Tiroler Steinöl® – Unique at Lake Achensee
The beneficial and soothing effects of Tiroler Steinöl® (shale oil) were known long before the concept of wellness has emerged. Since 1902, the local elixir has been extracted from oil shale mined 1,500 metres above Lake Achensee and processed in skincare products.
The creams, salves, lotions and shampoos are distinguished by high levels of naturally bound sulphur, as well as by special active ingredients that originate from prehistoric sea creatures and plants, in other words, from a time when the entire continent was still under water. In summer, visitors can join guided hikes to the shale oil mine in Bächental.
Museum & shop
Those who want to learn more about the history of shale oil mining, which goes back over 100 years, should pay a visit to Erlebniszentrum Tiroler Steinöl Vitalberg in Pertisau. The exhibits depict just how much work and expert knowledge is required to extract this beneficial essence from the black oil shale.
It goes without saying that Tiroler Steinöl® 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 eight four-star superior hotels and in the two 5-star hotels.
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 sea 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 bottom. Over long periods of time, heat and pressure transformed the materials into oil shale.
The special active substances contained in Tiroler Steinöl® (shale oil), which originate from prehistoric marine organisms and plants, are described as the “healing legacy of the sea”. Its special composition and the high naturally bound sulphur content make Tiroler Steinöl® 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 – Tiroler Steinöl® contributes to improving the quality of life and has become indispensable in the wellness facilities around Lake Achensee. Mineral oil packs, shale oil baths and shale oil massages are especially relaxing.