By Margaret Grieve

ISBN-10: 0486227995

ISBN-13: 9780486227993

"There isn't really one web page of this captivating e-book which doesn't comprise whatever to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense pupil. appeared easily as a historical past of flora, it provides to the fun of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator
If you must 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 sleek 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 missed; and unusual and beautiful discoveries approximately even the commonest of crops watch for 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 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 equipment of cultivation; the chemical elements, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to past herbalists; attainable monetary and beauty houses, and distinct illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the numerous unprecedented crops coated in Herbal, might be the main interesting are the toxic kinds — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so on. — whose poisons, at times, serve scientific reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the various precise positive factors, possibly the main attention-grabbing 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 masses of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, fearful pressure, dermis sickness, and different diseases. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.

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