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 →

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 – M – Manure

Chicken manure for pneumonia - “Some old settlers make poultices of chicken manure mixed with lard as a treatment for pneumonia; it is said that the dung of black chickens is best.” ~Randolph OMF 94 Sheep manure tea for measles - “Nanny tea, consisting of sheep manure and hot water, with a little sugar, is... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – M – Madstone

For treating rabies – “The madstone treatment for rabies was once popular in many parts of the United States and is still well known in the Ozarks. The madstones I have seen are porous and resemble some sort of volcanic ash, but the natives all claim that they were taken from the entrails of deer.... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – L – Lady’s Slipper

Lady’s Slipper - Cypripedium Parts used: root Traditional uses: Roots used for menstrual disorders. Infusion of roots used for stomachaches and kidney disorders. Roots used for spasms and fits. Infusion of root taken for colds and hot infusion of root taken for flu. Sedative and nervine. “American Valerian is one of the names given to... Continue Reading →

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