Hildegard of Bingen was a German religious and naturalist who lived in the twelfth century. She was a very eclectic character, in fact she dedicated herself to the study of herbs to treat the human body but she wrote also several treatises on medicine, botany but also philosophy and cosmology. Among all the home remedies that Saint Hildegard proposed we can find the elixir of violet. This drink, which takes its name from one of its ingredients, is prepared from flowers and leaves of violet (Viola odorata), galangal (Alpinia officinarum) and licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra). This elixir is considered an excellent remedy to promote the fluidity of bronchial secretions, it is in fact mucolytic and expectorant, it is indicated in case of feeling of catarrh stuck in the throat, allergy with stuffy nose and sinusitis. It helps the functionality of the upper airways but also acts as a purifying, detoxifying and anti-inflammatory remedy. You can find the elixir in chemist’s or herbalist’s shops, also online, you can take 1 teaspoon of the drink twice a day without food. Alternatively, if you prefer to prepare it at home the original recipe is the following, bring to boil 1 liter of wine, 1 1/2 teaspoons of flowers and leaves of violet, 1 teaspoon of galangal root and 2 teaspoons of licorice root. Once the elixir has reached the boil, remove from the heat and leave to brew one night. The next day bring everything to a boil, then remove from heat and filter. Pour into a dark glass bottle and the violet elixir is ready.