Seasons and the flu

As students of Hildegard von Bingen, it brings joy to watch her folksy wisdom regain relevance in modern times. While Hildegard lived almost 1,000 years ago, her forward-thinking approach to holistic healing appears less antiquated today.  Her wisdom appears in our nascent understanding of seasons and the flu. Hildegard believed in the concept of Viriditas,…

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Medieval nun on coronavirus

What to Learn from a Medieval Nun on Coronavirus? As fans of Hildegard von Bingen, we harken back to Medieval times for a frame of reference during the corona crisis. Quarantine feels arcane, partly because modern medical advancements elevate us beyond the widespread fear of sickness. We rely on stable systems to provide cures for…

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Why is Hildegard of Bingen Important?

Why is Hildegard of Bingen Important? Hildegard of Bingen produced major works of theology, music and medicine. Her work continues to influence our ways of thinking today. Hildegard is one of only 36 people to be named Doctor of the Church, a title given by the Roman Catholic Church to saints whose writings, research or…

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Bavarian Alps.

After perusing our website, we hope you quickly appreciate our enthusiasm for bitter herbs, healthy fasting, and the remedies defined by Hildegard of Bingen medicine. Years of tireless research has resulted in Healthy Hildegard emerging as a leading resource on Saint Hildegard’s life, beliefs, spirituality, and remedies.  In the process of aggregating the collective knowledge…

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Ginger root

Healthy bitters have been used as a supplemental health aide for centuries. In 1098, Hildegard of Bingen was born. Among her many contributions, Hildegard was a healer and spiritual mystic credited with developing a nutritional philosophy, including the use and benefits of bitter herbs. In the 1800s, bitters were considered cure-all elixirs that could benefit…

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digestive bitters

At Healthy Hildegard, we are big advocates of the use of healthy bitters for digestive health. And, while Hildegard’s teachings encompass a variety of herbal remedies, fasting techniques, spiritual beliefs, and more, we find her interest in bitters among the most relevant nutrition contributions for our times today. When people think of the health benefits…

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Fall Equinox Hildegard of Bingen

In Colorado, we celebrate this time of year by appreciating the natural beauty of our changing Aspen leaves.  Hildegard’s Feast Day arrives just in time to appreciate the changing seasons and the fall equinox. Hildegard and the Fall Equinox Hildegard of Bingen knew a few things about changing seasons.  In fact, within Hildegard medicine, and among other well-known…

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The Linden tree (Tilia cordite Mill. and Tilia platyphyllos Scop.) represents love, harmony, vitality and security. Its heart-shaped leaves bring meaning to the symbolism.  In ancient Greece, the Linden tree was considered a symbol of healers. Today healers on the island of Crete, recognize linden blossoms and linden tea benefits among their oldest known remedies.…

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hemp seeds benefits 1

As the decriminalization of cannabis spreads throughout the United States, more sophisticated scientific resources reveal the many health benefits of hemp and hemp seeds.  A longstanding prohibition against industrial or medical use of cannabis contributes to an illusion that we’re just beginning to discover the healing properties of hemp.   In fact, Hildegard of Bingen…

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Throughout the world and over the course of history, wholly unrelated cultures have adopted similar rituals.  Fasting represents one such common practice. The purpose of fasting normally reveals itself through religious rites, where the practice often appears in different forms. In Buddhism, during fasting periods, monks and nuns restrict their diets to one meal per…

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Psyllium seed is an ancient medicinal plant also known by its botanical name, Plantago ovata. While its appearance is relatively unspectacular, the positive effects of this plant are remarkable.  The swelling effect of psyllium seeds contributes to a balanced digestive process and increases the feeling of satiety (see also our article “Psyllium seeds and slimming“). …

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