A Modern Herbal. Vol. 1: A-H by Margaret Grieve

By Margaret Grieve

The Medicinal, Culinary, beauty and financial houses, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs & timber with Their glossy clinical Uses)

"There isn't one web page of this spell binding publication which doesn't include whatever to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense pupil. seemed easily as a historical past of plant life, it provides to the fun 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 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 assurance. From aconite to zedoary, now not an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is ignored; and unusual and lovely discoveries approximately even the most typical of crops wait for the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the people 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 kinds in all — contains moreover equipment of cultivation; the chemical parts, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to previous herbalists; attainable monetary and beauty houses, and particular illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various extraordinary crops lined in Herbal, might be the main attention-grabbing are the toxic kinds — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so on. — whose poisons, from time to time, serve clinical reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the various distinctive positive factors, possibly the main fascinating 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 masses of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, apprehensive pressure, epidermis disorder, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.

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The blackish-red, somewhat top-shaped tubers are to 1 inch long, to inch in diameter, sometimes in a series of two or three, connected by an underground stem inch in diameter and 1 to 2 inches long. Internally, the tubers are pale in colour, a transverse section showing a central column with darker points indicating vascular bundles. The dried tubers often bear the bristly remains of former leaves on their upper ends. The drug has a bitterish, aromatic taste, recalling that of Lavender. The odour of the fresh tubers has been likened to that of the Sweet Sedge, Calamus aromaticus.

Viper’s Buglass is considered an antidote to snake-bite, and its seed is not unlike the reptile’s head. Lungwort, because of its spotted leaves, was used for diseased lungs. The classical names often embody the tradition which goes back to legendary times. For instance, Beilis Perennis chronicles the wound-healing properties of the Daisy. Tussilago Farfara is the botanical name for the Coltsfoot, which is used to cure coughs and colds, and Valerian is derived from the Latin word Valere. Surely it makes a garden more romantic and wonderful to know that Wallflowers, Irises, Lupins, Delphiniums, Columbines, Dahlias and Chrysanthemums, every flower in the garden from the first Snowdrop to the Christmas Rose, are not only there for man’s pleasure but have their compassionate use in his pain.

A variation of this is a mixture of Acacia, 50 parts; Liquorice root, 34 parts; Sugar, 16 parts, all in fine powder. Another compound Acacia Powder, used sparingly as an absorbent pill excipient, is made of equal parts of Gum Acacia and Tragacanth. Gum Acacia is highly nutritious. During the time of the gum harvest, the Moors of the desert are said to live almost entirely on it, and it has been proved that 6 oz. is sufficient to support an adult for twenty-four hours. It is related that the Bushman Hottentots have been known in times of scarcity to support themselves on it for days together.

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