you're reading...
Family, Funny!, Marriage

Chew on this …

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.


Shining like a beacon in its yellow packaging, this chewing gum lured me across the aisle, teasing me with the promise of “Natural Stress Relief.”

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.

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


16 thoughts on “Chew on this …

  1. Interesting. Can’t wait to hear how it works!

    Posted by Diane (@MamalDiane) | September 25, 2013, 8:00 am
  2. A friend of mine swears by rescue remedy. She carries one in her bag at all times for the unexpected stressful occurrence. She had a car accident on the freeway and immediately took some. The ambulance officers were surprised that her pulse and vital signs were not what you would expect of a person just involved in a serious accident. When she told them why the older ambulance man said “I’ve been telling them for years that rescue remedy should be standard issue on ambulances”. Hope it works for you.

    Posted by Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist | September 23, 2013, 8:41 am
  3. Waiting to hear how it works when you get around to trying it. I laughed at your chocolate reference, and then too that you cleared the rack of the gum, hahaha! Thanks for linking to Super Sunday Sync.

    Posted by Rosey | September 22, 2013, 8:07 pm
  4. I need to know if it works!! And I’ll send my herbalist son the list of ingredients and see what he says. We are stressed to the max here!

    Posted by Karen Waggoner | September 21, 2013, 9:22 pm
  5. I need some of that!!!

    Posted by momshieb | September 21, 2013, 7:45 pm
  6. on my way to CVS in Glenville to see if they have any there……….

    Posted by Mary Crist | September 21, 2013, 6:52 pm
  7. hope it works. if i read your testimonial here, i’m clearing out the stamford cvs…

    Posted by Bob Dorf | September 21, 2013, 6:01 pm
  8. Can’t wait for the next blog to see if it worked!

    Posted by Jacquie | September 21, 2013, 3:21 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: