By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't really one web page of this mesmerizing ebook which doesn't comprise anything to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense pupil. appeared easily as a heritage of flora, it provides to the fun of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator
If you must understand how 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 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 insurance. From aconite to zedoary, now not an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is missed; and weird and lovely discoveries approximately even the commonest of vegetation anticipate the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the folks ideals and stories approximately vegetation, the medicinal homes (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 kinds in all — contains additionally equipment of cultivation; the chemical materials, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to previous herbalists; attainable monetary and beauty houses, and particular illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the numerous remarkable crops coated in Herbal, possibly the main attention-grabbing are the toxic types — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so on. — whose poisons, every so often, serve clinical reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the numerous certain positive factors, 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, worried stress, epidermis affliction, and different diseases. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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