By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't one web page of this spell binding booklet which doesn't include whatever to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense scholar. appeared easily as a background of plants, it provides to the thrill of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator
If you need to understand how 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 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 assurance. From aconite to zedoary, now not an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is missed; and weird and beautiful discoveries approximately even the commonest of vegetation look forward to the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the folks ideals and stories approximately vegetation, the medicinal houses (and elements used) of the herbs, and their botanical category. 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 types in all — contains moreover equipment of cultivation; the chemical parts, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to previous herbalists; attainable fiscal and beauty homes, and specific illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the numerous extraordinary crops coated in Herbal, maybe the main attention-grabbing are the toxic types — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, in some cases, serve scientific reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the various designated 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 masses of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, apprehensive rigidity, epidermis sickness, and different diseases. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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