Hans Christian Andersen gives us this story of “The Little Elder Mother”. Elderberry is not the herb most closely associated with remembrance, but I like this tale of our Noble Interest as a kindly Bringer of warmth, Teller of tales, and Healer of discomforts, all achieved with a cup ofContinue Reading

The tale most associated with our Noble interest is the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale The Six Swans. I’ve read versions where the plant needed to break the spell is stinging nettle and I’ve heard it referred to as starwort. Starwort is a common name for Stellaria media. A lovely andContinue Reading

The obvious choice for this week’s tale is Rapunzel.I will point out that there is controversy here, though. If you do a search for “fairy tale” and “radish” you will get a bajillion sites about Rapunzel. The common wisdom is that Rapunzel’s mother craved radishes. However, if you look pastContinue Reading