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 – O – Onion

Onion - Allium cepa Parts used: bulb Traditional uses: Syrup of chopped onions taken for colds. Used to destroy germs because of a volatile oil in roots. Onion placed in a sick room to draw fever out. “Antiseptic, diuretic. A roasted Onion is a useful application to tumours or earache. The juice made into a... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – O – Oak

Oak - Quercus Parts used: bark, leaf Traditional uses: Astringent, antiseptic, bark and leaves can be used to treat diarrhea and dysentery, can be used in poultices and to help stop bleeding. “The astringent effects of the Oak were well known to the Ancients, by whom different parts of the tree were used, but it... 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 – Mullein

Mullein - Verbascum thapsus Parts used: root, leaf, flower Traditional uses: Leaves and flowers can be used to clear chest congestion (smoked or as an infusion), as an analgesic for rashes, aches and pains. Leaves can be wilted and used in poultices for swollen glands. Roots can be used in decoctions for gynecological issues. “The... 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 →

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