Ozark Encyclopedia – C – Corn

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Corncob burned under bed for typhoid – “Some yarb doctors treat typhoid by administering large doses of slippery-elm ooze, forbidding the patient to eat any solid food, and finally building up a great smudge of corncobs under the bed.” ~Randolph OMF 96

Used in wart curing – “Some hillfolk prefer to lose their warts at a crossroad, or better still at a place where the road forks three ways. Take a grain of corn for each wart and place each grain in the road under a small thin stone. The warts will be taken over by the person or animal that moves the stones and uncovers the grains of corn.” ~Randolph OMF 127

Feeding to chicken to cure warts – “An old man in Pineville, Missouri, told me as a great secret that he could cure any wart by squeezing a drop of blood out of it on a grain…

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