By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't one web page of this mesmerizing ebook which doesn't comprise anything to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense scholar. seemed easily as a background of plant life, it provides to the fun of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator
If you must 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 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 assurance. From aconite to zedoary, no longer an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is ignored; and weird and beautiful discoveries approximately even the commonest of vegetation wait for the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the folks ideals and stories approximately vegetation, the medicinal houses (and components used) of the herbs, and their botanical category. 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 additionally tools of cultivation; the chemical materials, 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 numerous unheard of crops coated in Herbal, might be the main interesting are the toxic kinds — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so on. — whose poisons, often times, serve clinical reasons and whose antidotes (if recognized) are given intimately. And of the numerous special positive factors, might be 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, frightened stress, pores and skin disorder, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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Of powdered root, as an emetic, 20 to 30 grains. In dyspepsia, as a tonic, 2 to 4 grains. As a sudorific, in cold water, 6 grains at intervals of two or three hours. It may be combined with opium. Frequent large doses of the infusion cause vomiting and purging. Other Species. Gillenia stipulata, taller and more bushy, with fewer flowers and roots more like those of Ipecac; grows as far west as Kansas. It is, equally with G. trifoliata, the source of Gillenia. See MEADOWSWEET, HARDHACK. O. Leguminosæ Synonyms.
Legume short, bluish-black seeds, subreniform. Constituents. The root is non-odorous and of a nauseous acrid taste, containing gum, albumen, starch, a yellowish resin and a crys-talline substance. Medicinal Action and Uses. Used internally in form of decoction or syrup in scarlatina, typhus, and in all cases where there is a tendency to putrescency; it is purgative, emetic, stimulant, astringent, and antiseptic; principally used for its antiseptic qualities. Dosage. Of the decoction, 1 tablespoonful.
INDIAN HEMP. 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.