Like some of you, I have tried more stress-relief remedies than I care to admit.
Yoga. Reflexology. Jazzercise. Aromatherapy.
Each has had some helpful effect, but none of them has left me stress-free.
Lately, I’ve tried to accept that as a woman of a certain age with a husband, daughter, full-time job, and a household to run, well, maybe stressed is my lot in life.
So you can imagine how excited I am to tell you I’m just back from what I hope will be a life-changing trip to CVS.
On sale there today, next to the nasal wash and around the corner from the aisle containing GasX, I found Bach Rescue Gum.
Maybe THIS would take me away like Calgon never could, I thought.
Listen, I’m no chump when it comes to advertising promises. I did, after all, spend time in college perusing liquor ads, pouring over the images of melting ice cubes in search of sexy subliminal messaging so I would understand what tricks the Mad Men where up to.
Still, racing through the store as I was, while the pie cooled and bathroom floor dried at home, and as my brain simultaneously tried to parse next week’s work projects, family schedule, shopping list and Jazzercise set options, I was intrigued.
The gum, a “homeopathic medicine” is orange and elderflower-flavored, with a liquid center like that green FreshenUp gum that was popular when I was in junior high.
The back of the box says it is for “relief of occasional stress.”
The active ingredients sound mysterious: Helanthemum nummularium, clematis vitalba, impatiens glandulifera, prunus ceraslifera and omithogalum umbellatum.
Their various purposes?
- “courage and presence of mind”
- “focus when ungrounded”
- “patience with problems and people”
- “balanced mind when losing control”
- “softens impact of shock”
I cleared the display.