By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't one web page of this enthralling e-book which doesn't include whatever to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense scholar. looked easily as a historical past of plant life, it provides to the thrill of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator.
If you must understand how pleurisy root, lungwort, and abscess root received their names, how poison ivy used to regard rheumatism, or how garlic guarded opposed to the Bubonic Plague, seek advice A smooth Herbal. This 20th-century model of the medieval Herbal is as wealthy in clinical truth and folklore as its predecessors and is both encyclopedic in assurance. From aconite to zedoary, now not an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is neglected; and unusual and beautiful discoveries approximately even the most typical of vegetation anticipate the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the folks ideals and stories approximately crops, the medicinal homes (and elements used) of the herbs, and their botanical type. yet Mrs. Grieve has prolonged and enlarged the culture; her insurance of asafetida, bearberry, broom, chamomile, chickweed, dandelion, dock, elecampane, almond, eyebright, fenugreek, moss, fern, figwort, gentian, Hart's tongue, indigo, acacia, jaborandi, kava kava, lavender, pimpernel, rhubarb, squill, sage, thyme, sarsaparilla, unicorn root, valerian, woundwort, yew, and so on. — greater than 800 forms in all — contains moreover tools of cultivation; the chemical elements, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to previous herbalists; attainable financial and beauty homes, and particular illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the numerous unheard of crops lined in Herbal, possibly the main interesting are the toxic types — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, on occasion, serve clinical reasons and whose antidotes (if identified) are given intimately. And of the various specific beneficial properties, possibly the main attention-grabbing are the masses of recipes and directions for making ointments, creams, sauces, wines, and fruit brandies like bilberry and carrot jam, elderberry and mint vinegar, sagina sauce, and cucumber lotion for sunburn; and the masses of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, fearful pressure, epidermis disorder, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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A Modern Herbal, Vol. I: 1 by Margaret Grieve