Today I am studying the Doctrine of Signatures and it is quite fascinating. Simply stated the Doctrine of Signatures is a philosophy that states that herbs that resemble parts of the body are successful for treating that part of the body. In addition plants that resemble animals can be useful in treating illnesses or wounds in relation to that animal. For example snakeroot is an herbal remedy for snake bites.
Perhaps it is just superstition, perhaps not…the belief is rooted in the deeper belief that the Creator placed His signature in creation hence the name “doctrine of signatures”
It is interesting to note however that this belief seems to hold true in many cases. In the case of the Elderberry, the berry cluster resemble the air sacs of the lung and it has been shown thrown various studies to be effective in shortening the duration of colds and flu.
I will quick babbling and get back to studying….hope to see you next weekend at Northern Lamb and Wool!