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

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to make myself a garment of plant fiber that I grew, processed, spun, and wove myself. Comes from reading fairy-tales from a young age, I guess. Which is why it’s always been nettles that I wanted to make it of. AContinue Reading

The stinging nettle has walked through history hand in hand with the human race. Traces of this herb have been found in the earliest of human habitation sites. It has been recognized as a potent medicine for much of that time. From the Leechbook of Bald, written in the ninthContinue Reading

Our Noble Interest of this week has been in the cook’s pot far longer than the cook has been in the kitchen.This recipe is one of the earliest recipes humankind was using. I’ve copied this recipe directly to here only because it was so far down on its page. ThisContinue Reading

Stinging nettle is a hardy perennial native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa and western North America.It spreads by both seed and rhizomes, which means it’s fairly invasive given the opportunity. It prefers moist rich soil in partial shade, but if there’s enough moisture, it will grow in full sun asContinue Reading

This herb is one I’m very familiar with.I’ve used it in a personal tea blend since I was a teenager.I’m just crazy enough that I actually went and did an afternoon’s work putting in a garden for someone else in exchange for a start of it for my garden.It’s aContinue Reading

Welcome! I hope you enjoyed reading last week’s posts as much as I enjoyed writing them.In spite of the unusually warm weather at the moment, I’m all too aware that while the season moves from late winter to early spring in two weeks, it’s still months to go before IContinue Reading