Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Magic and Medicine from the Ozarks

Writings

Here you can find all of my writings related to Ozark folklore, magic, and healing.

1: Warts 

2: String

3: The Dark History of the Ozarks

4: Fevers

5: The Magic Cowhide

6: The Ozarks

7: The Power Doctors

8: Ozark Speak

9: Ozark Medicinal Plant Hike

10: The Silver Bullet

11: Ghosts, Spirits, and Haints

12: The Booger Dog

13: Birds

14: Snakes

15: May Day Lore

16: Strawberries Are Easy Witched

17: She Wouldn’t Be a Witch

18: Quaker Healing

19: Holy Rollers

20: Uktena Tales

21: Origin of Disease and Medicine 

22: A Rant and Some Tree Lore

23: White Animals

24: Two Ozark Folk Tales

25: Rabbit Lore

26: Old Gram French

27: Sacred Harp

28: Lined-Out Hymnody

29: The Devil

30: The Devil’s Pretty Daughter

31: Devil Take the Skillet

32: Spring Tonics: Sassafras

33: Spring Tonics: Bitters 

34: Spring Tonics: Ozark Spicebush

35: Spring Tonics: Dandelion Root

36: The Little Boy and the Snake 

37: A Walk in the Ozark National Forest

38: Fire Tonic

39: Healer Profile: Aunt Nora Garland

40: Healer Profile: Mrs. Andy Webb

41: Faith Healing

42: How They Brought Back the Tobacco

43: Cherokee Medicinal Plants 

44: Foraging 

45: Making Green Salve

46: The Derby Ram

47: Recipes

48: The Witch Master

49: Lightning Lore

50: Tobacco

51: The Ordinary Healer

52: Gardening with Native Plants

53: Sweeping the Body 

54: Cherokee Sacred Formulas 

55: Rattlesnake Magic

56: Plantain

57: Cherokee Plant Names

58: Devil’s Den

59: Snakebite Formula

60: Native American Museum

61: Self Heal

62: The Monardas

63: Treasures

64: Mullein

65: Lake Fayetteville Hike

66: Plant Names in ᏣᎳᎩ

67: Tsu’nigadu’li ᏧᏂᎦᏚᎵ

68: Sappy Birthday Reflections

69: Plant Names in ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ, part 2

70: The Nûñnë’hï

71: Síqua utsetsásdi ᏏᏆ ᎤᏤᏣᏍᏗ

72: Indigenous Tattooing

73: The First Fire

74: Braucherei in the Ozarks

75: Cures and Remedies: from Arthritis to Croup

76: Cures and Remedies: from Diarrhea to Inflammation

77: Cures and Remedies: from Kidney Trouble to Salves

78: What is Folk Magic? 

79: Lady Augusta Gregory: Seers and Healers

80: Lady Augusta Gregory: Herbs, Charms, and Wise Women

81: Family Stories

82: Monsters of the Ozarks: The Gowrow

83: Monsters of the Ozarks: The Snawfus

84: Monsters of the Ozarks: The High-Behind and Kingdoodle

85: Monsters of the Ozarks: The Wampus

86: Monsters of the Ozarks: The Side-Hill Hoofer

87: Monsters of the Ozarks: The Bald Knob Buzzard and the Giasticutus

88: Common Folklore Themes: Flying to the Sabbath

89: Irish Origin of Medicine

90: A Glossary of Ozark Folk Magic

91: How Pedestal Rock Was Made 

92: Red Cedar

93: Mount Sequoyah

94: How the Witch Doctor Broke a Spell

Addendum to Day 94

95: Tale of the Woodpecker Woman

96: A Frog Story

97: The Three Brothers

98: The Forty-Mile-Jumper

99: Exorcism in the Ozarks

100: The Bluff-Dwellers

101: Ozark Animal “Tokens” 

102: Ozark Initiations

103: Signs of the Gift

104: A Giant Story

105: Shapeshifting in the Ozarks

106: Healing With Wooden Pegs

107: Ozark ABC’s 

108: The Big Old Giant

109: Common Folklore Themes: Milk Stealing

110: Dreams

111: Louisiana Creole Plant Names

112: The Three Black Rocks

113: Madstones

114: Ozark Folk Songs: “The State of Arkansas”

115: White Bear Whittington

116: Knives 

117: Sympathetic Magic

118: Louisiana Creole Illnesses

119: Ozark Folk Songs: “Fox Walked Out” 

120: A Remedy for Shingles

121: Thoughts on Spirit Helpers

122: Ozark Folk Songs: “Black Jack Davy”

123: The Witch of Johnsontown

124: Chickens and Roosters

125: Quakers and Witchcraft

126: Romanichals in the Ozarks

127: A Woodpecker Tale

128: Creole Knot Healing

129: Wasps and Hornets

130: Verbal Charms

131: The Dumb Supper

132: The Importance of Evidence

133: Granny Whittaker

134: The Ozark Folksong Collection

135: Ozark Folk Songs: “Weeping Willow”

136: Ozark Folk Songs: “Shady Grove”

137: Ozark Folk Songs: “Cripple Creek”

138: Pawpaw French

139: Late Summer Yarbs

140: The Bible as Talisman

141: Good Luck

142: Family Stories: Wilma and the Bull

143: Family Stories: Wart Charming

144: Pawpaw Lore

145: The Seventh Son

146: The Ozark Granny Woman

147: Quilting Lore

148: So They Say

149: Ozark Recipes

150: Ozark Recipes: Hickory Nuts

151: Ozark Recipes: Plum Butter and Blackberry Cake

152: Ozark Recipes: Corn Dodger

153: Ozark Recipes: Cooking with Cornmeal

154: Ozark Recipes: Cooking with Persimmons

155: Ozark Recipes: Apple Season

156: Ozark Recipes: Squirrel

157: Nakedness in the Ozarks

158: Autumn and Signs of Winter Weather

159: Thoughts on Spinning Yarn

160: Black Walnuts

161: Herbal Recipes: Oxymels

162: Hunting for Spicebush

163: Ragweed vs. Goldenrod

164: Secrecy 

165: Blackhaw

166: Simplicity 

167: Herbal Shop!

168: White Snakeroot

169: Sweet Everlasting

170: Hackberry and Sugarberry

171: Goldenrods! 

172: Herbal Safety

173: Ozark Ghost Stories: The Ghost of Paris

174: Against Thieves 

175: Ozark Ghost Stories: The Ghost Wife

176: Ozark Ghost Stories: The White Bird

177: Ozark Ghost Stories: Ghost Dogs

178: Ozark Ghost Stories: The Hobo Ghost

179: Ozark Ghost Stories: Kitty Rollins

180: Back and Ready to Write

181: Ozark Ghost Tales: Ghost Animals

182: Feather Crowns

183: Ozark Ghost Tales: Raw Bones and Bloody Meat

184: Ozark Ghost Tales: The Devil’s Promenade 

185: Ozark Ghost Tales: The Black-Oak Ghost

186: Ozark Ghost Tales: The Spectral Horseman

187: Ozark Ghost Tales: The Woman Sucked His Blood

188: Ozark Ghost Tales: Headless Ghosts

189: Ozark Ghost Tales: Pennywinkle! Pennywinkle!

190: Ozark Witch Hazel

191: Brown’s “The Complete Herbalist” 

192: Yarbs for Surviving Winter

193: Ozark Medicinal Herb Packet, part 1

194: Ozark Medicinal Herb Packet, part 2

195: Ozark Medicinal Herb Packet, part 3

196: New Plant Friends: Oriental Bittersweet

197: New Plant Friends: Carolina Snailseed

198: Black Locust

199: Dwarf Ginseng

200: Common Dittany

201: Puffballs

202: Fire Lore

203: Christmas Fern

204: Broom-Sedge

205: Native Plant Herbalism

206: Osage Plant Names, part 1

207: Osage Plant Names, part 2

208: Osage Plant Names, part 3

209: Turkey Tales

210: The “Little People”

211: Cross-Cultural Materia Medica

212: Healing with Stumpwater

213: Finnish “Origins” and “Births”

214: Rappahannock Folk Medicine

215: Tincturing Workshop

216: Repurposing Hymns

217: New Plant Friends: Eastern Wahoo

218: Backyard Salad

219: The Things that Ride You

220: Charms and Amulets 

221: Asafetida

222: Kräuterlikör

223: The Role of the Healer

224: Measuring

225: Breath and Blowing

226: Folklore of Hertfordshire

227: Mistletoe

228: Old Christmas

229: Christmas Eve

230: The Beggar

231: New Year’s Eve

232: A Cry in the Woods

233: Boils, Ringworm, and Sores

234: Backwoods Beauty Treatments

235: Jack and the Possum

236: To Take off the “Cuss”

237: Baby “Marks”

238: Jack and the Devil

239: Jack’s Hunting Trip

240: Corn Lore

241: Camphor

242: Pine

243: Recipes, Recipes

244: Ozark Fairies

245: Jack and the Strangers 

246: Fairy Doctors

247: Concern

248: Creole Folk Remedies

249: Love Divinations

250: Love Medicines

251: Groundhog Day

252: The Powerful Mr. Green 

253: Idumea

254: Sweet Morning

255: March Lore

256: Redbud Tree

257: Dogwood Tree

258: March 17th, Potatoes and Geese

259: Animal and Human Parts

260: Peach Tree

261: Harvesting Plants Responsibly

262: Hidden Spirit Workers

263: Greases, Oils, and Fats 

264: Beads

265: Frogs and Toads

266: Birds part II

267: Water

268: Down to the River to Pray

269: The Razorback

270: Passion Vine

271: Axes

272: Nails

273: Moon

274: Blood Stopping

275: Folk Illnesses

276: Sty Charming

277: Thrash Charming

278: Wart Cures

279: Fingernails

280: Black Draught

281: Circumlocutory Language

282: The Birth of the Snawfus

283: Tobacco, part 2

284: Ozark Taboos

285: Witch Animals

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