265: Frogs and Toads

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Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Sources:
Carter, Kay & Bonnie Krause Home Remedies of the Illinois Ozarks (HRIO)
Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)
Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)


Frog tied around neck for asthma – “Otto Ernest Rayburn reports a case in which asthma was cured by tying a live frog on the patient’s throat. The frog ‘completely absorbed the disease’ and was left in position until it died.” ~Randolph OMF 135

“To get rid of asthma tie a live frog to a patient’s throat and frog will absorb disease and die.” ~Parler FBA II 1423


Toad killed and used to cure warts – “Or one may kill a toad, rub its intestines on the wart, then bury the entrails under a stone. All this must be kept secret, otherwise it won’t work. The boy who acquainted me with this method still had several large warts; when I asked…

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