By Margaret Grieve
The Medicinal, Culinary, beauty and financial houses, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs & bushes with Their glossy clinical Uses)
"There isn't really one web page of this captivating e-book which doesn't include whatever to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense scholar. looked easily as a historical past of vegetation, it provides to the thrill 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 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 neglected; and weird and beautiful discoveries approximately even the most typical of vegetation watch for the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the folks ideals and stories approximately vegetation, the medicinal houses (and elements used) of the herbs, and their botanical type. 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 on. — greater than 800 kinds in all — comprises additionally equipment of cultivation; the chemical parts, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to prior herbalists; attainable financial and beauty houses, and special illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various unprecedented vegetation coated in Herbal, might be the main interesting are the toxic types — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, at times, serve clinical reasons and whose antidotes (if identified) are given intimately. And of the various distinct beneficial properties, probably 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 loads of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, fearful rigidity, pores and skin ailment, and different diseases. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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I took the monographs and the suggestion to Mr. Cape, who agreed to publish them if I would collate and edit them and see that the American herbs were also included. Mrs. Grieve’s original pamphlets only included the English herbs, many of which she grew in her Buckinghamshire garden. During the War, when there was a shortage of medicinal plants because they could no longer be imported from abroad, Mrs. Grieve made practical use of her knowledge and trained pupils in the work of drying and preparing herbs for the chemists’ market.
Of which 55,000 lb. a year can be produced in this province; A. Fischeri, about four times the price, of which rather less are yearly available, and A. Hemsleyan,about the same price as the latter, of which about 27,000 lb. are available in an average year. Other Species. The Anthora, or Wholesome Aconite described by Culpepper, is a small plant about a foot high, with pale, divided green leaves, and yellow flowers ? a native of the Alps. Its stem is erect, firm, angular and hairy; the leaves alternate and much cut into.
Leguminosæ Synonym. Wattle Bark Acacia Bark, known as Wattle Bark, is obtained from the chief of the Australian Wattles, A. ), the Black Wattle, and, more recently, A. arabica has been similarly used in East Africa for its astringency. The bark is collected from wild or cultivated trees, seven years old or more, and must be allowed to mature for a year before being used medicinally. Description. The bark of A. decurrens is usually in curved pieces, externally greyish brown, darkening with age, often with irregular longitudinal ridges and sometimes transverse cracks.
A Modern Herbal. Vol. 1: A-H by Margaret Grieve