Tyrolean shale oil – unique to Achensee
Its beneficial, nourishing properties have long been recognised, even before the concept of wellness had been created. Tyrolean shale oil has been extracted from oil shale 1500 metres above Achensee since 1902 and processed to make skin care products.
The creams, salves, lotions and shampoos are not only characterised by their high naturally bound sulphur content, but also by the special active ingredients found in the pre-historic marine organisms and plants – an era when the entire continent was still under water. In summer, holiday makers can set out on guided hikes to the shale oil mine in Bächental.
Those who want to learn more about the history of shale oil mining, which spans over 100 years, should pay a visit to Erlebniszentrum Tiroler Steinöl® Vitalberg in Pertisau. The vivid exhibits reveal just how much work and expert knowledge is required to extract these beneficial essences from this black stone.
It goes without saying that Tyrolean shale oil products play a significant role in the numerous wellness hotels around Achensee. Knowledgeable therapists provide expert advice in the 21 four star hotels, in the seven four-star superior hotels and in the 5-star hotel.
Link to the wellness hotels in Achensee.
The origins of black oil
When the large continental plate broke up, ‘Thetis’, the original Mediterranean Sea, extended over present-day Europe to Asia. For over 50 million years plant and animal organisms were deposited at the bottom; a lack of oxygen at the depths of the ocean preserved all the organic compounds. The ocean dried up and numerous sediment layers accumulated on the original sea-bed. The pressure placed upon these organic compounds was enormous and it was this that brought about its conversion into shale oil.
The special active substances contained in Tyrolean shale oil, which originate from prehistoric marine organisms and plants, are described as being the ocean’s ‘healing heritage’. Its special composition and the high naturally bound sulphur content means Tyrolean shale oil is exceptionally beneficial. Whether as a mild care product for skin and hair, as a tried-and-tested household remedy for aching muscles, and even for rheumatic complaints – Tyrolean shale oil contributes to improving quality of life and has become indispensable in the wellness facilities around Achensee. Mineral oil packs, shale oil baths and shale oil massages are especially relaxing.