Classic Household Guide to Appalachian Folk Healing. $16.95.
A Collection of Old-Time Remedies, Charms, and Spells
Ossman and Steel’s Guide to Health or Household Instructor was an immensely popular 19th-century collection of folk remedies, healing spells, and charms. It drew widely on the folklore of old Pennsylvania Dutch and German “powwow” healing practices. These practices helped shape Appalachian folk healing, conjure, rootwork, and many other folk healing traditions in America. Author Jake Richards puts these remedies in context with practical advice for modern-day healers.
Jake Richards has resurrected a book of commonplace remedies, recipes, and rituals that once had a home on many rural Southern family shelves — Cory Thomas Hutcheson, author of New World Witchery
With this book, you will learn:
- To invoke spells and charms for healing wounds, styes, broken bones, maladies, etc.
- To create folk remedies using ingredients based on sympathetic reasoning, including sulfuric acid, gunpowder, and other substances for swelling, toothache, headache, and more.
- How folk medicine evolved in America.
Jake Richards holds his Appalachian heritage, which goes back generations, close in his blood and bones. He has practiced Appalachian folk magic for almost a decade and teaches classes on the subject in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Richard owns Little Chicago Conjure, a supplier of Appalachian folk magic supplies and ingredients.