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Turmeric

like berberry, being yellow, was supposed to cure the yellow jaundice. According to the doctrine of signatures, Nature labels every plant with a mark to show what it is good for. Red plants are good for fever, white ones for rigor. Hence the red rose is supposed to cure haemorrhage. (See Thistles.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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