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Santa Maria Novella is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. Founded by Dominican friars in 1221, the year of their arrival in Florence, the pharmacy used medicinal herbs grown in the monastic gardens to make medications, balms and pomades for the monk’s infirmary. Santa Maria Novella products including colognes, soaps, bath and body products, ancient preparations are still hand made on site in Florence, according to age-old recipes and artisans methods.
This is a specialty of the pharmacy, traditionally called "Acqua Antisterica", literally "anti-hysteric water". It is a mixture of essential ingredients of select aromatic plants used over the centuries and known for their calming and digestive properties: costmary, mint and cinnamon. The original formula was developed in 1614 by Friar Angiolo Marchissi.
A hydro-alcoholic solution (70% v/v) to be used as follows: dilute 1 teaspoonfuls in half a glass of water and drink in small sips.
25ml - 0.85 FL.OZ.