Tuesday, December 29, 2015

How to Get a Manicure, c. 1150

Tacuinum sanitatis (14th c., Biblioteca Casanatense)
One who has very ugly nails should smear them with liquid from the little bladder of the bumblebee and tie it with a band. He should do this until they become beautiful.
Hildegard of Bingen, Physica 
Better make sure your beautician is also trained in entomology.


  1. I didn't know Hildegard of Bingen gave beauty advice on top of the science, music and playwriting - and terrifying the men in the Church. Amazingly versatile lady!

  2. How does one find the "little bladder" of the Bumble Bee?
    Surely that would involve killing the beautiful little creature?


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