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A Modern Herbal, Vol. I: 1 by Margaret Grieve

By Margaret Grieve

"There isn't one web page of this captivating booklet which doesn't comprise anything to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense pupil. appeared easily as a background of vegetation, it provides to the fun of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator.
If you need to know the way 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 sleek 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 insurance. From aconite to zedoary, now not an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is missed; and unusual and beautiful discoveries approximately even the most typical of vegetation anticipate the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the folks ideals and stories approximately vegetation, the medicinal houses (and components 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 furthermore tools of cultivation; the chemical components, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to previous herbalists; attainable fiscal and beauty homes, and designated illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various unprecedented vegetation lined in Herbal, maybe the main attention-grabbing are the toxic forms — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so on. — whose poisons, every so often, serve clinical reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the numerous precise good points, 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, frightened stress, pores and skin sickness, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.

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