Hildegard von Bingen Herbs


Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
She was the tenth child from a family of Bermersheim in Rheinhessen. As a child she often suffered from diseases and they had already apparitions and visions. That's why she was taken to the Benedictine monastery in Disibodenberg. There she learned about Jutta of Spanheim, the foundress of the hermitage in which she lived. In 1114  Hildegard made ​​her vows and lived from then on as a nun. She was 16 years old. Hildegard continued to live in the community and at the age of 38, she became abbess of the Community, the successor of Jutta Spanheim who died. In 1147 Hildegard founded in Bingen, based on Rupert Mountain, her own convent, where she, until her death in 1179, aged 81, was staying. Following the example of this monastery at Bingen, she founded another monastery in St. Hildegard, which still exists. Hildegard did not travel much, but she had a lot of contacts with important people of her time. She stood for example in constant contact with Emperor Barbarossa and the pope. The monastery in Rupert Mountain, where she spent her life was destroyed in 1660. The importance of the views of Hildegard von Bingen was rediscovered at the end of the last century. Her insights on healing, nutrition, plants and herbs can contribute still today for a long good health, physically and mentally. We offer some of the herbs described by her as Bertram, Galant, Masterwort and Cinnamon.