By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't one web page of this mesmerizing publication which doesn't include whatever to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense scholar. seemed easily as a heritage 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 bought 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 medical 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 weird and beautiful discoveries approximately even the commonest of vegetation look forward to the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the people ideals and stories approximately vegetation, the medicinal homes (and elements 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 on. — greater than 800 forms in all — comprises additionally tools of cultivation; the chemical components, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to past herbalists; attainable monetary and beauty homes, and exact illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the numerous unprecedented crops lined in Herbal, might be the main attention-grabbing are the toxic forms — 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 specified positive aspects, 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, frightened pressure, epidermis sickness, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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