By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't really one web page of this spell binding booklet which doesn't comprise whatever to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense scholar. looked easily as a historical past of vegetation, it provides to the fun of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator
If you need to 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 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, no longer an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is neglected; and unusual and lovely discoveries approximately even the most typical of vegetation look ahead to the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the people ideals and stories approximately crops, the medicinal homes (and components used) of the herbs, and their botanical type. 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 moreover equipment of cultivation; the chemical materials, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to past herbalists; attainable fiscal and beauty homes, and particular illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various unprecedented crops lined in Herbal, might be the main interesting are the toxic kinds — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so on. — whose poisons, now and again, serve scientific reasons and whose antidotes (if identified) are given intimately. And of the various certain positive aspects, maybe 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, fearful rigidity, epidermis illness, and different diseases. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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