The Doctrine of Signatures

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MARIGOLDS that grow in my garden every year

Marigolds are one of the standbys in my garden. They are so bright and long blooming. And now I know that marigolds are useful for weak eyes! There are many mysteries in the garden.

Wood sorrel is surely the Herb for the heart –
Its leaves are all heart shaped resembling that part!

For ague, some Aspen one must always take –
Don’t Aspens themselves always shiver and shake?

For ailments of windpipe there’s Garlic to swallow-
For, just like a windpipe, its stalk is quite hollow.

To tone up the blood, sap of Bloodroot is good.
Mucilaginous Comfrey the nose helps – or should!

Lungwort is used for pains in the chest-
Gray-spotted and lung-shaped – quite easily guesses.

Adder’s tongue always is snake-bite’s best bet!
If its rheumatic, use Willow; it grows where its wet!

As a tonic for baldness just where should one turn?
Why prepare an infusion of Maiden-hair fern!

Bright Marigolds’s extract is good for weak-eyes-
To see that would anyone need to be wise?

By Marguerite Hickernell and Ella Brewer 1947

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