Ailments & Herbal Remedies

Our Hildegard Ailments section contains posts relating to specific health conditions. We’d like to provide a resource for you to find natural remedies, according to Hildegard, for health challenges you may be experiencing, or answer questions you may have about certain common ailments. While our overall Remedies category is meant to address many of these issues through a holistic approach to wellness, Hildegard of Bingen medicine is replete with natural remedies for specific conditions that have since been incorporated into Traditional German Medicine. This section includes those problem-specific remedies that have survived the test of time.

how to make ginger tea avoid these mistakes

How to make Ginger Tea, but avoid these mistakes

When it comes to the question of how to make Ginger Tea, there are a handful of common mistakes that limit the efficacy of this age-old remedy. Few herbal remedies work as well as hot ginger tea for treating symptoms of the common cold. Here’s what to look for to get the very most out…

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Natural herbal remedies for anxiety and stress

3 Natural Remedies for Anxiety and Nerves

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…

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benefits of rose tea and rose oil

Benefits of rose tea and rose oil

We can all appreciate the beautiful appearance and pleasant smell of roses.  Less recognized by most of us today are the healing properties benefits of rose tea and rose oil.  Roses work on spirit, mind, and body and can be used in many ways. The oldest evidence of roses trace back to fossils found in…

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Licorice tea recipe

Licorice Teas

Be cautious not to exceed safe licorice intake. See our post on the health benefits of Licorice Root to learn more about licorice and its medicinal uses. Traditional German Medicine also recommends caution using licorice remedies, specifically to limit medicinal teas containing licorice to no more than 4 consecutive weeks. (1) Basic Licorice Tea Combine 1/2…

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best remedies hildegard of bingen

11 Naturopathic Remedies for Common Health Problems

In our ongoing effort to research Hildegard’s various natural remedies, we’ve found the following 11 naturopathic remedies to address common health problems that seem to have stood the test of time. Hildegard of Bingen is widely recognized, in part for her naturopathic remedies, and her significant contributions to holistic health and wellness. Though her findings are almost…

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doctrine of signatures and healing plants

The Doctrine of Signatures and Healing Plants

The doctrine of signatures is the age-old belief that plants resemble the very body parts they are intended to treat. The concept is perhaps as old as the history of mankind, but is believed to have taken its name from the book “The Signature of All Things” (1621) by German philosopher, mystic, and theologian Jakob…

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lungwort remedy

Lungwort Remedy

Lungwort (pulmonaria officinalis) is an evergreen perennial plant from the genus of the flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae, known as the borage or forget-me-not family. The takes its name from the Latin root Pulmoa, meaning lung, and was first used by Leonhart Fuchs (1501 – 1566), a German physician and one of the three…

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rose hip remedies

Rose Hip Remedies

Hildegard of Bingen recommended rose hip in winter to treat bronchial conditions and inflammation in the lungs.  She also thought rose hips effective for stomach ailments, such as ulcers related to stress and nervous tension. The other famous German naturopath and priest, Sebastian Kneipp swore by rose hips for addressing kidney and bladder issues. Hildegard’s…

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Natural Remedies for Gingivitis

Natural Remedies for Gingivitis: Wormwood

Gingivitis is a common but mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease.) If you have irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gums, you may have gingivitis. Luckily, we have natural remedies for gingivitis for you. But first, we will look at the causes of gingivitis, the symptoms of gingivitis, and how to reverse gum…

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natural cold remedies

3 Natural Cold Remedies

By any measure, Saint Hildegard of Bingen left an indelible mark on the history of the middle ages. Much of her life’s creative, theological, and philosophical work was groundbreaking for the epoch. Yet she also was a steadfast practitioner of healing and medieval medical treatments. It was her unique union of creativity, theology, and scientific…

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The Health Benefits of Dandelion

Very few people know the power of Dandelion as a healing plant. From roots to blossom, every part of the plant contains healing properties.

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Cowslip Primrose

Cowslip Primrose for Colds and Depression

Cowslip primrose (Primula veris) is a variable evergreen or semi-evergreen perennial native to Europe and west Asia. The cowslip primrose grows on open meadows, coastal dunes, and cliff-tops. The deep yellow flowers are produced in spring (veris in Latin means “spring”) blooming in clusters of 10-30 blooms. Rarely, the blooms can also be red and…

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