By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't one web page of this enthralling publication which doesn't include anything to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense pupil. seemed easily as a background of flora, it provides to the thrill of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator
If you need to understand how pleurisy root, lungwort, and abscess root obtained 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 medical 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 neglected; and unusual and beautiful discoveries approximately even the commonest of crops watch for the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the people ideals and stories approximately vegetation, the medicinal houses (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 kinds in all — comprises furthermore tools of cultivation; the chemical components, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to previous herbalists; attainable fiscal and beauty homes, and unique illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various extraordinary vegetation coated in Herbal, might be the main interesting are the toxic types — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, often times, serve scientific reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the various distinct positive aspects, might be 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 loads of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, worried 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