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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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Quince Fruit

Quince, A Healthy and Almost Forgotten 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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Pink Grapefruit Smoothie

Pink Grapefruit Smoothie Recipe

Bitter flavors are fundamental for health and digestion. This delicious bitter-fruit smoothie is ideal as a snack between meals. It refreshes, revitalizes, rehydrates, and it’s full of nutrients.  Recipe for 3-4 glasses  700 ml freshly pressed grapefruit juice (6-7 Pink Grapefruits)  1 lime, juice  150g soy yogurt (alternatively almond yogurt or coconut yogurt) 1-2 teaspoons…

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Fried Spelt Recipe

This fried spelt dish is a simple and hearty recipe that is both healthy and satisfying. An ideal dish that also works as a part of a fasting cure according to Hildegard of Bingen. Those who like it a little more grainy can use the pre-cooked dark grains. As an alternative, the dark grains are…

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Spelt Semolina Recipe

Spelt Semolina Apple Casserole Recipe

This spelt semolina apple casserole smacks of a classic cheesecake. It tastes best when cool as the batter begins to firm-up. The spelt semolina apple casserole is easily digestible and delicious. You can adjust the number of eggs. The consistency of the casserole will be slightly firmer with 3 eggs. Ingredients for a Spelt Apple…

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Spelt Pancakes

Spelt Pancake Recipe

This delicious and simple spelt pancake recipe is quickly prepared and a delicious alternative to wheat pancakes. The use of spelt flour adds a slightly nutty taste to the pancakes. As an alternative to coconut milk, soy milk or cereal milk (e.g. oat milk) can be used. Ingredients (Serves: 8-10 Spelt Pancakes): 200 gr (2 cup)…

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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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Buckwheat Benefits Nutrition

  Buckwheat used to be known as a peasant’s meal. It met the basic need 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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Bitter Benefits the Skin

Anti-Aging Effects and Benefits of Bitters for Skin Care

While probably not knowing (or, caring) about the benefits of bitters for skin care, early hunters and gatherers emphasized diets rich in bitter root vegetables, wild plants, leaves, and fruits. Wild foraging contributed to healthy living, to support physical performance. In addition, early diets consisted of more natural bitter substances, which we know today stimulate…

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Spelt Semolina Cake Recipe

Spelt Semolina Cake

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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Bitter Benefits

Bitters for Health: The Lost Taste

Of our five flavor profiles, what makes bitter so unique and beneficial for health? Why should we pay more attention to the bitter taste and invest some time in reacquainting our palates with it? Unlike salt and sweet, bitter flavors derive from countless different bitter substances. These natural bitter substances differ in their chemical composition,…

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