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 – 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 – F – Flax

Flax Seed - Linum usitatissimum Parts used: seed Traditional uses: “Emollient, demulcent, pectoral. The crushed seeds or linseed meal make a very useful poultice, either alone or with mustard. In ulceration and superficial or deep-seated inflammation a linseed poultice allays irritation and pain and promotes suppuration…Linseed is largely employed as an addition to cough medicines.... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – E – Elderberry

Elderberry, Elder - Sambucus nigra, S. canadensis Parts used: bark, leaf, flower, berry Traditional uses: Berries used in formulas against chills and cold. Helps support the immune system. Infusion of berry used internally for rheumatism. Flower infusion used as a febrifuge and to sweat out a cold. Leaf infusion used to wash sores and prevent... 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 →

Ozark Encyclopedia – D – Dittany

Dittany, Stone Mint - Cunila origanoides Parts used: leaf, flower Traditional uses: Related to Oregano and Marjoram and can be used in similar ways. As an infusion it's good for colds and to help open up the sinuses. Boiled strong it helps the body sweat and can aid in lowering fevers. Infusion used to help... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – D – Dandelion

Dandelion - Taraxacum sp. Parts used: root, leaf, flower Traditional uses: Greens eaten. Poultice of steamed or wilted leaves applied to indolent ulcers. Greens eaten to purify the blood. Decoction of roots taken for stomach pain. Infusion of root used for blood. Infusion of herb used to calm nerves. “Diuretic, tonic and slightly aperient. It... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – C – Cucumber Tree

Cucumber Tree - Magnolia acuminata Parts used: root, bark Traditional uses: Infusion of bark taken for stomachache or cramps. Infusion of bark used for toothache. “A mild diaphoretic, tonic, and aromatic stimulant. It is used in rheumatism and malaria and is contra-indicated in inflammatory symptoms. In the Alleghany districts the cones are steeped in spirits... Continue Reading →

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