• alpine-wellness

      Alpine wellness

      A very important branch of the concept “wellness and medicine” is that of alpine wellness. This category includes the whole ancient tradition of body care belonging to the mountain populations. In fact they knew very well the therapeutic qualities of natural ingredients such as hay, milk and its derivatives, chestnuts, fruit or wool. This heritage of knowledge was “overworked and corrected” to adapt it to the claims by the several wellness resorts especially in places like South Tyrol.

      In fact this region, the most northern one in Italy, is one of the first regions in Italy to understand the giant potentiality of wellness holidays. In the last twenty years this kind of holidays experienced an enormous boom. As a consequence the ancient wisdom of alpine wellness has been “overworked” and adapted to the modern atmosphere of the luxurious wellness resorts, obtaining thereby great success.

    • apples

      The apples are among the most famous fruits in South Tyrol, they are a popular alpine welless product as well. The apples are used in different ways: scrub, baths, compress etc. Everybody knows the quote: “One apple a day keeps the doctor away”…one apple actually is rich in pectins, vitamin A, E, C, group B, PP beta-carotene and omega 3.

      All these nutrients have anti-aging, anti-tumoral and  anti-constipating qualities. The regular consumption of apples helps to keep under control the cholesterols, diabetes, the gallstones and the gylcemia. A scrub of apples is very simple and efficient, it consists of scraping a piece of apple over the face. The grated apple applicated on the face has to stay on for about 30 minutes and it’s excellent for dry or dull skin, while the apple flesh mixed with a glass of whole milk is a real panacea for mature skins.

      Other beauty treatments based on apples are: the apple bath, face massages with apple essence, a scrub based on apples and sugar, compresses with apples. In the wellness industry there are used even the derivatives of apples, such as cider vinegar, excellent to contrast stretch marks and to purify the face skin, especially if it’s a combination or oily skin. It’s used in scrubs as well, cleaning and tonifying the skin profoundly.

    • apricots

      The apricots of Vinschgau are very popular for their tastiness, in the month of August there takes place a fair dedicated to this delicious fruit in the South Tyrolean town Laas. The apricots are used in several alpine wellness treatments, or even for facilitating the suntan. Even the derivatives of it as for instance the apricot nut oil and the pulverized apricot nuts are used in the wellness industry.

    • arnica

      The arnica montana (wolf’s bane) is a well-known remedy in alpine wellness, thanks to its lenitive and decontracting properties, it is useful to alleviate swollen legs as well. This herb is used in form of baths, compress or pomades, even to treat bruises. In the homeopathy it’s availabe as capsules, an arnica bath is especially recommended after a long day on the ski pistes or in the mountains, during exhausting excursions. Often this kind of bath is combined with St. John’s wort to make its lenitive effect even stronger.

    • chestnuts-and-derivatives

      The chestnuts are a good remedy to treat cellulitis, thanks to their detoxifying, astringend and deflating qualities. They are used in form of decoctions, baths, compresses or scrubs. In several wellness treatments there are used derivatives of chestnuts, such as its leafs or the dry bark. Chestnuts are recommended as ingredients for oily and combination skin, thanks to their astringent and purifying qualities. So it’s possible to prepare a compress mixing.

    • hay

      Even hay is an important ingredient of alpine wellness, especially used during a bath. The famous hay bath was invented time ago by the South Tyrolean mountain farmers, to alleviate the several muscular pains after a long working day on the fields. After a working day the farmers laid down in the hay and the morning after they felt better and fitter. Today the hay bath belongs to the most popular wellness treatments among the alpine wellness resorts.

      It’s recommended especially for those who suffer from oseoarticular pains, it’s able to alleviate several muscular contractions or cellulitis. People who have heart and circulatory problems should first consult their doctor, before they do this kind of treatment. 

    • milk-and-derivatives

      The milk and its derivatives are an ancient and well-known remedy for several problems. They possess emollient and rimineralizing properties, the butter and the cream are used to treat dry, mature and dulled skin, especially during the cold season. A bath in milk whey has rimineralizing and antioxidant effects. A milk bath is also a good remedy in case of sensible skin, as it represents a delicate detergent, thanks to its richness in vitamin A,D and B.

    • mountain-pine

      The mountain pine belongs to the most popular products in Sarntal, one of the most peaceful valleys of South Tyrol. This valley is popular for its production of cosmetics based on biological oil of mountain pine, this plant is very efficient for the treatment of colds, strains and contractions. The essential oil of mountain pine is well- known for its antibacterial and exoectorating qualities.

      In case of a cold you can add some drop of this oil to a bowl of boiled water. The massage made with this oil the same as the sauna or the bath are excellent to alleviate muscular aches after a long day of skiing or a trekking tour in the mountains, it even contrasts the formation of lactic acids. 

    • st-john’s-wort

      The St. John’s wort or Hypericum perforatum is called so because the Saint John lived in the desert eating only this leaves and honey. This herb is known for its calming and lenitive qualities, both for the soul and the body. Before the invention of antidepressants depressive, nervous and restless persons were treatened with St. John’s wort…there is no need of a prescription for this medicine and it’s a lot cheaper than medicine. This kind of herb is used to treat colds, sciatic nerves, low back pains or herpes zoster as well. During a bath the St. John’s wort is able to treat couperose skin and redness, it also gives the skin tone.

    • wild-berries

      Wild berries are famous for their richness in antioxidants and vitamin C and for their astringent, tonifying, disinfect, refreshing and diuretic qualities. They are recommended for the treatment of capillary fragility, of couperose and reddened skin. The blueberries are a panacea for lacrimals or rings around the eyes. They are not only excellent for esthetic aims but also for healthiness. It’s scientifically proved that these berries reinforce the sight and are recommended in case of various problems such as: hemorrhoids, diarrhea or even cystitis. Moreover the regular consumption of blueberries prevents the Alzheimer’s disease!

    • wool

      The so-called wool bath is a new trend among the alpine wellness treatments and it’s famous especially in Meran and in the South Tyrolean valley Ulten. The patient has to sit down into a big tub made of pinewood, filled with very warm natural wool. The patient has to stay there for about 20 minutes. The pinewood has special qualities, it facilitates the sleep and the relaxation in general.

      The wool bath is very recommended to treat problems on the osteomuscular apparat and for a profound purification of the body, alleviating contractions, neuralgias and muscular strains, thanks to the warming and lenitive effect of the natural lanoline. Furthermore this kind of bath is excellent to combat colds and migraine, it’s moreover a helpful agent for the microcirculation.