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Natural herbal remedies for anxiety and stress

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Our fast-paced lives often come at the price of stress on our system. Ironically, the less time we have to calm down, the more we need respite. The pressure we place on ourselves creates stress on our body and soul, which plays itself out on our nervous system.  Stress activates our nervous system with hormones, such as…

Bitter Herbs for Appetite Control and Digestion

Digestive bitters and bitter herbs have played an active role in helping to balance appetite since antiquity. But, what does the balance of appetite really mean? And, if bitter herbs also serve to stimulate appetite, why have monks and nuns relied on bitters to support their fasting regimen? The internet is full of lists showing…

food as medicine

Food as Medicine: 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 and Herbs

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.

cold water treatment

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.

healing spices

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…

Principles of Hildegard Fasting

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.

Bitter Herbs and digestive health

Digestive Health and Bitters: 6 Reasons You Should Use Bitters

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

Spiritual Fasting

Spiritual Fasting: a Practice of Mind, Body, & Spirit

Fasting and detox products are easy to find. There are whole sections of grocery stores dedicated to cleansing and detoxification.

About Healthy Hildegard

Hildegard of Bingen remains Germany’s greatest mystic and companion to god. She was an artist, scientist, mystic, doctor, poet and political critic that has influenced many in both the past and the present.

Her divine light is a beacon of clarity as we construct and structure our lives around her teachings and share this experience through our own creations. Guided by her illustrious vision, enlightened sense, and holistic approach to living, we can each seek to awaken the visionary, the mystic, the teacher, and the healer in ourselves. We invite you to strive for enlightenment and health with us!


Why Use Bitters?

We westerners generally don't like the taste of bitterness.  There's an old German adage that goes: "the less you like bitter, the more you need bitters for your health."  So, bitters are an acquired taste.  And, in the absence of bitter flavors in our diet, we often reach for a less healthy alternative – namely, sweet flavors.

Hildegard would encourage us to seek balance among all tastes and flavors, recognizing that when our diet falls out of balance, we often crave the very thing that harms us the most, propelling us further out of balance!

Bitters for health can greatly improve our overall well being in the following ways:

  • Reduce sugar cravings
  • Balance appetite
  • Stimulate digestive activity
  • Promote detoxification
  • Maximize nutritional utilization
  • Reduce gout and acidity

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. We attempt to narrow our focus on St. Hildegard's contributions to health and nutrition.  The very things that earned Hildegard the title, Doctor of the Church and the lasting moniker, Founder of Alternative Medicine. 

In an attempt to illuminate the vast number of spiritual, medical, and philosophical contributions conceived by Hildegard von Bingen, we have assembled a list of 20 remarkable things you may not know about our namesake. The impact and legacy left by Saint Hildegard of Bingen remains alive throughout Germany today. For more information on her accomplishments and legacy, we encourage you to read more.



Bodily Humors and Balance

When the soul, body, and mind are equally strong, the four life “juices” are balanced.  Our bodily humors thus operate as a healthy system.

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