The appearance of Haarlem Oil dates back to the 18th century and its history is connected to that of the Dutch alchemy.
Claes Tilly is reknown elaborating his Medicarnentum Gratia Probatum during the year 1696. As Claes Tilly had been honoured for the composition of the remedy known to cure kidney and bladder illnesses, he owed his success to Professor Hermann Boerhave, who added the point of detail in the production. Hermann Boerhave, Professor at the University of Medecin, Leyde, was one of the most famous doctors of the past. As H. Boerhave participated in the benefits of this medicine that rapidly found its popularity, the ethics of his profession prevented him from associating his name with an object from an industrial ownership.
The production of Genunine Haarlem Oil is produced in a factory equipped with sophisticated and expensive equipment. The ingredients follow a process that take several days, in which the particular chemical preparation and difficult analysis has permitted the Tilly Family to preserve the secret of the production during 200 years. Claes Tilly passed away during the year 1734, after being successful in the affair. His sons, Koning Tilly, followed by G. Koning Tilly succeeded him.
Unfortunately the affair declined after the death of Claes Tilly. Probably due to competition and the numerous imitations that hindered the quality of the product and its reputation. During this era, the reputation of Haarlem Oil had spread throughout Europe and the other parts of the world. Many families at Haarlem tried to copy this elixir, the only resemblance being the name but never the secret of the formula, made to a point by Claes Tilly and Hermann Boerhave in 1696.
In 1924, Mr Thomas, a French pharmacian started to produce Genuine Haarlem Oil. The Laboratory THOMAS, one of the first French pharmaceutical laboratory, owes its reputation and first scientific jobs to Dr J. LEFEVRE, doctor , pharmacian and ancient interne from the hospitals of Paris.
It is therefore left to put forward an irrefutable way, that the new properties acquired by the sulphur in the combination, could confirmed that Haarlem Oil is an essential source of the alimentation in bioavailable sulphur.
The Dr J. LEFEVRE laboratories has engaged its studies in the bioavailability of sulphur in 1983 to Professor Jacquot, from the faculty of pharmacy of Châtenay-Malabry.These studies show the exceptional bioavailibility of sulphur contained in Haarlem Oil and another study shows the SOD action (super oxydismutase).
The penetration of the secret by this particular molecular structure is left to the knowledge of science. This has been undertaken in the nineties under the direction of Mr Charles Stirnweiss, pharmacian, along with Mr Kirsch, Professor at the faculty of Metz and the research laboratories of Elf Atochem. It is up to this generation and the next generation to continue the research and not forget that the alchemists are still working on this elixir of long life. Our knowledge increases; we have the everyday knowledge of biochemistry on the central role of sulphur; but remember that Genuine Haarlem Oil will never change: It is a precious heritage.
Since the 18th century, if it was possible to throw away the bases of modern chemistry and if during the 19th century, the organic chemistry was already installed, we would have to wait till the end of the 20th century for modern biochemistry to sufficiently mature in order to describe the deep mechanisms of the living.
Evidence has also shown the importance of nutrition and the hygyene of life in maintaining health. Our knowledge allows us to understand that the role of science in the health sector cannot simply be reduced to discovering remedies to cure illnesses, but also to give individuals the necessary information to stay in good health, even delay aging and protection against the aggressivity of the environment. Often enough illness takes over before we look after our health. Today, if needed and wanted, everyone can improve and conserve their fundamental health.
The below article is the original extract from 18th June 1908, in which Haarlem Oil won the first pharmaceutical prize. (Article is is French and the English translation is in progress)