Ozark Encyclopedia – P – Pawpaw

Pawpaw - Asimina triloba Parts used: bark, fruit Traditional uses: Fruit used for food. Inner bark used to make strong ropes and string. Wood used in pegging for various illnesses. Fruit used in ritual associated with curing a man of drunkenness. Used in love magic and to prevent infidelity. A magical wood, associated with death... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – P – Paper

Note for headache and eyestrain – “I met a witch doctor in Little Rock, Arkansas, who cured headaches and eyestrain simply by writing MOTTER FOTTER on a piece of paper and letting the patient burn the paper in the presence of three witnesses.” ~Randolph OMF 133 Used in curing warts – “Another way to ‘pass’... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – N – Nails

Nails have been used in Ozark folk healing and magic in a variety of ways. There’s a belief among Hillfolk that the object that hurt the individual was just as important to the healing process as the medicine put onto the wound. Knife blades, bullets, and nails were often treated with healing salves and plants... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – M – Moon

Silver connection to the Moon – “It is always a good idea to be touching a silver coin whenever you see the moon, and it may be for this reason that rings hammered from silver coins are so popular in some sections.” ~Randolph OMF 330 Medicine and the Moon - “Medicine works best when there... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – M – Mistletoe

Mistletoe - Phoradendron leucarpum Parts used: foliage, berries Traditional uses: Poisonous. 'Tea ooze' used to bathe head for headache. Infusion used for high blood pressure. Compounds containing leaves and branches used for lung trouble. Used for dizziness - “Mistletoe leaves are made into a remedy for dizziness and head noises.” ~Randolph OMF 114 Used in... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – M – Milk

Mother’s milk to treat sore eyes – “If a baby's eyes are sore, the mother's milk is regarded as the best possible lotion.” ~Randolph OMF 138 Sweet cream for eyes – “Young girls often rub sweet cream into their eyes, but I am not sure if this is a medicine or a cosmetic.” ~Randolph OMF... Continue Reading →

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