What to Harvest: March

There are useful plants to be harvested year round, if you pay attention to the land, the weather, and generally what's happening outdoors around you. Here is the first installment of a series I'm going to try and maintain about what useful medicinal and edible plants are popping up throughout the year. Please note, this... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – P – Pawpaw

Pawpaw - Asimina triloba Parts used: bark, fruit Traditional uses: Fruit used for food. Inner bark used to make strong ropes and string. Wood used in pegging for various illnesses. Fruit used in ritual associated with curing a man of drunkenness. Used in love magic and to prevent infidelity. A magical wood, associated with death... 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 – O – Oak

Oak - Quercus Parts used: bark, leaf Traditional uses: Astringent, antiseptic, bark and leaves can be used to treat diarrhea and dysentery, can be used in poultices and to help stop bleeding. “The astringent effects of the Oak were well known to the Ancients, by whom different parts of the tree were used, but it... 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 – 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 – 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 →

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