Bingen, Hildegard of - Broad Beans
Type of Spiritual Experience
According to Hildegard Broad beans help with the following
- Entrails in pain [Intestinal disease]
- Scabies- not scabies as we know it today but scurf or eczema and other skin conditions.
A description of the experience
Hildegard von Bingen’s Physica – translated by Priscilla Throop from the Latin
Broad beans (faba) are hot. They are good for strong, healthy people to eat-better than peas. There is not much harm if sick people eat beans since they do not produce as much mucus as peas.
Flour from this bean is good, and is useful for the infirm person as well as the healthy. It is gentle and easily digested.
One whose entrails are in pain should cook beans in water, with a bit of lard or olive oil. After the beans are taken out, he should drink the warm broth. He should do this frequently, and it will cure him internally.
Whoever has bubbling pain of any sort on his flesh, whether from scabies or ulcers, should take the flour of the broad bean, and add a bit of powdered fennel seed. He should blend this in water, with a minimal amount of wheat flour, so that it will stick together. He should prepare little cakes, dried by the fire or the sun. He should frequently place them over the area, to draw out the pain, and he will be cured.