Blackwell's Herbal - Explanatory Text and Stinging Nettle, Plate 12
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The nettle was used for medical purposes in Ancient Greece and
has been used in traditional African, Indian, and Native American
medicine. Blackwell notes the use of the roots, leaves, and seeds
for internal bleeding, jaundice and coughs, and as a diuretic.
It is still used as a therapy for urinary tract diseases, kidney
stones, and rheumatic ailments.
The left-hand page is an example of the explanatory text that accompanies
every four illustrated plates. Blackwell's husband Alexander provided
the scientific and foreign names for the plants while he was in debtors'