The Spiritual Hierarchy

According to Allan Kardec in The Spirits' Book, the spirit world exists on a hierarchy, or a sort of sliding scale, of ten levels. For the Spiritist the whole purpose of life is learning to be better. You try and grow as much as you can while in your embodied form, then as a spirit... Continue Reading →

What is Spiritism?

As the first post in my new series called The Ozark Spiritist I thought I would take some time to talk about the basics of Spiritism and why I'm writing this series. This information can also be found on my website. “The line of march of all spirits is always progressive, never retrograde. They raise themselves... Continue Reading →

Blog Update

I'm back! I know, I know, it's been a while since I've posted anything on this blog, and for some time I've been feeling like I might even just let it fade away, since I've been spending more time on my future publication, The Encyclopedia of Ozark Folk Medicine, which I'm hoping to be able... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – M – Mayapple

Mayapple, American Mandrake - Podophyllum peltatum Parts used: root, fruit Traditional uses: Poisonous. Root soaked in whiskey and taken for rheumatism and as a purgative. Boiled root eaten as a purgative. Powdered root used on ulcers and sores. Fruit used for food. “Podophyllum is a medicine of most extensive service; its greatest power lies in... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – J – Jimsonweed

Jimsonweed - Datura stramonium ***CAUTION! Poisonous!*** Parts used: flower, leaf Traditional uses: Poisonous. Poultice of wilted leaves used on boils and fresh wounds. Smoked for asthma. Poultice of decoction of leaves mash applied to the chest for pneumonia. Compound poultice with crushed seeds rubbed on sore throat. “Antispasmodic, anodyne and narcotic. Its properties are virtually... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – H – Horseshoe

To protect a house from witchcraft – “Probably the commonest way to keep witches out of the house is to nail a horseshoe over the door; this is regarded as a sort of general prophylactic against witches, bad luck, contagious disease, and other evil influences. Many hillmen insist that it doesn't work unless the open... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – G – Goldenseal

Goldenseal - Hydrastis canadensis Parts used: root Traditional uses: Infusion used as wash for local inflammations and skin complaints. Generally alterative, anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, bitter tonic, laxative, anti-diabetic and muscular stimulant. “The action is tonic, laxative, alterative and detergent. It is a valuable remedy in the disordered conditions of the digestion and has a... Continue Reading →

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