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One of my grandchildren is a real worrier. It is as though she can't relax and she gets quite wound up at times especially if she is doing something out of her comfort zone. It has become such a problem that my daughter became very upset about it and took her to the doctor's to talk about it. After having tried distraction techniques, talking it out, changing schools and so forth my daughter was recommended by a friend to try a herbal remedy. I did a little research and read good things about these gummy stars so I bought a packet for about £6.
These gummy stars come in a box of 36 with them all being in individual strips of 3. This makes it easier to just pop them in your bag to take around.
They are advised to be used 'when you need them'. My only worry is that children may become dependent upon them and I would hate for my little granddaughter to feel like she needs to rely on a 'sweet' to make her feel better so I do hope that people are sensible when they use these with children. They are suitable from 2 years old.
The gums are star shaped so look appealing and have a slight orange flavour so do appear like sweets for children. The stars contain 4 drops of the rescue remedy.
These do work. My granddaughter takes them and I don't know if it's because she is now thinking about how nice teh sweets are that it distracts her but she definitely calms down and it seems to settle her nerves. We do not use these regularly but when my granddaughter was starting to feel anxious when we were shopping a few weeks ago and we were in a queue she began to get quite wound up and worried that we would be late home. She was so on edge it was upsetting to see but when she had one of these stars she seemed to relax.
I'm in two minds about whether I like these or not. They do help so that is a very good thing and they are child friendly but it's worrying that children should need something like this, I wish they could all be happy go lucky. If there is an underlying problem don't just try to use these and forget about it, try to tackle the problem so your little one can move on.
==Price and Availability==
When I was taking my GCSE's I was very nervous so my Mum bought me the Bach's Rescue Remedy Spray which I found really helped me. When I came to do my exams at university I went to Boots to try and buy some more of the spray, unfortunately they didn't have any in so I bought the Bach's Rescue Remedy Gummy Stars instead. I paid about £5 at the time but apart from Boots I haven't really seen the Gummy Stars in any other shops. They do sell Bach in supermarkets but I only see the stars occasionally so if these work for you it's definitely worth buying them when you see them.
The Bach Gummy Stars comes in a yellow cardboard box which fits in with other products in the Rescue Remedy range. For those who know the range it's easily recognisable and would be easily seen on the shelves. There's quite a lot of information on the box but it's obvious to see that this Rescue Remedy product is more aimed towards children. The box contained 36 gummy stars and inside the box these are split between four blister packs. Each blister pack has 9 stars and the packs are perforated so you can split them into 3 lots of 3 stars. This is really handy as I would often just take 3 stars with me to an exam.
==Rescue Remedy Gummy Stars==
As I mentioned earlier these stars are more aimed towards use for children and can be given to those aged 2 and over. As far as I know, all other Rescue Remedy products have a small amount of alcohol in them and are only suitable for people over the age of 12. These gummy stars are said to soothe when you need a little help, such as periods of worry or anxiety. Each star has four drops of Rescue Remedy inside and is said to have an orange flavour which will be enjoyed by both adults and children. These gummy stars don't contain any antificial flavours, colours or sweeteners. They also have no lactose, gluten or preservatives in them so they are a very natural product. Unfortunately, because the star are effectively like a small gummy sweet they do contain gelatine and are therefore not suitable for vegetarians.
I used these gummy stars throughout my exams and also when I was preparing my assignments. You can take the gummy stars whenever you think you need them as they are only very gentle. The stars are in reality just like sweets, they have sweetness to them although I wouldn't say it was like orange but it's definitely fruity and quite pleasant. I did think the stars were soothing but not as much so as the sprays and drops which really calmed me down when I was in a panic. As these are mainly intended for children I presume the amount of Rescue Remedy is only small but they did go a little way to helping me, I think some of it is a psychological thing too. Very often if you're spray Rescue Remedy onto your tongue you can look a little strange so the gummy stars are a good idea if you need to use a product like this in public, however personally I prefer the pastilles.
Rescue Remedy has helped me out in lots of situations when I've been struggling with my nerves. For me though, even though I can see the benefits of these stars as they are handy to just carry a few in your bag, I don't think they work as well as the more adult versions of Rescue Remedy. The spray in my opinion is a lot better than the stars closely followed by the pastilles if you don't want to be seen spraying the Rescue Remedy onto your tongue in public. I can see the benefits for children though, if they are suffering with nerves these are easy to take and natural so they won't do any harm.
I do tend to suffer from bouts of anxiety, but thankfully I am a lot better than I used to be. I do get Diazepam from my doctor, but I do try to limit how many of these I take, as they don't seem as effective if taken for longer periods of time. While in Home Bargains a few months ago, I spotted a pack of these Gummy Stars for 99p, so I figured I may as well get some. I have found Rescue Remedy helpful in the past, although it is a very acquired taste.
Bach flower remedies were the brainchild of Dr Edward Bach, a successful Harley Street doctor in the 1920's. He was dissatisfied with how doctors focused on the disease rather than the person suffering from the disease. He was interested in Homeopathy and researched and identified 38 negative states of mind and a corresponding plant or flower remedy for each one. He then quit his job in 1930 to concentrate on his research into natural remedies. Rescue Remedy has been a huge success all over the world, and is sold in over 70 countries worldwide.
The stars come in a blister pack of 9, although you can tear off a strip off, which contains three of the stars, which I find is a very handy size to keep in my handbag in case I need them. Each star has four drops of Rescue Remedy in them. The stars contain no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners, are lactose and gluten free and contain no preservatives. There is also no alcohol in these chews, though they don't seem to be suitable for vegetarians.
The stars themselves are soft and squishy, and do look like sweets. To take one, I just put it into my mouth and chew. After a few chews, the star starts to dissolve, but I do make sure I chew each one as much as I can.
The box does state that these have a 'natural orange flavour' but I don't think the taste is particularly orangey. There is a faint taste of Rescue Remedy from these, but they are a lot more palatable than the liquid Remedy that I have used in the past. . The taste is designed to appeal to children, but I don't think any children would chew through a box of these thinking they were Haribo.
While I don't have children myself, these are suitable for ages 2+, whereas the Rescue Remedy liquid is only suitable for ages 12+ (not sure why that is).
I do find that these do help me when I am feeling anxious. I know that it could be a placebo effect, but I am a great believer in that sometimes you just have to do what helps you through things, regardless of what others think. These are very handy to have around, and I find it's easy to just pop one in my mouth when I feel I need one. It doesn't say how often you can take these, just as needed, but I find that one is enough to do me for about two hours.
I have also given some of these to friends, with positive results. I wouldn't pay full price for these (they currently retail at £5.25 in Boots) but if I see come cheaper again, I will stock up, as I do find them very handy to have.
Active ingredients: Flower essences - Helianthemum nummularium, Clematis vitalba, Impatiens glandulifera, Prunis cerasifera , Ornithogalum umbellatum (Rescue). Also includes glucose syrup, sucrose, gelatine (beef), orange juice concentrate, Acidifer; cotric acid, Natural colour: plant concentrate (tumeric), natural orange flavour, vegetable oil, Anti-Caking agents: Carnauba wax and beeswax yellow
My ten year old daughter is a lovely, caring, thoughtful child (even if I do say so myself) but as a downside to this, she has a rather nervous disposition. Whenever it comes around to class assembly, her ballet recitals or her cheerleading performances, anywhere she's on show basically, she falls to pieces. She has physically worked herself up to the point where she has made herself ill and been unable to attend. Yes I can tell the difference between actual illness and just plain faking it, and she just does not do this.
I was discussing the matter with some friends around Christmastime, when one of them mentioned trying lavender or some other herbal remedy to calm her nerves; when I remembered that years ago in a period of stress, I'd turned to Bach's Rescue Remedy. It had helped me then, so I was hoping it would help my daughter too. We've since used this form of the product quite successfully and this review discusses why I would recommend it.
~~~ Background ~~~
Rescue Remedy was developed by Dr Edward Bach, a successful Harley Street doctor in the 1920's. He felt dissatisfied with the way other doctors focused on the illness, while ignoring the person who had it. He was inspired by the results of homeopathy and over the following years he researched and identified 38 negative states of mind, and found a corresponding flower or plant which when ingested would remedy the problem. Wanting to make his remedies more available to the general public, he began to make and sell the tinctures. It's been a huge success and today Rescue Remedy is sold in over 70 countries around the world.
~~~ My Purchase ~~~
I'd previously used a liquid version that administered the correct dosage via a dropper. The remedy was to be placed under the tongue and I can still vividly remember the strong taste. I thought there was no way I could get my daughter to willingly take it, but knowing it might make her feel better, and with lots of bribery, perhaps she could be persuaded.
When I went to Boots to buy it, I couldn't find any information with regards to its suitability for children. I'd read the front and reverse of the packet several times and even opened the box and read the instructions but there was nothing to say it couldn't (or could for that matter). I thought it best to double check with the pharmacist and I'm glad I did - the original Rescue Remedy was unsuitable for under 12's, Elysia was 9 at the time, but he recommended that I buy the Gummy Stars instead.
~~~ Gummy Stars ~~~
Rescue Gummy Stars are designed to soothe and calm when you need a little help. Being a gummy texture and a fun star shape, it's something children will enjoy taking. This is an absolute positive for me, as it is so much easier and convenient to trying to get them to take medicine or a tablet. Each gummy comes in a natural orange flavour; there is none of the strong alcoholic cherry flavour that I initially associated with the Bach drops that I had previously used, and so it's more palatable.
Each star (I won't say sweet as that implies it's a confection) contains 4 drops of the original rescue, which in turn contains a combination of five flower essences. Along with the remedy, the act of chewing is supposed to relax and unwind, and I suppose to some degree it does. If it takes your mind off whatever it is that's bothering you, even for a nano second, it's got to be worth it.
I like that these are suitable for children (and adults) from the age of 2. I know it's probably me being over protective, but having an age recommendation as low as this reassured me that they were/are safe for my daughter to consume. I also like that as well as the supposedly good stuff inside, there are no nasty ones either. These are free from artificial flavours, colours, sweeteners, alcohol, preservatives, and are even safe for lactose and gluten intolerants too. It must be noted that they are not suitable for vegetarians.
~~~ Dosage ~~~
Each box costs £5.25 in Boots, and inside you will find four blister pack sheets, each containing nine gummy stars. These sheets are also perforated into strips of three for convenience. It's so much easier popping a section of three stars into your handbag for those little panicky moments, than carry the fully box around.
The only recommendation for dosage is to take when needed, although I wouldn't recommend popping these like 'pills' as it were. Whenever my daughter has had the need to use them, I've always left a gap of at least an hour or two between doses. I wouldn't want her to feel reliant on them, but neither do I want her to suffer stress when there is no need.
~~~ Relief ~~~
Would I recommend these? I do, sort of. I wouldn't want any child to feel the need to take these really. Children should be carefree and not stressed to the point of making themselves ill like my daughter was. Just thinking about setting foot on stage was giving her stomach cramps, and the endless nights tossing and turning weren't helping the matter. She didn't/doesn't like to let anyone down yet she's extremely shy; so by trying her utmost to perform as well as she could was making her ill. I'm not a pushy parent, no matter what you think by reading this review, there is absolutely no way on this earth I would push her into doing something she didn't want to do, but it was the pressure she put herself under that she needed relief from. These Bach's Rescue Remedy Gummy Stars helped her to do that. Whether it's all in the mind, or whether there is some scientific reason for it, I'm undecided, all I know is these work, so much so she's been able to perform in competitions, stand at the front narrating during plays and performances, and just generally being able to focus on doing her best when it does to exam time without the stress that goes hand in hand.
As mentioned before, these are not just aimed at children even though my review seems to focus on it, adults can use them too. I've used them very successfully from time to time (they are so much nicer to take than the drops), and my eldest daughter aged 22, even took some this morning before going to her job interview - fingers crossed, hopefully there will be good news. :)
~~~ My Thoughts ~~~
These little gummy shapes are mini marvels. I'd rather you not 'HAVE' to use them at all, if you know what I mean, I'd rather everyone live their lives in peace and tranquility; but if you feel the need for just a little bit of help to calm and soothe, and lessen that tight panicky feeling, these could just be the ticket. Please do seek help from a do seek help from a doctor if you think your child (or an adult) is stressed more than 'normal' or over a long period of time, but I really do recommend these for relief from short periods of stress and worry.
For more information please see the Bach website at: http://www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com/en-gb/uk/our-brands/rescue-remedy/