By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't one web page of this captivating e-book which doesn't comprise anything to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense pupil. 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 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 ignored; 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 crops, the medicinal houses (and elements 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 on. — greater than 800 forms in all — comprises moreover tools of cultivation; the chemical materials, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to past herbalists; attainable monetary and beauty houses, and unique illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various unprecedented crops coated in Herbal, might be the main attention-grabbing are the toxic types — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, often times, 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, frightened rigidity, pores and skin illness, and different diseases. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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