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Hildegard von Bingen's Physica: The Complete English Translation of Her Classic Work on Health and Healing

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One of two major medical treatises by medieval healer Hildegard von Bingen, presented in its entirety for the first time in English during the 900th anniversary of her birth.

• A seminal text in the development of Western herbal medicine

• Presents nine categories of healing systems--Plants, Elements, Trees, Stones, Fish, Birds, Animals, Reptiles, and Metals--and elaborate
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Healing Arts Press (first published 1155)
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May 22, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
Looking at this book, it would seem that Hildegard of Bingen (Germany) was the first prominent person to make a serious investigation into the medicinal properties of plants in a fully rigourous and scientific manner. And this was almost nine hundred years ago.

It is such a shame that it has taken so long for Hildegaard's work to gain a more mainstream acceptance. I first enjoyed her music almost twenty years ago, and still do. But as the years pass I am growing more interested in her writings to
Jul 05, 2015 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
A field guide of the natural world, written by mah faaaaavorite Catholic mystic! The first volume covers allllllll of the plants in a way that matches other modern botanical texts remarkably well. Other volumes cover fish, animals, metals, and gemstones. I want to do a series of calligraphy pieces from the birds section. Bits of theology throughout.
Joe Gibson
Dec 27, 2014 Joe Gibson rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book containing some of Hildegard's writings on health and nutrition.

Very inspirational!

If you love Hildegard, please visit

Thank you.

God bless,
Jan 08, 2017 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference, 12th-c
A Wonder, A Marvel

Hildegard's lists of the properties of plants, elements, trees, stones, fish, birds, animals, reptiles, and metals are covered in several hundred entries. She begins by stating the nature of each thing. She tells whether it is edible. Then she delivers recipes for medicinal uses.

Here is a 12th century voice that truly surprised me, from the things which are/aren't edible (most fruits and plants are not) to uses for precious stones (usually a sick person places them in his or he
Dec 27, 2014 Trunks rated it it was amazing
Love this book. Helped me on my path to true health and communion with God.

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Peace & love,
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She is one of my favorite saints
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Hildegard of Bingen (1098 - 1179), also known as Saint Hildegard and Sibyl of the Rhine, was a writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, German Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath. Elected a magistra by her fellow nuns in 1136, she founded the monasteries of Rupertsberg in 1150 and Eibingen in 1165. One of her works as a composer, the Ordo Virtutum, is an early example of liturgical ...more
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