By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't one web page of this spell binding booklet which doesn't comprise whatever to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense scholar. appeared easily as a historical past of plants, it provides to the thrill of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator.
If you must know the way 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, now not an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is neglected; 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 types in all — contains additionally tools of cultivation; the chemical parts, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to previous herbalists; attainable monetary and beauty homes, and targeted illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various unprecedented vegetation lined in Herbal, maybe the main attention-grabbing are the toxic kinds — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, at times, serve scientific reasons and whose antidotes (if identified) are given intimately. And of the various exact good points, possibly the main fascinating 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, anxious pressure, pores and skin sickness, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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A Modern Herbal, Vol. I: 1 by Margaret Grieve