28th 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 Labouré
Herman of Alaska
Stephen the Younger
Pope Gregory III

Festival:
Ascension of `Abdu'l-Bahá (Bahá'í Faith)
Feast of the Holy Sovereigns (Hawaii)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Mauritania from France in 1960

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:

1520 – After navigating through the South American strait, three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reach the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

1729 – Natchez Indians massacre 138 Frenchmen, 35 French women, and 56 children at Fort Rosalie, near the site of modern-day Natchez, Mississippi.

1814 – The Times in London is for the first time printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by the German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer, signaling the beginning of the availability of newspapers to a mass audience.

1907 – In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater.

1919 – Lady Astor is elected as a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. She is the first woman to sit in the House of Commons. (Countess Markiewicz, the first to be elected, refused to sit.)

1972 – Last executions in Paris, of the Clairvaux Mutineers, Roger Bontems and Claude Buffet, guillotined at La Sante Prison. (Bontems had been found innocent of murder by the court, but as Buffet's accomplice is condemned to death anyway.) The chief executioner is Andre Obrecht.


* 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.