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Food as Medicine: How to Heal with Food

The principal of food as the foundation of healing is not unique, and the idea of food as medicine is ancient. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said “let food be thy medicine, and medicine be they food.”

18 bitter healing plants

18 Bitter Healing Plants

These healing plants contain bitter substances that are an important part of their overall healing composition. Bitter substances work to stimulate the liver’s metabolic function to restore your body’s powerful detoxifying organ.

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17 Bitter Foods

Our post on the benefits of bitter flavors introduced the taste category of bitter and the many reasons why bitterness is an important part of our diet. We have also covered some herbs and foods that contain the various bitter flavors that we can incorporate into our diet. Now we expand on some of these foods with…

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Kneipp’s Cold and Warm Water Therapy

Cold water therapy can be an effective tool in the treatment of medical conditions. The practice of water treatment includes exposure to both cold and warm water, as well as intermittent warm water, hot water, and steam. Applications can vary widely, but generally include one or more components.

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Pollen Allergy: A Holistic Approach

If you suffer from seasonal allergies or “hay fever” (seasonal allergic Rhinitis), chances are you have a pollen allergy. You are not alone. According to the American College of Asthma, Allergies, & Immunology, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.
In this post we will explore everything you need to know about your pollen allergy.

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Hildegard’s 13 Healing Spices

In our post on Ten Tips for Slow Food Success, we talked about your domain, your kitchen, and how to stock foods that best facilitate a slow, thoughtful, and healthy approach to meal preparation. In this post we will take a closer look at that pantry, and its potential for healing spices, through the eyes…

What foods are bitter

What Foods are Bitter?

The trend toward avoiding bitter tasting foods in favor of mild, savory and sweet flavors has wider implications.  Many of us suffer from digestive weakness, heartburn, bloating, and metabolic conditions.

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Hildegard’s Fasting Guidelines

Hildegard recommends fasting as a psychotherapeutic panacea for 29 of her 35 subconscious virtues. Her writing promotes fasting as a universal remedy to change consciousness and release healing powers for a new perspective on life.

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Bitter Tasting Foods and Bitters

The benefits of bitter tasting foods have been recognized since antiquity.  The origin of herbal bitters can be traced back to ancient Egyptians.

About Healthy Hildegard

Hildegard of Bingen remains Germany’s greatest mystic and God’s companion. She was an artist and scientist, mystic and doctor, poet and political critic. 

Her divine light is a beacon of clarity as we construct our lives around her teachings and share this experience through our own creation here. Guided by her vivid vision, enlightened purpose, and holistic approach to living, we seek to awaken the visionary, mystic, teacher, and healer in ourselves. And in doing so, we invite you to join us, to do the same.


Why Use Bitters?

Our western diet intentionally avoids bitter flavors and foods in favor of more appealing flavors. There are many foods that contain bitter substances, however bitters are best consumed in the form of tinctures or teas because the active ingredients are more readily absorbed through oral mucosa. Bitters can greatly improve our health in the following ways:

  • Reduce gout and acidity
  • Stimulates digestive activity
  • Promotes detoxification
  • Higher nutritional utilization
  • Balances appetite

About Hildegard of Bingen

A Biography of Hildegard of Bingen

Many biographies of Hildegard of Bingen read like lists of accomplishments, focusing on her many contributions to humanity and spirituality. Similarly, we have assembled a list of 20 remarkable things you may not know about Hildegard von Bingen.  Given her far-reaching impact and long-lasting legacy...
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Spirit Mind Body: Strength as a Skill

At Healthy Hildegard, we like to look at strength as a skill that may occupy many different vectors of life. It is something that we build through our actions, something to be practiced, not a singular metric to be achieved.

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