By Margaret Grieve
The Medicinal, Culinary, beauty and financial homes, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs & timber with Their glossy medical Uses)
"There isn't one web page of this enthralling booklet which doesn't comprise anything to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense scholar. seemed easily as a background of plants, it provides to the thrill of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator.
If you need to understand how pleurisy root, lungwort, and abscess root obtained 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, now not an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is neglected; and unusual and beautiful discoveries approximately even the most typical of vegetation wait for 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 forms in all — comprises additionally equipment of cultivation; the chemical elements, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to prior herbalists; attainable fiscal and beauty homes, and unique illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the numerous remarkable vegetation coated in Herbal, possibly 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 identified) are given intimately. And of the numerous specific positive factors, possibly the main attention-grabbing 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, frightened rigidity, pores and skin affliction, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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The country names are in the index. This is not the orthodox arrangement either from the Herbalist’s, or the Homeopath’s, or the Allopath’s, point of view. Herbalists talk about Jalap and Black Haw, but to the uninitiated Bindweed and Guelder Rose are far more familiar, and it is under these names that they will be found in this herbal. In homeopathy the Anemone and the Forget-me-not are known as Pulsatilla and Myosotis, and chemists accustomed to the Latin names may be shocked to find Taraxacum under Dandelion, Podophyllum under Mandrake, and Calendula under Marigold.
1 ounce to a pint of boiling water makes a suitable jelly for invalids and may be flavoured with lemon. Other Species. Ceylon Agar-Agar, or Agal Agal, which is the native name of Gracillaña lichenoides,is largely used in the East for making soups and jellies. Gigartina speciosa, a variety found on the Swan River, was erroneously supposed to have formed the edible swallow’s nest, but it has been ascertained that this delicacy comes from a peculiar secretion in the birds themselves. Macassar Agar-Agar comes from the straits between Borneo and Celebes and consists of impure Euchema Spinolum incrusted with salt.
Napellus, is the old-fashioned, familiar garden variety, which may be easily recognized by its very much cut-up leaves, which are wide in the shoulder of the leaf – that part nearest the stem – and also by the purplish-blue flowers, which have the ‘helmet’ closely fitting over the rest of the flower, not standing up as a tall hood. All varieties of Aconite are useful, but this kind with the close set in helmet to the flower is the most valuable. The Aconite derived from German root of A. Napellus appears to possess somewhat different properties to that prepared from English roots.