Museu de les Trementinaires
Museu de les Trementinaires information
As late as the 1960s, Tuixén was known for its natural herbs and remedies and for the extraordinary women who would head off (often on foot) to sell them, the so-called Trementinaires (after trementina, or turpentine, one of their more popular items). From the late 19th century, these wandering saleswomen would leave for as long as four months and as far as Barcelona, leaving their menfolk behind to tend fields and animals, and only returned home when they had sold all their wares. Among the latter were te de roca (‘rock tea’ for upset tummies) and orella d’ós (‘bear’s ear’ for coughs and colds). The women generally travelled in pairs, but even so, unaccompanied women travellers were otherwise virtually unheard of in Spain, much less from deep inland villages! The last Trementinaire, Sofia d’Ossera, undertook her final trip in 1982. Learn more in Tuixén’s Museu de les Trementinaires .