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Calmness in a spray bottle
Dr Bach Rescue Remedy Spray
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Dr Bach Rescue Remedy Spray
Advantages: Gentle calming and soothing
Rescue Remedy is a homeopathic solution which is used to give a feeling of calmness. It comes two types of bottle, a dropper or a spray. This review will cover the spray bottle.
Rescue Remedy is used to induce calmness and relieve mild stress and anxiety. The claim is that it can help you to get through stressful situations and nervousness. It is
~~~ A Quick Background ~~~
Rescue Remedy was developed in the 1930's by Dr Edward Bach who was a doctor and homeopath. It seems he was dissatisfied with pure medicine and wanted to treat the patient as a whole - physically and emotionally. He eventually moved away from medicine and focused his efforts purely on homeopathy and the power to improve the lives of people.
"Every Single person has a life to live, a work to do, a glorious personality, a wonderful individually." (Dr Edward Bach)
Sounds like a nice guy!
~~~ How to use ~~~
Rescue Spray is simple to use. You simply spray 2 times into your mouth. People use it for different reasons. If you know you have a stressful event coming up (job interview, driving test etc) it is usually helpful to start using Rescue Remedy 3 days in advance. This lets it get into your system and have the maximum effect.
If something stressful has happened out of the blue, you can use Rescue Remedy to try to help to calm you.
You can use Rescue Remedy as little of as often as you like, it is not harmful and is very gentle - you won't overdose. However if you are going to be driving it is best to stick to the instructions on the bottle (2 sprays) as it contains grape alcohol.
My advice would be to use it three or four times each day for a few days leading up to your stressful event.
~~~ Effects of Rescue Remedy ~~~
Rescue remedy is a really safe and gentle way to maintain calmness and control anxiety. The product claims to "work on emotional imbalances brought on by everyday stressful situations". Sounds a bit vague, I know, so here are some personal examples.
Throughout my course at Uni, we constantly had to deliver presentations and seminars. This was something extremely daunting during the first year or two and someone brought in Rescue Remedy. We were all really nervous about a huge 50 minute presentation we each had to do individually within seminar classes. It was horrific; I wanted to vomit at the thought of it!
I thought I would try Rescue Remedy for a couple of days before the presentation. I used it several times a day and on the day of the presentation I think I drank almost a whole bottle! If you think Rescue Remedy will take away all of your nerves and worries you will be disappointed. I was still petrified, however, I went in, delivered the presentation and got and A1 for my troubles! I'm not saying that Rescue Remedy made me feel less nervous, but I think it helped me to control my nerves better in order to do what I had to do.
Similarly, my friend and I were down in London recently to interview for jobs. It was a big opportunity - a job in Singapore. We both really wanted it; we were terrified and didn't sleep a wink the night before. We giggled and mumbled and were generally incoherent before our big interviews - genuinely the most nerves I have ever experienced. However, we took our Rescue Remedy faithfully and as if by magic, when I went in to do my lesson demonstration and give my interview, time slowed down. I was able to push my nerves out of my mind and do what I had to do with absolute clarity of thought. Don't get me wrong, there was a technical glitch and I had to SING classical music to them as part of the lesson and it did not all go perfectly, but I managed it. My friend had a similar hiccup involving her PE things but she managed too. Now I'm not saying that we wouldn't have managed without the Rescue Remedy, but if it helped even a little then I am grateful believer in its effects. A month later we both found out that we had got the jobs - perhaps the Rescue Remedy helped just enough to give us a form of calmness and clarity; and therefore, an edge to get the jobs!
My Rescue Remedy will be coming with me to Singapore as I embark on this new and frankly terrifying adventure. Maybe it's all placebo, I don't know, but if it works, I'm going to keep using it!
~~~ What is it like? ~~~
Rescue Remedy smells rather strongly of alcohol. That's because the solution contains 27% grape alcohol (brandy). It tastes vaguely of alcohol too but kind of... flowery. It is also somehow rather satisfying to spray it into your mouth.
The spray bottle is really handy. Just put it in your bag or pocket and it's easy to use too, just spray and go as opposed to the dropper with you need to drop into your mouth or into water and then drink... not so pleasant as it makes the water just taste weird. The spray is fast, clean and convenient.
~~~ But how will I feel when I take it? ~~~
You won't feel tired or sluggish as I originally thought. It doesn't make you sleepy, drowsy, dopey or any of the other Dwarves. You do not feel instantly calm or less anxious. It doesn't work like that. It's not a quick fix.
My impression from my own experience is that it works without you really knowing it works. It doesn't suddenly make you feel like you can conquer the world, but it very slightly and gradually seems to make things easier to deal with. I was still nervous for my interview, but right at the point of fight or flight, I was able to do exactly what I had to with clarity and confidence. Yes most of this was probably my own preparation, but I suspect the rescue remedy helped me to access my thoughts calmly in some way.
It seems to work without really doing much at all, all you see is the end product, after the stress, and you think "I did it!" and that's it. It's basically just a little, gentle, helping hand.
~~~ Ingredients ~~~
As I have mentioned, it is a homeopathic remedy and contains alcohol. The ingredients are as follows.
5x dilution of flower extracts of Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum in a grape alcohol solution.
I can hear you say (or sing) "This means nothing to me(eeeeeeeee OHH VIENNAAA!)" *ahem* sorry, couldn't help myself.
So here is a breakdown of what each of the extracts are for.
Rock Rose: For terror and panic (like when you go into an interview and have to sing "2001 A Space Odyssey")
Impatiens: For irritation and impatience (like when you've explained a new concept 3 million times in 3 million different ways and there's still that one child who goes "What? I wasn't listening")
Clematis: for inattentiveness and to counteract faintness (like when you want to pull a Basil Fawlty and just faint to get out of a difficult situation)
Star of Bethlehem: For shock (like when you hear that you actually got the job!)
Cherry Plum: For irrational thoughts and lack of self control (handy for when you consider running under a bus to get out of doing an interview)
Rescue Remedy is made by soaking the flowers (Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum) in water and either boiling or heating the water. The water is then filtered with brandy (to preserve) and this forms a "Mother Tincture". This is then diluted with the grape alcohol to make the final product. Clearly it's a little more involved than my quick description, but this gives an idea of the process.
~~~ Conclusion ~~~
I firmly believe that Rescue Remedy has a positive effect in managing mild stress and stressful situations. I have experienced the benefits myself and although I don't know exactly how much may be the placebo effect, I think that if it works, then it's worthwhile, placebo or not! However I do believe that it is much more than just placebo.
If you are looking for a mild, non-medicated way to handle mild stress, this is a wonderful thing to try. I highly recommend it.
You can buy Rescue Remedy Spray from Lloyds Pharmacy, Boots, Tesco and most big name pharmacies as well as Amazon and from the Bach website.
The price is usually around £6.99 for a 20ml bottle. This bottle will last you a year or more with regular use, so it's extremely worthwhile!
For more information visit: http://www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com/en-gb/uk/our-br ands/rescue-remedy/
Summary: An effective way to help you to cope with stress
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