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- Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised ed. edition (April 9, 2013)
- Publication Date: March 12, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CWR4ZBO
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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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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Some of the information is dated, like the scientific names under the old system, many herbs have been renamed since the book was written. She also gives interesting folklore about the various herbs. In one entry I read about a debate in parliament about the herb in question and possible legislation being proposed for it. Some of the herbs and their uses "back then" are not used now and we now have a lot more science behind the use of herbs than she had.
Having said that, the two volume set of books still carries a lot of weight in the herbal world today. In many of the herbal courses I have taken there are direct quotes and references to her writings. Anyone with a serious interst in herbology should get this set of books. I know I'm glad I got them. -- Valerie Lull, Author, Ten Healthy Teas
Id give it a five stars except that the illustrations are in black and white, making the plant harder to identify. This I solve by looking them up in google images. The drawings are excellent but still you need to be VERY certain and many of the medicinal plants are similar.
The biggest positive is that it tells which plants have actually been used for pharmaceutical use in the 1930s as opposed to other books that only say "said to be useful" which is almost a worthless comment. Also clear warnings as to which are poison or toxic.
It will take most people a dictionary to understand some of the arcane terms used. So a brief lexicon of terms would be useful.
Top international reviews
This is an exceptional herbal.
The Kindle Version has the advantage of being easy to take out with you when looking at herbs and has a good search function.
With regard to the information, this herbal gives a very interesting and well researched background to both the folklore and the medicinal uses of a huge range of herbs.
This is head and shoulders above any other herbal that I have ever used, the information is superb, across an amazing range of plants.
If you are interested in finding out a lot more about a wide range of herbs then this is the book to go for.
It is very informative on the herbs that it covers including a historical overview, folk lore, and scientific information that was available up to the time of printing.
Don't' buy just book 1 or 2 you need to have both books to be able to use the index properly.