By Margaret Grieve
The Medicinal, Culinary, beauty and financial homes, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs & timber with Their smooth clinical Uses)
"There isn't one web page of this enthralling publication which doesn't include whatever to curiosity the typical reader in addition to the intense scholar. appeared easily as a historical past of plant life, it provides to the thrill 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 clinical truth and folklore as its predecessors and is both encyclopedic in assurance. From aconite to zedoary, now not an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is ignored; and unusual and lovely discoveries approximately even the most typical of crops look forward to the reader.
Traditionally, an natural mixed the people ideals and stories approximately crops, 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 types in all — contains additionally tools of cultivation; the chemical parts, dosages, and arrangements of extracts and tinctures, unknown to past herbalists; attainable monetary and beauty homes, and precise illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants.
Of the numerous unprecedented crops lined in Herbal, probably the main attention-grabbing are the toxic forms — hemlock, poison oak, aconite, and so forth. — whose poisons, in some cases, serve scientific reasons and whose antidotes (if identified) are given intimately. And of the numerous specific 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 loads of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, apprehensive rigidity, dermis disorder, and different illnesses. ninety six plates, 161 illustrations.
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All the gum-yielding Acacias exhibit the same habit and general appearance, differing only in technical characters. They are spiny shrubs or small trees, preferring sandy or sterile regions, with the climate dry during the greater part of the year. The gum harvest from the various species lasts about five weeks. About the middle of November, after the rainy season, it exudes spontaneously from the trunk and principal branches, but the flow is generally stimulated by incisions in the bark, a thin strip, 2 to 3 feet in length and 1 to 3 inches wide being torn off.
1 to 4 fluid drachms. Syrup of Acacia, British Pharmacopœia Codex, used chiefly as a demulcent in cough mixtures, is freshly prepared as required, from 1 part of Gum Acacia Mucilage and 3 of syrup; the dose, 1 to 4 fluid drachms. The United States Pharmacopœia Syrup of Acacia, though regarded as a useful demulcent, is chiefly employed as an agent for suspending powders in mixtures. The French Pharmacopœia has a Syrup of Acacia and a potion gommeuse made from powdered Acacia, syrup and orange-flower water.
Its action is mechanical and analogous to that of the cellulose of vegetable foods, aiding the regularity of the bowel movements. It is sometimes used as an adulterant of jams and jellies. Dosage and Preparations, It is usually administered in small shreds mixed with fruit, milk or any convenient vehicle. It is not wise to give it in powder, as this gives rise to irritation in some cases. to 1 ounce may be taken at a time. 1 ounce to a pint of boiling water makes a suitable jelly for invalids and may be flavoured with lemon.