A Modern Herbal. Vol. 2: I-Z and Indexes by Margaret Grieve

By Margaret Grieve

"There isn't one web page of this spell binding booklet which doesn't comprise anything to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense pupil. appeared easily as a background of flora, it provides to the fun of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator.
If you need to understand how pleurisy root, lungwort, and abscess root acquired their names, how poison ivy used to regard rheumatism, or how garlic guarded opposed to the Bubonic Plague, seek advice A smooth 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 insurance. From aconite to zedoary, no longer an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is neglected; and unusual and beautiful discoveries approximately even the most typical of crops watch for the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the people ideals and stories approximately crops, 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 — contains moreover equipment of cultivation; the chemical parts, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to previous herbalists; attainable monetary and beauty houses, and specified illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various unheard of vegetation lined in Herbal, might be the main interesting are the toxic types — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so on. — whose poisons, from time to time, serve scientific reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the numerous specified good points, 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, worried stress, pores and skin illness, and different diseases. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.

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Indigo-weed. ). ) Parts Used. Root, bark, leaves Habitat. Dry hilly woods from Canada to Carolina Description. An herbaceous perennial which takes its name from the Greek Bap to (to dye); has a black woody root, yel-lowish internally with many rootlets; stem about 3 feet high, smooth, glabrous, round, and branched; leaves, small, subsessile, alternate and palmately trifoliate; leaflets rounded at end; calyx four-cleft; flowers, yellow, blooming August and September, in small loose terminal racemes.

Ripe dried seeds Habitat. Philippine Islands Description. A large woody climbing shrub, introduced into Cochin China, and highly esteemed there as a medicine. It attracted the attention of the Jesuits, hence its name. In commerce the beans are about one full inch long; ovate, a dull blacky brown colour, very hard and horny, covered in patches with silvery adpressed hairs; endosperm translucent, enclosing an irregular cavity with an oblong embryo; no odour; taste extremely bitter. Each fruit contains about twelve to twenty seeds embedded in the pulp from which they have to be separated.

Flag Lily. Liver Lily. Snake Lily. Dragon Flower. Dagger Flower. Water Flag Part Used. ) is a perennial herb, found abundantly in swamps and low grounds throughout eastern and central North America, common in Canada, as well as in the United States, liking a loamy or peaty soil. It is not a native of Europe. It grows 2 to 3 feet high, with narrow, sword-shaped leaves, and from May to July produces large, handsome flowers, blue, except for the yellow and whitish markings at the base of the sepals.

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