Ozark Encyclopedia – C – Cloth

Used in curing warts – “An old man near Bentonville, Arkansas, had quite a local reputation as a wart specialist, though he made no secret of his method, and said that anybody could perform similar cures if they only ‘knowed how.’ He told me that he just fastened a bit of cloth to the wart,... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – C – Catnip

Catnip - Nepeta cataria Parts used: leaf, flower Traditional uses: Infusion used for female obstructions. Infusion used for worms. Infusion used for spasms. Syrup with honey used for colds and infusion used for babies' colds. Syrup with honey used for coughs. Infusion taken for hives and poultice of leaf used for boils and swellings. Infusion... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – C – Camphor

Poultice to cure a cold – “…the only way to cure such a cold was to apply a poultice of lard, camphor, turpentine, and fried onions.” ~Randolph OMF 94 Worn to protect from meningitis – “Small boys are sometimes forced to wear little bags of camphor sewed to their shirts, to prevent their catching meningitis... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – B – Buzzards

Body used in treating cancer – “The body of a buzzard is somehow used to treat cancer, but this must be done secretly, for the killing of a buzzard means seven years of crop failure for the whole countryside, and the man who shoots one of these birds is naturally unpopular. Dr. Oakley St. John,... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – B – Black Pepper

Black Pepper - Piper nigrum Parts used: seed Traditional uses: Used as an astringent, stimulant, and to season food.  “Aromatic, stimulant, carminative; is said to possess febrifuge properties. Its action as a stimulant is specially evident on the mucous membrane of the rectum, and so is good for constipation, also on the urinary organs; externally... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – B – Black Cats

Black cat tail used in curing granulated eyelids – “The tail of a black cat, drawn across the eye everyday, is the prime remedy for granulated eyelids; some healers even claim to have cured cataract with this simple remedy, reinforced by a few ‘old sayin's.’” ~Randolph OMF 138 Black cat killed and used to cure... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – B – Bible

The Bible along with an almanac were likely the only two books in the hillman’s cabin. The Bible was not only for keeping record of births, deaths, and family affairs, but also contained powerful healing verses for those in the know. Connected to certain marriage divinations. Used as a physical talisman against witchcraft, nightmares, etc.... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – B – Beans

Used in curing warts – “A schoolteacher in Barry county, Missouri, believes that the best way to get rid of warts is to rub them with a green bean leaf until each wart looks green and then go to bed without washing your hands. Another common theory is that it is only necessary to touch... Continue Reading →

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