By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't really one web page of this captivating publication which doesn't include whatever to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense scholar. seemed easily as a background of plant life, it provides to the thrill of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator.
If you must know the way 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, no longer an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is neglected; and unusual and lovely discoveries approximately even the most typical of vegetation anticipate the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the people 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 forth. — greater than 800 forms in all — comprises additionally tools of cultivation; the chemical parts, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to past herbalists; attainable monetary and beauty houses, and specified illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the numerous extraordinary crops coated in Herbal, possibly the main attention-grabbing are the toxic kinds — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, in some cases, serve clinical reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the numerous special good points, possibly the main fascinating 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 loads of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, worried rigidity, dermis illness, and different diseases. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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