Hemp (seeds), a Culinary and Medicinal Plant According to Hildegard

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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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How to Buy Psyllium Seed and Psyllium Husk

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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Sugar and Health. What to Know About Sugar

Is sugar bad for you

Today, our dependence on sugar leads to obvious outcomes, like obesity. But sugar also contributes to deeper health problems.  In the western world, refined sugar finds its way into almost every meal. Whether added to our coffee or tea, included in our breads, cookies, and cakes, or simply consumed directly, in the form of snacks,…

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Quince, A Healthy and Almost Forgotten Fruit

Quince Fruit

Germany loves to celebrate its plants, trees, and fruits.  So, except for the fact that quince fruits are relatively unknown in America, it should come as no big surprise that the quince fruit was celebrated in Germany as the official fruit of 2017. Its pink and white flowers possess a scent reminiscent of citrus and…

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Roasted Chestnut and Potato Soup Recipe

A delicious, light and healthy soup, this gluten-free and vegan alternative will warm you from the inside during the cold winter months. Chestnuts hold a very special place Hildegard’s nutritional teachings. In addition to their many health benefits, chestnuts are also extremely tasty and digestible. In today’s gluten-conscious and celiac-sensitive world, chestnuts have a unique…

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Buckwheat Benefits Nutrition

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  Buckwheat used to be known as a peasant’s meal. It met the basic requirement of filling the stomach, while being easy to grow and full of valuable nutrients. Buckwheat arrived in Europe as a cereal plant by way of introduction from the Mongolians in the 14th century. Today, it shows-up around the world as…

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Spelt Semolina Cake

Spelt Semolina Cake Recipe

Spelt is a versatile ancient grain, which has become increasingly widespread in recent years. You can find out more about Hildegard’s views on spelt in our article 8 Soundbites on Spelt. Spelt Semolina Coffee Cake In our series of spelt recipes we introduce baked spelt semolina cake, a simple recipe using spelt semolina.  You can…

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Spelt Flour Recipes: Enjoy the Benefits of Spelt

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Whether you are looking for ways to reduce or replace your wheat flour intake, or you are just looking for new grains to liven-up your kitchen, these spelt flour recipes are a great step toward a diet focused on holistic health and wellness.

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Food as Medicine: Heal with Food

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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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Slow Food and Hildegard of Bingen

the slow food movement

Hildegard of Bingen could not have anticipated that progress would render the cultivation, preparation, and consumption of food to something of an annoyance, a chore to be avoided in favor of saving time.  Nor could she have expected that her medieval diet would eventually be referred to as something novel, like the slow food movement. This post…

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