The ancient pharmacy is located inside the convent of the discalced Carmelite monks and there’s also a sercet flower garden where the monks cultivate their medical herbs.
The place became an important research centre for the curative effects of herbs. In their antique pharmacy they still preserve not only the recipes, but also some original remedies such as the rose honey used against oral inflammations, burdock, very effective for various skin problems; sarsaparilla syrup as a body depurative; valerian potion for insomnia and nervous tension.
Among the various “historic” specialties the most particularly sought after were the anti-rheumatic salves for sciatica, cervical and spinal cord neuralgias and joint pains; depurative therapy with a foundation of sarsaparilla and boldo herb, artichoke potion and magnesium chloride; the vinous infusion of oak mistletoe which combats blood pressure disturbances and promotes blood circulation and more.
The first time I entered this special pharmacy I was surprised to see that there were the carmelite brothers that were still preparing herbal products, reprocessing the ancient recipes that have been passed down for three centuries.
The knowledge of the Carmelite monks, expert in theorical and practical pharmacy, was used to help both the poor and needy while at the end of XVIII century the same monks became pharmacists to the popes.
This ancient pharmacy is special and is worth a visit to the shop and its laboratories where are still preserved old recipes.
The motto of the monks working in the herbal pharmacy is “We prepare the medicine, God gives us health”.
I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it.