Toothpicks – “I know several families who always keep a supply of toothpicks made from a lightnin’-struck tree; the use of these splinters is believed to stop the teeth from aching, and prevent decay.” ~Randolph OMF 144

“Take a splinter from a tree that has been struck by lightening and pick the tooth until it bleeds and then stick the splinter back into the tree. Then walk away and don’t look back and your toothache will disappear.” ~Parler FBA III 3429

Keeping away insects – “Moths which destroy the honeycomb are driven away by scattering splinters from a ‘lightnin’-struck’ tree over the hives, and I am told that the same treatment will rid a cabin of fleas and bedbugs…” ~Randolph OMF 44

Worn for protection – “When my brother-in-law went to war, he wore the piece of tree that had been struck by lightning his father whittled for him around his neck and he came back safely from the war.” ~Parler FBA IX 8751

Bad luck to burn – “If you burn wood from a tree that has been struck by lightning, you will have seven years of bad luck.” ~Parler FBA XIV 11274

“If you burn wood in your house from a tree that has been struck by lightning, your house will be struck by a bolt of lightning.” ~Parler FBA XIV 11275

“Never burn wood from a tree which has been struck by lightning or your house will be struck by lightning.” ~Parler FBA XI 9762


Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)