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Rescue Remedy: Is it the answer to staying calm and in control?

23 Nov 2022 • 2 min read

Rescue Remedy is a popular choice for people looking for a natural way to find calm and strength during moments of emotional challenge, upset and difficulty. It’s a five-flower homeopathic remedy with origins that date back to the 1930s. It’s now widely available in a range of formats. For example, as well as the original bottle dropper form, it now comes as a convenient Rescue Remedy spray. In this post, we take a look at how fans use and benefit from one of the most well-known flower remedies.

What does Rescue Remedy do?

People around the world keep Rescue Remedy close by for times when they need a helping hand to maintain composure.

In the 1930s Dr Edward Bach first developed the formula. Through his research on the different homeopathic qualities of plants and flowers, Dr Bach identified 38 plant and flower remedies. Each was associated with a basic human emotion. He found taking the appropriate remedy for a specific feeling or emotion could help to maintain emotional equilibrium and composure. Five of the original 38 flower remedies are still used in today’s formulations, including Rescue Remedy spray.

The five key flower remedies

  • Rock Rose for fearlessness. To help manage feelings of terror, fear or nightmares.
  • Impatiens for patience. To help manage feelings of impatience, irritability and frustration.
  • Clematis for focus. To help with grounding and anchoring back to reality.
  • Star of Bethlehem for comfort. To help with trauma, shock, loss, grief or bereavement.
  • Cherry plum for composure. To help manage a fear of losing control and acting irrationally.

What do people say about Rescue Remedy spray?

People who use Rescue Remedy spray regularly score it 5 stars. They credit its calming qualities, for helping with a good night’s sleep and for aiding composure before important meetings.1

Pittypatty - Never without it! - 5/5 star

'I couldn't imagine not to have a Rescue Remedy spray just ready for any needs. It's so easy and convenient for all the family too, and....it definitely works!'

Janepsc - Great product - 5/5 stars

'I first bought this years ago for a job interview which I was extremely nervous for. It really helps to put you at ease and relax.'

VeeH - Never go anywhere without it! - 5/5 stars

'Brilliant for so many situations - emergency, acute, chronic and rebalancing situations. The spray version is efficient and hygienic, the large size is best value for money. I have them all over the house - and always one in my handbag. The whole family benefit. I recommend them to everyone I know!'

Markymark - Handy and helpful - 5/5 stars

'Does what it says. Tastes great. Convenient and easy to carry and use discretely. I always have it close to hand. Highly recommend.'

What’s the best way to take Rescue Remedy?

Although traditional Rescue Remedy drops remain popular, there are now a range of formats available. Choose the method that works best for your lifestyle.

Rescue Remedy Spray

The Rescue Remedy spray is a unique format that makes it especially quick and easy to take, and convenient to carry. Simply apply 2 sprays directly onto the tongue.

Rescue Remedy Dropper

The original method. Put 4 Rescue Remedy drops directly onto the tongue or into a glass of water and sip at intervals.

Rescue Remedy Lozenges

Rescue Remedy lozenges also contain vitamin B12 to help support psychological function even on the most hectic days.

Rescue Remedy Pastilles

A Healthy awards winner in 2020, these rescue pastilles are suitable for the whole family. The handbag-friendly, click-shut tin makes them ideal for travel.

Rescue Remedy Liquid Melts Capsules

Simply pop a melt on your tongue, there's no need for water or fuss. Also available as night liquid melts to help switch off unwanted night-time thoughts.

Rescue Remedy Effervescent Tablets

Dissolve a tablet in a 100-200ml glass of water to set yourself up for a great day. They also contain vitamin B12, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), magnesium and zinc.

How quickly does Rescue Remedy work?

Rescue Remedy usually kicks into action quickly and most people soon see a difference after taking it. However, the effect on every individual varies and often depends on the nature and extent of your emotional issue.2

Summary: Rescue Remedy can help balance emotional health but always take advice

Rescue Remedy is formulated specifically to help people cope through times of acute emotional stress and challenge. While there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to support this use, more research is needed to scientifically support its benefits. Therefore, it shouldn’t replace medical care or treatment. And as with all herbal remedies, if you take medication or have any underlying health conditions, it’s wise to check potential Rescue Remedy side effects with a medical professional before trying it yourself.

The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Last updated: 19 April 2021

bhupesh-panchal

Bhupesh Panchal

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Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: April 2019

Masters Degree in Toxicology and BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry

Bhupesh started his career as a Clinical Toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products.

After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.
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