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Love and Linens: a midlife adventure

Our namesake, Hildegard of Bingen, experienced a spiritual awakening at age 42 that thrust her into a new way of living, a new sense of purpose that would inspire her to engage deeply in a multitude of creative, intellectual, and theological pursuits. Through embracing her purpose and unlocking her creative potential, she would become one…

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Recipe for Grilled Peaches

Recipe for Grilled Peaches and Ginger

In Colorado we wait anxiously for Palisade peaches to ripen and become available in mid-August.  It’s a special time of year, particularly for residents of a state with limited agricultural output.  In anticipation and celebration of peach season, here’s a different way to serve your peaches with a twist of ginger that would surely please Hildegard of…

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spelt breakfast habermus

Spelt Muesli for Breakfast

If Hildegard had a single food group, it would be dinkel wheat or spelt.  In fact, her successor, Dr. Gottfried Hertzka said that “if I ever would get cancer, I would retire with a bag of spelt and a little bag of salt on a remote mountain in the Bavarian Alps and live only by spelt and water….

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Slow Food success

What is Slow Food? Tips for Slow Food Success

What is slow food? The Slow Food Movement is a social movement in response to our rapidly changing lifestyles. Specifically, the spread of fast-food. As a result of fast-food and processed food taking over the culture, many valuable aspects of our relationship with food have been lost. Slow food is an opposition movement to slow…

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fasting arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diet

We know neither the actual cause of arthritis & rheumatism nor a side-effect-free therapy. Affected persons are sedated with dubious painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and even chemotherapy. When confronted with an incurable health condition, we find it useful to return to the notion that our body can heal itself, if given the proper conditions. As Hildegard believed,…

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walking after dinner

Walking After Dinner

The health benefits of walking after dinner have been known as long as human health has been contemplated. While the physiological reasons behind the benefits may have been unknown, the value of physical activity – in its most basic form, has been around for a very long time. Walking After Dinner: 100 easy steps to…

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yarrow plant uses

Hildegard's Yarrow Plant Uses

Hildegard of Bingen appreciated several yarrow plant uses, based on the flowering plant native to temperate regions of Europe, North America, and Asia. In New Mexico and southern Colorado, it is called plumajillo (Spanish for ‘little feather’) due to its feathery leaf formations. We’ve compiled a list of Hildegard’s 7 Yarrow Applications here. Ancient and…

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easing menstrual cramps

7 Medicinal Uses for Dittany / Burning Bush

Dittany, or Dictamnus Albus, is a genus of the family Rutacaea, commonly known as the Rue or Citurs family of plants. The flowering plant has several variants and also goes by burning bush, dittany, gas plant, and fraxinella. Originally native to the warmer, wooded geography of southern Europe, north Africa, and Asia, dittany the plant…

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What is Arthritis vs Osteoarthritis

What is Arthritis vs Osteoarthritis?

Arthritis, or rheumatism is an inflammatory, relapsing dysfunction in the joints, categorized among rheumatic ailments, including numerous types of arthritis, arthrosis (osteoarthritis), and gout. Together, these and other conditions, marked by inflammation and pain in the joints and connective tissues, are often referred to as arthritis & rheumatism. What is Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis (“RA”) is a…

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Candied Ginger

Homemade Ginger Candy

Here’s a fun way to enjoy homemade ginger candy.  Adding sugar to something healthy, like ginger makes it easy to take a bitter pill.  And, though ginger, by itself, has a bitter flavor, Hildegard of Bingen was a big proponent of the health benefits related to bitter tasting foods and bitters. Homemade Ginger Candy Ginger ranks among Hildegard’s favorite…

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lemon ginger salad dressing

Lemon Ginger Salad Dressing

This lemon ginger salad dressing has a flavor profile that is both refreshing and spicy.  And, it’s a light way to season a cold salad on a warm day.  Add some honey to balance a naturally bitter taste.  But, have no fear, Hildegard of Bingen was a big proponent of the health benefits related to bitter tasting foods and bitters. Lemon Ginger Salad Dressing…

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Ginger Cucumber

Ginger Cucumber

Our dad used to make a variation of this ginger cucumber dish as an appetizer.  He used a combination of cucumbers, vinegar, pepper and spices, and left it in the refrigerator as a snack before meals.  He called his dish concombres, which is really just the French word for cucumbers. Ginger Cucumber, Pickled in Vinegar The…

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