A Modern Herbal. Vol. 1: A-H by Margaret Grieve

By Margaret Grieve

The Medicinal, Culinary, beauty and financial homes, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs & bushes with Their sleek clinical Uses)

"There isn't really one web page of this mesmerizing publication which doesn't comprise anything to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense pupil. appeared easily as a historical past of plant life, it provides to the thrill of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator.
If you need to understand how 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, now not an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is ignored; and weird and lovely discoveries approximately even the commonest of crops look ahead to the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the folks ideals and stories approximately vegetation, the medicinal homes (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 types in all — contains additionally equipment of cultivation; the chemical elements, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to previous herbalists; attainable financial and beauty houses, and distinctive illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various extraordinary vegetation lined in Herbal, might be the main interesting are the toxic kinds — 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 various particular good points, 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 loads of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, fearful rigidity, epidermis illness, and different diseases. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.

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Culpeper’s popular herbal was discredited with scientific people because it was astrological. The death of the herbal was one of the reasons why, with a few exceptions, the only plants which have retained their place in the Allopaths’ Pharmacopœias are poisonous ones like Aconite, Belladonna, Henbane and the Opium Poppy. Dandelion, Gentian and Valerian for some reason have survived and the Homeopaths use many more, but such useful plants as Agrimony, Slippery Elm, Horehound, Bistort, Poplar, Bur Marigold, Wood Betony, Wood Sanicle, Wild Carrot, Raspberry leaves, and the Sarsaparillas are now only used by Herbalists.

Japanese Aconite – syn. Aconitum Chinense – is regularly imported in considerable quantities. It used formerly to be ascribed to A. ),but is now considered to be derived from A. uncinatum,var. ) and possibly also from A. volubile (Pallas). It has conical or top-shaped, gradually tapering tuberous roots, 1 to 2 inches long, to 1 inch in thickness at the top, externally covered with a brown, closely adhering skin, internally white. Dried roots do not contain much alkaloid, if steeped when fresh in a mixture of common salt, vinegar and water.

The drug has a bitterish, aromatic taste, recalling that of Lavender. The odour of the fresh tubers has been likened to that of the Sweet Sedge, Calamus aromaticus. Medicinal Action and Uses. Carminative, sedative, very useful in vomiting of pregnancy. The aromatic properties of the drug cause a feeling of warmth to be diffused throughout the whole system and it acts as a sedative in dyspeptic disorders. Preparations. A fluid extract is made from the tubers. Dose, 10 to 30 mmims. O. Algæ Synonyms, Japanese Isinglass Part Used.

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