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

By Margaret Grieve

"There isn't one web page of this captivating publication which doesn't comprise whatever 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 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 insurance. From aconite to zedoary, no longer an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is ignored; and weird and lovely discoveries approximately even the commonest of crops look forward to 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 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 kinds in all — comprises furthermore tools of cultivation; the chemical elements, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to past herbalists; attainable fiscal and beauty houses, and specified illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various unheard of crops coated in Herbal, maybe the main attention-grabbing are the toxic forms — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, every so often, serve scientific reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the various designated gains, probably 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 disorder, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.

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The central leaflet has a longer stalk, the lateral ones are almost stalkless. The leaflets are entire when young, but when full-grown they are variously indented, downy beneath, thin and about 4 inches long. They abound with an acrid juice, which darkens when exposed to air, and when applied to the skin produces the inflammation and swelling referred to. When dry, the leaves are papery and brittle, sometimes with black spots of exuded juice turned black on drying.

Medicinal Action and Uses. Tonic and stimulant in action like Nux Vomica, which, being cheaper, is nearly always used as a substitute. Old writers lauded these beans as a remedy against cholera. They are useful in certain forms of heart trouble, but must be used with the greatest caution, as they are a very active and powerful poison. Antidotes. Same as for strychnine, chloro-form, belladonna, aconite, tobacco, chloral hydrate I drachm doses, morphia. Preparations and Dosages. Tincture of Ignatia, 5 to 20 minims.

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 dried root is reddish brown, the bark being easily removed and pulverized.

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