The Last of the Granny Witches

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  1. Someone mentioned a cure for arthritis. Honey bee stings have a naturally occuring enzyme in them that will kill joint and muscular inflamation. Look up “apitherapy and arthritis” on YouTube.

  2. Was just coming by to read the article and say hi to my fellow granny witches and realized there were 722 comments. 723 happens to be my lucky number 🙂

    some things are just kismet. love you all, keep on goin. xx

  3. how funny. I came to enjoy the article and say hello to all my fellow granny witches and realized there were 722 comments. Just so happens 723 is my lucky number. 🙂

    some things are just kismet, my friends. love you all, keep on goin. xx

    1. Black walnut hulls tinicture. No pun intended but it works like magic. Cut up ’bout 10 green hulls. Shove them into a mason pour 80 proof or beter vodka or moonshine if you have it over the hulls right to the top. Put on the lids. Put them out of the sun for ’bout 3 weeks, shake them up anytime you pass them. When times up, strain and pour the liquid into a dark jar or bottle. You can use the the hulls for fire starter. The doseage depends on your streagth. Average is 10 drops a day. I have heard up to 3 times a day. Or, it can be applied to your skin on your knees to be absorbed or to infected area. This stuff fixes a lot of things. Lasts forever if kept out of the sun. Read up on it.

      1. Do you happen to know the tincture that will cure arthritis? My granny suffered from arthritis BAD.. her momma took her to a granny witch in North Carolina and she drank something that included epson salts. Never had arthritis again.

      2. I do not. I wish I did. I have dealt with RA since they couldn’t call it growing pains anymore. Lots of prayers, and faith keeps me on my feet.

  4. I found this interesting. I have no heritage (that I know of) from that area. My mother is a bit of a European “mutt” and my father was from Spain, but I feel. I feel for people, I am an empath that can carry the weight of another’s burden. I can put myself IN someone else’s shoes – this is not always welcome; most often overwhelming. I am drawn to the moon. I am my calmest in the woods or near water.
    Where does one learn what they ‘have’ and how to ‘use’ it?
    Wishing you all peace.

  5. I am Welsh/Irish/ English.I am proud to be mostly Celtic.My Welsh branch come from where a large population of Druids lived. I was raised by my English grandmother in a small British village.The village kids called her a witch,that never bothered her.She was content to be a “wise woman” a midwife a user of herbs,watchful of the night sky,the seasons. She believed in faeries and ghosts.She learnt all she knew from her mother. She tried to teach me when I was young,but I wasn’t interested enough. Although I could see and feel ghosts from an early age,I didn’t understand how special that was. Looking at a persons face I would sometimes know they would be passing over soon. I’ve always felt I was a bit of witch,now in my crone years I’m becoming more serious and aware of things unseen.My daughter has the gift of very strong intuition about people,she feels the unseen strongly too. So I’m happy to say she has the “witch thing ” too. My daughter in law is half gypsy she senses things,she loves growing and learning about the healing properties of herbs. I take great comfort in knowing my daughter and daughter in law are following in
    my grandmothers foot steps. I did a DNA test and I’m thrilled to know I have distant relatives in southern states of America.One day I hope to find them and see if they have the “witch thing” too. Bless you for writing your posting )O(

  6. My grandmother was from Hazard, Kentucky. She was always making teas, tonics and salves. Kept a 3 acre garden on leased land just to grow her herbs. Crossed over in 2010 at 95. I look around my house at the Mason jars filled with all manner of herbs and tonics, the offering tray of apples, flowers, candles,etc, the handmade soaps and salves in my bathroom. … on and on. She lives on in me and now my daughter is learning all the same ways. My husband keeps telling me to write a book about all my “wives tales” and talents, but I know I am not the only one raised with the knowledge.

      1. Please share in some form. There are others who have posted comments on this article that I haven’t commented on specifically but would like to encourage to share as well. Make it a group effort if possible and compare and contrast. No one thing works for everyone, so you gotta have options and exceptions. A multitude of variations of the same plant or plant combo and the additives that make up the combos and their variation of combos of herbal remedies and tinctures in relation to locality and relative availability would be an amazing blessing!!! A recipe book or a log of personal remedies based on family member statistics, age, sex, etc. would be awesome. Ex. Family member C of age 75 is diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure, and low cholesterol. Whatever the case may be and the statistics along with what homeopathy and or remedy you administered. Report any progress or improvement.

    1. My husband is from Hazard! Destiny is strange as she weaves her web! ❤️ I am in SC but would love to trade stories! ❤️ Not sure if you knew his grandmother as she was a teacher for many years. She lived in Airport Gardens! Where he spent most of his childhood and teenage years! Blessed be

    2. My grandma was from knott co Kentucky, told of all sorts of healing herbs, her grandma was Indian medicine women, she believed in reading cards a talent she passed to only certain girls in the family, I learned but not from her a cousin.

  7. I’m from eastern Ky and my grandma Roxie Collins was a midwife and delivered over 200 babies. Grandma made salves and tonics, removed warts and made medicine out of herbs. Some of the things she did I remember and going to write it down so it will not die. Grandma Roxie delivered a girl baby at home September 1955. That baby was me , I was the the 3rd child to be born with Grandma Roxie as a midwife. My birth certificate proves it. I remember so many things she shared with me and I was so curious and wanting to learn. I will forever be grateful for the secrets of a granny medicine woman. Actually I’m a pharmacy technician by trade.

  8. Upper Northeast TN born and raised, where women are as tough as most of the men. Walked the path while listening to my grandmother tell me which herb, or root cured what ailment. Just wish I had written it down.

  9. I was born and raised in Kentucky and my granny was a healer. Her mom as well. They used herbs, poultices, and prayed over us. Granny read coffee grounds, had us put out a handkerchief in the wet dew to find our intended, throw away a dirty dish cloth to make a wart go away, and many other things that seem like superstition to others. I know better. Granny was from the hills of Eastern Kentucky..supposedly she had Cherokee blood, but ancestry does not show it. I’ve had some instances of a sixth sense myself at times; it was frightening but not at the same time. We lived all over the globe but came back home to Kentucky because our souls called out for it. It’s the only place (other than Scotland) that has called to me. Thank you for this article.

  10. Love, love this … made me feel at home again, oh how i miss those hills and valleys . I can smell the air and feel the energy again as I read this.

    Thank you for this post 💕💕💕

  11. I can’t believe how good this made me feel reading it and I have tears in my eyes. No one in my family is from that part of the country as far as I know. There is some reason I feel this way. I wish I” knew why? Love to all of you

  12. My bloodline of granny witches is still strong. We are from the hollers of West Virginia, we have a mix of English, Celt and Cherokee blood. I now teach my teens our ways.

  13. My Great Grandmother was a Granny woman. Never called herself a witch. A blessed healer. She could cure thrush, colic, blood disorders, high blood pressure, gout, diabetes and all sorts of wounds just to name a few. She assisted in home births. She was amazing. She was born with a veil hand first same as myself and my daughter. We try to keep the old ways alive.

  14. I think this is interesting, yes, I believe in things like broken mirror 7 years bad luck, black cat crosses in front of you when driving, bad luck and on. I enjoy reading this, I grew up in north and south. My dad from south, my mom from north. love the south and north

    1. Loved your story and it reminded me of my own mother and grandmother. They were from Mingo county, West Virginia in a tiny town called Matewan. I remember my own mother telling us she could read tea leaves. Telling us about her mother who use to walk the hills for Curative plants for sick folks. Of the backward midnight supper she and a friend cooked up and was terrified when someone knocked on the door. It was said your future husband would visit at midnight… awesome memories, thank you.

      1. Just have to comment because my momma was from Williamson 🙂 I read this post & it reminded me so much of her that it brought chills to my arms. She used to tell stories about women in her family that could stop bleeding.

  15. I grew up in a household that believed in superstition. Mom told stories and had many believes such as 7 years bad luck for a brokem mirror, if your left palm would itch it was a sign you would receive money , right palm you would shake hands with a stranger. I know for a fact these are true and many if the other tales she would tell came to fruition . I pass these on to my boys but I don’t tbink they believe them.

  16. My family came from Switzerland arriving in the US. Everyone has been hush hush, but many of us share the gift. My elders, men and women had incredible gifts, myself and both my daughters! We embrace it, and feel like we need to constantly learn more.

    1. I am of Swiss descent, my ancestors coming over by way of Germany, in the late 1600’s. And my mother’s other line is Scott, so I have double Celtic lineage, but no one who taught us anything of the old ways, either Scots or Swiss. Still, both my mother and I have signs the old blood stirs in us. She knows when something is amiss with family far away, and I know where lost things can he found, have some medical intuition, and can sometimes know the future. The full moon used to make my blood sing, making me restless all night.
      I just wish there was a safe place to learn more about all of this.

  17. Loved reading the story & comments. There are so many of us. I had no idea.
    Lady Hock is right, we never referred to ourselves as witches. We were all in hush. We are also of many mixed bloods. That is good! We are here & we are strong!
    As above So below

  18. I know my bloodline is of celts and Cherokee from the mountains of northeast Tennessee into Virginia I’m a healer and always gravitated towards herbs and rocks and of course I sense things and there’s just a knowing of not close to the family in Tennessee but whenever I go I cry it feels like home the smell of rocks , dirt and all things nature light my senses my elders have passed wish I had a granny witch any grannies want to adopt I loved the article cause I wondered about things as such blessed be

    1. Yes…I was not raised in thgr hills of Tennessee but my grandparents lived in there…65 miles west of Chattanooga….I can still smell the forest and hear the babbling brook that ran behind their home…I am a descendant of the Celts, Druids and Cherokee nation.. and their blood runs through my veins..and I keep the MAGICK alive…and have passed it on to my children and my children’s children…and so it is..

      1. I feel a kindred of the granny witch being of Cherokee descent with many commonalities. My gravitation is to animals foremost, gardening, growing herbs, the mountains, creating art and being passionate about my history. Can’t cast spells but have the intuition that is not always what I want to foresee Hah.. proud of this ancestry. Don’t cross any my lines

    1. Have you tried Witch Hazel? Apple Cider Vinegar and/or Tea tree oil? Soak in one of these and cover with duct tape for 7 days, just forget about it trusting and knowing it is gone, remove tape and gently wash off what will fall off of what is left. You can do this you are powerful! Drink some apple cider vinegar each day, 1 Tablespoonful too, hope this helps!

    2. Put a potato peel over it and keep it there with duct tape from sun up til sun down. Take the potato peel off and scrub away the softened cap of the wart. Pick the seeds out of the wart. Make sure you get them all out and the wart will go away. If you miss any of the seeds the wart will come back.

      1. Also great article, we used to call grandma, granny good witch, lived in, Mt. Jackson, Va, shenandoah country, , familiar with some of these traditions

      1. Remember this working as a child. Granny also took a dish rag and rubbed the wart. Put it in a paper bag and threw it beside the road. A srtange picks up the bag and your wart disappears!

      1. Amanda, this is exactly what my grandma (born 1885 in the NC mountains) did for warts. She also passed down “old wives tales” such as… if there’s a bad thunderstorm you should be still and quiet because it means God is angry. And she truly believed in haints…she actually saw one when she was a young girl.

    3. Try rubbing orange peel or lemon peel on it make sure you squeeze the juice out of the peel onto the wart do this every day until wart falls off i got rid of a couple that way

    4. Have someone Buy them with a penny for each one and rub them with the pennies and bury them in the ground.. I had 76 warts as a child .

      1. my dad did this. people would come and bring their kids to him to buy their warts. never thought much about it then. now I wonder how he knew he could do this… and who did it pass to when he died?

    5. I was always told to cut a potato and rub the wart with the white part. After you do that, bury the potato. Your wart should be gone in 2 weeks. The Celts and Druids are also my ancestors. My ancestors are from Mingo County, WV. Matewan and Delbarton. 🙂

    6. I had one when I was around 9 my papaw told me to rub it with fatback and wrap the fatback in cloth and go hide it outside and forget about it. Sure enough it was gone in a week.

      1. That’s a FACT my uncle is 7th son of 7th son and all he did was rub my aunts wart with his thumb and it went away

    7. Steal your mamas dishrag and rub it on the wart. Then bury it under the drain spout where water comes off the roof. In a few weeks…no wart.

  19. We are from Harlan Co. Granma was from Amish people, no nonsense and scary to me. Very loud. My brother never left her side. I worshiped Granpap and was his shadow in the forest, (usually hiding from Granma). The old ways were very strong in that house. I do my best to continue to honor them in my house.

    1. I loved reading this, I felt such connection to you women of Appalachia, I’m a daughter of the celts too, still living in the Celtic lands. I love that the roots are remembered, and that the magic is still alive there, so deeply remembered. Slowly the women here are feeling back into the old ways, rebuilding that which was lost, buried, burned and drowned, reaching back to those ancestors and asking to be be shown the old ways. Reading this, it feels like you are my sisters, keeping the magic alive. I’d love to come and visit one day. My daughter has moved to USA, if I’m blessed my granddaughters will be there fir a long time to come, more Celtic roots crossing the ocean. Blessed be. X

  20. I come from a long line. My dad’s mother from Pike County, and my mom from Harlan County. Those Superstitions, I taught them to my kids too. I don’t want to be the last, I want to pass on my gift to my children as well. My dad’s mother called her gift her “psychie” cause we all know everything in Pike County ends in E…her name was Georgia..but of couse everyone called her Georgie. LOL I sure do miss hearing my Grandma’s stories, and wish I could hear more. Thank you for your article, you described me and both my grandma’s and my mom exactly. This is who we are. Keep writing…

  21. I reread this article on occasion – love this piece of work – I’m a Cajun lady – young grandmother now – I relate to this title of granny witch and your clear picture of her. What honor you give to the ladies of the elder generations of your area- beautiful writer

  22. I have always felt things. I work in the medical field And I can feel things. I can tell when bad things are coming. My mom calls it being fey. My sisters have a touch of it as well. I wish I knew how to bring more of it out to help people. I am glad there are others like me.

    1. My grandmother, my mother and now me all had/have the gift of knowing what was going to happen. So intense and a bit scary but I definitely believe and listen to it.

  23. I was born and raised in West Va and this article reminds me so much of all the women in my family. My family is originally from Ireland and England then when the came to West Va and Virginia they married members the black foot and Cherokee tribes. I was taught much wisdom and beliefs my the older women in my family. I also fear we may be the last of our kind.

  24. I live in Webster County. I’ve just recently found out that I come from a long line of witches, which explained some of the gifts I possess. I’m looking for someone who can help me to become the type of witch I aspire to be. Can you help me?

    1. I am also from Webster County and there were witches in my family going back for multiple generations.
      Best bit of advice I would have to give you is to turn your walk in the opposite direction and to not look back.
      All a person needs to know about witchcraft can be found written in the pages of the Bible. Any other source and you will be walking off a cliff in the dark.

  25. Born & raised in Louisville Kentucky but I have several friends with Appalachian roots-stumbled across this article looking up old pics of Louisville-intriguing read nonetheless it caught my interest now I want to hear more🙂

  26. I am a healer and herblist.I have been using the old ways for years.How nice to know there are others like me and some of the women in my family.

    1. I don’t know what or who I really am. I feel my sixth sense intensely and it makes my stomach ache like a horrible hunger that never leaves. I have deep family roots in Kentucky. I was born and raised in Maryland and have never felt peace. I just want to know what to do next. I feel things within me that are not evil but of another natural power. Please help me. I have generations of family in Kentucky and I feel lost. Thank you

      1. Go home, child, go home. Talk to your grannies if they are still with us, or your aunties, and any of your cousins who can tell you their stories. Sometimes you may find a male relative or two; they are easier to spot when they’re fairly young.
        Have faith, good luck, Blessed Be.

      2. hello brandy I read your post earlier and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I have that ache too and I am feeling it strong at the moment I cant sleep. I have felt like this since I was about 20 and I am 36 now. I don’t know how you calm it either I have tried eating to fill that void nothing worked I only gained weight and depression now I quit trying to deal with it by eating and its killing me now. I feel the feelings of other people. good and bad. I have tried hiding from everyone by hardly ever leaving my house but people always look to me for help. I am pretty sure this is my reason for being on this earth. I give too much of myself and I am emotionally drained but I don’t want to turn my back on the ones who need me. I just want to leave my email here in case you ever find out how to deal with what you are feeling would you please contact me because I also need to know what it is before this destroys me. my email is

    2. Falicia, Me too Dear Sister. We are still scattered here and there using the energies and gifts of Mother Earth.
      In love and light Dana

  27. Its always wonderful to hear others, know others are moving about their business. Different practices, view points. We will be here till the end of time, Shepherds of those unaware, who we will protect when the time arrives.
    While we may be feared, remain in shadows, this is not a discouragement to us Witches. We know our power, our place and expect no reward. Our hearts guide us, our magick rides in our very souls. We take no money, expect no return for what we do. We do it, what ever the need, through love of the world and those who walk upon it.

    Blessed Be to all who walk the Ancient path

    1. How nice it is to know there are others out there.I know some things are wierd and i have just learned to go with it.

  28. ” Im sorry but this kinda of thing is making me mad.
    Ain’t nobody in the years past would ever say they were witches. Not a one.
    Others might have called them that if they didnt like them.
    But otherwise you was “blessed by God”, or it was simply hushed.

    No mountain hoodoo, no granny witches, or granny women, no appalachian witchcraft or conjure. No none of that.
    Its the second article I’ve seen about it and it just isn’t traditional, but trying to guise itself as traditional. Not at all.
    Some of the information here and there is good but some of it isn’t. Again our menfolk are just as important in their works as anybody else.
    Also we are not just Celts and Cherokee/Tsalgi.
    We got mixed blood running in our veins.
    Dutch folk, the scots-irish yes, the english, the spanish, the italians (and others).

    And yes the Native blood, but not everybody is of the Tsalgi lines in Appalachia. We also got some of those African lines running up through. Things people dont want to talk about, but its there none the less.
    Ain’t no shame in being a mixed blood. Its what Appalachia is built off of. Its not all Celt, and thats okay.

    What I do agree with is this. Don’t let it all die out. Somethings may be good to let go yes. But not everything needs to.

    If you know the herbs and the old cures long before we had doctors to even go to. If you plant by the signs, or watch for the mini winters like dogwood and whippoorwill in the spring, got a particular way with animals, know how to blood stop, or cure warts. Dont let it die.
    Not all the future generations are uninterested.
    Not all with disrespect what you know.

    Alright Im off my soap box for the evening.”

    All above by Arielle Short

    1. Arielle. I agree that my granny would have never answered to the term witch. My people were God loving and fearing. But I remember the stories and the healings and have benefited from them. When the Dr.s failed me in my childhood my mother put me in the car and drove me to Jellico Tn. where I was healed by an old man on a back porch. There is nothing evil about our gifts except for the shame and pain and confusion that society has used to try and eliminate and explain away that which they can’t understand. Our gifts are from God. He showed me a long time ago that our human minds try to fit everything between the pages of that Bible but he is as big as the Universe he created and we can’t understand him completely. But in all of our gifts we are to express gratitude to him and seek the knowledge, wisdom and compassion of the Holy Spirit as to how we use what he has given us always for his purposes. But if you are a healer healing is your purpose. I also am sensitive to the emotions of others. It seems strangers seek me out and pour their hearts out to me. Being in the midst of pain and sadness or negative emotions cause me intense emotional pain. I can’t explain it and I can’t change it. So I ask for His Grace and His guidance. It is for those who suffer unrest in their giftings that I offer this that they also may find peace in the earthly presence of our Creator, Jesus Christ.

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