Ozark Encyclopedia – I – Insect Misc.

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Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Crickets worn as protection – “Crickets: hang a small bag containing a dead cricket around the neck. This will ward off illnesses.” ~Parler FBA II 1342

Centipedes used to cure cold – “Take ground up centipedes to cure a cold.” ~Parler FBA II 1851

Spiders tied around neck for chills – “Plug up a spider in a thimble and wear it around your neck to rid of chill.” ~Parler FBA II 1752

Snail for corns – “If you find a snail, put it on a corn or callus, and it will come off.” ~Parler FBA II 1941

Pumpkin bug for earache – “To cure an ear ache, take a punkin’ bug and grind it up into a [powder]. Mix it with mineral oil and pour it in the ear after the oil has been heated.” ~Parler FBA II 2099

Lice eaten for jaundice – “To cure yellow jaundice, eat nine…

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