By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't really one web page of this mesmerizing booklet which doesn't comprise whatever to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense pupil. seemed easily as a heritage of plants, it provides to the thrill of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator.
If you must understand how pleurisy root, lungwort, and abscess root bought 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 clinical 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 ignored; and weird and beautiful discoveries approximately even the commonest of vegetation watch for the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the people ideals and stories approximately vegetation, the medicinal homes (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 forms in all — contains moreover tools of cultivation; the chemical parts, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to prior herbalists; attainable fiscal and beauty houses, and specified illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various remarkable crops coated in Herbal, maybe the main attention-grabbing are the toxic forms — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, in some cases, serve clinical reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the numerous detailed beneficial properties, 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 loads of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, apprehensive stress, epidermis affliction, and different diseases. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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It has even been extolled before all other vegetable medicines for the cure of consumption. An excellent cooling beverage, known in the country as Gill Tea, is made from this plant, 1 oz. of the herb being infused with a pint of boiling water, sweetened with honey, sugar or liquorice, and drunk when cool in wineglassful doses, three or four times a day. This used to be a favourite remedy with the poor for coughs of long standing, being much used in consumption. Ground Ivy was at one time one of the cries of London for making a tea to purify the blood.
INDIAN HEMP. O. Rosaceæ Synonyms. Bowman’s Root. American Ipecacuanha. Gillenia. Indian Hippo. 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 root used in medicine under this name is that of a small, shrubby plant about a foot high, belonging to the order Rubiaceae, which is found in most parts of Brazil, growing in clumps or patches, in moist, shady woods. The drug is chiefly collected in the interior, in the province of Matto Grosso and near the German colony of Philadelphia, north of Rio de Janeiro. It is also found in New Granada and in Bolivia. Description. The plant has a slender stem, which grows partly underground and is often procumbent at the base, the lower portion being knotted.
A Modern Herbal. Vol. 2: I-Z and Indexes by Margaret Grieve