By Margaret Grieve
"There isn't one web page of this mesmerizing ebook which doesn't include anything to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense pupil. appeared easily as a background of vegetation, it provides to the thrill of the country." — B. E. Todd, Spectator.
If you need to know the way 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 smooth Herbal. This 20th-century model of the medieval Herbal is as wealthy in clinical 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 missed; and unusual and lovely discoveries approximately even the commonest of crops wait for 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 forth. — greater than 800 forms in all — contains furthermore tools of cultivation; the chemical ingredients, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to prior herbalists; attainable financial and beauty homes, and specified illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the numerous unparalleled crops lined in Herbal, might be the main attention-grabbing are the toxic kinds — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so on. — whose poisons, in some cases, serve clinical reasons and whose antidotes (if identified) are given intimately. And of the numerous exact positive factors, might be 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 masses of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, apprehensive rigidity, pores and skin ailment, and different diseases. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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The roots themselves only come out from the darker side of the shoots, so that both of these acquired habits have their purposes. When the Ivy is going to flower, the shoots now turn to the light and stand out freely into the air; moreover the form of the leaf changes from a fine-pointed one to a much smaller oval type. As the shoot now has to support itself, if a section be made and compared with one of the same diameter which is supported by the adhesive roots, it will be found that it has put on more wood with less pith, than in that of the supported stem.
Owing to the similarity of name, and the appearance before blooming, this flag is sometimes mistaken by American children for Sweet Flag or Calamus, which grows in the same localities, often with disastrous results. Of the 100 species of true Iris, twenty-two inhabit the United States, but only one, Iris Missouriensis, much resembles this species (the rhizome of which yields an official American drug), or has a rhizome likely to be mistaken for it. When cultivated, the American Blue Flag succeeds best in heavy, rich, moist soil.
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. Legume short, bluish-black seeds, subreniform.