Shoe ashes for bleeding – “If a patient is suffering from a deep cut or knife thrust, some power doctors burn the sole of his shoe and apply the ashes to the wound. This is said to stop bleeding and make the cut heal without “blood poisoning.” If the cut is on the right side of the body, the right shoe is burned; if the left side of the body is injured, the healer burns the left shoe.” ~Randolph OMF 124

For blood poisoning – “Put water on wood ashes and apply for blood poisoning.” ~Parler FBA II 1530

In water for nail puncture – “For nail puncture in the foot, get ashes and put in very hot water, stir well. Put your foot in this mixture and soak for sometime.” ~Parler FBA III 2656


Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)