Celebrating International Women’s Day

Hildegard of Bingen: Power through nature

As many of you know, International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and promotes the fight for accelerating gender equality in all areas.

The day has been observed since the early 1900’s, but we all know that women have been achieving greatness long before that (though they may not have been recognised for it). In our eyes, one such woman is Hildegard of Bingen.

In the field of natural therapies, Hildegard is the mother of all things healing through the practical application of tinctures, herbs and precious stones. She is also known as Saint Hildegard or Sibyl of the Rhine was a German abbess, writer, composer and philosopher. Hildegard is the author of theological, botanical and medicinal texts as well as poems and letters. If she wasn’t accomplished enough, Hildegard is also responsible for the creation of a constructed language known as Lingua Ignota.

Hildegard was born around 1098, though her exact date of birth is unknown. We do know she died on the 17 September 1179, but the causes are not mentioned in historical documents. Throughout her life, she became famed for her healing powers that involved herbs and tinctures based on the theory that nature was there to heal. Hildegard developed and documented medical practices for remedying many ailments like burns, fractures, dislocations and cuts. All this knowledge she catalogued into two works: Physica and Causae et Curae.

Causae et Curae in particular is an exploration of the human body and its connections to the rest of the natural world (we’re thinking very Five Elements).

If Hildegard were still alive, we think she would love Perfect Potion. We’re all about natural remedies and using nature in a sustainable way that creates the least amount of footprint on the earth.

You can read more about Hildegard of Bingen online.

If she was an aromatherapy blend, what do you think it would contain?
We think German chamomile, lavender and clary sage.

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