Back pain and Joint Pain is a 20th Century medical disaster where trends of rising work loss, early retirement and state benefits all expose our failure to solve the problem. The cost to the nation is huge; indeed, one recent report in the Express newspaper stated that ‘millions of working days are lost to back pain every year – and it costs us £1Billion annually’.
Years ago, our Grandparents suffered with lumbago. Today more commonly it is sciatica. But the NHS are not delivering better or more effective health care for back pain or for joint pain which contributes an enormous cost to the country. We can put a man on the moon and we have made huge advances with computer science and such, yet it seems that we are bad at dealing with this form of disability.
Sheila is my wife and prior to working with me, she worked as a nurse in a local hospital. She had for years studied how and why essential oils worked. In her opinion, extracted as they are from plants, they were ‘God’s little gifts’ and despite my initial reluctance to use the products that she made, I eventually became a convert. First, we sold the products to clients who came to our our clinic in Glasgow and later we started to sell through newspaper adverts. Then in 2011, the Sunday Post newspaper contacted us and asked if they could write an article about us. You can image our surprise when in the next two weeks we received sacks of mail that contained over 7000 orders. From that point, SkinLikes was really on the map.
And so, every day of the week we continue to receive orders for our products from all over the UK and from some countries abroad, but in this, we are not sitting on our fingers. We have studied with some of the best essential oil experts in the world, listened to what they say, and as a result, we have conducted studies at several universities in Scotland where we have examined our own invention’s that have evolved from all that we have learned.
Essential oils are clever and they are the active ingredients in every product that we make. If you have, for example, a pain in a knee, all that you do is squeeze a little Joint-Ease onto your knee and then gently massage it in until it is absorbed. The spine is a series of joints and thus I massage a little on the base of my back every morning. By doing this, it keeps me pain free and mobile.
We are composed of trillions of cells, millions of which die every day, but remarkably are replaced by millions of new cells. These cells work in harmony and it’s the oils that assist in restoring and maintaining that harmony. To help understand essential oils there is a book called The Secret Life of Plants that’s written by Peter Tomkins and Christopher Bird. It’s one of those books that will change your view of the world forever. Tomkins explains the world of plants and their relation to mankind.
Essential oils that come from plants are the chemistry that make every product that we manufacture work as they do. They have been used for thousands of years and can soothe pain and reduce inflammation and they are anti-oxidant. Oils are used in perfumery but it is their health-giving reasons that have encouraged us to carry out research to help us understand how oils can move through the skin and straight into the part of our body that needs help and is probably the reason why our Muscle-Ease product can ease restless legs, stop cramps and release the lactic acid that builds up when we exercise.
There is a book called Clinical Aromatherapy for Pregnancy and Childbirth that caught my eye some time ago. Essential oils are completely safe if used correctly (as we do) but I was reluctant (scared) to use them on my daughter when she was pregnant. After all, she was carrying something very precious. However, the very oils that I was afraid to use have been in use for hundreds of years to reduce mum’s stretch marks and prevent infection in the umbilical cords of new-born babies.