Hildegard von Bingen was a collector of healing stones. During Europe’s Middle Ages, she considered minerals and stones to be created by Water, Fire, or a combination of the two. As such, they had properties similar to those – as commonly understood to natural phenomena during the time. As a Healer, Hildegard recognized that minerals and stones were accompanied by a unique and divine blessing, this led to her established applications of them, from Touch Healing to cooking to infusing drinks. Historically, many of the mineral and stone correspondences used today in Healing Stone Therapies originated from the work of Medieval Healers.
The minerals and stones readily available to Hildegard, living in the Rhineland-Palatinate of Germany, and so found in her collected works, include: Amethyst, Agate, Jasper, and Quartz. Less common stones available in the area but considered more valuable include: Aquamarine, Beryl, Chrysprase, Garnet, and Topaz. And regarding her precious stones: Diamond and Pearl, she would probably have received these from patrons, and well-traveled admirers.
Today, several stones are known to be part of her collection. What follows is a list I have compiled from various German source texts, to include her own Physica, and information collected while visiting her museum, and the monastery in Disibodenberg where she resided. The following list is not complete. The full list will be included in my next book: Forn Þreifa: Ancient Healing Touch.
|Common Name||Hildegard’s Name||Her Known Use|
|Amethyst||(Purple) Quartz||Insect Bites and to Beautify the Skin|
|Agate or Chalcedony||Sardonyx||Remedy for Fever and to calm an Irrational Temper|
|Agate Quartz||Achat||Restore Emotional Balance, Create Harmony, and Increase Practicality|
either Onyx or Marble Calcite
|Kalk||Onyx: Stomach Ailments and Spleen Disease|
Possibly Chromian Beryl
|Jasper or Red Quartz||Jaspis||Deafness|
different types of semiprecious stones
Hyacinth was also a group name for Garnet, Almandine, Hessonite, Spinel, Vesuvianite, and Zircon
|Quartz Crystal||Bergkristall||Remedy an Ill or Weak Heart, Ease an Upset Stomach or Cure Abdominal Pain|
|Sapphire||Saphir||Gout and Eye Pain/Disease|
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Photo Still from the Film, Vision: From the Life of Hildegard Von Bingen