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 – 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 – 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 – 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 →

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 – Horsemint

Horsemint - Monarda bradburiana (often several of the Monarda genus) Parts used: leaf, flower Traditional uses: Infusion used for colds, chills, as a febrifuge, and for bowel complaints. Can be used externally in oils and salves for dermatological needs. Used in many of the same ways as Monarda fistulosa. For stomach cramps and bellyache –... Continue Reading →

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 – D – Dogwood

Dogwood - Cornus florida Parts used: root, bark, flower Traditional uses: Roots and bark astringent, used for diarrhea and dermatological needs. Analgesic, chewed for headache, decoction rubbed on skin to relieve aches and pains. Root decoction is a febrifuge. Flowers taken for stomach complaints and colic. Infusion of inner bark used for a “lost voice”... Continue Reading →

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