Ancient Preparations

Right from the Middle Ages, the friars cultivated Balsamite considered to be a plant rich in interesting herbal properties. This magic herb of the Dominican tradition inspired Fra’ Angiolo Marchissi who in 1614 created Acqua Antisterica (Antihysterics Water) today known as Acqua di Santa Maria Novella.

Now, as then, Balsamite is cultivated in our garden of officinal herbs and harvested at the aromatic stage, in other words when its properties are most pronounced; it is then distilled in the production laboratories. Tradition states that the best day to harvest it is in fact that of S. Giovanni, patron saint of our city of Florence, 24 June.

 

L'Acqua di Santa Maria Novella Elisir

Le pasticche di Santa Maria Novella