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…
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…
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.”
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 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.
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…
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.
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?
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.