Healthy Remedies

Holistic Natural Remedies Influenced By Hildegard of Bingen

“Spirit, life that gives life, moving all things, rooted in all beings; you cleanse all things of impurity, wiping away sins, and anointing wounds, this is radiant, laudable life, awakening and re-awakening every thing that is.” – De Spiritu Sancto (To the Holy Spirit); Hildegard of Bingen

Be it of body, mind, or spirit, this section will guide you through the methods to cleanse the things that do not serve us and to renew and revitalize our minds and bodies. Healthy Remedies is where the ancient wisdom of Hildegard’s teachings on natural healing, nutrition, and lifestyle management intersect with new ideas and practical solutions to the complex challenges of modern living. Continue reading for continuously updated content that encompasses the known teachings of Hildegard’s holistic remedies.

St. John' s Wort Benefits

St. John’s Wort Benefits: An Effective Medicinal Plant for Anxiety and Depression

The name St. John’s Wort originates from St. John the Baptist. The plant blooms from about the time of St. John’s Day, 24 June, until August. According to old legend, St. John’s Wort sprouted at the place of John the Baptist’s beheading. And, the devil, afraid of St. John’s Wort benefits, including the healing, protective…

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Linden tea benefits and the healing power of linden

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), a Culinary and Medicinal Plant According to Hildegard

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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Meadowsweet Herb, A Natural Painkiller

The name, meadowsweet reflects the herb’s fragrance.  Unlike the offensive aromas of many healing herbs, this unique combination of honey, vanilla, and bitter almond smells appetizing. While, ancient Germanic tribes used the herb to help flavor their honey wine, today we know Meadowsweet offers much more as a medicinal plant.  Like so many of the…

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Willow Bark

Willow bark or Aspirin? – An herbal pain reliever

Willow bark serves as an herbal pain reliever, known and appreciated for thousands of years. Use of willow bark appears in traditional German medicine and naturopathy as a painkiller to address discomfort associated with rheumatism, knee and hip arthrosis, and back pain.  In addition, willow bark acts as a headache natural remedy and moderates the…

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May Cure Cleansing

Hildegard’s Spring Cleanse (the May Cure)

As Spring enters full swing our Winter retreat indoors comes to an end. Fortunately, the sun lures us back into nature. And, along with increased movement, like hiking, cycling, walking, or dynamic meditation in nature, we reawaken our metabolic functions.  The process of purification begins all over again. Metabolic waste stored in our tissues over…

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Headache Natural Remedies

Headache natural remedies address different types of headaches in different ways.  Consider the right herbal remedy for unique headache symptoms, while recognizing limitations.  In some cases, a simple remedy like peppermint oil may beat painkillers for treating certain types of headache symptoms. The many forms of headache Headaches show up in many different forms.  Whether it…

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Dental Health and Wellness

Surprising Ancient Methods For Dental Health and Wellness

Much like today, ancient cultures valued clean, healthy, and white teeth. In poetry and myth, the description of a noble lady included reference to dental health and wellness. The ideal Medieval image included descriptions like “white teeth and red mouth” or some reference to clean teeth and sweet breath. Conversely, villains were characterized by discolored…

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Valerian Root Health Benefits

Valerian Root for Anxiety and Sleep

Today, Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis) has a solid reputation (particularly, in Germany) for sleep inducing, stress relief. In the Middle Ages, Valerian was regarded as a panacea remedy.  While anxiety had a different name, the common use of Valerian root for anxiety persisted. Perhaps because of its intense smell and flavor, the herb has fallen…

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Health Benefits of Gentian Roots

Gentian Root Health Benefits and Uses

Gentian root, is considered the king of the bitter herbs with many health benefits. In tests, it was found that the bitter taste from Gentian can still be perceived even when diluted down to 1 part in 12,000 The yellow gentian root used for medicinal purposes. The gentian flower grows to a height of up…

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Horehound

What is Horehound?

The common Horehound plant, also known as white Horehound, houndsbane, or eye of the star, derives from the mint family, formally known Lamiaceae.  While horehound has a somewhat savory, and noticeably bitter flavor, it remains a close relative of another Hildegard medicine favorite, peppermint.  The horehound plant originally hails from the Mediterranean, but naturalized long…

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Spignel (Meum athamanticum), a Forgotten Medicinal Plant

Spignel is an old medicinal plant largely forgotten today. There hardly exists any clear reference to spignal in most herbal books of this century. Despite scant recognition today, the history of spignel root includes active appreciation by ancient physicians.  Records of meum athamanticum include recommendations for treating urinary disorders, stomach complaints, joint complaints, and mild…

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