How to Stay Healthy in September, c. 1300

manuscript illustration of a person performing bloodletting on a patient's armBritish Library, MS Sloane 2435

Here we should talk about September, which is a useful and healthy month: then all things are healthy for humans to eat and drink, because fruits are ripe and ready to eat and healthy. And it is advisable to perform bloodletting, because then the air is cooler and is known to be healthier. And it is also fine to drink mead, because then the honey has its full strength, so the mead has better intensity, which is undeniable.

Alexander Hispanus, Regimen duodecim mensium

Finally, some good news from September: the food is good, the bloodletting is satisfactory, and the mead is potent.