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Valeriana Celtica

the real Speick plant

Fragrant summer holidays in the Nockberge mountains with the Hotel Kirchheimerhof in Bad Kleinkirchheim

The delicate plant with the strong wellness character ...

Ranking among Austria’s most beautiful mountain regions, the Nockberge bioshere park has been habitat for the inconspicious little valerian Speick plant for centuries. In harmony with nature, it grows amidst many other alpine plants to become the basic ingredient of effective natural cosmetic products. At an altitude of 1,800 m the tender little plant is hard to find however, its unmistakable intense fragrance is particularly strong from July until September throughout the Nockberge region. Hiking in the Speick’s habitat is simply a delight for all senses.

More than 2500 years ago the Speick plant had already become famous in the Middle East owing to its intensive and aromatic scent and its exceptional properties for use in cosmetics. In North Africa and Europe Speick enjoyed cult status for centuries as well. Speick was used for bath essences and perfumes. Brides were embalmed with Speick before their wedding.

From the 15th century on, the uncontrolled harvesting and export of the Speick plant in enormous amounts to the Orient almost threatened the plant with extinction, until 1936, when Speick was declared a protected plant.

Today the Speick plant harvest is a careful and dedicated task completed by hand by two mountain farming families from the Nockberge region. Afterwards the plants are dried in special Speick barns.

As one of very few wild plants, Speick has been certified as produce from ecologically regulated wild harvesting (kbW9 since 2003). In Leinfelden near Stuttgart the plants are then carefully extracted to gradually become the basis for the renowned Speick natural cosmetic brand.
At Hotel Kirchheimerhof and Hotel Prägant guests are pampered with soothing Speick treatments during which this Valerian plant unfolds its beneficial effects.

The medicinal plant has a calming effect on the central nervous system, while simultaneously stimulating the vegetative nervous system. Speick relaxes without tiring and revitalizes body & spirit.

Discover premium Speick natural cosmetic products and the soothing treatments during your feel-good or hiking holidays in Carinthia!

Your mountain / lake holiday in Carinthia