- Why I Bought -
While pregnant with my second child I found I was often stressed at work as I had a lot of responsibilities and not enough staff and time. I am a perfectionist so I do tend to get stressed quite easily. This wouldn't usually concern me but of course being pregnant meant my baby might be affected by my stress too. The causes of the stress weren't going to change so I decided I would need to find other ways of keeping calm. I started to drink camomile tea a couple of times a day, have a nice hot bath when I got home from work and I also started to take a Bach Rescue Remedy Pastille a few times a day.
- Bach Rescue Remedy -
Bach Rescue Remedy is a range invented by Homeopath Edward Bach. All of Bach's remedies are made from diluted flowers. The Rescue range is probably the most popular and best known and is designed to be used in moments of stress and anxiety. The range is a mixture of five individual flower remedies: Clematis, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Impatiens and Rock Rose. Other products in the range include chewing gum, spray, liquid drops, cream and gummy sweets.
- The Packaging -
The Pastilles come in a small yellow tin. It is very eye catching and matches the rest of the Bach Rescue Remedy Range. It is a handy little container as it can easily fit into a pocket or bag to use when out and about. The tin is easy to open and the lid stays on well. The packaging states that the pastilles are alcohol free and have a natural flavour. They may contain traces of gluten and excessive consumption may have a laxative effect. It is recommended to chew one pastille as required. Ingredients include Xylitol which is a natural sweetener.
- Who Can Take These? -
As with most homeopathic remedies these pastilles are suitable for the whole family, even young children and pregnant women.
- The Pastilles -
The pastilles are available in two flavours; blackcurrant or orange and elderflower. Being a fan of elderflower I opted for the latter. The pastille is rather small in size and is yellow/orange in colour. They were a little harder than I was expecting. I'm not sure whether they are meant to be sucked or chewed, or if this even matters but I sucked them. As they are so small they can be sucked very discreetly and it took a good ten minutes for one to dissolve in my mouth. The taste is quite mild, pleasantly sweet but not sickly.
- The Results -
I'm not really sure whether there were any results from the pastilles. I may have felt slightly more relaxed after having one but I wouldn't say there was much of a difference. I think the pleasant taste and distraction of sucking something may have calmed me a little but I could have got this from sucking on a sweet perhaps. I wouldn't go so far as to say they don't work but the results were minimal.
- Price and Availability -
Prices vary for this 50g tin so it is worth shopping around. Holland and Barrett sell them for £6.19 but do sometimes have them on a buy one get one half price offer. It is a relatively small price to pay if they work for you but you feel like you have been conned when there isn't much effect!
- Would I Recommend? -
Even though these didn't really work for me I would recommend trying them yourself as many people rave about them so perhaps they work better for some people than others. For me they may have just been expensive sweets but they certainly didn't do any harm, the taste is nice and they are natural. However, I don't think these are for me so I won't be buying them again.
A few years ago before my daughter was born, I had a car accident (not my fault) which left me rather shaken. At the time my job involved travelling and every morning I dreaded driving, being sure I was destined for another accident. I would avoid driving when I could, so much so that my mother bought me these Bach Rescue Remedy Pastilles as she likes to rely on natural products for her own health when possible. I have used the Back Rescue Remedy little bottle before but had never seen these, and she thought it may be an idea to take one of these little Pastilles (blackcurrant flavour) whenever I felt that apprehension about driving. A tense driver is not a good driver.
I do not know what my Mum paid at the time but I have seen a little tin of these retail between £3 and £6. Having these little chewable pastilles in a small tin means they can be slipped into a coat pocket, into a handbag or sitting in the front of the car (where I kept them). These pastilles claim to contain the 'famous combination of 5 flower essences' These pastilles are alcohol free and are designed to be suitable for the whole family, however it was only ever me that took them. It takes a little bit of chewing with these pastilles but that is deliberate in order to calm you down as you chew and probably try to distract you what the thing you are fearing. I quite like the blackcurrant flavour and they are easy to take, nothing sour or nasty.
Like all these products it is very hard to tell whether they have worked psychologically or whether it is entirely down to the pastilles, however, whether it was one or the other, I did feel calmer after a while when I took these in the morning. I found a that after a little while into my various car journey's I would start to feel a little more relaxed and not so tense - now as I said whether I just convinced myself that these pastilles worked, I don't know. However, the chewing of the pastilles probably did distract a bit as well. All in all, whether it was down to these pastilles, or whether it was due to me convincing myself they were working and I was more relaxed, I'm not really worried as in the end they did what my mum had bought them for, to make me more relaxed driving again after my accident. Years on and I don't worry about driving unless the conditions are hazardous and I always keep a little tin of these pastilles in the car even for times when I feel stressed from work etc.
All in all, I would recommend this product especially for something you can pop into your bag, pocket or car and hopefully help ease any tension or worry you might be experiencing.
I can be a bit of a panicky person and I get very nervous about speaking in front of others, in new situations and especially when flying! A quick drink of alcohol helps with the flying but this isn't always a viable option for the other situations so I needed to find a better solution. Bach Rescue Pastilles seemed to fit the bill.
What does the product do?
The product is a natural remedy which promises to help you to cope with different stresses and life situations. It claims that it will help you with exam stress, job interviews and when in a high pressure environment. The product comes a whole host of herbal ingredients including Cherry Plum, Star of Bethlehem and Clematis. This ingredients are used for treating shock, tension, restlessness, irritability, panic and terror so you should be in good hands.
They come in two different varieties. I bought the Orange and Elderflower flavour but you can also purchase Blackcurrant flavour.
These pastilles are both sugar and alcohol free however the product may contain traces of Gluten. They are suitable for vegetarians. If too many are eaten, the product may have a laxative effect so chew with care!
How do you use the product?
You simply chew one of the pastilles like you would with a sweet and then swallow it. You take them when you know you are entering a stressful situation or when thing become too much.
Packaging and Price
The pastilles come contained within a small circular metal tin which is different shades of yellow in colour. You click the tin to open and close it and it is an easy mechanism to use so you should keep this out of the reach of children. The packaging is airtight and it keeps the product nice and fresh inside. The product will cost you around £5 and it can be bought from stores such as Boots and also from a range of online websites.
Appearance, Experience and Performance
The pastilles are honey coloured and they are moulded into a little circular shape which some patterning around the edges. They are really small so it doesn't seem like they are going to do much. They smell quite nice and it isn't an overpowering or off putting aroma.
The products are flavoured and they are actually really nice to chew. You can't taste the ingredients and it doesn't taste herbal or dry at all. It has a lovely orange flavour and a nice sweetness to it. In fact they are quite close to being a s enjoyable as sweets. They have a hard chewy consistency which is along the same lines as Wine Gums. It takes a little to chew the pastille and this process in itself is quite relaxing.
Sometimes just being proactive can make you feel better about a situation and I feel better as soon as one of these pass my lips so it is a bit of a placebo effect. Nevertheless, I wouldn't be without this now. They put an air of calm over you and allow you think more logically about a situation which stops you from panicking.
I still feel stressed or worried when using them but they reduce the symptoms to a level that I can cope with. I have used them in situations which I find frightening such as flying, stressful situations such as writing reports and also when I have been extremely anxious or upset and it has calmed me in every one. I usually take one or sometimes two depending on the situations. I haven't suffered any side effects and it hasn't irritated my stomach or mouth in anyway.
All in all, I think this are a little miracle in a pot. It reduces stress and anxiety levels, and allows to be calm down and think clearly. It won't remove negative feelings completely but it softens them to a level that I can cope with. They taste nice and are easy to carry around with you. I can highly recommend these and I will definitely be repurchasing them.
I wouldn't class myself as a nervous or anxious person but this all changes if I have an interview or get on a plane and I find my nerves then get the better of me. I had never heard of anything that you could take to help with these sorts of symptoms that were not any sort of prescribed medication. So when I got a interview for a promotion recently and heard my boss going on about how wonderful rescue remedy was for calming nerves I decided to investigate further and headed to my local Boots store. This is where I found the full range of the Bach rescue remedies and decided to opt for a tin of the pastilles.
I paid £4.49 for a 50g tin of the pastilles which I thought was a little on the expensive side but a good investment if they actually worked. The pastilles come in original and blackcurrant flavour, I opted for the blackcurrant as I thought this might mask any unpleasant taste as I didn't really no what to expect from the flavour having not purchased them before.
The rescue pastilles come packaged in a little yellow tin which has quite an unusual opening/closing system which did baffle me for a moment or two. To open the tin you press the raised section in the middle of the lid and to close squeeze the side of the lid. On the lid it states that these are soothing pastilles which contain flower remedies, sweeteners and are alcohol free. On the bottom of the tin is more detailed information including a illustration of how to open and close the tin (I didn't see this to begin with), ingredients listings, directions for use, and allergy advice. It also states that excessive consumption may have a laxative effect.
The pastilles themselves look a little like sweets and are purple in colour, round in shape and a bit bigger than a 5 pence piece. It is recommended to chew one pastille as required.
I did try these out before my interview as I wanted to check the taste and obviously if I felt any soothing effects. Although I opted to purchased the Blackcurrant flavoured pastilles the flavour is quite weak but not in any way unpleasant I think I just expected a slightly stronger taste. As the pastilles are quite small it is possible to pop one under your tongue and leave it to slowly dissolve rather than chewing it which I thought was great as I had a test before my interview so thought I could easily get away with having one of these pastilles while I take the test without it being obvious that I was eating something and distracting my concentration. I'm am probably quite sceptical but I did notice that I did feel a little more at ease and relaxed after having one of these pastilles but am not sure if this was just psychological. Even so I took a couple of these before my interview and although I was still nervous I did feel that these pastilles did take the edge off and I didn't feel myself trembling like I normally am in these situations. I am yet to take a flight since discovering these pastilles but next time I do I will certainly have a tin handy to see if they make a difference. They also keep well as I have had mine for a couple of months now and they are still perfectly fresh in the tin so they may be expensive but they do last.
Overall I would recommend these for anyone who suffers from nerves when under a pressurised situation like an interview, I do think they worked and whether this was psychological or not anything that can help in these circumstances in my opinion is worth it.
I started taking Bach Rescue Pastilles as a recommendation from someone who works in healthfood store. I am pregnant with my second baby and it has been very stressful so far this time with cramping and awful nausea and back pain. Add that to chasing around a boisterous toddler and a hubby who works a lot and you get the picture.
The lady who recommended these to me said to take one as soon as I start to feel anxious or nervous, or throughout the day if this happens often. I was getting desperate as there is so little you can take safely during pregnancy for stress and anxiety, so I paid £5.50 for the tin there and then in the healthfood store.
These pastilles are part of the Bach brand which creates flower remedies. According to their website these pastilles contain:
Star of Bethlehem: For trauma and shock.
Clematis: For the tendency to "pass out", and unconsciousness, being 'far away' and not present mentally.
Cherry Plum: Fear of mind giving way, verge of breakdown, anger.
Impatiens: For irritability, tension and fidgety.
Rock Rose: For frozen terror and panic.
- Which sounded ideal to my pregnant, hormonal self. Back Rescue Pastilles are housed in a yellow tin which is easy to open and close and the tin is also nice and hardy for reuse afterwards. The pastilles are sugar free and the ones I bought are orange and elderflower but you can also get them in blackcurrant. The pastilles don't taste of much, they have a mild tang to them but nothing too upsetting for my nausea, although that could also be because they are hard boiled - sucking which helps to ease the nausea a little.
As for helping with stress and anxiety, I'm afraid I can't really say that they worked for me. I didn't notice any difference to when I suck on normal sweets or even chew gum, although at lest these pastilles don't contain E numbers or sugar, or alcohol. If consumed in large quantities they can cause laxative effects, although being pregnant this is not particularly unwelcome to me..
So I give these pastilles a middle 3 stars, as I'm not sure that they work, but they are quite enjoyable to eat, not unhealthy, and nicely harmless for my pregnant self.
I spotted these Bach Rescue Pastilles on line when I was searching for a solution to my daughters anxiety. They are supposed to be a natural way to ease anxiety at stressful times.
She is a right worrier and gets in a state about anything and everything!
I spotted them in Tesco whilst doing the weekly shop and decided to get them. Anything is worth a shot, though at over £5 I thought they were a little pricey.
The pastilles come in a lovely little yellow pot which has a unique lid. You press the middle of the lid and tin pops open. Squeeze round the edge of the tin to close. I may be hanging onto the tin after use for various storage ideas.
Anyway , back to the product. They are alcohol and sugar free and have a combination of the five flower remedies that Bach are known for. They are available in two flavours. Blackcurrant or elderflower/orange which is the one I opted for.
I was also going through a bit of stress at work with a boss nit picking and generally having a go for no reason so thought I would try the pastilles out.
The flavour is really mild and the pastille can last about ten to fifteen minutes to melt in the mouth so you could use these without anyone knowing you are sucking a pastille.
Not sure if its psychological or they really work but I definitely felt calmer. Just takes the edge off what's happening around you and its quite soothing just sucking on the pastille.
They seemed to help daughter as well. She had her driving theory to contend with as well as things going on at college and although she failed theory by 1 point she coped better than she normally does in those situations so I would buy again but maybe try the blackcurrant flavour next time.
Being a bit of a stress-head, I bought myself a small tin of Bach Rescue Remedy Pastilles. I also have tried Kalms in the past but unfortunately they did me no good at all. This little tin I purchased from my local Boots and it cost £5.69 for about 30 sweeties in total. They do come in a choice of flavours, but blackcurrant being my favourite, these were the ones I opted for. I'm not sure what I was expecting with these pastilles and if I'm honest, I didn't really expect them to calm me down much at all, but I was willing to give them a try. What a complete waste of money they turned out to be.
They taste lovely. They taste just like a Rowntree's Fruit Pastille only less sweet and sugary - and a LOT more expensive. They come in a pretty little tin which nearly took my nails off the first few times I tried to open it. The tin is small enough to fit into my handbag without taking up too much space at all.
The pastilles are round, soft and slightly chewy. They are designed to be sucked or chewed, whichever you prefer. I tried to suck one all the way through, but much like a Rowntree's Fruit Pastille, I was forced to chew before I got to the end. The first time I tried one of these I ate only one. The next time I popped two into my mouth together. Hey made not one iota of difference and I still was feeling nervy and anxious and on edge both before and after I had eaten the pastilles.
I suppose they must act as some sort of placebo, but my anxiety levels are not being fooled by these little sweet treats. It was an expensive lesson and though I'm not sorry I tried them and gave them a go, I can't help thinking that I've parted with a lot of money for what was effectively just a little tin of sweeties.
Please don't waste your money on these. They did nothing for me and I wouldn't consider buying them again.
I'm not generally a stressy person but in certain situations, such as interviews and any kind of public speaking, I do find myself feeling very anxious and I know it stops me from performing at my best. So, with several job interviews lined up I decided to try do something to control the anxiety. I looked around online at different products available and settled on these Bach Rescue Pastilles. They are available in original or blackcurrant flavours, I opted for the blackcurrant as I thought it would be more palatable. I found them on the Boots website for £5.65.
They come in a round metal tin but this tin is so much better than the usual old fashioned style tins with pull off lids that can take years to get off. With this one you simply press down the centre of the lid and up pops the edge, allowing the lid to be removed. Then to close it again you just press it at the sides so that the middle pops back up. I love it! So easy to use. The tin is about 3 inches in diameter and about 1 inch thick so it's easy to fit into a handbag or even a pocket if you needed to.
I didn't think to count the pastilles when I got the tin but judging by how many I have left now I'd say there were around 30-35 pastilles in the tin. The pastilles are round and about 1.5cm in diameter and look like little jelly sweets. These blackcurrant ones are a reddish purple colour and quite see-through.
They do taste nice as I would have expected of blackcurrant flavour, and luckily they don't have any nasty chemical background taste like I found the chewable vitamins did, they just taste like blackcurrant flavour sweets. On the tin the directions simply state 'chew one pastille as required' but I personally prefer to suck them and make them last longer. I find if I chew them they stick to my teeth, which is another reason to suck them instead.
To be honest I can't say I was really expecting these to do anything, it was more of a no harm in trying purchase. I've used them a few times before interviews and other stressful situations and I'm not really sure whether they work or not. In a couple of interviews I did find myself feeling a little more relaxed than usual, but I honestly couldn't know whether it was the pastilles that made me feel that way, it could just as easily have been due to the environment the interview was being conducted in or the interviewer themselves that made me feel more at ease, there's no way of knowing for sure. I don't think I could convince myself that they work unless I felt more relaxed every single time I used them, and I didn't.
Even the name of these sweets made me suspicious, Bach "Rescue" Pastilles.
I had to give them a try just to see if I was right or just to prove myself wrong.
These are pastilles that contain natural herbal / flower ingredients. Now I must admit I am skeptical of most (not all) herbal remedies. They are not held very highly by any of my med school lecturers. They argue that if they were showing enough positive results through actual academic studies, wouldn't they be used in medicine by now and be classed as that "medicine" and not be freely available without medical supervision or classification. These are said to relive stress and help you deal with the pressure of every day life. Hmmmm.... Okay.
These are not cheap either for a 50g tin of sweets they cost £5 in Boots. The tin itself is a bit fiddly to open but there are instructions on the back. Its not just a case of pulling the lid off, you must push the centre of the lid and then it pops up and off. It's very easy and quite a nice design but unless you know how to open them you could find yourself throwing them under a bus out of pure frustration.
Inside the tin are these magic beans, sorry pastilles. They are small and are a pale orange colour. When it comes to taste I thought they were a bit like perfume, not to my liking what so ever. There was a orange soapy like taste, my mother who buys these regularly said it was elderflower I was tasting. I wasn't expecting magic to happen and luckily I wasn't, as I felt absolutely nothing. I had some more and strangely I wasn't being rescued. After the initial disgust at the taste I kind of got used to them and had a few more, I was relaxed while having them but I doubt it had anything to do with the sweets. I had a look at the ingredients to see if I recognised any of them and I didn't, they are free of sugar, artificial flavorings, colours and preservatives. Some of the ingredients were rock rose, impatiens, clematis (I know that one as we have it growing in our back garden) and star of Bethlehem.
These most certainly didn't work for me.
But being sceptical maybe I was prepared for these not to work, so maybe they didn't stand a chance. Maybe they do have some calming effects on some people as my mother seems to think so. They could also be like some medications, they work for some and not for others. But again they could be like some placebo medications, working because the patient wants them to.
I don't think such a strong emotion as stress can be reduced by sucking on a sweet herbal or not.
But by all means please leave a comment if these have worked for you.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
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From time to time I have been prone to suffer from stress and this occasionally flares up at work. A friend at work suggested these Bach Rescue Remedy Pastilles to me a few months back and they have become a god send to me particularly when I am at work and having a stressful day.
After trying these a couple of times I decided to purchase some myself and I managed to purchase some that were close to their expiry date for just under £4.00 including postage. This appears to be a cheap price and their usual price looks to be around £5.50 - £6.00. I think that even the highest price is very reasonable for these pastilles and that price pays for 50g of the pastilles.
These pastilles are alcohol and sugar free and they are flavoured with elderflower and orange. Elderflower is not something that I have been a huge fan of in the past as I have tried a few elderflower drinks, however with the orange this just seems to work very well for these pastilles. The taste is mainly of orange but there is definitely something else there that is watering down the orange taste slightly. These pastilles have a little pattern around the top of them and this looks very sweet and gives a different texture to them when in my mouth.
These pastilles are obviously designed for oral use. Just pop one in your mouth and then slowly suck on them until they disappear. One of these probably lasts me around 15 minutes but sometimes I have to crunch them up if I need to answer a telephone call or speak to a client. If you chew these they stick to your teeth something terrible so probably best just to suck them until they are sucked down to nothing.
As I mentioned above I use these pastilles when I am suffering from stress. I tend to just pop one in my mouth and continue on with my paperwork and jobs at work. I find that sucking on one of these pastilles does help me to feel a little more relaxed. I would not say that my stress disappears completely but they definitely have some effect on my stress levels. I think that sucking on these pastilles just gives me something else to focus on and takes my mind off whatever is causing me the bulk of my stress at the time.
Overall I would say that I like these pastilles. The flavour of them is nice if a little watered down, the price is reasonable and there are lots of pastilles within this tub. I like the packaging, it is strong, sturdy and suitable for holding in my handbag. This pot has never opened in my bag and I just generally feel like my stress is relieved because of sucking on these pastilles.
My working life can be incredibly stressful at times. A few months ago, I had a particular meeting approaching that I was dreading and could feel the usual symptoms of anxiety building up as it got closer to the date. The day before, I set off to find something that I could use immediately before and during the meeting, just to calm my nerves slightly.
Many years ago, I tried the original Bach Rescue Remedy formula, which came in a glass bottle with a dropper. Something a little more discreet was needed this time and I had vague memories of reading about the formula now being available in a pastille format. I've never actually seen this out on display anyway so I was quite surprised to discover that my local Boots branch - one of the smaller stores - does actually stock these. I did have to ask behind the pharmacy counter, however, which is a little strange as there are no restrictions on the sale of these pastilles. (They contain no alcohol or medication and only contain natural colours and flavouring.)
These Rescue Remedy Pastilles are based on a combination of Dr Bach's original flower esssences, designed to alleviate and soothe emotional issues. Each flower essence is believed to have particular properties and effects on people's emotional state. The five essences used in this particular formulation are supposed to reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety and the rescue remedy is commonly used before events such as intervews and driving tests.
The pastilles come supplied in a bright yellow tin, with the 50g tin equating to around forty small yellow 'sweets.' The packaging looks quite eye catching although it isn't particularly practical. My first issue was actually trying to open the tin itself, as the lid fits into position with a series of little 'grips' around the edge. Fortunately, there are idiot-proof instructions on the back and it is simply a matter of pressing down on the centre of the lid, to release the grips and get at the contents. Sadly, this method of opening and closing the lid isn't particularly secure which was something I discovered when the contents ended up swishing around the bottom of my work bag! I found myself dusting down the loose pastilles (fortunately not too much fluff down there) and having to keep the tin in a zipped side pocket to keep them relatively secure. Even there I have found that the tin has worked its way open several times, meaning that this small tin isn't quite as portable and practical as it might initially appear.
The 'sweets' themselves are an attractive design, with lines around the edge, presumably deliberately intended to make them resemble small flowers. My natural instinct, given their size, appearance and slightly hard texture, is to suck these. The basic action of sucking is something that we naturally associate with the comfort it offers as infants, so it seems pretty logical to offer a relaxing treatment in the form of something designed to be sucked. I was quite surprised to discover, from a cursory glance at the base of the tin, that the pastilles are actually intended to be chewed. Chewing the pastilles is not particularly pleasant or something that the texture of these sweets really lend themselves to easily. Although these have a slightly chewy consistency, vaguely similar to a tough wine gum or similar gelatinous sweet, they don't break down altogether easily and I find that they tend to get stuck in the gaps in my back teeth, which is a little irritating.
I must admit that I'm not overly keen on the taste of these pastilles either. These are flavoured with orange and elderflower, a combination that would not be my first preference. (The pastilles are also available in a blackcurrant flavour which does sound more to my liking.) The flavours are discernible but the main taste that comes to me is the unpleasant artificial sweetness of saccharin. Not surprisingly as these contain both sorbitol and xylitol, both used as artificial sweeteners. Given these contents, the pastilles also come with a warning that excessive consumption can have a laxative effect - which is not the best potential side effect for an anti-anxiety remedy! I've taken at least four or five of these pastilles within the space of an hour and, fortunately, didn't need to make a dash for the toilet! I'm not sure how many would be classed as 'excessive' as the tin doesn't offer any more specific information, which could be a bit of an issue.
Despite not being overly keen on the actual taste, I would be prepared to continue to use and buy these if they had any impact on my frame of mind so the crucial issue is how effective these are. I sucked the first couple of pastilles that I tried, with only minimal discernible effects on my stress and anxiety levels and did wonder whether chewing might make these more effective. In all honesty, I haven't noticed any difference between the two methods and personally much prefer sucking these as though they are tiny little boiled sweets. If anything, the sucking motion is slightly more soothing and seems to have slightly more impact on my ability to relax during tense moments. The difference is pretty minimal, however, and I daresay I would find the same amount of comfort and distraction from sucking any type of standard sweet, which would cost considerably less than these did.
Having paid £5.65 for a tin of these and having some prior awareness of the Dr Bach brand, I must admit that I am slightly disappointed by the minimal effects that I've felt from taking these pastilles. I don't find the taste of these particularly endearing, the tin is poorly and impractically designed and I haven't experienced any noticeable impact of my frame of mind or anxiety after taking these. All in all, I won't be making a repeat purchase - indeed, I have well over half of the contents of the tin left- and can't really recommend these as a product to relieve anxiety or stress, based on my own experiences.
I paid £5.15 for these pastilles as they promised to calm nerves and help to settle you into a deep sleep. This is something that I needed so I didn't mind paying the high price for them.
The pastilles are round in shape and patterned, almost to resemble a flower. They taste nice, a sort of sweet taste to them. They take around three minutes to fully dissolve in the mouth by sucking them. I wouldn't recommend chewing them as they tend to stick to your teeth and/ or gums. You can take as many of these as you want, basically taking them as required. I take two a day to calm my nerves. Do they work though? I am pleased to say that they do! I take them instead of taking Propranalol as I don't really like taking prescription drugs. I only take them if I HAVE to. I much prefer natural remedies and these pastilles are a natural remedy, which is a great bonus.
They help to steady my nerves and slow my heart rate down. I don't have as many panic attacks with these. I would say that my panic attacks have lowered by almost 80% since taking these, which is a huge improvement.
The tin is great too. It snaps shut with it's little "teeth" so you won't lose any of the pastilles. You can also re-use the tin after you have taken all of the pastilles. I use my old tins to keep my earrings in!
A great little "calm your nerves" remedy!
I've always been a bit of a skeptic when it comes to alternative medicine believing to stick to the more mainstream drugs. I was in the chemist one Sunday afternoon, my poor kitten had been stung by a bee in his mouth and the vet had told me to buy an over the counter antihistimane for him; I was feeling really upset and a bit panicky and the Bachs Rescue Pastilles were sitting right beside the till so I picked them up. I had used Rescue Remedy for my driving test many years ago and to be honest don't know if it made a difference or not but I figured in the absence of valium and vodka then the pastilles were worth a try.
Rescue remedy is a combination of five flower essences. These are rock rose, impatiens, clematis, star of bethlehem and cherry plum. Together these flowers are meant to help you deal with everything from feeling terror or panic to helping you deal with irrational thoughts and lack of self control. The original Rescue Remedy is sold in little bottles but the pastilles are far more convenient to take out and about and contain no alcohol. A little tin of pastilles costs around £5 for a pack of about 20 sweets.
Each pastille looks like a little yellow flower. They are very gummy when you suck or chew them and don't have much taste. They are pleasant enough and not overly sweet. When you feel anxious you chew a pastille as required.
I think these pastilles do actually work. I've been under a lot of stress over the past couple of weeks and several times I have felt really jittery and a bit shaky and I have chewed a pastille and it has dampened down my anxiety. They don't have any side effects at all (although they do contain sweeteners so if you eat too many they may have a laxative effect) and unlike conventional drugs don't make you feel drowsy. They have helped me calm down enough in order to concentrate on the work I need to do instead of being so jittery I am distracted by nerves and they leave me feeling clear headed.
I would recommend these pastilles for dealing with mild anxiety as they have really helped me. The only downside is the cost and the fact they contain sweeteners. After having some success with the pastilles I am going to explore the rest of the Bach flower extract range.
I've written a review previously about Bach Rescue Remedy spray, and I have had a lot of success with this product. I saw the pastilles advertised in my local chemist and I decided to buy them and see what they were like. My main reason for doing so is that when I do feel anxious in public, I often feel silly and self-conscious taking out a bright yellow bottle and spraying it into my mouth. Pastilles would be a lot more discrete and just look like I was eating a sweet!
You can buy these pastilles pretty much anywhere and to give an idea of the price, for a 50g tin:
£4.12 from the Bach website.
£4.95 Holland & Barrett
£5.15 The Natural Store
The ingredients in these pastilles include the herbs that are used in the rescue remedy spray, which are:
Rock Rose - This helps relieve terror and panic
Impatiens - This helps you with irritation and impatience
Clematis - This makes you focus and prevents inattentiveness
Star of Bethlehem - This helps to aid shock
Cherry Plum - This helps to prevent irrational thoughts
They come in a yellow circular tin, about 4-5cm in diameter. They will fit easily in your bag therefore so are quite easy to carry around with you during the day. I found the lid quite tricky to remove, I tried for ages to twist the lid off but what you actually have to do is push into the middle of the lid and this makes the edges clip off. This is quite annoying and it would be easier if it were in a simple twist-off lid.
Now to the taste. I actually hated the taste! They are yellow in colour and are really hard. They have a flavour of orange and elderflower, which I found to be really unpleasant! Once the pastilles get a bit wet they get a lot softer, and are similar in toffee in stickiness! They get stuck to your teeth and make your jaw ache from all the chewing, and then my tongue started to ache from trying to prise the sweet from my teeth! If you suck them and don't chew then they are fine.
It is probably more advisable to suck rather than chew them anyway as this will make them last longer and make the effects more noticeable.
i did find that these pastilles worked quite well in relieving my anxiety. I used them whilst on a plane flight, to suck during the take off and I actually found that I felt a lot calmer than I normally do. This could be a placebo effect but if it makes me feel better then great!!
You get about 20 pastilles in a tin, which is quite a lot for £4-£5, (think how expensive fruit pastilles are!). When I had them they lasted about a week until I finished them all. Because of this reason I would suggest rescue remedy spray instead. You get a lot more use out of the spray, and it lasts about a month in duration when I am especially anxious! The only benefit to the pastilles is that they are discrete and you aren't announcing to everyone that you are panicking and need to calm down!
Whether you have a driving test, exams or important deadlines to make sure you meet sometimes you need something to calm you down. If like me sometimes you get a bit to stressed with important deadlines you will look to purchase things which will make you feel a little more relaxed about thing. These pastilles seemed to fit the bill so I purchased them in hope that they would work.
When you purchase these they will come in a 50g tub which you should look to pa around £5.29 for. When considering that these good really improve your stress levels I didn't think the price was something I should be that bothered about. Aslong as they worked I was more than happy to pay the price for them.
These pastilles come in a circular tin with the lid being a very easy one to remove. The size of the packaging is of a decent size so you should be able to take these with you if you need them throughout the day.
The taste of the pastilles or of a good enough standard, depending on which flavour you get. They have a very fruty flavour about them which is obviously very pleasing instead of taking something which has a horrible taste to it which some things do. I would be very suprised if anyone had purchased these but didn't like them on the basis of the taste.
After taking these when needed I found that after you finish one, once you give it a while to work it really does. For me it didn't take long for my stress levels to reduce. I know people may think that it was mental and they never even worked but I was actually telling myself that these wouldn't work at all. Funnily enough I felt myself being more calm with things which I was over the moon with. For people who have any stress problems I 100% back this problem as being extremelly useful.
Bach remedy is ideal for coping with exam stress, driving tests, first day of school nerves, job interviews and high pressure environments.