The British Library
homeHome  >   Online Gallery  >   Virtual books

Blackwell's Herbal - Explanatory Text and Stinging Nettle, Plate 12

Virtual books: images only - Garden Cucumber and White Lily, Plates 4 and 11
Copyright © The British Library Board

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' prison.>

  < Pages 5 and 6 (of 42)  

This version of Turning the Pages does not require the Shockwave plug-in. It foregoes the interactive animation that lets you 'virtually' turn pages and brings you the same high-quality images of our greatest books in standard web pages.

You can listen to the audio files on these pages with Windows Media Player

Accessibility Terms of use Site map
Copyright The British Library Board