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 – G – Ginseng

Ginseng - Panax quinquefolius Parts used: root Traditional uses: Root used for headache, colic, colds, as an expectorant. Chewed for thrush. Decoction used for palsy and vertigo. Poultice applied to wounds and bleeding cuts. Decoction used as a febrifuge. General tonic. “In China, both varieties are used particularly for dyspepsia, vomiting and nervous disorders. 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 →

Day 216: Repurposing Hymns

Singing is a big part of Ozark folk culture, and the Ozark people have a giant store of great folk ballads and hymns to choose from. I grew up in a church that at least for a little while sang a lot of the old hymns, and while I may not identify with the brand... Continue Reading →

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