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An A–Z of Hildegard medicine

An A–Z of Hildegard medicine

Christa’s natural pharmacy

Christa Peer breathes new life into recipes handed down by Hildegard von Bingen. Her natural pharmacy includes a wide selection of tinctures, drops and powders that are proven to help with many health complaints. Whether you have a cold or fever, are suffering from stress or hot flushes, or want to stop smoking, Hildegard medicine has a natural and holistic effect.

  • Columbine juice or tincture: For colds, all inflammatory diseases, angina and polyps.
  • Cubeb pepper: These peppercorns offer rapid relief from stress and hot flushes, help children who struggle to study and support people stopping smoking.
  • Fennel seeds: Taken daily, either chewed or as a tea, they have an alkalising effect and are especially effective for colds. Fennel seeds are also an ingredient of throat wine.
  • Galangal root: Supports the circulation, promotes concentration and helps with bloating.
  • Geranium powder: Use in powder form or to make a tonic against colds.
  • Grapevine drippings: For colds, eye problems and hay fever.
  • Grapevine drops: A special oil for headaches and earaches.
  • Heart wine: As the name suggests, this wine boosts the functions of the heart, circulation and mind. Heart wine can be taken every day.
  • Linseed: Applied externally to burns and skin disorders.
  • Masterwort: Combats fever.
  • Pellitory root powder: Pulling with pellitory eases congestion in the nose, throat and head, prevents colds and is a helpful addition to your oral hygiene routine.
  • Psyllium: Hildegard’s preferred digestive aid. It is also used in cheering psyllium wine as well as in poultices.
  • Rose petals: Boost the effect of other remedies when added to tea or in the form of scented powder.
  • Verbena: Applied externally as a wrap or compress to soothe inflammation.
  • Wild thyme ointment: Eases all skin problems.
  • Yarrow powder: Traditional remedy for healing wounds, including before and after operations.
  • Cubeb pepper: A pinch of ground cubeb added to spelt dishes and bread calms hysteria, overstimulation, stress and weak nerves, and is helpful during menopause. Chewing cubeb peppercorns helps with mood swings and concentration issues.
  • Fennel: Fennel makes us happy, gives a healthy skin colour, produces a pleasant body odour and supports good digestion. The effect of fennel is most powerful when eaten on an empty stomach. Taken fresh from the garden, and eaten raw or cooked, fennel is a delicious vegetable. It also has a positive effect on eyesight (in cases of conjunctivitis), colic and halitosis.
  • Fennel seeds: These seeds can be chewed, made into tea (drunk hot or cold) or used to flavour dishes.
  • Galangal: Helps with heart failure, cardiovascular issues, weakness, stomach pain, headaches and blood flow. When you feel exhausted, chew some galangal root and you’ll soon start to feel better.
  • Hyssop: An appetite stimulant that purifies the blood and has anti-haemorrhagic, antispasmodic, expectorant and stimulating effects. Used both internally and externally, hyssop is more effective when cooked or powdered (dried) than raw. Added to food, it improves liver function and purifies the lungs. ‘But if the liver is sick because of a person’s sadness … he should cook young chicks with hyssop, and frequently eat the hyssop as well as the chicken.’ Hildegard von Bingen
  • Parsley: ‘It is better and more useful for a person when it is raw, rather than cooked in a food.’ Hildegard von Bingen
    Parsley is useful for problems of the spleen, kidney or bladder; for treating kidney stones, gout and paralysis. Parsley wine is a superb tonic for anyone suffering heart problems.
  • Pellitory: ‘It is good for a healthy person to eat, because it lessens rottenness, increases the good blood, and makes a clear head. And it will … give him or her a good digestion.’ Hildegard von Bingen
    However it is consumed – raw, cooked, dried or as a powder – pellitory is useful for all, healthy and sick alike.
  • Sage: ‘It is good to eat, raw or cooked, for one whom noxious humours are troubling, since it checks them.’ Hildegard von Bingen.
    Sage is a medicinal herb that can be used in the treatment of all kinds of pain and complaints. Sage tea must always be drunk hot. It is also effective against rheumatism.
  • Wild thyme: This herb is mainly used as a remedy for skin disorders. In addition, it purifies the blood and aids poor memory. To take effect, wild thyme must always be cooked before use.
  • Yarrow: Hildegard von Bingen considered yarrow a particularly powerful remedy for healing wounds. Lightly cooked yarrow should be placed on top of open-wound dressings; while it can be applied directly onto closed wounds before covering with a bandage. For internal injuries, drink yarrow powder dissolved in hot water.
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