Black Eyes

This post is the final in a six part series on the eyes by St. Hildegard referenced from Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D.

Black eyes:

black - brown eyes

The sharpest eyes are “black eyes” or brown eyes, as we would call them.

“A person who has very black or dark turbulent eyes, like a cloud, received them primarily from the earth.  They are stronger and see more keenly than any other eyes and keep their keenness for a long time, because they come from the energy of the earth.  But they are easily injured by the moisture of the earth and the wetness of rain and swamps, just like the earth is also poisoned by harmful moisture and the great wetness of rains and swamps.  (*CC 93, 25)

Brown eyed people are clever and accept good advice, but often they feel cramped.  If their eyes hurt or trouble them, the rue tincture compress will bring relief.

“Take rue juice, and twice as much pure liquid honey, and add a little pure good wine.  Lay a piece of wheat bread in this mixture, and then tie it on the eyes with the bread overnight.”  (*CC 171,33-35)

This concludes the series on the eyes, their ailments and remedies by St. Hildegard of Bingen.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

* Causes and Cures by Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Disclaimer Notice: This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.

 

Turbulent Eyes

This post is the fifth of a six part series on the eyes by St. Hildegard referenced from Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D.

Turbulent eyes:
turbulent - green eyes

Turbulent eyes are green and are rare.  Hildegard describes them as cloudy or similar to a storm cloud.

“About turbulent eyes: Whoever has eyes which are like a storm cloud, neither completely turbulent, but rather somewhat greenish-blue, received them from the dark dampness of the earth that brings forth diverse, useless herbs and even earthworms.  They are gentle and have prominent red flesh, which originates in slime.  They are irritated by neither moist air nor dusts, by bad smell nor bright light from any object…although they sometimes suffer from certain other ailments.”  (*CC 93, 12)

People with green eyes are good craftsmen and very good at learning a new trade.  Other characteristics include instability and cunningness.

“Whoever has eyes like a dark cloud, more greenish in color – and suffers from weakness of vision and pain – should pulverize fennel herbs (leaves) in the summertime, or fennel seeds in the winter, and carefully mix them with egg white: when he gets ready to sleep he should put it on his eyes.  The gentle warmth of the fennel diminished by the cold of the egg white will reduce the weakness of vision and pain in such eyes.”  (*CC 171, 19)

Next week’s post will discuss black eyes, their ailments and remedies.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

* Causes and Cures by Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Disclaimer Notice: This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.

Eyes of Diverse Color

This post is the fourth of a six part series on the eyes by St. Hildegard referenced from Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D.

Eyes of diverse colors:
diverse color eyes

The third type of eyes have a color mixed from blue or grey – spotted eyes, eyes with divers colors in them.  Persons with such eyes are up one minute, down the next, fickle and inconstant; but honesty and respectability characterize individuals with eyes of diverse colors.

“Whoever has eyes like the cloud in which the rainbow is shining received them from the air of the various air currents, which are neither constantly dry nor moist.  They are weak because they come into being from the unstable, changing air; and, because they do not originate from fire, they have an obscure vision by warm air, whereas by pure rainy air they can see clearly; this is because they are more of a watery than fiery kind.  Everything, especially bright light from the sun, the moon, lights and from the splendor of precious stones or metals or something else, is harmful to such eyes, because they come from the air with its changing currents.” (*CC 91, 1)

Eyes “like a cloud” are the poor television eyes extremely sensitive to light.  Prolonged eye stress from watching long movies, or excessive TV or reading, irritate and pain these eyes sometimes causing blurring, double vision or seeing flashing lights or floating spots.  Itchy, irritated eyes are soothed with zinc wine. 

“The person should take zinc oxide and put it in pure white wine.  At night when this person goes to bed, he or she should take the zinc oxide out again and wet the eyelashes with the wine, being careful not to touch the eyes inside and thereby hurt them through the bite of the zinc oxide so that they become even weaker in vision.  Zinc oxide has as much warmth as cold and, tempered with the warmth of the wine gets rid of harmful juices which makes the eyes sick.”  (*CC 171, 6)

Next week’s post will discuss turbulent eyes, their ailments and remedies.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

* Causes and Cures by Saint Hildegard of Bingen

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Fiery Eyes

This post is the third of a six part series on the eyes by St. Hildegard referenced from Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D.

Fiery eyes:

fiery eyes

Those with fiery eyes are clever, hot-tempered, energetic, and keen-minded and their eyes are healthy.

“Whoever has fiery eyes, comparable to the dark cloud next to the sun, received them naturally from the warm south wind.  They are healthy, because they originate from the warmth of the fire.”  (*CC 92, 32)

Fiery eyes are irritated by dust, smoke and other types of air pollution.  In Hildegard’s words: “Dust, however and bad smells injures them, because their brightness disregards dust and their purity neglects the unfamiliar as well.”  (*CC 92, 35)

Fiery eyes suffering from all forms of eye ailments are restored to health with rose-violet-fennel wine.  The recipe calls for six millimeters (ml) of violet tincture, twelve ml rose tincture, and four ml fennel tincture added to enough wine to make fifty ml medicine.  

“Rub this eye water around the eyes before going to bed, being careful not to hurt them accidentally through the strong effect.”  (*CC 170, 27)

Next week’s post will discuss eyes of diverse colors, their ailments and remedies.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

* Causes and Cures by Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Disclaimer Notice: This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.

 

Blue and Grey Eyes

This post is the second of a six part series on the eyes by St. Hildegard referenced from Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D.

Blue and Grey eyes:
blue eyes       grey eyes
     

Blue Eyes                                   Grey Eyes

Blue eyed persons are thoughtless, rash, unwise, mischievous, daring, willful, lazy, and disorderly, but they bring everything to a good ending. 

“A person who has blue eyes like water gets them mainly from the air.  That is why they are weaker than other eyes, because air shifts often as a result of the diverse movement produced through warmth, cold, and humidity, and such eyes are easily harmed by bad, soft and moist air as well as by fog.  For just like these affect the purity of air adversely, they also harm eyes acquired by air.” (*CC 92, 24)

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) one of Hildegard’s favorite plants is the universal remedy for blue eyes.  Even the side effects of modern-day air pollution, very harmful for air-sensitive blue eyes can be eliminated by fennel.

“If someone has blue eyes, with which she somehow sees poorly and feels pain, she should take fennel or fennel seeds when the pain is fresh, pulverize them, press the juice from them, and take the dew which is found on the grass blades standing upright, add a little fine wheat flour, and knead this into a little cake.  This she should place over her eyes for the night, tie it in place, and she will feel better.  The mild warmth of the fennel, tempered by the dew and strength of the flour, removes these pains. Grey eyes are the airy kind, and therefore dew is added to this mild medicine.”  (*CC 170, 34)

Next week’s post will discuss fiery eyes, their ailments and remedies.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

 

* Causes and Cures by Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Disclaimer Notice: This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.

Introduction to a six part series on the eyes.

This is the beginning of a six part series on the eyes by St. Hildegard referenced from Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D. This introduction will be followed weekly by an exploration each of the five types (colors) of eyes.

Introduction to Eyes: The Windows to the Soul.

As St. Hildegard writes, “Powerful is the expression of the soul in the eyes of this person, when the eyes are clear and shining, because the soul is energetically living in the body so it can accomplish many works within.  For the eyes of a person are the windows to the soul.” (*CC 220, 6)

Bright eyes are signs of life.  If someone is physically healthy, he or she has clear and sparkling eyes. Dull eyes are signs of death!

“Whoever, on the other hand, does not have shining eyes, no matter what color, even though the person is healthy, bears the sign of death.  Also, when the eyes are dim like a cloud which is so dense on the surface that behind it the transparent cloud cannot be seen, then such a person will become sick soon and death will follow. In the look of the eyes of a person like that the soul, namely, is not powerful, because it will hardly create anything there and in a manner of speaking sits there covered by clouds, like a man who is considering and is in doubt when he should leave his home and go out of his house.” (*CC 220, 11)

Hildegard describes five types of eyes according to their color: blue-grey eyes, fiery eyes, eyes of diverse colors, turbulent eyes, and black eyes.

Blue-grey eyes: Blue, grey or a blend.
Fiery eyes: Have a ring around the iris and can be either blue or brown.
Eyes of diverse colors: Color mixed from blue or grey – spotted eyes, eyes with diverse color in them.
Turbulent eyes: Green and rare.
Black eyes: Black or brown eyes as we would call them.

What type or color eyes do you have?  (Look in a mirror to see.  If you can’t decide ask a friend to help.)

pupil iris chart

Next week’s post will discuss blue-grey eyes, their ailments and remedies.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

* Causes and Cures by Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Disclaimer Notice: This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.