By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't really one web page of this mesmerizing e-book which doesn't comprise 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 fun 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 glossy 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 insurance. From aconite to zedoary, no longer an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is ignored; and weird and lovely discoveries approximately even the most typical of crops look forward to the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the folks ideals and stories approximately crops, the medicinal houses (and components used) of the herbs, and their botanical class. 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 types in all — contains additionally equipment of cultivation; the chemical ingredients, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to prior herbalists; attainable monetary and beauty homes, and exact illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the numerous extraordinary vegetation lined in Herbal, possibly the main attention-grabbing are the toxic kinds — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, in some cases, serve scientific reasons and whose antidotes (if identified) are given intimately. And of the numerous distinct positive aspects, might be the main attention-grabbing 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 loads of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, fearful pressure, 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