If you were to ask me, I'd say I don't believe in homeopathy or flower essences. I'd say they probably work by placebo effect and that they don't stand up to the scrutiny of an actual clinical trial. But I was curious, so I did buy some Bach flower essences a couple years ago. I found no effect from any of them except the Rescue Remedy, which is billed as a natural stress reducer.
It is sold as something that is completely safe and gentle to use on even pets.
But it is anything but gentle to me. A couple years ago, I took Rescue Remedy a few times and found myself screaming and lashing out in anger at anyone close to me, usually my kids. Crying, hyperventillating, relentless anger and rage were other symptoms. I am not usually this way. I stopped taking it. I thought that maybe these behaviors were coincidental, maybe, but the correlation was strong.
Last night, I was cleaning out my medicine cabinet and found my old bottle of Rescue Remedy. I just took a couple drops and about an hour later flew into the most maniacal rage. I was boiling over with anger. I had to remove myself from my kids to avoid verbally abusing them, something I never do. The rage passed about a half hour later and I admit I did feel pretty calm and serene after.
Is this how homeopathy works? I've changed my mind about homeopathy. It seems to be strong stuff. What does this mean that this gentle over-the-counter "stress reliever" makes me spin out of control? This happens every time I use the stuff. I'm really just curious.