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Inspired by Hildegard of Bingen. Discover the ancient wisdom and principles of German Holistic Health and Wellness

Hildegard von Bingen: 20 Remarkable Things You May Not Know

Since 2014, we’ve been working on compiling information about Hildegard von Bingen and her remarkable life. Our initial motivation came from a genuine interest in Hildegard’s midlife awakening, and the notion that a purpose-driven life [...]

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A Biography of Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen remains Germany’s greatest mystic and God’s companion. She was artist and scientist, mystic and doctor, poet and political critic.

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Hildegard of Bingen the Mystic

Throughout the ages, the mystics have kept alive the awareness of our union with God and thus with everything. What some now call creation spirituality (Fox Institute Opening), deep salvation, or the holistic Gospel was [...]

Physica – Nature’s Healing Power

Hildegard of Bingen wrote Physica during the period 1150 to 1158. For those of us interested in Hildegard of Bingen medicine, or German herbal remedies in general, Physica and Causae et Curae are valuable primary resources. Both [...]

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Traditional German Herbal Medicine

Traditional German Herbal Medicine is a practice and research area that incorporates the various disciplines and practices of natural medicine that have developed over time.

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Ordo Virtutum Text Translation

This English text and translation of the play Ordo Virtutum by Hildegard of Bingen is based on a translation by Peter Dronke.

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Inspired by Hildegard of Bingen. Maintain a healthy relationship with your body using Hildegard’s teachings on natural healing and nutrition and principles of German Holistic Health.

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Health Benefits of Licorice Root

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) is an herbaceous perennial legume plant from which licorice flavor is extracted. Licorice derives its name from glukurrhiza, meaning glukus “sweet” and rhiza root” in greek. The ancient Greek physician and botanist, [...]

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Ginger is the medicinal plant of the Year 2018 

In Germany, 2018 is the year of ginger; the ginger root has been named as healing plant of the year. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of ginger have been an integral plant within traditional Chinese [...]

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Hildegard of Bingen’s 11 Best Natural Remedies 

Hildegard of Bingen is widely recognized, in part for her natural remedies, and her significant contributions to holistic health and wellness. Many people familiar with her work consider her to be the founder of alternative [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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. [...]

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What is Spelt? 

You may be hearing more about spelt lately, or seeing more spelt-based products on the shelves. Or perhaps you are like many other people these days that are taking interest in alternatives to wheat. This [...]

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24 Bitter Spices for the Kitchen

Remedies and elixirs based on bitter spices and herbs can be traced back to the middle ages. Bitters have played an important role in monastic medicine as a means of preserving good health over a [...]

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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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Spelt: Whole Grain Bread of the Year

The German Bread Institute has designated spelt whole grain bread as the bread of 2018 because "because spelt has been a triumphant success in Germany, since its humble origins in the Swabian Alps to its now ubiquitous presence in German bakeries nationwide, it satisfies through flavor and nutritionally."

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17 Bitter Foods

Our post on the benefits of bitter flavors introduced the taste category of bitter and the many reasons why bitterness is an important part of our diet. We have also covered some herbs and foods that contain [...]

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Carbohydrates and Health

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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Inspired by Hildegard of Bingen. Our Spirit section includes a wide variety of information on the practice of holistic spiritual wellness. Here you will find actionable information based on Hildegard’s work, as well as explorations into creativity, personal transformation, and tips and tools to help you live each day with grace and vitality.

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Shanon Sterringer and the Hildegarden

Our ongoing effort to cultivate the community of Healthy Hildegard continues to surprise us with how many people have been touched by the spirit of Hildegard of Bingen. We have been [...]

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In Memory of Linn Maxwell

Maya Angelou once said something to the effect that people remember you more for how you made them feel, than for what you said or did. After losing Linn Maxwell [...]

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Hildegard and Medieval Music: A Conversation with Benjamin Bagby

Benjamin Bagby is the Director of Sequentia, one of the world’s most respected and innovative ensembles for medieval music. He was gracious enough to share a few moments with us [...]

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Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing

In Slow Medicine, Dr. Sweet writes with the same familiar voice we discovered in her first book, God’s Hotel. She continues her mission of artfully reintroducing antiquated ways of healing, based on her 40 years of medicine.

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Inspired by Hildegard of Bingen.  Our Healthy Recipes include a growing body of healthy and delicious preparations inspired by Hildegard.

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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, [...]

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Stinging Nettle Recipes

Almost everyone has had some encounter with stinging nettle, usually in the form of painful contact with its leaves. In spite of its unfriendly nature and its perception as a hostile weed, nettle serves as [...]

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Cocoa Nib, Seed and Cherry Bars

These energy bars provide healthy, sustainable energy for hours. The crunchy consistency tastes delicious, while the oats are good for the heart. They are fast and easy to make, and the anthocyanins in the cherries will leave you with a “happy-brain”. 

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