Category Archives: Herb

“tiggers and chicks”

Memorial Day weekend, while “welcoming” the Summer season, we mountain folks “unwelcome” the arrival of the worst pests of the year. Chiggers and ticks! “Tick checks” are “business as usual” down here in Lizard Holler. When Maggie and I return … Continue reading

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Shine On Harvest Moon

Last Sunday’s full moon was this year’s Harvest moon. Our garden harvest is in, our canning done, we have tinkered with our tinctures, so now comes the time to ready ourselves for Winter and plant a Fall garden. Our first northern … Continue reading

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Tinker, Tincture

“Dark of the moon” was Sunday. I like to tinker, so I set about to “tinker with a tincture.” Mountain folk created their own tinctures for medicinal and spiritual purposes. Preparing your tincture during the dark of the moon phase supposedly uses … Continue reading

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There Is A “Lemon” Balm In Gilead

Like the words from the hymn,”There is a Balm in Gilead,” there is a lemon balm down here in Lizard Holler. As a matter of fact, lemon balm is rampant! My wife Maggie planted this healing herb about 4 or 5 … Continue reading

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Chamomile Tea Anybody?

Chamomile grows well in the Boston Mountains. Early settlers dried the flowers to make a tea administered for sleeplessness and to cure cold sores and acute melancholy. They nicknamed it “earth apple” and many attest that it has a taste reminiscent … Continue reading

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Garlic – Hill Country “Penicillin”

Garlic grows well here in the Boston Mountains. It has been a medicinal staple for hundreds of years. It has a nickname used here in the mountains, “hill country penicillin.” Locals are heard to say “crush it up, rub it … Continue reading

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Sassafras

Sassafras is one of those rich childhood memories that I savor and crave from time to time. Rich is the aroma, flavor, and the memory my mother’s love and attention. When the world around me was not just right, my … Continue reading

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“Water Pepper” on the “Crick”

Drive across any creek bed up here in the Boston Mountains and you’ll find dinner growing. Watercress, also known as “water pepper,” grows especially well out here and adds a “peppery” accompaniment to any garden salad this time of the year. It … Continue reading

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