By Margaret Grieve
The Medicinal, Culinary, beauty and monetary houses, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs & bushes with Their smooth medical Uses)
"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 pupil. seemed easily as a background of vegetation, 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 insurance. From aconite to zedoary, no longer an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is ignored; and unusual and lovely discoveries approximately even the most typical of vegetation look forward to the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the people ideals and stories approximately vegetation, the medicinal homes (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 forth. — greater than 800 types in all — comprises additionally equipment of cultivation; the chemical materials, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to prior herbalists; attainable financial and beauty houses, and targeted illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the numerous unheard of vegetation lined in Herbal, might be the main interesting are the toxic forms — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so on. — whose poisons, now and again, serve scientific reasons and whose antidotes (if identified) are given intimately. And of the numerous specified beneficial properties, maybe 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 rigidity, pores and skin disorder, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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To 1 inch long, which is quite deeply buried in the soil and is of solid, firm consistence and white and starchy internally. The stem is slender, a few inches high, and bears near the ground, on footstalks 2 to 3 inches long, a pair of oblong, dark-green, purplish-blotched leaves, the blades about inches long and 1 inch wide, minutely wrinkled, with parallel, longitudinal veins. The stem terminates in a handsome, large, pendulous, lily-like flower, an inch across, with the perianth divisions strongly recurved, bright yellow in colour, often tinged with purple and finely dotted within at the base, and with six stamens.
Although the plants are perennial, each distinct root lasts only one year, the plant being continued by ‘daughter’ roots. This official Aconite is also the species generally cultivated in gardens, though nearly all the species are worth growing as ornamental garden flowers, the best perhaps being A, Napellus,both white and blue, A. particulatum, A. Japonicum and A. autumnale. All grow well in shade and under trees. Gerard grew four species in his garden: A. lyocotonum, A. variegatum, A. Napellus and A.
Medicinal Action and Uses. Astringent, alterative, diaphoretic, expectorant. The drug has been recommended for use in febrile and inflammatory cases, all scrofulous diseases, in bowel complaints requiring an astringent, for the bites of venomous snakes and insects, for bronchitis and laryngitis, and whenever an alterative is required. It is reported to have cured consumption; an infusion of the root in wineglassful doses is useful in coughs, colds and all lung complaints, producing copious perspiration.