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246: Fairy Doctors

In the Ozark the “Power Doctor” or “Goomer Doctor” is a folk healer who is versed in charms, prayers, and healing work that generally does not involve any internal medicine. 1,728 more words

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The earth based herbalism and farming we practice develops a long standing relationship with each plant. Since we grow all the plant matter that goes into our products, each item is nutured from seed to product. 220 more words

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Sacred Fire Names


Niran “flames”
Nuri “fire”
Nuria “fire”
Hourig “small fire”

Balkan & Slavic
Aguya Kalmyk “woman of fire”
Basia “fire”
Gabija “fire”
Pelenas “place of fire” 301 more words

242: Pine

The pine tree, although not native to the area, have been used frequently throughout the years by yarb doctors and country herbalists. Pine needles taken as an infusion serve as a cure for coughs and colds, the resin is often used in salves for skin complaints as well as classic “rubdowns” for chest congestion. 608 more words

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241: Camphor

Camphor is a fragrant substance taken mostly from the camphor laurel (Cinnamomum camphora), found across South Asia. Although it’s often synthetically made today, camphor has been used in folk healing and folk magic, in many diverse preparations, across the world for centuries. 661 more words

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240: Corn Lore

Corn was not only a staple crop for many Ozark hillfolk but was also an omen for future weather, medicine, and magic plant. Vance Randolph mentions many of these superstitions in his “Ozark Magic and Folklore”: 1,039 more words

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233: Boils, Ringworm, and Sores

Dermatological complaints in the Ozarks are never just lumped in together, but have been traditionally cured with separate remedies ranging from the use of certain native plants to complex rituals that would smilingly have no effect whatsoever. 772 more words

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