The Order of Chartreuse was more than 500 years old when in 1605 at a Chartreuse monastery in Vauvert a small suburb of Paris the monks received a gift from Francois Hannibal d Estrees Marshal of Kings Henri IV. Artillery an already ancient manuscript from an Elixir soon to be nicknamed Elixir of Long Life. This manuscript was probably the work of a 16th century alchemist with a great knowledge of herbs and with the skill to blend infuse macerate the 130 of them to form a perfect balanced tonic.
In the early 17th century only a few monks and even fewer apothecaries understood the use of herbs and plants in the treatment of illness. The manuscripts recipe was so complex that only bits and pieces of it were understood and used at Vauvert.