By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't one web page of this captivating ebook which doesn't include anything to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense scholar. seemed easily as a historical past of plants, it provides to the thrill of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator.
If you must 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 glossy 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 neglected; and weird and beautiful discoveries approximately even the commonest of vegetation look forward to 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 category. 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 prior herbalists; attainable fiscal and beauty houses, and particular illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the numerous extraordinary crops coated in Herbal, possibly the main interesting are the toxic types — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so on. — whose poisons, on occasion, serve clinical reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the numerous distinctive positive factors, might be 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, pores and skin ailment, and different diseases. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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A blue dyestuff is obtained from the various species of Indigofera. It does not exist ready formed, but is produced during fermentation from another agent existing in the plant. This is called Indocan, and is yellow, amorphous, of a nauseous bitter taste with an acid re-action; readily soluble in water, alcohol and ether. Medicinal Action and Uses. Indigo was at one time much used in medicine, but now is rarely employed. It is said to produce nausea and vomiting. It is a very well-known and highly important dye, millions of pounds being exported from India annually.
Spiræa trifoliata. Spiræa stipulata Part Used. Root-bark Habitat. Eastern United States Description. A perennial herb, indigenous to the United States, its irregular, brownish root gives rise to several stems 2 or 3 feet in height, and has depending from it many long, thin fibres. The leaves and leaflets are of various shapes, and the white, reddish-tinged flowers grow in a few loose, terminal panicles. The dried root is reddish brown, the bark being easily removed and pulverized. With-in, it is light, ligneous, and comparatively inert.
Medicinal Action and Uses. The juice of the fresh roots of this Iris, bruised with wine, has been employed as a strong purge of great efficiency in dropsy, old physic writers stating that if the dropsy can be cured by the hand of man, this root will effect it. The juice is also sometimes used as a cosmetic and for the removal of freckles from the skin. IRIS PALLIDA (Lamarck) has sweet-scented flowers of a delicate, pale blue. It is a native of the Eastern Mediterranean countries and grows very freely in Italy.