Bach Rescue Remedy: Does It Work?




Bach Rescue Remedy is something I have been using for a while now and I thought It might be useful to give my opinion on how it works! So what is ‘Rescue Remedy’? It’s basically a natural remedy containing flower extracts that are meant to comfort and reassure you when your feeling, anxious or stressed etc! You put 4 drops on your tongue or in a drink of your choice. Rescue Remedy says It contains,’Impatiens’ for when your feeling impatient, ‘Star Of Bethlehem’ for trauma and shock, ‘Cherry Plum’ for when you feel like your mind is running away with itself and your losing control of your thoughts, ‘Rock Rose’ for panic and terror and ‘Clematis’ to bring clarity and alertness the present moment. The only other ingredient in it is grape alcohol! Its meant to help comfort and calm you down in times of need, obviously if you have an underlying reason of why your feeling like you do this isn’t going to be a cure or something you should rely on, you need real help.

I have seen a lot of articles and writing about how it doesn’t work its all a placebo effect meaning people think there taking something to calm themselves down therefore they do calm down. I still don’t know if my positive experience taking this is due to a placebo or not, but I feel like if it helps me to calm down then maybe its worth it. Bach do a variety of different versions of this. They do the droplets like in the picture above, the spray, soothing pastels, a sleep remedy and even one for pets! A lot of people buy this for driving tests, exams, job interviews and public speaking, but of course its to be used for any situation you want comfort and reassurance during in, these are just examples.

My Experience

I first discovered Rescue Remedy when I was in Greece. Long story short I had a bit of a panic before I got on the plane to fly to Greece and refused to get on, I finally got on and eventually I calmed down. I don’t think it was the flying itself rather than just the anxiety of leaving my comfort zone and a fear of being sick on the plane. My OCD seemed to latch on to this and as going home got closer my OCD started to play up and fear came flooding in. I was having all sorts of crazy thoughts ‘What if the plane crashes?’ ‘What if these aren’t thoughts and there premonitions?’ ‘If I don’t put/do such and such in a certain way that might mean the plane will crash’. I was having vivid images of me and my family crashing in the plane and it terrified me. It was a new feeling to me as I’d been on planes before and although I had been nervous about flying this was a fear like nothing before. I generally feared for mine and my family’s lives. I thought this was ‘signs’ I should go on a different flight which lead to me wanting to not fly and stay the night to get a different plane. Might I add I know this sounds crazy but that’s OCD for ya!

On the day of flying home I was adamant I wasn’t going to fly and the holiday rep recommend going to the chemist to buy some Rescue Remedy as she heard it was helpful. My Mum was desperate to find a way to get me to fly, so she went with the rep and bought me some. I finally got the Rescue Remedy which I was very skeptical about but really needed it to work. Leading up to leaving for the flight I could not stop crying, but as we got on the coach and I started taking the rescue remedy I seemed to calm down. I was still very worried don’t get me wrong, but I felt more able to control the emotions like it took the edge of it. Whether it’s because I was hoping it could work or it did I don’t know, all I know is I’m not sure how much worse that flight home would have been without it. I got on the plane, no tears just a little shaky but a lot calmer. Since then I have bought it on and off, I carry it around in my bag so if I feel anxious in public I can have a few drops to try calm me down. I also take it at home when my OCD is very bad and I’m feeling particularly stressed and anxious. I don’t know how much it does calm me down but I feel like I do notice a difference. I know some people can be funny about what something is going to taste like but I wouldn’t say it’s bad, my mum said it tastes like brandy!


I hope this has helped you decide whether or not they want to go ahead and purchase some Rescue Remedy or given you a little info about a product that might be useful for you! For a 20 ml bottle it’s £9.99 which is a little pricey, check out your local chemist, pharmacy or supermarket to find it. So I understand some people would be against paying out the money for something that could possibly be a placebo, but anxiety can be an awful feeling so I think its worth trying, if you don’t use it to often it should last a while.

Let know in the comments if you have tried Rescue Remedy and what your experience taking it was like?



  1. April 22, 2014 / 4:33 pm

    This idea interests me, my therapist has been urging me to seek out more “natural” forms of treatment (after exhausting psych drugs with no improvement). As I said, I am interested but also nervous about mixing herbs/plants with some of the medications I’m taking (as I know some can have bad side effects). Thanks for the information, I’ll check this out!

    • April 22, 2014 / 5:07 pm

      I know there’s one called St Johns Wort that you can’t take with certain medications, but I take Sertraline and use Rescue Remedy! Ask your doctor or google it and read leaflets, you should be able to find out xx

      • Kate
        September 23, 2015 / 11:08 am

        Hi I’m on sertraline 150 mg and are looking into using the rescue remedy does it interfere with the sertraline?? Xx

      • October 3, 2015 / 10:18 pm

        No it doesn’t interfere with Setraline as far as I know. Its all herbal so I don’t see any reason why it would! I also take Sertaline myself! xx

  2. lori higgins
    October 9, 2015 / 1:22 am

    It is my understanding that certain meds don’t mix with St. Johns’ Wort, but I have been a practitioner of bach flowers for years now and I also do them for myself using a dowsing rod. I take pysch meds for depression and there have been no adverse reactions. I don’t know about Sertaline, I am not familiar with the drug, but I take Effexor, Abilify and Diazepam for panic The bach flowers still add something to my recovery, which is focusing on a direction and dealing with days when the meds don’t do all the heavy lifting. Thanks for your sharing. I do the Bach flowers all 39 remedies customized for my friends and aquaintances and have only had one ask if it is a placebo. I do know in some cases, the human mind is very powerful and the expectation of a healing positive experience might be enough to create one. I have major depression but someday my goal is to be off all the medication. That would be awesome.

    • October 9, 2015 / 1:46 am

      Oh really that’s cool, I have seen singular bottles by bach of particular flowers so I am guessing that’s what you talking about! I was tempted to try a couple as they had a little leaflet saying which work for what sort of like creating your own, but I didn’t try that in the end. Sertraline is also known as Zoloft in America I think, which I know your not supposed to take the St Johns Wort! Thank for your comment I’m glad you liked the post and I hope your goal is achieved soon, just keep fighting and I’m sure you’ll reach it! xxx

  3. Jodi to
    July 20, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    I just started Sertraline today.
    Please go away anxiety..

    • July 21, 2016 / 9:51 am

      I am also on sertraline, just make sure you fully let yourself and any side effects balance out before you make any decisions about if it’s doing any good, wait at least a month! It won’t be a cure for you but it may help guide you to recovery and give you a little help to feel better, I hope it works for you and your anxiety decreases. Check out my blog posts for self help advice and if you ever need to talk just head to my contact page to find a way to contact me! Stay strong xxxx

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