By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't one web page of this captivating ebook which doesn't comprise whatever to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense scholar. looked easily as a background of flora, it provides to the thrill of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator.
If you need to 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 glossy 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 weird and lovely discoveries approximately even the most typical of vegetation watch for the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the folks 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 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 types in all — comprises additionally tools of cultivation; the chemical components, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to previous herbalists; attainable fiscal and beauty houses, and particular illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the numerous unparalleled vegetation lined in Herbal, probably the main interesting are the toxic forms — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so on. — whose poisons, every now and then, serve scientific reasons and whose antidotes (if identified) are given intimately. And of the numerous targeted good points, maybe 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, frightened rigidity, epidermis sickness, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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