St Hildegard on Birds

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Griffin (Hot)   Both the nature of a bird and a beast, it is swift but like man, it eats humans.  Non-edible. It is neither one thing nor the other in its nature.

Ostrich (Very Hot)  A person with epilepsy should often eat ostrich flesh. Also healthy for fat people. Not good for thin or sick people. Those suffering from melancholia, heaviness or listlessness of the mind  should frequently eat ostrich liver.

Peacock (Hot & Moist)  Not good for either a healthy or sick person to eat. If the bladder is dried and preserved, it can be used to deal with an ulcer or a carbuncle boil. Tie it over the ulcer or boil and it will gently rupture. After it ruptures, place it back on the area again.. It will draw out the rotten matter.

Crane (hot)  Good for both sick and healthy people to eat.  If you have gicht (Gout), you should frequently eat Crane.  For Pig farmers, note she says if they are suffering a pestilence, pulverise the bill of a crane and give it to them in their food or water. The pestilence will go.

Swan (Cold & Moist)  Good for healthy people to eat but no value to the sick. The cooked liver of a swan is good for congestion. The lung, cooked, is good for problems with the spleen.

Heron (hot & Dry) Good for the sick as it doesn’t make mucus in the stomach. The heart is good for anyone suffering from a sad mind.

Vulture (Cold)  If cooked, fix its eye on a ring. If you wear it on your finger, it will check paralysis and gicht (Gout).

Eagle (Very Hot)  Too strong for anyone to eat.

Stork (Hot)  Turn the cadaver only into an unguent which is good for those who are insane.

Goose (Hot)  Flesh is weak and not good to eat. One who is healthy may eat it in moderation. No matter how they are cooked goose eggs area bad for people to eat since they bring about scrofula and other illnesses.

Wild Goose (Very Hot)  Good for both the healthy and sick  to eat.