(Excerpt from Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D.)
St. Hildegard recommends one drink in moderation during the meal.
The best tea is fennel tea, which is 100-percent good for your health. You can also use lemon balm or rosehips for your tea.
Beer is a beverage especially good for the underweight. It is a good muscle builder and provides a healthy skin color.
Wine is also good in moderation – almost a remedy for the sick. But do not forget to add a squirt of water in order to “humanize” the wine. The quenched wine is especially helpful to keep you happy.
Spelt coffee, a roasted-grain coffee substitute, is recommended for the digestion, especially as a breakfast coffee.
Spring and well water are normally better than mineral water. As a general rule, a good mineral water should contain as few minerals as possible, in order to cleanse the body of waste products. Mineral water is not always good as a main drink, especially if it contains too many minerals.
Orange and lemon juice are good for your health, especially when fever is present.
St. Hildegard says that blood chemistry goes through a tremendous change as a result of negative influences: weather sensitivity, mood changes, and heart problems are all precipitated by sadness. One will observe two general reactions, both detrimental to health: the choleric disposition indicates explosive behavior, whereas the melancholic disposition indicates repressed anger. Repression (“that really bugs me” attitude) affects the body’s weakest organs, such as the stomach (peptic ulcers), or the heart (heart attach). Repressed anger can lead to violence, which is why quenched wine is such an important catalyst in eradicating anger. It is almost like a fire extinguisher.
Hildegard offers a very fine art for regulating the cause of these disturbances:
“If anyone has been provoked to anger or sadness, he or she should quickly heat up wine to boiling, then mix with a small amount of cold water. This is how the anger-causing substances are neutralized.” (CC 198,5)
The wine can save an otherwise lost day. In addition, it prevents sleeplessness resulting from the tension of the day. We recommend the following procedure:
Take one glass of the best wine available.
Heat to boiling in a pan.
Put aside ½ glass cold water.
When bubbles surface in wine, add the cold water with one motion.
Pour back into the glass and sip. Try it once and you will never give it up. In severe situations, it is wise to prepare a thermos bottle for the day ahead. The quenched wine has less than two percent alcohol as a result of the boiling. For those sensitive to this amount, two or three tablespoons is sufficient.
(Recipe from Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D.)