Ozark Encyclopedia – F – Feathers

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Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Chicken feathers burned under bed to stop bleeding during childbirth – “After the babe is delivered, some hillfolk burn a handful of chicken feathers under the bed, as this is supposed to stop hemorrhage.” ~Randolph OMF 201

Feather bed against colds – “My grandfather still sleeps on a feather bed twelve months a year. This, he declares, is the reason he never catches a cold.” ~Parler FBA II 1782

Feathers burned for bowels – “Put feathers in a pot and place a hot coal down in it so the feathers will smoulder. If you sit on this, it will make your bowels move.” ~Parler FBA II 1914

Turkey feather used for diphtheria – “After the doctor gave me up with diphtheria, my grandmother stripped a long turkey feather down until there was a small duster on the end. She ran this down my throat and brought it out with a…

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