By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't really one web page of this mesmerizing booklet which doesn't comprise anything to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense pupil. looked easily as a heritage of vegetation, it provides to the thrill of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator
If you need to know the way pleurisy root, lungwort, and abscess root acquired 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 medical truth and folklore as its predecessors and is both encyclopedic in insurance. From aconite to zedoary, now not an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is missed; and unusual and lovely discoveries approximately even the most typical of vegetation watch for the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the folks ideals and stories approximately vegetation, the medicinal houses (and elements used) of the herbs, and their botanical category. 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 — comprises furthermore tools of cultivation; the chemical parts, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to prior herbalists; attainable financial and beauty homes, and precise illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various unprecedented crops lined in Herbal, maybe the main interesting are the toxic kinds — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, occasionally, serve scientific reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the numerous specific gains, 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 loads of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, anxious pressure, pores and skin affliction, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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A Modern Herbal, Vol. II: 2 by Margaret Grieve