Hildegard of Bingen

On Plants

Hildegard says: "At the time of man's creation from the earth, all the elements were subject to him. Because they knew that he was alive, they worked with him in all his actions, and he worked with them.  And the earth sprouted greenness in accordance with the race, nature, customs, and ways of humans. For the earth has many useful herbs that reach out to people’s spiritual needs, and yet they are distinct from people. In addition, the earth has useless herbs that reflect the useless and diabolical ways of humans."

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