This was an ancient pharmacological remedy. With a pungent odor, it stimulates and sharpens the senses.
This aromatic vinegar, traditionally known as the Vinegar of Seven Thieves, appeared in Toulouse during the terrible plague that smote the city between 1628 and 1631. According to legend it was used by seven thieves, each of which knew one and only one of its components. It enabled the thieves to steal from the ill without being infected. This remedy was spread on the hands and face and burned in homes to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
It is still included in traditional pharmacopoeia and is used as a tonic and an air freshener.
Warning: this product is corrosive.
For external use.
For smelling only; do not ingest.
Keep out of reach of children.
Store tightly closed in a cool place.
*Ingredients may be subject to change. The most accurate and up to date product ingredient list can also found on the product packaging.
Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy (Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella) is probably the oldest pharmacy in the world that is still in operation. Dominican monks established the apothecary when they began growing herbs to make salves, balms and medicines for use in their infirmary. News of the extraordinary quality of their products spread far and wide. In 1612, the monks opened their doors to sell to the public.
The pharmacy still uses only natural raw materials of the highest quality and continues to follow the ancient procedures originated by the Founding Fathers. Most of the medicinal herbs used are grown locally. Products are never tested on animals.