A year or two back, I read Mark Boyle’s The Moneyless Manifesto, which I found quite inspirational. Now, I am aware that if we didn’t have money, people would find plenty of other ways of being, say, corrupt or envious. On the other hand, on an individual basis, it can feel good when you choose to find alternative ways of operating.
One herbaceous plant Mark mentioned was soapwort, which in the past was apparently used to wash clothes. As I was suffering quite badly from psoriasis on the palms of my hands at the time, the plant therefore appealed on a number of fronts.
However, the seeds I sowed last year didn’t get very far. And it didn’t look like the Red Campion (Silene dioica) I sowed was going to do much better. At least, it grew a few leaves in the front garden.
This year, it has gone one better and produced flowers, although as you can see ‘red’ is not the colour I would choose to describe them.
When I bought the seeds, there had been some mention of a use as a herb. I couldn’t remember what, so I did an internet search on the bus this morning. I still can’t remember what the tea from them is supposed to be good for but I do remember a more interesting possibility. Soap.
The internet articles one and all failed to give precise guidance, unfortunately. The best I got was to heat an unspecified number of the roots in an unspecified amount of water for an unspecified amount of time. Not one for shirking a challenge, though, I will at some point do a bit of experimenting to develop my own recipe. And then I will let you know.