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275: Folk Illnesses and Medical Terms

This is by no means an exhaustive list of folk illnesses and medical terminology associated with the Ozark and Appalachian peoples. With the advent of the country doctor and quack medicine shows we also see the influence of “higher end” medical terms seen in books like The Complete Herbalist and The People’s Home Library upon the language of the common people. 723 more words

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273: Moon

Ozark hillfolk have traditionally had a very close relationship to the Heavenly Bodies, especially the moon. Seeds were planted under certain signs of the Zodiac, plants and crops harvested under others. 412 more words

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270: Passion Vine

One of my favorite summertime herbals to collect is the Passion Vine, Passiflora incarnata, also known as maypop, purple passionflower, true passionflower, wild apricot, and wild passion vine.  361 more words

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267: Water

Sources:
Parler, Mary Celestia – Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)
Randolph, Vance – Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)
Wilson, Charles Morrow – Backwoods America (BA) 351 more words

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266: Birds, part II

Sources:
Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)
Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)

Owl

Owl guts over the doorway – “A man in Fort Smith, Arkansas, told me that his father placed the entrails of a big horned owl over the door, to keep witches away.” ~Randolph OMF 284… 1,261 more words

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264: Beads

Here’s an interesting look at the use of certain kinds of beads in Ozark folk healing.

Sources:
Parler, Mary Celestia – Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA) 340 more words

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Getting closer to Mother Earth - why I forage

Foraging in the urban environment in which I live can be challenging…. but so rewarding! Besides the treats I bring home for use in the kitchen or in herbal earth medicine preparations, foraging activities bring me closer to Mother Earth and her cycles of birth, growth, death and regeneration. 262 more words

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