Used on boils – “Put a piece of fat pork on top of a boil.” ~Carter and Krause HRIO 28

“Fat meat will make a boil come to ‘a head’ then it will run pus.” ~Parler FBA II 1574

“To bring boils to a head lay a piece of fat sow belly on the place.” ~Parler FBA II 1575

Beef liver for low blood pressure – “Season beef liver to taste, put into a pan and let it come to medium heat, just enough to bring up the blood, eat it while it’s still warm. Let this be your daily diet.” ~Parler FBA II 1537

“Meat causes high blood pressure.” ~Parler FBA II 1539

Used on a sting – “Put lean raw meat on a bee or wasp sting. This also works on snake bites.” ~Parler FBA III 3243

Bacon rind for warts – “To get rid of a wart, go to your nearest neighbor and steal a piece of bacon rind. Rub the rind on the wart and then bury the rind under the eave of the neighbor’s house.” ~Parler FBA III 3596

“To remove warts by rubbing the wart with a slice of sow belly or bacon and slipping the meat under the bark of an ash tree.” ~Parler FBA III 3598


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

Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)