Ozark Encyclopedia – H – Horehound

Horehound - Marrubium vulgare Parts used: leaf, flower Traditional uses: Infusion of whole plant used for flushing the kidneys. Taken for colds. Mixed with sugar to make cough syrup. Decoction of leaves used for coughs. “White Horehound has long been noted for its efficacy in lung troubles and coughs…Preparations of Horehound are still largely used... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – H – Honey

Vinegar and honey for arthritis – “I’ve always heard vinegar and honey is good for arthritis.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 21 Vinegar and honey for a cough – “We made out own cough syrup with honey and white vinegar. We put half honey and half white vinegar and one quarter water, stir that real good.... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – H – Hickory

Hickory - Carya  Parts used: leaf, stem, nuts Traditional uses: Leaves can be used for headaches and poultices. Bark can be used to help treat arthritis. The sap of the shagbark hickory is used like sugar or maple syrup. Pegging for malaria, chills, fever, etc. - “To cure malaria, chills, fever, and ague all you... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – G – Greases

Goose Goose grease for earache – “Others prefer to pour sweet oil, or skunk oil, or goose grease strained through silk into their ears.” ~Randolph OMF 108 Goose grease rubbed on chest for cold – “Everybody had geese and when they killed geese, they saved the grease. You get a cold and they’d rub your... 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 →

Ozark Encyclopedia – G – Ginseng

Ginseng - Panax quinquefolius Parts used: root Traditional uses: Root used for headache, colic, colds, as an expectorant. Chewed for thrush. Decoction used for palsy and vertigo. Poultice applied to wounds and bleeding cuts. Decoction used as a febrifuge. General tonic. “In China, both varieties are used particularly for dyspepsia, vomiting and nervous disorders. A... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – G – Garlic

Garlic - Alium sativum Parts used: bulb Traditional uses: “Diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant. Many marvellous effects and healing powers have been ascribed to Garlic. It possesses stimulant and stomachic properties in addition to its other virtues. As an antiseptic, its use has long been recognized. In the late war it was widely employed in the... Continue Reading →

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