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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.

17 bitter foods

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.

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.

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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 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?

Bitters are often thought of as a flavor rather than a thing. While yes bitters can provide an undesirable taste for some people, the taste of “bitterness” is created by compounds that are quite valuable to one’s personal health. The distaste of bitters in Western diets aside, bitters are best consumed in the form of tinctures or teas because the active ingredients are more readily absorbed through your oral mucosa. Bitters for health can greatly improve our overall well being 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. On the contrary, we believe St. Hildegard to have accomplished immeasurable and unquantifiable contributions to society, as well.

In an attempt to illuminate the vast number of spiritual, medical, and philosophical contributions that Hildegard of Bingen, we have assembled a list of 20 remarkable things you may not know about our namesake. Saint Hildegard of Bingen has far-reaching impact and long-lasting legacy. For more information on her accomplishments and legacy, we encourage you to read more.



Hildegard Feast Day at The Guest House in Carbondale

In planning for our upcoming Hildegard Feast Day event and workshop at The Guest House in Carbondale, CO, we spent time getting to know Seth O’Donovan, the founder and proprietor of The Guest House.  In fact, we’d had several opportunities to discuss the event with Seth via telephone and by e-mail.   From the very…

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