Ozark Encyclopedia – C – Camphor

Poultice to cure a cold – “…the only way to cure such a cold was to apply a poultice of lard, camphor, turpentine, and fried onions.” ~Randolph OMF 94

Worn to protect from meningitis – “Small boys are sometimes forced to wear little bags of camphor sewed to their shirts, to prevent their catching meningitis or infantile paralysis.” ~Randolph OMF 154

In compound applied to chest for colds – “Take kerosene and turpentine and camphor and possum grease if you have it…take this and warm it and put it on a cloth, put that on your chest.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 2

Camphor and mustard poultice for colds – “I know when I was a child I had pneumonia and my grandmother partly saved my life. She used mustard poultices on my chest. She mixed camphor with the mustard to keep it from burning. She opened the windows and gave plenty of air.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 4

In compound for colds – “We used goose grease or possum grease and my father would mix powdered quinine, coal oil, or kerosene and turpentine and camphorated oil and made a thing for our chest or to put around out necks.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 3

For toothache – “Camphor on a piece of cotton.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 12

Rub for headache – “Mother always had bad headaches and she’d rub all over her face and head with camphor. Then she’d hold the bottle of camphor up close to her nose and inhale it.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 26

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

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)

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