Odds & Ends

Ozark Encyclopedia – E – Eggs

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Ozark Healing Traditions

Owl eggs for alcoholism – “Every old woman has heard that owls’ eggs are a sure cure for alcoholism. Owls lay their eggs in March, and it is said that many Ozark children are kept out of school and sent by their mothers to search for owls’ nests in the tall timber. Many a hillman has been fed owls’ eggs, scrambled or disguised in one way and another, without knowing what he was eating.” ~Randolph OMF 150-151

“A drunkard can be cured by feeding him scrambled owl’s eggs.” ~Parler FBA II 2047

“One of the best known remedies for alcoholism is to feed the patient a diet of owl’s eggs.” ~Rayburn OFE A-2 “Alcoholics”

Protection from witches by means of the egg tree – “By all odds the most striking barrier against witches is the so-called egg tree. Usually it is just a little dead bush with the branches closely…

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