25th November

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Isle of Barra, Sept 2000: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, November 2014:
Full Moon – November 6, 22:23
Last Quarter – November 14, 15:15
New Moon – November 22, 12:32
First Quarter – November 29, 10:06

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CURRENT MOON

Saint's Day:
Catherine of Alexandria
Elizabeth of Reute

Festival:
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (International)
Teacher's Day or Hari Guru (Indonesia)
Vajiravudh Day (Thailand)

Flowering Now by Saul Hughes: Nipple Wort
Botanical Name. Lapsana Communis.
Family, Asteraceae.
Gaelic Name. Duillog Bhride.
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A very common beautiful plant, but despite that no plant so common and conspicuous as this is so little known by its name, and is often a name that one remembers when encountered.
The name nipple wort comes from its chief use in the treatment of hard and cracked nipples, or nipples tender from suckling. The name Wort is a Anglo Saxon name meaning a healing plant, and as such is often prefixed to the particular area that it is good for, this can also be seen in plants such as liver wort, kidney wort etc.
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The Latin name Lapsana indiciates that it is a edible plant, it often being used in salads, in fact it is used in very much the same way as dandelion and chicory. The name communis relates to its being a common sight. The family name Asteraceae comes from the Greek aster for star in reference to the star like appearance of the flowers.
Its Gaelic name Duilleog (leaf) and Bhride (Goddess and St brigid) refers to this plants association with women’s health.
Medicinally it is lactescent (milky sap) bitter and is often applied as a poultice for wounds, ulcerations but more famously for nipple complaints, and is used very similarly to Dandelion.
This plant was largely used as a salad herb, being available almost all year round, and its little bright yellow flowers were indicators of how sunny the day is as they close tight as soon as the sun is shaded.*

Also on this day:

1343 – A tsunami, caused by the earthquake in the Tyrrhenian Sea, devastates Naples (Italy) and the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, among other places.

1667 – A deadly earthquake rocks Shemakha in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people.

1703 – The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, reaches its peak intensity which it maintains through November 27. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people die.

1759 – An earthquake hits the Mediterranean destroying Beirut and Damascus and killing 30,000-40,000.

1833 – A massive undersea earthquake, estimated magnitude between 8.7-9.2 rocks Sumatra, producing a massive tsunami all along the Indonesian coast.

1839 – A cyclone slams India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying the port city of Coringa (which has never been completely rebuilt). The storm wave sweeps inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths result from the disaster.

1926 – The deadliest November tornado outbreak in U.S. history strikes on Thanksgiving day. 27 twisters of great strength are reported in the Midwest, including the strongest November tornado, an estimated F4, that devastates Heber Springs, Arkansas. There are 51 deaths in Arkansas alone, 76 deaths and over 400 injuries in all.

1950 – The "Storm of the Century", a violent snowstorm, paralyzes the northeastern United States and the Appalachians, bringing winds up to 100 mph and sub-zero temperatures. Pickens, West Virginia, records 57 inches of snow. 323 people die as a result of the storm.

1987 – Typhoon Nina pummels the Philippines with category 5 winds of 165 mph and a surge that destroys entire villages. At least 1,036 deaths are attributed to the storm.

1996 – An ice storm strikes the central U.S. killing 26 people. A powerful windstorm affects Florida and winds gust over 90 mph, toppling trees and flipping trailers.

2000 – Earthquake in Baku, Adzerbaijan kills 26 and injures 412.

2009 – Powerful storm brings 3 years worth of rain in 4 hours to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, sparking terrible floods known as the 2009 Jeddah Floods, which kill over 150 people and sweep thousands of cars away right in the middle of Hajj in the second largest city of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah.

Stay in bed on November 25th!


* All information regarding the uses of the plants is exactly for that informational purposes only, and that the author and owners of the web do not encourage anyone to be eating, or disturbing wild plants, but merely to admire them in their natural environment and to ponder on their rise and fall within human culture.