Sunday, June 12, 2011

Elixirs, Balms, Ointments, Balsams, Essences, and Free Radicals

The Dominican friars at S. Maria Novella were selling rose water as a disinfectant as early as 1381, and their Farmacia is famous world-wide. It is mostly natural and traditional stuff, undoubtedly blessed, and we saw several people making 100 and 200 euro purchases. Most of the space is a pharmacy museum.
One of the several showrooms



Ditto again

And again

What? Your local pharmacy doesn't have a chapel with 16th
century frescoes?!

Pharmacist desk reference

Yes, but no band-aids, multi-vitamins, nor sun-screen; nor
lottery tickets; nor condoms

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