The Ancient Pharmacy of Camaldoli has a very ancient history and the monks, for centuries, have handed down from generation to generation the ancient recipes of natural remedies that "La Spezieria di Camaldoli" prepares since the twelfth century.
Its history begins when the holy father Romualdo, as the prior Rodolfo I reports in one of the oldest documents of the monastery, decided to found a church in the hospice of Fonte Buono [today is the monastery of Camaldoli].
In the church and in the hospice there was a nurse to fulfil the hermit rule of Rudolph II The presence of an infirmary at Fonte Buono is testified by the hermit rule of Rudolph II of the 12th century: it was said, in fact, that at the monastery of Camaldoli there were "servants with the task of providing assistance to the sick" and that the hermitage was the place to receive "care that could benefit their recovery".
The Apothecary was then damaged by a fire in 1276, but was rebuilt in 1331.
In the Ancient Pharmacy of Camaldoli, even today, the monks still hand down the deep knowledge of herbs and medicinal plants and prepare according to ancient recipes many natural remedies for the treatment of various problems such as colds or muscle tension.
Given the long and ancient tradition in the apothecary field, the natural remedies produced by the monks of Camaldoli are many. Among the products of the Ancient Pharmacy of Camaldoli there are some natural remedies based on essential oils useful for different purposes.
Abetol: is a mixture of different essential oils such as officinal lavender and peppermint. Thanks to the properties of different plants, Abetol is an excellent balsamic and antiseptic and is ideal for treating respiratory tract diseases such as colds, sinusitis and phlegm. The monks of the Ancient Pharmacy of Camaldoli suggest to put a few drops on the handkerchief or in boiling water and aspirate the balsamic vapours or to add a few drops in the tray of radiators to purify the environment.
Japanese Camaldoli oil: this product is skilfully prepared with menthol, eucalyptus, medicinal lemon balm and other herbs. The Japanese oil can be used as a balsamic to treat problems in the first respiratory tract, as muscle heating or as a natural remedy for headaches.
To use this oil as a balsamic, just pour two or three drops in a little boiling water and breathe in the steam avoiding contact with the eyes while, to relax the muscles, just massage the affected area with a few drops and cover the part with a warm cloth. Finally, if used against headaches, massage the temples and the nape of the neck with a few drops of Japanese oil.
Aromatic Oil with 31 Herbs: prepared with 31 medicinal herbs including sage, lemon balm, peppermint, rosemary and hybrida lavender, this oil, also produced by the Ancient Pharmacy of Camaldoli, is effective for relaxing the muscles, for a balsamic effect and for rinsing. As a muscle warm-up it is necessary to massage the area with 8-10 drops of oil to 31 herbs, as a balsamic add 10 drops for each liter of very hot water and aspirate the vapors while to make the rinses of the oral cavity diluted 2 or 4 drops of oil in half a glass of water.
Avocado Oil: avocado is an exotic fruit chosen by the Ancient Pharmacy of Camaldoli thanks to its nourishing and protective properties for the epidermis: in fact, the fruit is particularly suitable for dry and sensitive skin, stimulates the generation of collagen and makes the skin soft and elastic.
This oil, still prepared in an artisan way, is indicated to moisturize dry skin, soothe redness and chapping and... also as an anti-wrinkle oil! Just massage the skin with a few drops of this oil until it is absorbed and the skin will be healthier and nourished!
Aromatic Argan Oil: Argan oil, thanks to its antioxidant properties, such as vitamin E and flavonoids, helps to prevent skin aging and at the same time counteracts the action of free radicals. Together with jojoba oil, avocado and sunflower seed oil, Argan oil from the Ancient Pharmacy of Camaldoli leaves a pleasant sensation of softness, silkiness and hydration on your skin. It is easy to absorb and is particularly suitable for sensitive skin that tends to dry and crack.
The Ancient pharmacy of the monks of Camaldoli, has formulated a selection of certified natural and organic essential oils and blends of essential oils for the care and well-being of body and spirit.
The vegetable soaps of the Camaldolese Monks are characterized by their raw processing, which follows the ancient recipe of homemade soaps and the craftsmanship with which they have always been made.