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Doctrine of Signatures 2

 

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Categories of Signatures

Most of the herbal apprentices could read little and write less, and the Doctrine of Signatures came to the rescue as a slightly more dignified mnemonic key than the doggerel verse of the village witch-wife.

Aspects of the plant, which give clues to its use-
1.         Habitat
2.         Colour--of plants flower, fruit, root or stem decoction.
3.         Shape

4.         Texture
5.         Odour
6.         Internal properties.

7.         Astrological influences


  NOTE THAT CULTIVATION OF PLANTS MAY ALTER THEIR MEDICINAL PROPERTIES.

IN ADDITION, PLANTS GROWN IN ONE TYPE OF SOIL MAY YIELD DIFFERENT CONSTITUENT PROPORTIONS IF GROWN IN ANOTHER TYPE OF SOIL. 

HABITAT

INDICATED HEALING PROPERTY

EXAMPLE.

 

Wet lowlands, swamps

Associated with diseases of wetness; rheumatic disorders, feverish colds and coughs

Mints, verbena, elder

Mucky soil

Associated with mucous excretions. From inflammation--plants that clear the mucky areas and are grown there for that purpose

Eucalyptus, sunflower.

Banks of clear ponds and rivers

Associated with diuretics---helping to cleanse the urinary system

Horsetail, mints, balotta.

Gravelly areas--sandy areas

Associated with cleansing mucous linings and keeping them oiled so preventing sickness--bronchial and alimentary tract

Parsley

             
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 Bibliography
The compleat herbal--Ben Charles Harris. --Larchmont books

Botanic Medicine Society, Box 82, Stn. A, Willowdale, Ontario, Canada. M2n 5s7.