In 1999 Germany celebrated 900 years of the birth of St. Hildegard von Bingen, whose work has been left in oblivion for centuries.
She was born in 1098 in the Bermersheim in Germany. St. Hildegard was the tenth child in a family of lower nobility. She started having visions since the age of 6. Her parents offered her as an oblate to the Benedictine monastery at the Disibodenberg monastery.
Here are some quotes and comments from her written work which deserve mentioning:
Our eyes are mirrors that reflect the mood of our soul. Sparkling eyes are a sign of life. If somebody is physically healthy, he or she has clear and sparkling eyes. Dim eyes are a sign of death.
Ears play an important role in metabolism of the body due to their interaction with the liver. Hildegard sees a direct connection between what the ear hears and the metabolism of the liver. The sounds of loud disco music can hurt not only the ear but also can perforate the liver like Swiss cheese. Good music, on the other hand, normalizes the weak metabolism of the depressed people and fills them with joy.
When the blood vessels come into contact with body fluids that were stressed-out in the same manner; then they reach the ears and influence the hearing; because man often “earns” his health or disease with his hearing. In the same manner, man is filled with happiness but when he is in trouble he feels very sad.
For some people the ache in the heart area is a warning to think their emotions and beliefs through; or completely change their way of life. When you feel pain in the heart, spleen or in the heart area, you can get great help from the parsley and honey wine.
Think over the lifestyle of you have. Throw away the cigarettes. Do not work so much at night. Maybe you need more movement - mountaineering or rambling. Do not overeat.
A person who is too sensitive to the remarks of other people, keeps his heart constantly agitated. Concentrating on material instead of spiritual matter, like making money or losing money, creates spiritual discomfort instead of inner peace.
Stand up against anger and other negative routines of thinking.
Free your negative energy and improve your spiritual attitude. Don’t forget to drink parsley and honey wine!
Overeating or eating food that is rich in fats or raw foods can damage the heart muscle. In addition to the pain the heart area, stress like that can cause fatigue, mood swings, possible loss of weight and sometimes loss of consciousness.
Those who feel similar pain in the heart area, describe it the feeling as if their heart “hangs by a thread”. They should take a couple of pinches of Gentiana lutea (bitter root) in spelt wheat soup or in ordinary soup to fortify their hearts.
It’s a good rule not to start eating with a fruit or salad. Start with soup and eat the salad with the rest of the meal.
For the physically sound it’s good to have breakfast towards the middle of the morning or lunch, because this improves digestion.
For those who are sick, weak and physically exhausted, it is good to have breakfast in the morning so that they get some strength from the food that they would not take otherwise.
Spelt porridge, spelt bread and spelt coffee constitute the ideal breakfast.
The food that provides growth of the human tissues is processed during the first night after being digested. The food that provides strength to the stomach /and the endocrine gland/ is assimilated on the first day after being digested.
The food that provides energy to the liver is processed on the second day.
Foods that stimulate the spleen, are processed on the third day. However the food that nourishes the heart and the spleen, ends being processed on the tenth day, because the heart and the blood need almost the same energy.
Laxatives with their sudden effect destroy the digestion system health and cause bad nourishment of other organs.
The plantain / Plantago Psyllium/ is preferable to the flax seeds because it extracts the vitamins and the calcium from the body.
The spelt wheat is the food of the future.
Bad metabolism can be caused by stress from the environment and bad eating.
No other negative feeling is so debilitating for man as anger.
If somebody has been provoked to feel anger or sadness, quickly heat wine until it boils, then mix it with some cold water. In this manner the ingredients that cause anger, are neutralized.
If the human soul feels that its body is endangered, the heart, the liver and the blood vessels constrict. This is how a kind of “nebula” rises from the heart and envelopes it in darkness. This is how people become sad.
While we sleep, our bone marrow regenerates.
The strong desire and curiosity towards new and unknown food and drink can be the cause of cold in the nose. The body with its wisdom tries to remove the toxins that are the result of this, via discharging fluids from the nose.
This detoxification is as important as the digestion and waste disposal and should never be blocked with nose drops.
When the blood in the blood vessels moves slowly, it is as if it is asleep. When the body fluids are not quick enough but rather slow and lazy, the soul notices this and makes the body shake by sneezing. This is how the blood is awakened and the human juices are stirred.
If water does not move through storms and floods, it remains stagnant. In the same manner a person who does not sneeze or blow their nose to clean it, will remain stagnant on the inside!
Those who wish to have strong and health teeth should rinse their mouths with fresh / cold/ and clean water as soon as they get up in the morning. Brush your teeth often and regularly with cold clean water. This will prevent plaque and your teeth will be strong and healthy.
If you burn yourself somewhere on the body, quickly boil flaxen seeds in water; saturate a sterile /or ironed/ linen compress in this water, place it warm on the burn and it will “suck” the heat out… /change the compress as soon as it dries out or becomes unpleasantly cold/.
The compress with flaxen seeds is a simple and harmless way of treating domestic burns that often happen in the kitchen. Even burns in the 3rd degree and scars can be controlled in this way. Radiation and Xray burns can be treated in this manner, too.
When the “heat” that has caused the burn itself, is sucked out, there will be a wound on the normal skin. The flaxen seeds compress should be removed and the usual burn ointments should be used. After the skin regenerates, only a normal wound remains like any other skin wounds.
The chestnut, as well as the spelt wheat and the fennel, is completely healthy and relieves pain, says St. Hildegard. Chestnuts are an extremely healthy food for the human brain, including for Alzheimer’s with symptoms like loss of memory, dizziness, atherosclerotic headache etc.
A person, whose brain is empty and dry, and therefore has weakness in the head, should boil chestnuts in water /20-30 minutes/ and eat them often /daily/. The brain will improve and fill up; the nerves will be fortified. Headache will disappear.