Somewhere in most gardens there is a stinging nettle patch and I expect you like me have a history going back a long time with this interesting plant. I remember my fear of it when young and the rapidity with which I learnt to respect it and also to identify the dock leaf which would sooth its sting. Nowadays I use Weleda Urtica gel, known in English as Combudoron Gel, which is made of nearly 50% stinging nettle and surely must the epitome of the hair of the dog remedy.
A wonderfully child friendly use of nettles.
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That the earth can produce such colours still amazes me after so many years. These colours have been produced by just a few plants.
- Weld for the basic yellows and the foundation of the greens and turquoises.
- Madder for the terracottas and browns.
- The insect cochineal for the pink that is the first layer of the purple.
Finally indigo to transform the yellows and pink into turquoise, green and purple.
A few grams of alum, cream of tartar and iron and you have a rainbow.
Mineral, plant, animal and man or in my case woman.
Earth, water, fire and air ...
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