It has been over 9 years now since I was introduced to Bach Rescue Remedy. Honestly when I was first made aware of this product I really thought, “this is a bunch of bologna and it is clearly if anything a placebo effect.”. Well that was at least my thought until this past fall.
What is Bach?
Bach Flower Remedies Limited utilizes flower essences to create products to help with a number of different emotional states. Bach Rescue Remedy is a natural stress relief spray. It provides a gentle, non habit forming stress relief by simply being sprayed in the mouth. The product is homeopathic, vegan and gluten free.
Well as I was saying, I was introduced to Bach over 9 years ago and I purposefully had not used it. I recommended it to guests and to my friends and family because I wanted to believe it would work, but I felt honestly that there was no way a spray was going to do anything for my mental health.
It was September of this past year when I was heading back to work after my maternity leave with my daughter and my son, who had just turned 2, was now going to go to daycare full time vs. part time. I had convinced myself that he would be fine. He would not be upset that he didn’t get to spend part of his week with his grandparents and he would totally understand why his mom had to go to work…you probably all know where this story is going. Instead of having a well adjusted 2 year old I had a sobbing, clinging, frazzled, massively emotional 2 year old who I literally had to yank off my leg when I left him at school. It was horrible. Day after day he sobbed and I sobbed in the car on the ride to work because I felt like the worst human being alive. I had no idea what to do. He was 2 and emotional and I was a breastfeeding, mother-of-two, hormonal roller coaster myself. There was no magic pill for this situation, but then as I was sitting at my desk I looked over to our retail shelves and saw Bach Rescue Remedy. It was then I thought, “I have nothing to lose.”
Now on the bottle it did say that if you are pregnant or breastfeeding to consult a doctor and it also said that it should be not directed at children under 12, so I went to my doctor and told her what I knew and what this was. Her personal advice was that it would be fine for me and for my kiddo to use (please advise your own physician when considering taking Bach). So the next day I purchased some, and the day after that I tried the spray on my son. His immediate reaction was, “that is spicy mama”, and he wanted nothing to do with it. I went to Pam our Massage Department Manager and asked if there was any other way to apply it. She suggested spraying some into my hand and then rubbing it on the back of his neck, so that was what I tried next. It had been just over a week of using Bach and then it happened. I asked my son when he got to school if he wanted “his spray”, he said yes and I applied it to the back of his neck. He then took my hand, walked calmly into the classroom, gave me a hug and a kiss goodbye and said, “bye mom”. I LEFT STUNNED!
Once in the car with my jaw picked off my chest, I realized that this spray might have done the trick. Driving to work that day was incredible. I was happy and my stomach didn’t feel in knots. Ever since I have been using Bach Rescue Remedy and telling everyone about it. Not only that but I started to use it too. I don’t use it everyday but I use it when I start to get stressed or I worry. Having kids, a full time job and a busy husband there are a number of things that cause stress, so each time I feel that feeling coming on I just spray some Bach Rescue Remedy and I instantly start to calm down. I became more rational, clear-headed and I worry A LOT LESS.
I was a non believer and I became a believer. If this is just a placebo effect, well I don’t care. It gives me a homeopathic option to help my kids not cry, and for me to worry less. I will take that option any day. http://www.bachflower.com/
Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Mom of two