It is important to understand that it is only when essential oils are blended without compromise that they keep their therapeutic value.
Essential oils, and indeed the whole of ‘aromatherapy’ are often rolled together and explained by sceptics as non- scientific. However, these fragrant oils and their formulation are now indispensable to medicine and to both the food and cosmetic industries.They form the active ingredients in drugs and provide flavour in food and drink while the cosmetic industry appreciates them for their beautifying properties and the perfume industry for their aroma and capacity for mood enhancement.
However in all of these industries they can be heavily adulterated, manipulated and diluted often with synthetic ingredients to achieve a certain taste or smell that will have consistent appeal to the consumer.
The true essential oil’s fragrance, frequency and chemistry all contribute to its unique therapeutic effect.
The way the ingredients are grown, where they are grown, harvested, extracted, packaged and stored – all to retain the essential chemical constituents of the plant, as well as its bio-energy, is key to the product’s integrity.
For instance, the lavender we use for our heritage Deep Sleep Bath Oil has to come from the South of France and not just any part of the South of France; from High Altitude growers (and our aromatherapist) probably not a million miles from St Remy and Grasse. This was where the father of all contemporary aromatherapy- René-Maurice Gattefossé -worked for many years, in around 1910, with small lavender farmers helping them develop sound cultivation and distillation methods for their superior, therapeutic grade essential oil.
Does it make a difference? It makes a huge difference. Because there are more than 100 types of lavender for the product developer to choose from which is why, just like a consumer buying olive oil from a variety of brands and origins, the sourcing of basic ingredients can make all the difference to the smell, experience and efficacy of the product.
Many lavender products are actually made from Lavandin, which yields a similar essential oil but with higher levels of terpenes including camphor. This, in my opinion, adds a sharper, petrol overtone to the fragrance. Lavenders from countries like Australia and America also give off this same bitter smell – it’s all to do with the soil, the climate and the growing conditions. Synthetic lavenders obviously have no therapeutic properties at all.
The lavender we choose – Lavendula Angustifolia – is the same type that was used in a study (published by the Lancet in 1995) set up to see whether lavender oil could replace drug treatment for insomnia, The results of this clinical study -confirmed in all patients taking part -was that they slept just as well with the lavender oil as with the medication and were also reported to be less restless during sleep.
RRP: £80.00/ 100ml.
Knowing the therapeutic, calming and soporific effects of the Lavender, our blender also uses Roman Camomile, good for anxiety, stress, shock and depression and grounding and calming Vetivert essential oils, in the formulation that has since become our heritage and best-selling bath oil.
The fragrance is subtle, rich and delicate all at the same time and being natural; it may vary from batch to batch.
It is a powerful concentration of oils, which might seem immensely strong in the bottle but will smell quite different once a capful is added to the bath water.
Over the last ten years we have had many wonderful testimonials about how this bath oil has helped calm, relax and de-stress our customers. One devotee told us that her doctor couldn’t understand how her blood pressure had gone down when the only change she had made was to use Deep Sleep in her bath at bedtime.
To celebrate this decade we have decanted our heritage elixir into a bigger and more glamourous glass bottle to give it the distinction we feel it deserves.
Available to purchase at thisworks.com.
A point to note: deep sleep bath oil is not suitable for use during pregnancy.