Well Dear Reader…. what can I say! 🙂 Spirituality AND tasty treats! This blog is too good to miss and here’s a small slice… (tipple included) to whet your appetite! Enjoy!
I first heard about the herbal tonic called Carmelite Water 10 years ago. It was during either my postulancy or novitiate in the Order of the Discalced Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, also known as the Discalced Carmelites.
It was during one of our meal times that our prior, along with some of the older friars, shared memories of their younger days. There was much laughter when the subject of Karmelitengeist came up in conversation.
Karmelitengeist, which our prior swore would put hair on one’s chest, has been distilled by the Carmelites of Regensburg since 1721. Made from various herbs, the 75% alcohol spirit is used to treat a range of ailments from headaches to indigestion. Judging by the stories I heard at table that day, some novices also used it to lift their spirits.
Determined to find out more about the spirit, I hunted through…
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