Centuries-old knowledge of naturopathy
Many monasteries of the Middle Ages were famous for their herb gardens and for their knowledge, which far exceeded the usual, common knowledge. The power of natural remedies has always been the “natural” help or supplement to ensure or improve the health of a person.
Young monastery – on historical ground
Our relatively young monastery is located in an originally uninviting place – but it has a long religious tradition and is therefore also fertile ground. The area of today’s Jakobsbad was in the late Middle Ages on the pilgrimage route of the Austrians (especially the Vorarlberg and Tyroleans) to Maria Einsiedeln. The country of Appenzell was divided into outer and inner rhodes shortly before 1600 for confessional reasons. In the border area between Gonten (inner rhodes), which remained Catholic, and the reformed Hundwil (outer rhodes), the desire for a place of prayer soon arose. Therefore, at the present location of the monastery, where there was a farm with sawmill and mill (the “Sägenweidli”), a wayside shrine was erected: “Passionis Christi – Leiden Christi (the sufferings of Christ)”; it contained a baroque sculpture, a picture of the painful Mother of God, which was soon venerated as a picture of grace. The name Leiden Christi therefore goes back further than “only” until it was founded in 1851. In 1851, the property was bought by Sister Maria Johanna Rosa Bättig from the Wonnenstein Abbey. Thus begins the real story of the “Leiden Christi” monastery and its monastery pharmacy.