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I am so excited to be focusing on herbalism and farming full time. This is just my second week, but it has allowed me more time to harvest, create, and dream. 119 more words


Day 92: Red Cedar

In the Ozarks what people usually refer to as “red cedar” or “cedar” is actually a species of Juniper, Juniperus virginiana, “eastern red cedar” to be exact. 966 more words


Day 90: A Glossary of Ozark Folk Magic

I’ve decided to repost this glossary here in my Folk Magic 365 series. I’m trying to start keeping all my writings in one place.

The Glossary: 1,337 more words


Day 89: Irish Origin of Medicine

Stories about the origin of medicine or healing are common in a lot of folk traditions. We’ve already seen once such story from the Cherokee peoples. 1,140 more words



The recipe we use to create our tinctures is quite simple. We use the folk method, so there are no real measurements involved.

We start by collecting the herbs that speak to us and are in season. 165 more words


Day 76: Cures and Remedies: from Diarrhea to Inflammation

Here’s the second part of some traditional Appalachian cures and remedies listed in “Foxfire One”. NOTE that all cures and remedies using turpentine, kerosene, pokeweed, and sulfur are not recommended as these items are toxic.  1,466 more words


Day 74: Braucherei in the Ozarks

It’s interesting to look at all of the influencing factors upon Ozark folkways, and one of my favorite influences to look at is braucherei. Around the turn of the 20th century certain charms, prayers, and materia medica specific to the Pennsylvania German braucherei tradition made their way into Ozark folk healing by way of German-Appalachian settlers to the area. 387 more words