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 – 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 – Mustard

Mustard - Brassica Parts used: seed Traditional uses: “Irritant, stimulant, diuretic, emetic. Mustard is used in the form of poultices for external application near the seat of inward inflammation, chiefly in pneumonia, bronchitis and other diseases of the respiratory organs. It relieves congestion of various organs by drawing the blood to the surface, as in... 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 →

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 →

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