By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't really one web page of this mesmerizing publication which doesn't comprise anything to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense pupil. looked easily as a heritage of flora, it provides to the fun of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator.
If you must know the way pleurisy root, lungwort, and abscess root received 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 assurance. From aconite to zedoary, now not an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is ignored; and unusual and lovely discoveries approximately even the most typical of vegetation look forward to the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the folks ideals and stories approximately crops, the medicinal houses (and elements used) of the herbs, and their botanical class. yet Mrs. Grieve has prolonged and enlarged the culture; her insurance 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 forms in all — comprises additionally tools of cultivation; the chemical elements, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to previous herbalists; attainable fiscal and beauty homes, and designated illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various extraordinary vegetation lined in Herbal, maybe the main attention-grabbing are the toxic types — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, from time to time, serve scientific reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the various distinctive positive aspects, probably the main attention-grabbing 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, apprehensive rigidity, epidermis illness, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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