The Gates of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard, Rudesheim/Bingen, May 2011

Hildegard von Bingen, a German Abbess, composer, herbalist and mystic 1098-1179, wrote about the concept of ‘Veriditas’ in her book “Physica.”

She wrote in the middle High German colloquial and so the term, which she herself created, has been assigned several translations or meanings. A hybrid of the Latin word for truth, Veritas, and the Latin word for green, Viridis, Veriditas can be thought of as ‘greenness’ a spiritual term used to describe her vision of the green power of Nature and the unity of all creation.

I think about the concept of Veriditas a lot while I am doing my aromatic work. And if I’m honest, I think my own personal belief in the concept/theme of Veriditas, in the magic, purity and the sheer power of Nature, is the main reason I am so devoted to working strictly as a botanical perfumer, i.e. solely with plants and plant-based essential oils, today.

Hildegard of Bingen has inspired my work since I first wrote a graduate research paper on her in 1998. It meant a lot to me to be able to make a pilgrimage to Bingen last year with my friend Brandi, just to light a candle and pay homage to her life and work.

Kirsten at the Abbey of St. Hildegard, Rudesheim/Bingen, Germany. 2011.

Below is my botanical perfume, named “Veriditas.” It is one of the four Arabesque Aromas perfumes I originally designed in 2006/7 with the theme of emotional well-being in mind.          It is warm, earthy, and comforting, with botanicals and essential oils of Cedarwood, Vanilla and Vetiver Root.



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  • Briar

    March 31, 2012 at 12:41 am

    it’s a beautiful scent, very grounding…and what an amazing lady she was. I’ve always wanted to know more about her, do you have any recommended reading? xo

    • Arabesque Aromas

      March 31, 2012 at 12:52 am

      I’m curious to read my facebook friend Mary Sharratt’s book, just now published, on Hildegard of Bingen. For my research on that paper, written so long ago, I remember using Sabina Flanagan’s book “Secrets of God.” I also listen to Hildegard’s music, especially when doing card readings or meditating. And I bet the book Matthew Fox wrote about her is amazing, I haven’t checked it out yet, but I love that guy!

  • Arabesque Aromas

    March 31, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Briar, here is Mary’s new book info.

    And thanks for your kind words about my perfume!!!

  • Briar

    March 31, 2012 at 2:37 am

    I will look into that, thanks so much for the recommendation – will have to look for the music as well…

  • Arabesque Aromas

    April 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Briar, I just came across my much-loved cd and wanted to share the info with you “Laudes de Sainte Ursula” Ensemble Organum, Marcel Peres on the wonderful Harmonia Mundi label.

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