The best known product of our monastery are completely natural preparations under the protected brand name Stefalaz.
The most imortant among them is our Balm. The recipe for this Balm is old and we inherited it from our spiritual Father, of blessed memory, Archimandrite Lazar, The Abbot of the Ostrog Monastery. The Balm contains about twenty types of herbs prepared in the healing water from the famous monastery spring called God Mother’s water, incense, natural wax and olive oil. It was produced for the monastery needs for years, but since 2005 it has been sold in the free sale. As a fat phase of tea containing liposoluble active components, the Balm is beneficial for all types of wounds especially for those where inflammation has occurred or healing takes time. It has shown excellent treatment relating to following illnesses: arthritis, rheumatism, gangrene, decubitus, psoriasis, sinusitis, bronchitis, Herpes Zoster, hemorrhoids, conjunctivitis, varicose veins, problematic skin prone to acne, acne-prone skin, scars, wrinkles, rough, dry and chapped skin.
Using suitable pharmaceutical procedure, hydro phase of tea has been jellied. The result of this procedure is Gel, which contains hydrosoluble active components. In the combination with the Balm, the complete treatment of all herbs contained in tea composition is reached. It is cosmetic preparation, excellent for thorough cleaning and feeding face skin and treatment of problematic skin prone to acne as well as healthy one. It is good as a compress for swollen and tired legs.
Hydrosoluble phase is contained in Lotion too. The Lotion is suitable for cleaning of all skin types and beneficial against dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. Moisturizing Cream is a special ecological product hand-made of highest quality without preservatives, artificial colors and fragrances. It is intended for face skin, neck and hands.
Saint John’s Wort Oil widely known by its beneficial effects relating to skin treatment especially burned one. In order to retain its characteristics, it is produced in glass bottles and conserved with rosemary springs. The herbs are of controled origins and supervised by experts.
All STEFALAZ products are handmade with natural and organic ingredients.
The invaluable support and guidance in the production of the herbal preparations is Sc.D. Dragica Bojovic, MPharm, who specializes in medicinal plants. She oversees and conducts the quality inspection of the herbs and other compounds used in the preparation of the Balm, as well as the quality control of finished products. At the First Congress of Pharmacists of Montenegro in Becici, in 2011, she presented our Balm as sterile preparation not produced in sterile conditions. She also named the Balm and subsequently the entire STEFALAZ collection after Saint Stefan of Piperi, whose relics repose in our monastery church, and Father Lazar, who was our (and her) spiritual father. Ms. Bojovic manages the monastery store in Podgorica which sells herbs and herbal preparations called “Saint Basil of Ostrog Monastery Balms and Herbs”. The quality of our products is controlled by the Institute for the Public Health of the City of Podgorica.