I have been working on an field guide to herbal/plant medicine in Nipmuc Country (central MA, northwest RI, northeast CT). I put the book aside for a couple of years during covid since working at a hospital didn’t leave much free time or relaxed time to write. Why this Guide? Our Nipmuc ancestors used plants to maintain their health and bring balance into their lives. … Continue reading Moskehtu (medicine)
Botanical Name Urtica dioica Common Name(s) Nettle, Common Nettle, Stinging Nettle Family Urticaceae (50 species) Native to Europe, Asia, Northern Africa, Western North America Geographical Distribution Everywhere Botanical Description Nettle is a flowering perennial that is both dioceious (separate male and female plants) and monoecious (both male and female flowers on the same plant) (Shannon 2006) (Ohio Perennial and Biennial Weed Guide). It grows nearly … Continue reading All About Nettle
Most folks that know me know that I’ve been mourning the loss of trees in the woods around my neighborhood for quite awhile. Lately, though I’ve seen evidence that when something is taken away, something else is given. Where trees once stood, fields of plants abound. Seeds that lay dormant in the soil for who knows how many decades have given birth to a huge … Continue reading The Used-to-Be Woods Across the Street.