Diet

Benefits of Chickpeas

Chickpeas, a healthy nutrient bomb

The health benefits of chickpeas and the many reasons why chickpeas are good for you should come as not surprise. For over 8,000 years chickpeas have appeared in cuisines spanning all cultures.  As a food, chickpeas or chick peas (Cicer arietinum) are ancient,  and they contain lots of proteins, minerals and trace elements. They are rich in B…

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How to cook chestnuts

How To Cook Chestnuts And Why They Are Healthy

You can not help singing about chestnuts over open fires during Christmastime.  If you weren’t singing before, we suspect you are now.  Sweet chestnuts also come to mind right now, because this healthy meal received the honor of Tree of the Year 2018 in Germany. Here, we take a closer look at the edible sweet…

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Golden Berry health benefits

Health Benefits of Golden Berry (or, Winter Cherry)

Almost 1000 years ago Hildegard of Bingen described the health benefits of the Golden Berry aka Physalis (Physalis Alkekengi, p. peruviana also known as Winter Cherry). “Anyone suffering from a deafening ringing in the ear, smear the Winter Cherry on a felt and put it over the ears to the neck and attach it to a…

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ginger medical plant of the year 2018

Ginger Root Health Benefits

Ginger root health benefits have been recognized for thousands of years. In Germany, ginger was once considered a “fringe” food. Recently, ginger has been elevated to “superfood” status. Ongoing research continues to confirm the numerous health benefits of ginger. Ginger root is truly a healing plant. We will explore the history of ginger root as…

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Bitter Spices

24 Bitter Spices for the Kitchen

1. Chervil The fine sweet taste of chervil gives soups, sauces, and salads a favorable aroma that we often associate with springtime. Served fresh, this kitchen herb is full of vitamins, stimulates circulation, and has a detoxifying effect. 2. Ginger Ginger and galangal are classic Hildegard herbs that simultaneously serve as kitchen spices and effective…

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health benefits of Oats

Health Benefits of Oats

The history of oats for health benefits goes back to antiquity, as far as the first century in Greek and Roman medical literature. In this post we explore the many health benefits of oats in detail.

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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.”

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Are Carbohydrates Bad for You?

Over the past 20 years, carbohydrates and health have entered the crosshairs of our health-industrial complex.  Carbs have devolved into a culprit of ill health and the growing catastrophe of lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes.

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a healthy alternative to coffee

Healthy Alternative to Coffee

If you’re contemplating a break from caffeine, for health reasons or for a cleanse, there is a healthy alternative to coffee, it is called spelt coffee.

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sauerkraut benefits

Sauerkraut Benefits for Health

Sauerkraut benefits have been known for a very long time and in recent years the power of fermentation for health has drawn a lot of attention. We explain why.

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nutritional treatment

Ancient Nutritional Treatment

Hildegard of Bingen’s Viriditas, or “life force”, lies at the heart of her nutritional treatment therapy. Food provides each organism with fundamental energy and healing power. Proper nutrition can prevent the need for pills later on.

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black radish soup

Black Radish- not only as a soup for Colds

The black radish is experiencing a comeback not just as a soup for Colds. Hildegard of Bingen wrote in Physica: “The radish is more warm than cold. After being excavated, it should be left under the ground in a humid place for two or three days, so that its green will be tempered, to which…

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