Feral Farmacy ~ The Doctrine of Signatures

“Physician, heal thyself.” ~ Luke 4:23

Arranged Vegetables Creating a FaceA cornerstone of The Feral Life is all about returning to source and our original harmony with Nature. Deeply interwoven in this aspiration is our relationship with food and what could be considered “health sovereignty”.  Health care (from supplements to insurance to gym memberships) has grown to a half a trillion dollar industry today, but much expense and worry can be spared as we begin to take charge of our own self-healing.  Of course, hospitals are great for accidents and emergencies, but the rejuvenation and maintenance of our body temples can be achieved by learning to utilize the medicinal properties of the bounty in Nature’s pharmacy.

The best part is you don’t have to have a PhD to do this! Common sense is the greatest science, and we all earned our Masters during the nine months in our mother’s womb.  The genius of Nature has created what has come to be called “The Doctrine of Signatures”, a profound ancient wisdom in which the nutritional benefit of a fruit or vegetable is reflected in that food’s resemblance to a certain organ or part of the body.

There is a plethora of additional information on this subject available online and you can also use your own intuition to discern the properties of each food, but here are a few examples of the inner nature of these plants:


BRAIN = Walnuts


EYES = Carrots


EARS = Mushrooms


HEART = Tomato


LUNGS = Grapes


BREASTS = Citrus Fruits


STOMACH = Ginger


KIDNEYS = Kidney Beans


PANCREAS = Sweet Potatoes


OVARIES = Olives


WOMB = Avocados & Pears


PHALLUS = Cucumbers, Zucchini, Bananas


TESTICLES = Peanuts, Figs


BONES = Celery


CELLS = Onions


Perhaps this seems like mere coincidence or maybe a light bulb went off in your head and this really resonates with you. It seems odd in our present society, butThe Doctrine of Signatures was inherent wisdom for our ancestors.  It was made popular in modern times by a Swiss physician, alchemist and philosopher named Paracelsus (1493-1541) who scholars consider to be the father of modern chemistry. He applied this principle to food as well as medicine, remarking that “it is not in the quantity of food but in its quality that resides the Spirit of Life”.


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