Bingen, Hildegard of - Oats
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Hildegard von Bingen’s Physica – translated by Priscilla Throop from the Latin
Oats (avena) are hot, with a sharp taste and strong vapor. Oats are a happy and healthy food for people who are well, furnishing them with a cheerful mind and a pure, clear intellect.
It also provides good color and healthy flesh.
It is good for those who are somewhat, or moderately ill. It does not harm them, whether eaten in bread or as cereal. It is not suitable as food for those who are very ill and cold, since oats always require heat. If people in this condition eat either bread or cereal made of oats, it will coagulate in the belly and produce mucus. It will not furnish them with strength, since they are cold.
One who is virgichtiget, and from it has been made a bit mad, with a divided mind and crazy thoughts, should take a sauna bath. He should pour the water in which oats have been cooked over the hot rocks. If he does this often, he will become himself and regain his health.