Ozark Encyclopedia – H – Horses

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Horse or mule jawbone to cure toothache – “Another way to cure toothache is to find the skeleton of a horse or mule. Be sure that nobody is watching you. Pick up the jawbone with your teeth and walk backward nine steps, being careful not to touch the thing with your hands, and then let it fall to the ground. This done, walk away without looking back, and do not mention the matter to anybody. If the pain doesn’t stop within thirty minutes or so, it means that somebody did see you with the mule’s jaw in your mouth. In that case, the only thing you can do is to hunt up another skeleton and go through the whole business again.” ~Randolph OMF 143

“One way to cure a toothache is to touch a skeleton of a mule.” ~Parler FBA III 3461

Horsehair sieve as protection from witchcraft – Some…

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Ozark Encyclopedia – H – Hornet’s Nest

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Hung in cabin for good luck – “An empty hornets’ nest is hung up in the loft of nearly every old-time mountain cabin, and I have seen such a nest tied to the rafters of a new house that had not yet been occupied; some people say that this brings good fortune to the whole household, particularly in connection with childbirth and other sexual matters.” ~Randolph OMF 75

Used for sore eyes – “I have known old people who went to a great deal of trouble to obtain pieces of hornets’ nests, which they used to wipe their spectacles. Not only does this stuff clean the lenses better than the finest cloth or paper, they say, but it is somehow good for sore and tired eyes.” ~Randolph OMF 189

Hung up to ease birth pains – “There are some old people who always make sure that an empty hornets’ nest…

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What will help someone stay on the awakening path? How do I make sure I can become fully awake and not fall back to sleep? I know I am on the path to awakening and I am struggling, what advice do you have to help? These are just a few questions I have received since the last post. Most will tell you to keep an open mind, but that wouldn’t help anyone. What is an open mind? To me, keeping an open mind is accepting another person’s beliefs. So you just replace garbage with garbage. Belief is why the world is divided. I will be more specific and say – “be open to knowledge”. When you hear others talking about how you have to be like Sherlock Holmes, they are talking about being open to knowledge.  Figuring out what is true and what is false.  You have to feel the…

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How To Make A Wedding Broom

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The wedding broom is popular amongst both the Celtic and the African ceremonies.

Brooms are often stored by the front or back door of the home, and thus a broom can symbolize a threshold, leaping from your old single life into your new married life. This is similar to the tradition of carrying the bride across the threshold of a new home.

The handle of a broom is somewhat phallic in shape and the brush is shaped somewhat like a woman’s skirt so these two things combined can symbolize fertility and union.

A broom also symbolizes the daily routine of marriage such as cleaning the floors, taking out the trash, making dinner, and caring for one another.

Gather your materials


The whole length of the finished broom should be long enough that everyone jumping it has a bit of broom to in front of them. I’ve seen many photos of people jumping…

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Ozark Encyclopedia – H – Honey

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Vinegar and honey for arthritis – “I’ve always heard vinegar and honey is good for arthritis.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 21

Vinegar and honey for a cough – “We made out own cough syrup with honey and white vinegar. We put half honey and half white vinegar and one quarter water, stir that real good. Take two or three tablespoons before breakfast or at night. It’ll work good.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 6

Honey and pine tar for coughs – “A long time ago they made cough syrup out of honey and pine tar.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 7

Honeycomb for colds – “Chewing honeycomb will relieve a stuffy nose and enable you to breathe better.” ~Parler FBA II 1826

Carter, Kay & Bonnie Krause Home Remedies of the Illinois Ozarks (HRIO)

Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

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Ozark Encyclopedia – H – Hive Charming

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Horse breath to cure hives – “If a baby has hives, let a stud horse breathe on them, and it will cure them.” ~Parler FBA II 2478

Blowing in child’s mouth – “To cure the hives on a baby, blow your breath in the baby’s mouth if you have not seen the baby ever before.” ~Parler FBA II 2479

“A man born with a vale over his face could cure hives by blowing in the child’s mouth.” ~Parler FBA II 2480

“If a person is born after his father dies, they can blow in the mouth of a baby with the hives.” ~Parler FBA II 2481

Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

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Magic is the Key


Every organism depends on its environment for success and growth. A person needs to make sense out of his or her world, when that need is frustrated again and again, you get what you see in the world today. Everywhere you have people telling others they can’t do that because they are not good enough, they are not good-looking enough or they are not smart enough. People treat others they way they treat themselves. That voice in our head is judging us all the time. This means we are in this environment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No wonder we can’t grow.

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Ozark Encyclopedia – H – Hickory

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Hickory – Carya 

Parts used: leaf, stem, nuts

Traditional uses: Leaves can be used for headaches and poultices. Bark can be used to help treat arthritis. The sap of the shagbark hickory is used like sugar or maple syrup.

Pegging for malaria, chills, fever, etc. – “To cure malaria, chills, fever, and ague all you need is a hickory peg about a foot long. Drive it into the ground in some secluded place, where you can visit it unseen. Do not tell anyone about this business. Go there every day, pull up the peg, blow seven times into the hole, and replace the peg. After you have done this for twelve successive days, drive the peg deep into the earth so that it cannot be seen, and leave it there. You’ll have no more chills and fever that season. If the cure doesn’t work, it means that you have been…

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As Autumn Approaches…

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As autumn approaches, it brings with it shorter days and cooler nights. This makes it the perfect time to experiment with warming essential oils, such as cinnamon, clove, ginger, cardamom, and black pepper.  One of my favorite combinations contains cassia (cinnamon), clove, and sweet orange essential oils.  It just smells like autumn to me!  You can diffuse this blend or add a few drops of each oil to an oil burner and let the scent fill your home. You can also mix these oils into a water-based spray.  When doing this, I like to add some Moss Agate chips or small tumbled stones to the bottle.  Moss Agate is a stone of rebirth and is great to use during seasonal changes.

Autumn also means the start of the school year for those with school-aged children, or for those who recently returned to school as students or teachers. This can usher…

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Ozark Encyclopedia – G – Gunpowder

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To cure diphtheria – “A pinch of gunpowder, washed down with a glass of warm water or sour milk, was regarded as a sure cure for diphtheria in the Ozark country, long before we ever heard of vaccines or antitoxin.” ~Randolph OMF 94

“A good cure for diphtheria years ago was to take a little gunpowder in a glass of sour milk.” ~Parler FBA II 2069

Used for an itch – “Others treat itch with a paste made of gunpowder and wood ashes mixed with sweet cream, applied at frequent intervals.” ~Randolph OMF 109

With lice for jaundice – “A cure for yellow jaundice is 1 teaspoon of gunpowder and three head lice. Swallow quickly.” ~Parler FBA III 2584

Salve for warts – “Make a salve from gun powder and hogs lard to make warts disappear.” ~Parler FBA III 3525

Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Randolph, Vance

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