55706[Authentic_SCA] what to do Laurel berries: Hildegard von Bingen
- Apr 2, 2007Teffania wrote:
I'm especially excited by Hildegard von Bingen's work, since my focus is
late 12th C.
If you have the time to copy the information [on the uses of berries
from the laurel tree], I'd really appreciate it.
Here it is then. For those of you who didn't see the previous emails,
modern sources suggest not eating the berries.
I'll copy from Gerard in a second email.
Hildegard von Bingen wrote:
"The laurel tree (_laurus_) is hot and has a bit of dryness. It
signifies constancy. [uses of leaves and bark]
The fruit of this tree is very hot, it checks all fevers in him. If
you are troubled with gicht and fevers, you should recude these berries
to a powder, and add half as much of the powder of the fruit which grows
on pine cones. If you do not have pine nuts, mix in half as much
powdered fenugreek. Warm it in wine, and drink it hot. The gicht and
fever will cease.
"Also, express the oil of these berries and anoint your body where it is
troubled with gicht, and you will be better. If you add to this oil a
third part of savin sap, or that of the box tree, it will be a much
stronger oil and it will penetrate your skin more quickly for healing,
and the gicht will go from you.
"If you have pain in your head, pound these berries, infused with a
bit of wine, in a mortar. Then smear this wine over the top of your
head, your forehead, temples and entire head. When this is done, cover
your head, so that it becomes warm, and put yourself to bed. Although
you have great pain, that pain will go away.
"If you are sick in your lungs, so that they are putrescent,
pulverize these berries and frequently eat this powder with bread, and
you will be cured. If you have pain in your stomach, cook these berries
in wine and drink the wine warm. It will carry mucus away from your
stomach and purge it, and will even expel fever from it.
"When these berries are raw, express the oil from them. When you
touch the inside of your eyes with it, it will remove the fogginess from
them. Or, if you have pain in your heart, or in your side, or if you
have a fetid stomach, so that you even produce unclean saliva, make
little cakes of this oil and a bit of flour and eat them. They will
clean your stomach, overcome the fetid humors, and bring forth good,
Hildegard of Bingen's Physica. translated by Priscilla Throop. 1998
Healing Arts Press, Rochester VT (ISBN0892816619) pp.116-117
gicht, says the translator, covers a variety of ailments including gout,
arthritis, rheumatism, lumbago and sciatica.
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