Hildegard of Bingen

On Pepper and Cumin

Introduction by Victoria Sweet

Hildegard says: "Pepper is very hot and dry, and has just a little moisture in itself, and excessive consumption is harmful to a man, and gives him pleurisy, and weakens the humors in him, and makes them bad. If a person has a diseased spleen, and has an aversion to food, so that it is not pleasing for him to eat, should he eat a little pepper at some meal with bread, he will both have it better in his spleen and will place aside his aversion to eating."

Original Latin