When I was first struck by anxiety and panic around 15 years ago, one of the first products that was brought to my attention was Bach Rescue Remedy. Advertised as a flower remedy that can help ease stress.
Of course, this was something I was interested in, so I made a purchase. This was nearly 15 years ago and if I’m 100% honest, I probably used it a couple of times before giving up the ghost.
I spent a bit of time researching the wide range of Bach products whilst paying special attention to the reviews left on certain websites where Rescue Remedy was available to purchase.
There have been a number of scientific tests carried out to try and find the validity of the claims made by these Rescue Remedy flower based products, you can see some of the results here published via the The National Center for Biotechnology Information website.
From what I can gather from the science (which is incidently the most boring text in history), the results showed that there was not enough evidence to support the claims of these particular remedies. Basically, the subjects involved showed no real differences when using these Rescue Remedy products in comparrison to placebos.
So the science really says that these products are nothing more than snake oil. And I guess you can’t argue with science, or can you?
I’ll take you back to the reviews I found:
“I’m a nervous flyer, the doctor had prescribed diazepam for my flight however. I wanted to try something herbal before having to medicate myself with something stronger. I managed a 9 and a half hour flight without having to use the prescribed medication because of this. Fab product”
“I’m a very nervous anxious person. This product miraculously calmed me down. Passed my driving exam and job interview. Went for this option rather than the drops as it’s more discrete and very small, great for small handbag. It’s defenitely worth a try!”
It wasn’t difficult for me to find glowing reviews like those listed above. So what’s the truth here?
In my opinion and that’s of course all I can give, these Rescue Remedy sprays may well be nothing more than a vile tasting liquid that’s been made to look pretty in traditional packaging and marketed with vunerable people in mind…. BUT…. you can’t argue with the reviews left by those very people that this product was targetting.
We all know how powerful the mind can be, otherwise we wouldn’t be wasting our time on anxiety websites looking for answers. If Bach Rescue Remedy gives you the belief that you can get through those exams or pass that driving test, then why wouldn’t you give it a try.
The placebo effect that you might experience while using products like these can be the kickstart to that little piece of confidence that gets you moving. I would never recommend using this stuff on a regular basis, my fear would be that it will become a crutch. And your anxiety will rise if you run out or forget to take it with you. But if it gives you any kind of advantage in the short term, get on it.
You can purchase Bach Rescue Remedy here.
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- Do not store above 25°C
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- This product contains alcohol. If you are taking any other medicines which is contraindicated with alcohol, consult your doctor before taking this product.