Ozark Encyclopedia – D – Dirt

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

From bird’s nest used as a gargle – “Mrs. May Kennedy McCord, of Springfield, Missouri, says that some people gather dirt from the nest of a mockingbird that is setting on three eggs, no more, no less. They dissolve this dirt in lukewarm water for a gargle, which is supposed to relieve any sort of throat trouble.” ~Randolph OMF 134

Graveyard dirt used by witches to kill – “Some witches are said to kill people with graveyard dirt, which is dust scraped from a grave with the left forefinger at midnight. This is mixed with the blood of a blackbird; a raven or crow is best, but a black chicken will do in a pinch. The witch ties this mixture up in a rag which has touched a corpse and buries it under the doorstep of the person who is to be liquidated.” ~Randolph OMF 272

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