Rescue Remedy

24 Aug

One of my favorite natural anxiety remedy’s is Rescue Remedy, one of the original “flower remedies” created in the 1930’s by the English homeopath Dr. Edward Bach. Although these treatments are usually marketed for human use, they are just as effective and safe when used on animals. Rescue Remedy can help to calm your pet’s emotions during a crisis, a stressful situation or a trauma such as a car accident. It’s great for use during a thunderstorm, fireworks or before a trip to the vet.

Bach believed that negative emotions cause a disharmony between the mind and body, which can then induce symptoms of illness. He became dissatisfied with the way orthodox medicine concentrated on disease instead of the individual person, so he left his medical practice and moved to the country to focus on healing with nature. Bach’s remedies were aimed at healing a person’s emotions and mental state. He discovered that while treating a person’s personality and feelings, their physical ailments would be alleviated as the natural healing potentiality in their bodies became unblocked and was allowed to flow in a balanced way once again.
Rescue Remedy was one of the final remedies Bach formulated. It’s a blend of five flower remedies:

Impatiens – for racing thoughts and impatience. This remedy encourages empathy and understanding. I’ve found it to be fast-acting in alleviating an impatient attitude and lowering stress.

Star of Bethlehem – for trauma and shock, whether experienced recently or in the past.

Cherry Plum – for feeling out-of-control. This remedy encourages the courage to follow your own

Rock Rose – for situations of panic or terror.

Clematis – for times of unhappiness, indifference and/or withdrawal. This remedy encourages a connection between the physical and mental, and can foster creativity and clarity. You can learn more about these remedies at
I usually keep a small dropper bottle of Rescue Remedy in my purse or car in the event of an emergency. Be aware that it does contain 27% grape-based brandy or sunflower-based glycerin as a preservative, but alcohol-free blends are available. Also, Rescue Remedy is intended for immediate problems – if you want to heal an underlying issue, it’s best to choose a customized blend of flower essence remedies.

Written by:  Brenda M. Tobin-Flood, Cert. C.N.

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