By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't really one web page of this captivating e-book which doesn't comprise anything to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense scholar. appeared easily as a historical past of vegetation, it provides to the fun of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator
If you must understand how pleurisy root, lungwort, and abscess root obtained their names, how poison ivy used to regard rheumatism, or how garlic guarded opposed to the Bubonic Plague, seek advice A sleek 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 missed; and unusual and lovely discoveries approximately even the commonest of vegetation wait for the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the people ideals and stories approximately vegetation, the medicinal homes (and components used) of the herbs, and their botanical category. yet Mrs. Grieve has prolonged and enlarged the culture; her assurance 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 kinds in all — comprises moreover tools of cultivation; the chemical ingredients, 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 various remarkable vegetation coated in Herbal, maybe the main attention-grabbing are the toxic types — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, in some cases, serve clinical reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the numerous designated positive factors, possibly the main fascinating are the loads 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, apprehensive rigidity, pores and skin ailment, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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A Modern Herbal, Vol. II: 2 by Margaret Grieve