The Doctrine of Signatures began as a theory developed by 16th century Renaissance physician Paracelsus, that said plants that resemble parts of the body had healthy benefits for that specific organ. It states that every plant has a signature, and this signature tells us what the plant is good for.
We see these examples in fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds, and legumes.
Here are just a few more examples of how Nature is showing us what it is good for:
Looks like the womb and takes 9 months to grow from blossom to ripened fruit. Source of hormone-balancing healthy fats.
Celery is 23% sodium, which is the same concentration of sodium in our bones. Contains many minerals necessary for healthy bones.
Can be a source of Vitamin D, which is beneficial for keeping the small bones of the ear strong and healthy.
Looks like the pancreas, contains nutrients that help with maintaining healthy insulin levels and blood sugar regulation.
Contains 4 chambers just like the heart. Rich in heart-healthy anti-oxidants including lycopene.
Shawna Barker BSc., RHN is a nutritionist, college instructor, and raw food educator.