Episode 91 – Appalachian Plant Lore with Becky Beyer
We spend some time outside in this episode, where we talk Appalachian magic and plants with Becky Beyer of Blood & Spicebush. In the second part of the show, Cory tries something new and does a “practical pathworking” in the woods.
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You should most definitely check out Becky’s EXCELLENT site, Blood & Spicebush. You may also really enjoy some of the other sites and people she recommends, such as:
There are some books worth looking at, too:
- Folk Medicine of Southern Appalachia, by Anthony Cavendar
- Signs, Cures, & Witchery, by Gerald Milnes
- The Silver Bullet, by Hubert J. Davis
- Witches, Ghosts, & Signs, by Patrick W. Gainer
- Staubs & Ditchwater, by Byron Ballard
- Invasive Plant Medicine, by Timothy Scott & Stephen Buhner
- Any of the Foxfire books
We’ve got several previous episodes and website articles that inform this episode and which might be of interest to you if you like this topic:
- Post 49 – Snakes
- Posts 58, 59, & 60 – Appalachian Mountain Magic, Parts 1-3
- Post 74 – Sassafras
- Post 144 – Walnuts
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Promos & Music
The incidental musical selections is “Cabin in the Woods,” by the Be Good Tanyas feat. Jolie Holland (from the Free Music Archive/Soundcloud, used under a Creative Commons License). Additional incidental music is “Lucidique,” by L’Horrible Passion, via Soundccloud.com and used under a CCL. Sound effects derived from original material at SoundBIble.