Chistmas rose- Julerose – Hildegard von bingen

Hildegard von Bingen writes about Chistmas rose (Julerose) Helleborus niger:If sombody has lost their mind or caught an illness and has become weak, you should use this plant crush it together with thyme heat in a saucepan together with suet (talg) and plaster it around the neck with a cloth to hold it. Do this in five days and nights, each morning and evening it is heated again. After five days and nights it is stirred with ash from a birch tree (birk ) the face is washed and the person is healthy. Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) a German nun who built a convent. She gave free food and treatment with herbal medicine to the poor. She was indeed wise in all matters of life and was wrinting to the pope about her ideas and to many important people of her time. She was true LIGHT in a dark age.
From Anne Mette Olsens translation of Physica by Hildegard von Bingen.
At Wikipedia you can read:
Helleborus niger is commonly called the Christmas rose, due to an old legend that it sprouted in the snow from the tears of a young girl who had no gift to give the Christ child in Bethlehem.
In the Middle Ages, people strewed the flowers on the floors of their homes to drive out evil influences. They blessed their animals with it and used it to ward off the power of witches. These same people believed, however, that witches employed the herb in their spells and that sorcerers tossed the powdered herb into the air around them to make themselves invisible.
In the early days of medicine, two kinds of hellebore were recognized: black hellebore, which included various species of Helleborus, and white hellebore (now known as Veratrum album (“false hellebore”),   “Black hellebore” was used by the ancients in paralysis, gout and other diseases, more particularly in insanity. “Black hellebore” is also toxic, causing tinnitus, vertigo, stupor, thirst, a feeling of suffocation, swelling of the tongue and throat, emesis and catharsis, bradycardia (slowing of the pulse), and finally collapse and death from cardiac arrest

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