The medicinal properties of essential oils have been understood and accepted since the dawn of time. Many ancient spiritual texts refer to the uses of herbs and oils for bodily protection and healing. Essential oils were also highly prized for their spiritual properties and used for anointing, for healing wounds, and when applied with the laying on of hands, as acts of love and compassion for healing the human psyche too.
‘The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth, and the sensible will not despise them.’ Ecclesiaticus 38:4 (Book of Sirach)
In the 17th century, scientists began to identify the chemical constituents and the medicinal properties of essential oils, and by the 20th century Medical Aromatherapy had become a new specialty. Nine hundred years after St Hildegard of Bingen talked about collaborating with Nature in the work of healing, French pioneer Dr. Jean Valnet brought aromatic plants and their essences to the forefront of preventative medicine.
His attitude was very interesting: while he acknowledged the existence of bacteria and viruses, he did not consider micro-organisms to be the primary cause of disease. Instead, he saw microbes as, “opportunistic invaders taking advantage of the human body that may be malfunctioning. Infection does not automatically follow once a microbe enters the body. There are many other factors. A naturally healthy resistance or immunity prevents a microbe from finding a good breeding ground.” *
Recent experiments have shown that our faith in the properties of essential oils is not misplaced. Some of the properties of common essential oils include:
• Antispetic, Antiviral, Antibacterial
• Stimulate the adrenal cortex
• Strengthen sexual faculties
• Promote sweating, detoxify
• Support hormonal and menstrual cycles
• Lower blood pressure
• Support healthy gut bacteria
They can help us to breathe, ease headaches, relax muscles, and relieve infections – the list is endless, and some oils can affect more than one system in the body. Through their smell, they can affect our memory, stress levels, emotions and behaviour. We can access their help through the skin, through our breath and, much less effectively, by eating them. They are truly holistic.
More recently, the influence of science and medicine have overwhelmed the spiritual and esoteric beliefs around the oils. People are confused and afraid of using them. So the ethos behind Lovegrove Essentials is to provide simple, natural products, lovingly made, using high quality active ingredients for positive and stimulating effects on multiple systems in the body,
The amount of essential oil we are permitted to use in our products is heavily regulated, so to get the maximum potency we use the best quality oils we can find. Preventive health and beauty care is about empowerment of the individual. When we each take responsibility for our health and well-being we cease to be at the mercy of the vested interests of drugs and cosmetic companies, and we can make choices based on what works for us, what we like, what feels good and what makes us happy.
Hannah Lovegrove MIFA (Member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists)
* Linda L Smith: ‘Healing Oils, Healing Hands’