Rescue Remedy

11th August 2020

Dr. Bach’s Rescue Remedy. Not that keen on doctors now. Never was really, but during this Covid 19 ‘crise’ as the French would say, I say they’ve lost the plot. If they ever really had it.

I will be writing more elsewhere, I’m more concerned at the moment with Edward Bach, doctor. He died at the age of 50 according to Wikipedia. So his rescue remedy didn’t rescue him, did it? Three score years and ten would have been more reasonable, and as a gentle man I think he would have deserved it.

Mind you, to be fair it appears he didn’t specifically invent the Dr. Bach’s Rescue Remedy. I mean, he did invent the Rescue remedy (with 5 remedies combined, apparently), but he didn’t call himself Dr. Bach.

His books seem always to say Edward Bach, with, perhaps, his qualifications added. Others did or do call him Dr. Bach. This includes Bachflower.com which, amongst other retailers, sells the Remedy.

He did however have a string of letters after his name which is impressive. Not that I’m impressed by such things. I look at people’s experience; face to face is best if you can. But I doubt Edward was impressed much either. He just cared about people.

He wrote a book ‘The Twelve Healers’. A lovely simple book. He was, I believe it is fair to say, looking at a person’s health holistically, and using herbs to heal and calm. You can download a copy free from the following:

https://www.bachcentre.com/en/

Go to drop down menu Education, then Books and Reading Lists -Free downloads.

His introduction is most enlightening. He stresses the ‘outlook of mind’ as that which should guide the one who wishes to help. He says ‘Take no note of the disease, think only of the outlook on life of the one in distress’. Page 13.

I don’t think he meant ignore entirely the disease, or the symptoms, although that seems to be implied. I know from looking at buildings that one has to look at the outward signs (the Seen) to ascertain the inward issues (the Unseen).

And human beings are no different. But it is possible for the discerning, the wise, to see into a person’s mind by asking the right questions. And by asking the Most High, the heavenly Father, what he sees. For He sees everything, and knows the answer before we do.

Edward Bach had a faithful assistant, Nora Weeks. She looks beautiful according to the photos on the internet. So does he. Two beautiful people, two beautiful, sensitive people. They have to be sensitive to write the things he wrote, or to support a man like that, as Nora did.

It is sad he did not live longer in this world. But I think he must have been rather other worldly, not quite in this world. You should live well on earth, and you should live well in heaven. One foot in each camp as it were. One on the land, the earth, one on the sea of heaven. The seen and the unseen.

And I think he must have neglected his own earthly life, in caring for others.

He must have misunderstood the second commandment of the 2 that Jesus mentioned. ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ For you must love yourself to truly love your neighbour. If you don’t, you cannot know how to love your neighbour as you should. In truth and love.

But Edward and Nora’s souls are safe. Secure up here in the clouds, with our heavenly Father, asleep in His arms. And we will see them again come the resurrection.

How about the remedies? Well, I don’t know about you but the monks were at this game a long time ago. Wikipedia says that Benedictine, the herbal liqueur, was reputed to have been developed by monks at the Benedictine Abbey of Fécamp in Normandy, France. And the liqueur is said to be made with 27 herbs and spices. So that’s 22 more than the Rescue Remedy.

Or there’s Chartreuse from the edge of the Alps, near Grenoble, again in France. Made apparently with 130 herbs, plants, and flowers! Help!

Mind you it’s good stuff, strong, but good. You only need a little to feel it has benefited you. The internet suggests varying prices but at £39.95 a 70cl bottle at one site for Green Chartreuse seems pricey. Probably cheaper if you are visiting France and go to the ‘supermarché’.

How does it compare price wise to Dr. Bach’s Rescue Remedy as sold by the various companies? Well, let’s try Bachflower.com. So Rescue Remedy 20ml (Drops) ….$20.75. Ok, convert to £ (for us Brits). Mmmm. About £16.28.

So, say £16 for 20 ml. Which is 16 quid for 2 cl. You want me to do the maths (or math for y’all in the States)? Here’s my data.

  • Green Chartreuse – 2 cl about 12p as opposed to £16 or
  • Bach’s Rescue Remedy – 70cl could cost you £560

Well, ok perhaps they might do a discount for bulk (but I can’t see they do).

By my reckoning you could have material and labour costs of about £1 for a 2cl bottle of Dr. Bach’s Rescue Remedy. But let’s be generous and say £1.50. Standard mark-up is around 50% so selling price £2.25.

I imagine your jaw has been firmly on the floor for a while now. Do pick it up. Bachflower.com’s home page says Cate Blanchett swears by it’. That’s not surprising. I have been too. Swearing at it more correctly. Nice work if you can get it.

Other so-called celebrities seem to endorse the Remedy. And people listen to celebrities?? Hang on their every word??? Morons. Both celebs who buy the Remedy at extortionate prices and those who hang on their every word.

What would Edward Bach say? Well, it seems he would usually forget to charge the 2d for his book the ‘The Twelve Healers’. About 71p today apparently. Peanuts, hardly worth charging. From what I read, he wanted to give freely as God had given freely.

I think even he might have been minded to say something a little stronger than ‘Oh really? Gosh, I say!’.

So I suggest you buy some Benedictine or Chartreuse or something similar. Sit down in a chair this evening with a liqueur glass full. And toast the monks who made the liqueur. And remember Edward and his faithful assistant Nora.

And give thanks to the Most High, the heavenly Father who gives good things freely.