelly candle and/or have a warm bath and basically I encourage mself to relax even if it's just rubbing in some sleep massage oil on my shoulders before putting my pjs on! My prefered method for this is to drop the drops straight on to my tongue. Of course you can put a few drops in water if desired and I tried it and it doesn't taste at all that way so best way of giving it to children if you want to I think.
The biggest problem with this however is giving yourself the recommended dosage. You unscrew it and suck some liquid up into the see through 'wand'. It fills up easy enough with clear liquid and then you squirt some onto the tongue via squeezing the light pink rubber top (you use that to suck the liquid up too). The problem is you can't see what your doing so you can't obviously see the amount and for me its hard to feel it. This is because my tongue always goes a bit warm where I apply it and therefore a bit numb. Not boiling or uncomfortable or anything awful I just can't feel my tongue to good for about 10 seconds. Now it doesn't matter if you use too much in the way of over dosing yourself because after-all it's a natural product so you won't but I do want to get my dosage right as I don't want to waste any product as it isn't cheap and it's only a small bottle at the end of the day and I'd like it to last me as long as possible!
Taste wise I love it. Bit odd the first time I used it coupled with the numbeness I felt but now I really like it's sweet tangy flavour and that flavour stays on the tongue for a good hour slightly after using it which is rather pleasant.
I then try and chill and the results... well they're hard to explain. Put it this way if I had some of these and someone called me and said do you want to go out clubbing I could get up and go clubbing and last the duration no problems lol They are not knock out drops and a cup of coffee and a glass of water even after my natural ritual of trying to get to sleep would be corrected easily, so you have to chill out and help them to work to get any effects from them.
However I do think they help to relax me (with the helping hand I give them) but I can't take them and expect to instantly fall asleep they simply don't work that way! I do feel calmer and thoughts go out of my head and I whole heartidly agree that they switch off repetitive thoughts as I struggle to think clearly when I've had these but as I said I feel like I can turn off the drops and continue in my usual manner if I desire.
Do I rate them? Absoloutely yes I do cos although they don't knock me unconcious they fog up my thinking which helps me drift off in the long run as I feel I have nothing to stay awake for and think of lol I do really like them but all I would say is don't expect them to knock you out cos they cant. They switch off my repetitive thoughts and for me...well that's enough they really do help me out! Brilliant Bach!
I paid £7.92 for my dropper in Boots but they are available in all sorts of places including Supermarkets!
Having used Bach Rescue Remedy Spray and Drops for a couple of years and found them quite helpful in reducing stress and helping me stay calm, I thought I would give the new Bach product, Rescue Night, a try. I often have difficulty dropping off to sleep and the blurb on the back of this pack sounded promising - just a couple of droplets would supposedly give you a natural nights sleep.
The first advantage of this product is that it's natural - it is a combination of flower essences developed by Dr Bach, which should combine to help you sleep. As well as the flower essences, however, it also includes sodium benzoate (preservative), xylitol (sweetener), malic acid and glycerine, so that's worth being aware of, though most sleep aids will have a much longer and less desirable list of ingredients. It is also alcohol free, unlike the Rescue Remedy Spray/Drops.
The second advantage is that it's easy to use - it is available both as a spray and drops, which means no tablet-swallowing or dissolving things in water (though you can put the drops in water if you wish).
Thirdly, although the sweet, floral taste is quite strong at first, you do get used to it and I even grew to quite like it.
However, despite these advantages, the product did have a notable disadvantage - it didn't work for me. It didn't have any effect on my sleep, not even a placebo effect which you might have expected seeing as I thought it would work! I tried it for over a month and saw no improvement in my sleep at all. This may not be the case for everyone but for me, this was a waste of money and a big disappointment.
I have now returned to using the normal Rescue Remedy Spray to calm me down before going to sleep and I find that is more useful.
An alternative medicine to a good nights sleep. Helps calm your mind so you can relax and fall asleep without repetitive thought.