By Margaret Grieve
The Medicinal, Culinary, beauty and fiscal homes, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs & timber with Their glossy medical Uses)
"There isn't one web page of this mesmerizing publication which doesn't include anything to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense pupil. looked easily as a historical past of plants, it provides to the fun 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 sleek 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, now not an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is ignored; and weird and beautiful discoveries approximately even the most typical of crops look ahead to the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the folks 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 forth. — greater than 800 kinds in all — contains moreover equipment of cultivation; the chemical parts, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to past herbalists; attainable financial and beauty homes, and particular illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the various unprecedented vegetation lined in Herbal, maybe the main attention-grabbing are the toxic types — 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 various distinctive positive aspects, maybe 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 masses of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, fearful pressure, pores and skin sickness, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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It is dark brown in colour and marked with the scars of rootlets. The surface is usually longitudinally wrinkled, especially if it has been dried entire. The root breaks with a short fracture and should be whitish and starchy within. A transverse section sfiows a thick bark, separated from the inner portion by a well-marked darker line, which often assumes a stellate appearance. Aconite root as found in commerce is, however, often yellowish or brownish internally with the stellate markings not clearly shown, probably from having been collected too early.
This root yields a very active alkaloid, Pseudoaconitine, which is allied to Aconitine and resembles it in many of its properties; it is about twice as active as Aconitine. Indian Aconite root was formerly attributed to A. ferox (Wall). Their large size and less tapering character sufficiently distinguish these from the official drug. Other varieties of Aconite are A. ), known in India as Mohri, which contains Indaconitine, and A. spicatum, another Indian species containing Bikhaconitine, resembling Pseudaconitine.
Mucilage of Acacia is a nearly transparent, colourless or scarcely yellowish, viscid liquid, haying a faint, rather agreeable odour and an insipid taste. It is employed as a soothing agent in inflammatory conditions of the respiratory, digestive and urinary tract, and is useful in diarrhoea and dysentery. It exerts a soothing influence upon all the surfaces with which it comes in contact. It may be diluted and flavoured to suit the taste. In low stages of typhoid fever, this mucilage, sweetened, is greatly recommended.
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