“Everything old is new again.” This familiar phrase is true of so many things, even in the herb world. Now I’m talking old, even ancient. Through the ages, great minds like Hippocrates, Paracelsus, Jacob Boehme, William Coles and Foucault all agreed on a particular concept, plant signatures. Because the belief that God endowed each plant with its own “signature,” so that we might identify each one’s health-giving benefits was shared by so many, it became “Doctrine.” The Doctrine of Signatures.
So many fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, etc. resemble what they benefit most in our bodies. Once only an assumption, we now have the substantial scientific proof that they do. And this is what makes this old belief new and very relevant to good health today. Studies prove that eating pomegranate seeds, which resemble red blood cells, improves blood flow and blood pressure. A cut tomato will reveal chambers similar to the ones in our own hearts. The lycopene, and potassium they contain help to maintain good cholesterol levels while preventing possible strokes.
The next time you slice a carrot, look closely. Do you see an outline of the human eye inside that slice? A carrot’s Vitamin A is meant for good eye health. Eat a kidney bean. You know what that one benefits, right? Magnesium and potassium will keep your kidneys happy and healthy. Celery, looking like bones, is full of Vitamin K, necessary for bone health. Sweet potato, a low glycemic carb resembling the pancreas, will keep your blood sugar even.
Does a sliced mushroom look a little like a human ear? Mushrooms do protect the human ear from blood vessel and cellular damage with their many vitamins. Very smart eating is with the walnut. Could it look any more like a miniature brain with its wrinkles and folds? If you want to cure digestive upsets and motion sickness while warming the body within, look to the stomach look-alike, ginger. I’ll let you form your own opinion as to what the two figs growing in pairs resemble and what the sacs of tiny seeds inside show you they help.
The list of foods that resemble human organs goes on and on. However, along with the beneficial ones are imposters that pose as beneficial but are toxic or deadly. Research and knowledge will lead you in the right direction here. Another old but never more true phrase is “Let food be thy medicine.” Fortunately it’s all out there. Just look for Nature’s signatures.
By Cheryl Balster