"Sybil of the Rhine"

At a time when few women could write and most were denied a formal education, Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), twelfth-century Benedictine abbess of the Rhineland, became a legendary healer, visionary, mystic, linguist, musician, artist, playwright, poet, biographer and Saint and Doctor of the Church. Her works include twenty-seven symphonic compositions; Scivias, a compilation of her visions; and her two major medical works, Causae et Curae, a medical compendium, and Physica.


In Physica, Hildegard presents nine "books" of healing systems: Plants, Elements, Trees, Stones, Fish, Birds, Animals, Reptiles, and Metals. In each book she discusses the qualities of these natural creations and elaborates on their medicinal use, explaining how to prepare and apply different remedies. With its emphasis on balancing the humors, Physica has strong affinity with the Oriental medical approaches gaining great respect today. The modern reader interested in natural healing will recognize the enormous truth in the theories of this twelfth century physician, many of which prove effective today and serve as a reminder that our cures for illness depend on our natural world and our place in it. As Hildegard states in Physica, "With earth was the human being created. All the elements served mankind and, sensing that he was alive, they busied themselves in aiding his life in every way."  - Physica

"Saint, mystic healer, visionary, fighter, Hildegard von Bingen stands as one of the great figures in the history of women in medicine. She wrote profusely on a wide variety of subjects, more than any other woman of her time. She was a friend and correspondent of popes, emperors, and queens and was renowned and respected for her healing work and her original theories of medicine." - Elizabeth Brooke, in Women Healers

Nutritional Tips from
St. Hildegard von Bingen
  • The first meal should be warm

  • Healthy people should eat late

  • 2 to 3 meals per day

  • drink at mealtime

  • a short nap at midday is healthy

  • do not eat too much and make sure your food and drink is neither too warm nor too cold

  • raw foods are hard on the stomach  (she especially cautions against eating raw foods when sick or feeling under the weather.)

  • cook your dishes

  • take a walk after the evening meal




Hildegard's Cookies of Joy

St. Hildegard of Bingen believed food nourished the soul. She recommended having one of these cookies every day to enrich and bring joy.  According to Hildegard, these cookies strengthen the nerves and improve the mood. However, due to their high concentration of cinnamon and nutmeg, we recommend consuming in moderation.

For Hildegard, spelt soothes the mind, and nutmeg brightens the mood. These two ingredients account for a large part of the positive effects of Hildegard's cookies.  The addition of nutmeg has a stimulating effect, due to the essential oil myristicin.  In moderate doses, myristicin serves as a mood enhancer; in large quantities it acts as a psychoactive drug.



  • 12 Tablespoon Butter for mixture

  • + 1 T Butter to grease cookie sheet

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 4 egg yolks

  • 2.5 cups spelt flour

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 2 rounded T spice that bring joy mix   (mix together 1 tsp Nutmeg, 1 tsp Cinnamon, 1 tsp Cloves) 


Melt butter under low heat, add sugar, honey, egg yolks, beating lightly. Add flour, salt, combine gently. Refrigerate dough after mixing for 1 hour. Remove, roll out on floured surface, cut with cookie cutter. Bake on sheet 400 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.


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"The soul is not in the body; the body is in the soul."  ~ St. Hildegard von Bingen
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