Ozark Encyclopedia – O – Onion

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Onion – Allium cepa

Parts used: bulb

Traditional uses: Syrup of chopped onions taken for colds. Used to destroy germs because of a volatile oil in roots. Onion placed in a sick room to draw fever out.

“Antiseptic, diuretic. A roasted Onion is a useful application to tumours or earache. The juice made into a syrup is good for colds and coughs. Hollands gin, in which Onions have been macerated, is given as a cure for gravel and dropsy.” ~Grieve MH

Red onion on bedpost for a cold – “A big red onion tied to a bedpost is said to prevent the occupants of the bed from catching cold. A famous politician in Arkansas had an onion fastened to his bedpost as recently as 1937. When I asked him about this he laughed rather sheepishly. ‘That’s just one of Maw’s notions,’ he said, referring to his mother-in-law. ‘She lives with…

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Nettle {Urtica dioica}

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Also, Known As:

  • Chinese Nettle
  • Common Nettle
  • Common Stinging Nettle
  • Great Nettle
  • Great Stinging Nettle
  • Hsieh-tzu-ts’ao
  • Nettle
  • Stinging Nettle

The herb known as the nettle is a small plant reaching about two to three feet in height with an erect stem; it bears dark green leaves that are marked by serrated margins. The nettle gives out small and inconspicuous flowers when in bloom. The nettle has now been designated by international botanists as the Urtica dioica L. and the herb belongs to the plant family Urticaceae. There are many sub-species of this plant and the American variety differs from the typical European sub-species of the nettle called Urtica dioica, the main difference between these two sub-species of the same plant lying in the fact that the European plant bears both male and female flowers – it is dioecious. This classification is also challenged at the same time by certain botanists…

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The Bureau of Land Management Blocks Public Observation and Adoption of Wild Horses Rounded Up in Wyoming’s Checkerboard

Straight from the Horse's Heart

SOURCE:  wildhoofbeats.com

Great Divide Basin Family

The Forgotten Horses – at least that is what the BLM wants them to be.

1/10/2018

by Carol J. Walker, Director Of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

I spent three weeks in September and October of 2017 observing the roundup and removal of 1968 wild horses from Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek, three of the largest remaining Herd Management Areas in Wyoming and the country.

Great Divide Basin wild horses

Although the Environmental Assessment prepared by the BLM prior to the Roundup said that they would remove 1560 wild horses total from all three Herd Management Areas, they illegally proceeded to remove a total of 1968 wild horses, contending that the 408 captured and removed foals and yearlings “didn’t count.” Although the BLM’s own numbers showed that they would only be able to remove 1560 wild horses total without…

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A Bridge Of Shadow ~ An Anthology

By Natalie J. Case

Recently we finished up our second Creativia anthology.  Like the first one, all of the writers started with the same prompt, and had about four months to write.  This time around, their prompt was “The letter/email/missive/message was ominous, if a little vague in the details. “Midnight, on the bridge. Come alone.””

The finished product is an unusual mix of genres and subjects.  Each writer really set off on their own path from the prompt.  As usual, they are give a fair bit of leeway in interpreting the prompt as long as they kept the heart of it the same.

As a result, you’ll find colonial America, Victorian London and fantasy worlds alike.  There are love stories, cautionary tales, and fantasy.  You will find paranormal creatures like wendigos, vampires, Shades, sentient shadows or talking animals.

The six authors represented here took our prompt and each of them headed off in a different direction, and that right there is half the reason I do it!  I love the way creative minds work, and it is a thrill getting to edit (and contribute) to this collection.

Now available on Amazon in kindle and paperback formats, get your copy of A Bridge of Shadow today!

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Soul Medicine For The New Year

By Amy Brucker

If you could create a soul medicine kit for yourself this year, what would be in it?
What “ailments” or habitual patterns do you experience that would require soul medicine preparations in advance ?
Would you have actual medicine? Like flower essences, herbs, and essential oils? Which ones?
Would you have crystals to help you stay grounded?
Would you integrate a soul healer/mentor who you could call or connect with any time of day or night to help you through ancestral healing?
Sweet dreams,

Amy

Luck

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Luck is seemingly random events that happen to us all. If the events are good, we see them as good luck. If the events are bad, we see them as bad luck. Witches and Wizards know they create their own luck. They will set intentions, take action and luck happens. When you sit and do nothing, bad luck is normally what you get. Things happen to you instead of making things happen.

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Ginger: The Herb To Become Acquainted With For 2018.

Good Witches Homestead

Ginger’s Quality:

The quality of the original rhizome must be the primary concern for the person using supplements of ginger in their diet. At the same time, the ginger herb is a valuable supplement in a variety of supplemental forms. At the same time, the value of the rhizome and the supplemental quality will be less if the original material is old, is shriveled, was moldy or chemically treated in anyway, in such cases, the quality of the ginger will obviously not yield the herbal values comparable to a herbal ginger product created using fresh and organically grown rhizomes.
BenefitsofGingerAn extensive and exhaustive grading system has been developed over the years, so as to insure that the international supply of ginger products remains top quality – the standards adopted in this grading system are fairly rigorous ensuring only good quality products pass the test. Chemical exposure of ginger products is…

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Richmond Workshop ~ Crystals, Ancestors, Elements ~ February 10

Self-Empowerment through the
Energies of Ancestors, Elements, and Crystals
WORKSHOP
Richmond, Virginia
February 10, 2018
2pm – 6pm
Have you ever experienced a lack of energy for no apparent reason?
Or kept encountering the same persistent obstacle no matter how many times you tried to power through?
Or wondered why you had to go through a traumatic event in your life?
If so, this may have been because of an imbalance of the elemental energies and ancestral energetic patterning.
You will LEARN
The practical and spiritual aspects of working with the four elements
How the energy of four elements is expressed in our lives
How this energy is connecting us to our ancestors
How to work with these energies and your ancestors to clear what you no longer need
How to work with these energies to meet your needs and stand in your power
You will EXPERIENCE
A process of personal attunement to the elemental energies
Uncovering subconscious patterns that are blocking your progress
A discovery of the best element for you to work with for clearing your field, recharging your batteries, stabilizing your energy, and moving forward
You will RECEIVE
4 Crystals (one for each element we work with)
4 Guided Meditations (recordings, so you can continue to enjoy the benefits of this work)
A free holographic multidimensional energy clearing group session from Brana during the workshop
A 10+ page workbook
Saturday, February 10, 2018
2pm – 6pm
Cost: $150
SHINE Integrative
Health InSyncs Building
Bon Air, Virginia 23235
Best,
Brana Mijatovic, Ph.D.

5 Magical Binding Plants

The Witch & Walnut

5 Magical Binding PlantsHappy Friday Everyone!

Although there is absolutely no sight of spring in the air in my parts and won’t be for quite some time, I still felt compelled to write about living binding green things. Perhaps it is all the sunshine. Binding is a popular option when it comes to spell work. This post is not about binding spells, just vines options you can use for your binds.

Various man-made options work well if you are not looking to take a nature walk.  Threads, yarn, cord etc can be used, but if you prefer working with nature here are the most popular options to work with and these are readily available from spring, well into deep autumn early winter.

Creeping nightshade  

Very common and found growing along fences, even fences in parking lots, trail edges and forest edges. These easily rip out, you won’t need scissors.

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Clematis – Very easy…

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7 Ways to Overcome the Toxic Self-Criticism That Robs You of Mental Strength

By Amy MorinAuthor, “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do”
A negative inner dialogue will prevent you from having a positive life.
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Your private inner dialogue can either be a powerful stepping stone or a major obstacle to reaching your goals. If you constantly make negative predictions like, “I’m going to mess up,” or you call yourself names, your self-talk will rob you of mental strength.

Your thoughts affect how you feel and how you behave. The way you think has the power to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Thinking, “I’ll never get this job,” may cause you to feel discouraged as you walk into an interview. Consequently, you may slump your shoulders, stare at the floor, and make a poor first impression–and inadvertently sabotage your chances of success.

If you have a harsh inner critic, you’re not alone. Self-doubt, catastrophic predictions, and harsh words are common. But, you don’t have to be a victim of your own verbal abuse.

Although there are many exercises that we use in therapy to help people change the way they think, here are seven ways to tame your inner critic:

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