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Fall Equinox and Hildegard Feast Day

Fall Equinox Hildegard of Bingen

In Colorado, we celebrate this time of year by appreciating the natural beauty of our changing Aspen leaves.  Hildegard’s Feast Day arrives just in time to appreciate the changing seasons and the fall equinox. Hildegard and the Fall Equinox Hildegard of Bingen knew a few things about changing seasons.  In fact, within Hildegard medicine, and among other well-known…

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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

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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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The Purpose of Fasting According to Hildegard

Throughout the world and over the course of history, wholly unrelated cultures have adopted similar rituals.  Fasting represents one such common practice. The purpose of fasting normally reveals itself through religious rites, where the practice often appears in different forms. In Buddhism, during fasting periods, monks and nuns restrict their diets to one meal per…

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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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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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What Are Digestive Bitters?

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Digestive bitters have traditional roots as medicinal remedies prepared from bitter plants. Typically used to treat digestive ailments like gas, bloating, and cramps, digestive bitters help promote general digestive health. In this post we will cover everything you need to know about the natural digestive aid known as bitters including: Why you need digestive bitters…

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Willow bark or Aspirin? – An herbal pain reliever

Willow Bark

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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What is Spelt? An Alternative to Wheat

What is spelt

You may be hearing more about spelt, or seeing more spelt-based products on the shelves. With more consumers evaluating alternatives to wheat, the term spelt has entered common parlance. This article describes all you need to know about spelt, starting with the question “what is spelt?” What is Spelt? An Ancient Grain The history of…

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Hildegard’s Spring Cleanse (the May Cure)

May Cure Cleansing

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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