Chicken manure for pneumonia – “Some old settlers make poultices of chicken manure mixed with lard as a treatment for pneumonia; it is said that the dung of black chickens is best.” ~Randolph OMF 94

Sheep manure tea for measles – “Nanny tea, consisting of sheep manure and hot water, with a little sugar, is a very powerful medicine for measles; it is believed to make the patient ‘break out’ at once, which the yarb doctors say is desirable.” ~Randolph OMF 107

“Take sheep-ball tea to break out the measles.” ~Parler FBA III 2683

“If a child has measles and won’t break out, go to the field or house where the sheep are kept, get some sheep droppings (pills), and make a tea from them, and give to the child or person. This will make the measles break out.” ~Parler FBA III 2689

Hog manure on string worn for the mumps – “It is said that when a hillman actually gets the mumps he may still prevent the disease from ‘going down’ by soaking a woolen string with hog manure and tying it round his neck.” ~Randolph OMF 156

Cow manure for a burn – “They had a child get burned awfully bad and they got out and run a cow around the barn and she’d go and they’d use that fresh cow manure to draw the heat out.”    ~Carter and Krause HRIO 30

Chicken manure for hives – “The hives went in on an eight month baby and she like to not made it. They took the white part off of chicken manure and made tea and gave her so many drop of that and they brought her out of it.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 32

Cow manure for blood poisoning in a bruise – “Blood poisoning in a heel bruise can be cured by sticking your heel in a fresh pile of cow manure.” ~Parler FBA II 1531

Cow manure for a boil – “A poultice of cow manure for treating a boil.” ~Parler FBA II 1586

For a bruise – “For stone bruises use green cow shit.” ~Parler FBA II 1621

Cow manure for wrinkles – “Putting cow manure on the face is good for wrinkles.” ~Parler FBA II 1884

Sheep manure tea for whooping cough – “Give sheep tea to child who has whooping cough. Pick up sheep pills (manure) and boil in water –strain and drink the tea.” ~Parler FBA III 3867

Sheep manure and wine for insanity – “A drink of the mixture of sheep’s manure and red wine will drive away evil spirits from the mind of a crazy person.” ~Parler FBA III 3951


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)