Carmelite Water

The famous Carmelite Water, first made by 17th century Carmelite nuns was used to treat nervous headache and neuralgia. It combined lemon balm with lemon-peel, nutmeg, coriander and angelica root. Here’s a recipe:


  • 1 ¼ cups vodka
  • 3 tablespoons dried angelica leaves, and stalks
  • 3 tablespoons dried lemon balm leaves
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, bruised
  • 1 nutmeg, cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons cloves
  • cinnamon sticks


Pour the vodka into a jar. Add the remaining ingredients,cover tightly and shake. Leave in a warm place for three weeks, shaking every day. Strain into a sterilized bottle and store in a cool place. Use within six months.

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