Bingen, Hildegard of - Peas
Type of Spiritual Experience
According to Hildegard Peas help with the following
- Phlegm in forehead
- Intestinal disease
A description of the experience
Hildegard von Bingen’s Physica – translated by Priscilla Throop from the Latin
Peas (pisa) are cold and a bit phlegmatic. They oppress the lungs a bit. Nevertheless, they are good for a warm-natured person to eat. They make him bold. They are not good for the sicknesses of cold-natured people. Eating peas produces much mucus in them.
Indeed, peas are injurious in all illnesses, and have no power to expel them. Nevertheless, one who is sick with excessive phlegm in his forehead should crush white peas by chewing them, and blend this matter in very pure honey. He should then apply it to his temples, tying a bandage over it. He should repeat this until he is better. If anyone has an ailment in his intestines, he should often swallow warm broth of peas, and he will get better.