By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't one web page of this captivating e-book which doesn't comprise anything to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense pupil. appeared 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, no longer an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is ignored; and unusual and beautiful discoveries approximately even the most typical of vegetation watch for the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the people ideals and stories approximately crops, 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 forth. — greater than 800 forms in all — comprises furthermore tools of cultivation; the chemical components, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to previous herbalists; attainable monetary and beauty houses, and special illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various extraordinary crops coated in Herbal, probably the main attention-grabbing are the toxic types — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, every now and then, serve scientific reasons and whose antidotes (if identified) are given intimately. And of the various precise beneficial properties, probably 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, frightened rigidity, dermis ailment, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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A Modern Herbal, Vol. I: 1 by Margaret Grieve