Why Rescue Remedy won’t solve all your problems

More often than not if someone has heard of Bach Flower Remedies it will be because they have used Rescue Remedy (RR).  Many swear by it, in fact my old boss “Mr H” would use it for anything, from feeling stressed to a headache.  I would complain of something and he would whip out his trusty bottle of RR and get me to use it.

The thing is, there are others who would say that Bach Remedies aren’t effective because RR didn’t help them in their situation.  And this is where the very successful marketing of this one remedy has got in the way of Dr Bach’s full works.

You see, RR is everywhere, it’s for sale in chemists, supermarkets, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it for sale in a corner shop or service station.  It comes in numerous different forms; drops, spray, chewing gum, lozenges, alcohol free for pets, chewy sweets for kids.  You name it, you can probably find it.  And, because of this, people think it will be suitable for any situation; but that sadly isn’t the case.


Dr Bach’s crisis formula consists of 5 remedies:

  1. Star of Bethlehem – for shock
  2. Clematis – for feeling spacey
  3. Impatiens – for being tense and nervous
  4. Rock Rose – for terror
  5. Cherry Plum – for fear of losing control

Although Dr Bach indicated that his only pre-made combination remedy is more than its constituent parts, you can see from the list that this remedy is what it says on the tin; it’s a rescue in a crisis.  It is designed for situations where you may have had a shock, you are very scared and you are not really “here”.

As such, if this remedy is taken for a situation it is not suitable for, it will have no effect, possibly leading the person to disregard the whole system.

If you find that either RR didn’t work, or you are taking it all the time, it might be worth consulting a making an appointment to see which specific remedies may be more appropriate.  Those that are doubtful may find that they are convinced of the efficacy of the system, and those that take RR all the time may finally move forward to a point where it is no longer needed.

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