Ozark Encyclopedia – D – Dirt Dauber’s Nest

Crushed for skin issues – “I have seen skin eruptions treated with mud supplied by crushing dirt-dobbers’ nests and adding water mud from these nests is credited with some astringent virtue not found in ordinary earth.” ~Randolph OMF 110

Crushed and used for diaper rash – “Mama would take a dirt daubber’s nest when a baby had a diaper rash. She’d go out and get one and mash it up until it was powdery. Then she’d put it in a white cloth and tie a string around it and powder it on the baby’s bottom. It cleared the diaper rash up.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 31

For a boil – “Take a dirt dobber’s nest and powder it. Put it into a thin cloth and dust on a boil or open sore.” ~Parler FBA II 1563

For a sprained ankle – “For sprained ankle make a poultice from dirt dauber’s nests.” ~Parler FBA III 3220


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)

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