Category Archives: Medicinal 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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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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“Smudging” Time Draws Near

The Native Americans of the Cherokee tribe celebrate the new year around the dark of the moon in October each year. One of the rituals they perform is a cleansing ritual called “smudging.” Simply said, they use smoldering smudge sticks made … 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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