A Modern Herbal

A Modern Herbal

Paperback Modern Herbal

By (author) Maude Grieve, Volume editor Mrs. C. F. Leyel

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 888 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 231mm x 25mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1972
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486227987
  • ISBN 13: 9780486227986
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 53,405

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"There is not one page of this enchanting book which does not contain something to interest the common reader as well as the serious student. Regarded simply as a history of flowers, it adds to the joys of the country." -- B. E. Todd, "Spectator." If you want to know how pleurisy root, lungwort, and abscess root got their names, how poison ivy used to treat rheumatism, or how garlic guarded against the Bubonic Plague, consult "A Modern Herbal." This 20th-century version of the medieval "Herbal" is as rich in scientific fact and folklore as its predecessors and is equally encyclopedic in coverage. From aconite to zedoary, not an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is overlooked; and strange and wonderful discoveries about even the most common of plants await the reader. Traditionally, an herbal combined the folk beliefs and tales about plants, the medicinal properties (and parts used) of the herbs, and their botanical classification. But Mrs. Grieve has extended and enlarged the tradition; her coverage 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, etc. -- more than 800 varieties in all -- includes in addition methods of cultivation; the chemical constituents, dosages, and preparations of extracts and tinctures, unknown to earlier herbalists; possible economic and cosmetic properties, and detailed illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants. Of the many exceptional plants covered in "Herbal," perhaps the most fascinating are the poisonous varieties -- hemlock, poison oak, aconite, etc. -- whose poisons, in certain cases, serve medical purposes and whose antidotes (if known) are given in detail. And of the many unique features, perhaps the most interesting are the hundreds of recipes and instructions for making ointments, lotions, sauces, wines, and fruit brandies like bilberry and carrot jam, elderberry and mint vinegar, sagina sauce, and cucumber lotion for sunburn; and the hundreds of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, nervous tension, skin disease, and other ailments. 96 plates, 161 illustrations.

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"There is not one page of this enchanting book which does not contain something to interest the common reader as well as the serious student. Regarded simply as a history of flowers, it adds to the joys of the country."--B. E. Todd, "Spectator." If you want to know how pleurisy root, lungwort, and abscess root got their names, how poison ivy used to treat rheumatism, or how garlic guarded against the Bubonic Plague, consult "A Modern Herbal." This 20th-century version of the medieval "Herbal" is as rich in scientific fact and folklore as its predecessors and is equally encyclopedic in coverage. From aconite to zedoary, not an herb, grass, fungus, shrub or tree is overlooked; and strange and wonderful discoveries about even the most common of plants await the reader. Traditionally, an herbal combined the folk beliefs and tales about plants, the medicinal properties (and parts used) of the herbs, and their botanical classification. But Mrs. Grieve has extended and enlarged the tradition; her coverage 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, etc.--more than 800 varieties in all--includes in addition methods of cultivation; the chemical constituents, dosages, and preparations of extracts and tinctures, unknown to earlier herbalists; possible economic and cosmetic properties, and detailed illustrations, from root to bud, of 161 plants. Of the many exceptional plants covered in "Herbal," perhaps the most fascinating are the poisonous varieties--hemlock, poison oak, aconite, etc.--whose poisons, in certain cases, serve medical purposes and whose antidotes (if known) are given in detail. And of the many unique features, perhaps the most interesting are the hundreds of recipes and instructions for making ointments, lotions, sauces, wines, and fruit brandies like bilberry and carrot jam, elderberry and mint vinegar, sagina sauce, and cucumber lotion for sunburn; and the hundreds of prescriptions for tonics and liniments for bronchitis, arthritis, dropsy, jaundice, nervous tension, skin disease, and other ailments. 96 plates, 161 illustrations.

Table of contents

ACONITE (Aconitum Napellus) ALOE (Aloe Vulgaris) ALMOND (Amygdalus Communis) ANISE (Pimpinella Anisum) ANGELICA (Angelica Archangelica) "APPLE, BITTER (COLOCYNTH) (Citrullus Colocynthis)" "ANGOSTRUA,TRUE (Cusparia Febrifuga)" ARNICA (Arnica Montana) "ARRACH,STINKING (Chenopodium Olidum)" "ASAFETIDA, PERSIAN (Ferula Persica)" ASARABACCA (Asarum Europœum) AVENS (Geum Urbanum) BALSAM OF GILEAD (Commiphora Opobalsamum) BALSAM OF PERU (Myroxlon Pereirœ) BENZOIN (Styrax Benzoin) "BINDWEED, SYRIAN (SCAMMONY) (Convolvulus Scammonia)" "BINDWEED, GREATER (CONVOLVULUS) (Convolvulus Sepium)" "BINDWEED, JALAP (Convolvulus Falapa)" BLADDERWRACK (Fucus Vesiculosis) BISTORT (Polygonum Bistorta) BOGBEAN (Menyanthes Trifoliata) BROOM (Cytisus Scoparius) "BRYONY, EUROPEAN WHITE (Bryonia Alba)" BUCHU (Barosma Betulina) "BUCKTHORN, ALDER (Rhamnus Frangula)" CAJUPUT (Melaleuca Leucadendron) CALUMBA (Fateorhiza Calumba) CABBAGE TREE (Andira Inermis) CAMPHOR (Cinnamonum Camphora) CARDAMOM (Elettaria Cardamomum) CARAWAY (Carum Carvi) CARROT (Daucus Carota) CASCARILLA (Croton Eleuteria) CASTOR OIL PLANT (Ricinus Communis) "CATECHU, BLACK (Acaia Catehu)" CAYENNE (Capsicum Minimum) "CELANDINE, GREATER (Chelidonium Majus)" CENTAURY (Erythrœa Centaurium) "CHAMOMILE, COMMON (Anthemis Nobilis)" "CHESTNUT, HORSE (Æsculus Hippocastanum)" CINNAMON (Cinnamonum Zeylanicum) "CINNAMON, WHITE (CANELLA) (Canella Alba)" CLOVES (Eugenia Caryophyllata) COFFEE (Coffee Arabica) COLTSFOOT (Tussilago Farfara) CONTRAYERVA (Dorstenia Contrayerva) COPAIBA (Copaifera Langsdorffi) CORIANDER (Coriandrum Sativum) COWHAGE (Mucuna Pruriens) CROTON TREE (Croton Tiglium) "CROWFOOT, UPRIGHT MEADOW, AND LESSER SPEARWORT (Ranunculus Acris and Rannunculus Flammula)" CUBEBS (Piper Cubeba) CUCKOO-PINT (Arum Maculatum) "CUCUMBER, SQUIRTING (Echallium Elaterium)" DANDELION (Taraxacum Officinale) DILL (Peucedanum Graveolens) "DROPWORT, HEMLOCK WATER (Œnangthe Crocata)" "DROPWORT, WATER (Œnanthe Phellandrium)" ELDER (Sambucus Nigra) ELECAMPANE (Inula Helenium) FLAX - LINSEED AND MOUNTAIN FLAX (Linum Usitatissimum and Linum Catharticum) FOXGLOVE (Digitalis Purpurea) FRANKINCENSE (Boswellia Thurifera) FUNGI (Agaricus Bulbosus) FUNGI (Agaricus Semiglobatus) "FUNGI (Amanita Muscaria, Var.)" FUNGI (FLY AGARIC) (Amanita Muscaria) FUNGI - ERGOT OF RYE (Claviceps Purpurea) GAMBOGE (Garcinia Hanburyii) GARLIC (Allium Sativum) GENTIAN (Gentiana Lutea) GINGER (Zingiber Officinale) "GRASS, DARNEL (Lolium Temulentum)" GOLDEN ROD (Solidago Virgaurea) GUAIACUM (Guaiacum Officinale) "HELLEBORE, BLACK (Helleborus Niger)" "HELLEBORE, WHITE (Veratrum Album)" "HELLEBORE, (BLACK) STINKING (ENGLISH BEARSFOOT) (Helleborus Fœtidus)" "HELLEBORE, (WHITE) ORIENTAL (Helleborus Orientalis)" HEMLOCK (Conium Maculatum) "HEMLOCK, WATER (COWBANE) (Cicuta Virosa)" HENBANE (Hyoscyamus Niger) "HOLLY, SEA (Eryngium Campestre)" "HOREHOUND,WHITE (Marrubium Vulgare)" HORSERADISH (Cochlearia Armoracia) "HYSSOP, HEDGE (Gatiola Officinalis)" IPECACUANHA (Psychotria Ipeacacuanha) "IRIS, FLORENTINE (Iris Florentina)" "IVY, POISON (Rhus Toxicodendron)" JUNIPER (Juniperus Communis) "KINO, AFRICAN (Pterocarpus Marsupium)" "LAUREL, CHERRY (Prunus Laurocerasus)" LAUREL (Laurus Nobilis) "LAVENDER, SPIKE (Lavandula Spica)" LEMON (Citrus Limonum) "LETTUCE, WILD (Lactuca Virosa)" LIQUORICE (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) "LOSSESTRIFE, PURPLE (Lythrum Salicaria)" "MALLOW, MARSH (Althœa Officinalis)" "MARJORAM, WILD (Origanum Vulgare)" MASTIC (Pistacia Lentiscus) "MERCURY, DOGS (Mercurialis Perennis)" MEZEREON (Daphne Mezereum) "MINTS (Mentha Viridis, Mentha Pulegium, Mentha Piperita)" "MOSS, ICELAND (Cetraria Islandica)" "MUSTARDS, BLACK AND WHITE (Brassica Nigra and Brassica Alba)" "NIGHTSHADE, DEADLY (BELLADONNA) (Atropa Belladonna)" "NIGHTSHADE, WOODY (BITTERSWEET) (Solamum Dulcamara)" NUTMEG (Myristica Fragans) NUX VOMICA (Strychnos Nux-Vomica) OAK GALLS (Quercus Infectoria) OLIVE (Olea Europœa) "ORANGE, SWEET (Citrus Aurantium)" OPOPONAX (Opoponax Chironium) "PARSLEY, FOOLS' (Æthusa Cynapium)" "PARIS, HERB (Paris Quadrifolia)" "PEPPER, BLACK (Piper Nigrum)" "PARADISE, GRAINS OF (HUNGARIAN PEPPER) (Amomum Melegueta)" PERUVIAN BARK (Cinchona Succirubra) PELLITORY (Anacyclus Pyrethrum) "PIMPERNEL, SCARLET (Anagallis Arvensis)" "PINE, LARCH (Pinus Larix)" "PINE, WILD (Pinus Sylvestris)" PINK ROOT (Spigelia Marilandica) POMEGRANATE (Punica Granatum) "POPPY, WHITE (Papaver Somniferum)" QUASSIA (Pecerœna Excelsa) "RHATANY, PERUVIAN (Krameria Triandra)" "RHODODENDRON, YELLOW (Rhododendron Chrysanthum)" "RHUBARB, EAST INDIAN (Rheum Palmatum)" "RHUBARB, FRENCH (Rheum Palmatum)" ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus Officinalis) RUE (Ruta Graveolens) SAFFRON (Crocus Sativus) "SAFFRON, MEADOW (Colchicum Autumnale)" "SARSAPARILLA, JAMAICA (Smilax Ornata)" SASSAFRAS (Sassafras Officinale) "SEDGE, SWEET (Acorus Calamus)" SENNA (Cassia Acutifolia) SENEGA (Polygala Senega) SIMARUBA (Simaruba Amara) SNAKEROOT (Aristolochia Serpentaria) SPURGE (EUPHORBIUM) (Euphorbia Resinifera) SQUILL (Urginea Scilla) STAVESACRE (Delphinium Staphisagria) STORAX (Liquidambar Orientalis) TAMARIND (Tamarindus Indica) TANSY (Tanacetum Vulgare) "THISTLE, HOLY (Carbenia Benedicta)" THORNAPPLE (Datura Stramonium) TOBACCO (Nicotiana Tabacum) TORMENTIL (Potentilla Tormentilla) WOOD SORREL (Oxialis Acetosella) TRAGACANTH (Astragalus Gummifer) BEARBERRY (UVA-URSI) (Arbutus Uva-Ursi) "VALERIAN, COMMON (Valerinan Officinalis)" WILLOW (Salix Russeliana) WINTERGREEN (Chimophila Unbellata) WINTER'S BARK (Drimys Winteri) "WORMSEED, LEVANT, AND LEVANT WORMWOOD (Artemisia Cina and Artemisia Absinthium)" ZEDOARY (Curcuma Zedoaria)