Bingen, Hildegard of - Feverfew
Type of Spiritual Experience
According to Hildegard Feverfew helps with the following
- Diminishes putrid matter [antibacterial]
- Augments good blood
- Restores strength
- Provides good digestion [helps digestion]
- Phlegm [muzzy head]
- Pleurisy [lung disease]
- Clear eyesight.
A description of the experience
Hildegard von Bingen’s Physica – translated by Priscilla Throop from the Latin
Feverfew (bertram) is of moderate heat and somewhat dry. It is absolutely balanced and has good vital energy. It is good food for a healthy person, since it diminishes putrid matter in him, augments his good blood, and creates clear understanding. It restores strength to an ill person whose body is almost completely failing. Providing good digestion, it lets nothing pass through the body without being digested. A person who has a lot of phlegm- in his head will find it diminished if he eats feverfew frequently. Eaten often, it expels pleurisy and provides a Person with pure humors. It gives him clear eyesight. In whatever way it is eaten, whether dried or in food, it is beneficial for both sick and healthy people. If a person eats it frequently, it will chase illness from him and keep him from getting sick . When it is eaten, it draws moisture and saliva from the mouth. Because it draws out evil humors, it restores health.