By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't really one web page of this spell binding publication which doesn't comprise whatever to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense scholar. seemed easily as a historical past of plant life, it provides to the thrill of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator.
If you must understand how pleurisy root, lungwort, and abscess root acquired 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 unusual and beautiful 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 homes (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 — comprises additionally equipment of cultivation; the chemical ingredients, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to previous herbalists; attainable fiscal and beauty houses, and special illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the numerous extraordinary crops coated in Herbal, might be the main attention-grabbing are the toxic kinds — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, from time to time, serve clinical reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the various certain positive aspects, possibly 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 affliction, and different diseases. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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