Hippocratic EssentialsTM has been established with a view to responding to an exceedingly high demand in the fast growing market of aromatic and medicinal plants, essential oils and cosmetics made from plant raw materials.
Professional experience and research culture of Hippocratic EssentialsTM owners, sparked off the ambition to create a modern processing plant for aromatic and medicinal raw material and an organization that will evolve based on intense scientific and professional knowledge and experience. Moreover, there is an accumulated experience on the field that helps towards the establishment of a modern manufacturing organization.
Company's fully experienced staff and professionals of the primary sector, as well as the strong scientific background of company's Research and Development Department, guarantee the high quality of all its products.
At the moment, our company is specializing in production, processing and promotion of dried rubbed oregano, oregano in bunch and oregano oil. Our full stock of oregano is produced in Thessaly (Central Greece) and processed by high-tech machinery. In addition, close cooperation with machinery manufacturing companies guarantee the high performance of raw material’s processing. Our production therefore benefits from unique soil and climate conditions and high-tech processing procedures that help getting a final product of an extremely high quality.
Our philosophy is in line towards the development of Total Quality Management (TQM) culture to all stakeholders related with Greek aromatic and medicinal plants industry.
Quality chain in the aromatic and medicinal plants industry is a priority for Hippocratic EssentialsTM as it contributes towards the healthy development of sector's competitiveness and economy in general.
Apart from the development of a modern processing facility for aromatic and medicinal plants, Hippocratic EssentialsTM focuses on the production of cosmetics and parapharmaceutical products of all categories, extracts, phytotherapeutic formulations of any pharmaceutical form and is strongly connected with the scientific community and fully harmonized with European standards and directives.
Hippocratic EssentialsTM vision is seeing Greek Aromatic and Medicinal Plants to gain the position they deserve in the international market by providing recognized, branded and certified products.
Renowned worldwide as the “father of medicine,” Hippocrates was born in Kos around 460BC. It was he who freed the art of healing from the magical-religious conceptions of the past, rejecting the belief in the divine source of disease. Hippocrates studied medicine at the famous Asclepieion on the island and, influenced by the wealth and efficacy of the local herbs, he developed a deep faith in the healing power of Mother Nature. Medical historians generally look to Hippocrates as the founder of medicine as a rational science.
Hippocrates collected data and conducted experiments to show that disease was a natural process; that the signs and symptoms of a disease were caused by the natural reactions of the body to the disease process; and that the chief role of the physician was to aid the natural resistance of the body to overcome the metabolic imbalance and restore health and harmony to the organism.
Hippocrates used approximately 250 plants to treat ailments and diseases, many of which still grow on the island. Although he lists plants without descriptions -he assumed that his contemporary colleagues and herbalists would be familiar with them- it is not difficult to identify the majority. However, much care and knowledge is required to trace the survival of his influence through the still alive, but somewhat neglected, tradition of folk medicine. By rubbing their branches and their trunks, or crushing their leaves to release their aromas, one can begin to get a sense of their medicinal properties. This is precisely how, centuries ago, people such as Hippocrates could, with careful observation, a love for their fellow human and an understanding of balance and harmony, release their patients from pain and disease.
Hippocrates lived a very long life and died at a ripe old age in the town of Larissa in Thessaly where the company’s fields and facilities are located.
Herbs in Greece
It is widely agreed that the Greek climate is ideal for growing herbs, which are to be found in abundance, flourishing on mountainsides, and green meadows, where they grow naturally.
When walking through the beautiful countryside of Greece, especially in Thessaly (the biggest Greek valley), it is difficult not to crush the wild carpet of herbs underfoot; they grow so profusely, giving the air an aura unique to Greece.
Loads of aromatic and therapeutic herbs grow in Greece, one of the richest countries in biodiversity. The herbs found in Greece today, are the same herbs gathered thousands of years ago in Ancient Greece, and their uses have remained unchanged, not only to flavour delicious Greek cuisine, but also for medicinal purposes. Many resemble each other, in flavour, aroma, and in appearance, but Greeks through experience and knowledge, handed down from generation to generation, know what they are looking for.