Monkshood And The Doctrine of Signatures

Aconitum Napellus is a little remedy which I always have nearby. As is the case with many homeopathic remedies, Aconite has several indications for it’s use, but the one that relates to the Doctrine of Signatures is ‘ailments from cold wind’. It is a go-to remedy at the first sign of any inflammation, but if the symptom picture arose as a result of exposure to a cold wind, you can almost rest assured that Aconite is your remedy. Take a look at a picture of Monkshood flower and observe how the purple ‘hood’ of the petals surround and look as if they are protecting the center of the flower.

Imagine yourself (or yourself as a monk dressed in purple robes) outside on a cold night, with wind whipping about your head. What more could you ask for but a large hood to pull up over your neck, skull, ears and sides of your head? This is the Doctrine of Signatures – Mother Nature literally ‘shows’ us, with her beautiful, awe-inspiring design, the medicinal purpose for several of the members of her floral pharmacy. Now, regardless of the fact that I do own a purple jacket with a hood, the next time the winter winds up in Boulder Heights are clocking 100mph, as they did last week, I will be reaching for my hood, and my dear friend Aconitum Napellus.