©2004 by guest blogger, Rachelle Hasnas
This article is an excerpt from Rachelle’s Pocket Guide to Bach Flower Essences and is used by permission of The Crossing Press.
In addition to the 38 individual flower essences that Dr. Bach developed, there is also one special combination of his flower essences that was created specifically for emergency stress relief, known as Rescue Remedy (RR). This outstanding preparation is composed of five of the original 38 flower essences, and can be used with great success in any emergency situation.
The five essences comprising RR are:
- Clematis, addressing dizziness or loss of consciousness;
- Cherry Plum, addressing loss of mental and/or physical control;
- Impatiens, addressing emotional tension and/or pain;
- Rock Rose, addressing panic and terror; and
- Star of Bethlehem, addressing emotional or physical trauma and/or grief and loss.
RR is highly effective and always brings instant relief in cases of extreme stress when a person is close to the edge. This is the only Bach Flower Essence that has an immediate reaction time, with its effects felt usually within 15 to 20 minutes. It may also be taken as often as needed without fear of overdosing.
Any crisis condition warrants its use. To illustrate, some of the many possible crisis situations that Rescue Remedy eases are: anxiety attacks, grief, shock and trauma, panic and hysteria.
Even minor incidents that cause stress and anxiety, such as arguments, exams, public speaking, job interviews, visits to the doctor or dentist — all are addressed and feelings calmed with RR.
Once you’ve personally experienced its amazing effectiveness, you’ll want to keep RR available for any emergency situation that should unexpectedly arise. RR also comes in a creme formula, with the addition of Crab Apple, the flower essence for cleansing. It is used for burns, cuts, rashes, insect bites and stings, bruises, and even helps with blemishes.
Rescue Remedy Case Histories
Sue was experiencing a major anxiety attack when she called me. She was restless and pacing, feeling overwhelmingly agitated and unable to calm herself. I suggested she put several drops of RR into a half glass of water and sip every five minutes. I asked her to call me back in a half hour.
When she called back, she was amazed at how calm and relaxed she now was. Whatever she had been experiencing was totally gone. She told me how glad she was that she had taken my advice in our last consultation, then I recommended she have RR on hand for unexpected crises.
Vicki had recently lost her father. She had been in deep emotional pain over her loss for several weeks when a friend and client of mine told her about the Bach Flowers. Vicki came to see me and soon was using RR, at first taking it as often as she felt the need, then eventually four times a day.
Within a week, she reported that her grieving had eased up considerably and she was much more comfortable. Where she was finding it hard to cope with everyday life before, caused by her grief over her dad’s death, she was now able to resume her normal activities.
When Jim came for a recent Bach consultation, he mentioned that his dog, Hercules, was afraid of thunderstorms. He wondered if the flower essences could also help his pet. I suggested he administer some RR the next time it stormed. An opportunity soon arose, and Jim called to let me know that Hercules now lives up to his name!
I could go on and on in sharing the remarkable effects of RR liquid and cream. The above experiences should suffice in giving you a pretty good picture of the many situations that Rescue assists. If you try no other flower essence, I deeply urge you to at least experience RR. It is in my opinion that no medicine chest should be without it. Carry Rescue in your purse and glove compartment of your car for any unexpected emergency situation that arises.
Note: Please remember that Flower Essences are not a substitute for medical help — particularly in emergencies — though they are an excellent adjunct to such care. While this essence blend is helpful in cases of shock or injury, do not ever give anything by mouth to an unconscious person.
The description of Bach’s Rescue Remedy also applies to Healing Herbs’ Five Flower, a mixture made from the same flower essences as Rescue Remedy. For an addtional article on Rescue Remedy by an essence user, see Longer-Term Use of Rescue Remedy
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rachelle Hasnas is a certified Bach Flower Therapist with a commitment to healing the body, mind, and spirit. Involved in holistic healing for over twenty years, her training includes a B.A. in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and certification as an astrologer and Reiki practitioner.
Rachelle conducts transformational workshops in the use of Bach flowers, astrology and meditation. Another excerpt from this book appeared in Vibration earlier as Bach Remedies to Ease the Stress of Retirement. In addition to The Pocket Guide to Bach Flower Essences, she is the author of The Essence of Bach Flowers. All of these books can be ordered from the publisher, Crossing Press.