Ozark Encyclopedia – B – Blacksmith Water

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Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Cure witched cattle or children – “The water in which a blacksmith cools his irons is supposed to be good for witched cattle and is sometimes given to human beings also, particularly children.” ~Randolph OMF 296

As a lotion for the face – “The dirty water from a blacksmith’s tub, in which hot horseshoes have been tempered, is famous as a lotion for a spotted or muddy complexion.” ~Randolph OMF 163

For warts – “There was always a tub of water nearby the Blacksmith’s forge, where he flung the red hot irons to cool. It was said that washing warty hands slowly in the water of this tub would remove the warts.” ~Parler FBA III 3846


Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)

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