The Order of St. Benedict covers all autonomous monasteries and congregations who live according to the rule established by St. Benedict of Norcia. That rule, drawn up by the Holy and asserted 1817 onwards is based on the motto Ora et labora, pray and work. In this simple formula lies the philosophy of life and the choice of the Benedictine faith approach to prayer and contemplative life manual work.
Over time, and to this day, products that Benedictine monasteries have independently sold and made have assumed an increasingly large importance. These are mainly cosmetic products, such as those made famous by the Camaldoli Monastery, often made with methods that go back to ancient traditions, made with full respect to nature with simple and safe ingredients. We think for example to all products based on medicinal herbs and essential oils. In particular, great fame and diffusion has known the 31 Oil, a mixture of ancient herbal formulation, which are still produced and packaged by Camaldolese Monks. The 31 Oil is composed of 31 essential oils extracted from many herbs. It has many healing, refreshing, balsamic, invigorating and disinfectant properities, and is appreciated and imitated around the world.
It can be used to successfully combat joint or muscle pain, such as low back pain, cervical pain or stiff necks; as a tonic for headaches; as a cure for colds and respiratory problems, and many other problems.
The products manufactured by the Order of St. Benedict are not just related to medicinal herbs. Hive products are also available, such as honey, royal jelly, wax, and candy. And also spirits, herbal liqueurs, brandies and wines. A simple, genuine world of traditional flavours and aromas that give us a glimpse of inestimable taste and lost history, which is renewed thanks to the skill and dedication of the monks.