By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't one web page of this mesmerizing e-book which doesn't include whatever to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense scholar. appeared easily as a historical past of plant life, it provides to the fun 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 smooth 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 beautiful discoveries approximately even the commonest of crops wait for 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 equipment of cultivation; the chemical materials, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to previous herbalists; attainable fiscal and beauty homes, and distinct illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various unheard of crops lined in Herbal, maybe the main interesting are the toxic kinds — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so on. — whose poisons, occasionally, serve scientific reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the various special good points, probably the main fascinating 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 masses of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, frightened stress, pores and skin illness, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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A Modern Herbal, Vol. II: 2 by Margaret Grieve