Ozark Encyclopedia – F – Frogs and Toads

Tied around neck for asthma – “Otto Ernest Rayburn reports a case in which asthma was cured by tying a live frog on the patient’s throat. The frog ‘completely absorbed the disease’ and was left in position until it died.” ~Randolph OMF 135

“To get rid of asthma tie a live frog to a patient’s throat and frog will absorb disease and die.” ~Parler FBA II 1423

Toad killed and used to cure warts – “Or one may kill a toad, rub its intestines on the wart, then bury the entrails under a stone. All this must be kept secret, otherwise it won’t work. The boy who acquainted me with this method still had several large warts; when I asked why the toad’s guts hadn’t cured them, he explained that he had told his mother what he was doing, in order to escape punishment for killing the toad. The mother was opposed to killing toads in the dooryard; she said it was an unlucky and senseless practice and might make the cows give bloody milk.” ~Randolph OMF 131

“Wrap the intestines of a toad around a wart to cure it.” ~Parler FBA III 3555

Toad oil for goiters – “Mrs. C. P. Mahnkey, of Mincy, Missouri, tells me that one of her neighbors treated a goiter by baking a toad in the oven till the oil ran out of it and putting a little of this toad oil on the goiter every day. It got better, too, says Mrs. Mahnkey.” ~Randolph OMF 148

Tied to head for headache – “Bind a frog on your head.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 26

“A live toad frog bound on the head will cure a headache. When you awake the head will be easy, and the toad frog dead.” ~Parler FBA II 2373

Asthma transferred to frog by breathing – “Catch a frog, put it in a paper bag, and breathe on it 3 times, then take the frog and let it go.” ~Parler FBA II 1421

To cure a boil – “Kill a toad frog and fry in a home cured lard and apply to a boil.” ~Parler FBA II 1579

Bull frog tongue for a boil – “The tongue of a bull frog wraped around a boil will bring the boil to a head.” ~Parler FBA II 1584

Chills transferred to frog – “If a person has a chill, someone must catch a frog. The person with the chill breathes in the frog’s mouth. The frog is then turned loose and carries the chill away.” ~Parler FBA II 1753

“Catch a toad and blow your breath into its mouth no chills and fever wouldn’t catch you.” ~Parler FBA II 1777

Frog grease for diphtheria – “Catch a frog, cut it up, and fry it in butter. Then grease the child’s throat inside and out with the butter.” ~Parler FBA II 2068

For a bone felon – “For a bone felon, slit open a toad and then stick the finger in it.” ~Parler FBA II 2198

For toothache – “A frog boiled in vinegar is suppose to cure a toothache.” ~Parler FBA III 3462

Toad urine causes warts – “If you hold a toad in your hand, and it urinates on you, you will get a wart on your hand.” ~Parler FBA III 3506

Frog blood used to cure warts – “Kill a frog and take some of the blood and put the blood on the wart and it will go away, when you are not thinking about it.” ~Parler FBA III 3553

“…tie a piece…of a rag soaked in the blood of a frog around the wart. It will go away in three days.” ~Parler FBA III 3554

To cause rain – “Kill a frog and leave it in the dust in the road.” ~Parler FBA XI 9584

Frog legs hung to insure good crops – “You have to put a dead frogs legs on the northeast corner of a field to have good crops.” ~Parler FBA XIV 10889

Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)

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