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10 Herbal remedies for body and soul from a 12th-century mystic

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Marzena Devoud - published on 07/12/18

St. Hildegard von Bingen was a 12th-century botanist whose wisdom is still helpful today.

St. Hildegard (1098-1179) was declared a Doctor of the Church in October 2012, four months after her canonization. Pope Benedict XVI, who gave her this title, confirmed the exemplary character of her life and writings as a model to all Catholics. Hildegard is also known for her writings on botany and medicine. She believed it’s possible to prevent illness through nutrition. She maintained that medicine must consider the whole person: “When the body and soul work in perfect harmony, they receive the supreme reward of joy and health,” she explains.

This selection of medicinal herbs below is recommended by St. Hildegard. The descriptions are taken from her classic work Physica, a book still recognized by herbalists today. Of course, we can’t guarantee they’ll be effective — and you should always consult with a qualified healthcare professional — but you may want to consider incorporating these natural herbs into your life.

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