Blown through funnel for sore throat – “If I had a sore throat mom would make a funnel and put baking soda in it. Then she’d blow that down my throat.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 5

Bath for a fever – “She’d wash us in baking soda when we had the fever to bring it down.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 6

For toothache – “For a toothache, take a small amount of baking soda and put right on the tooth. It seems to draw out the infection and ease the pain.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 12

For stings – “Soda poultice for wasp stings.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 23

For corns – “Lard and sody are good for corns.” ~Parler FBA II 1933


Carter, Kay & Bonnie Krause Home Remedies of the Illinois Ozarks (HRIO)

Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)