Mother’s milk to treat sore eyes – “If a baby’s eyes are sore, the mother’s milk is regarded as the best possible lotion.” ~Randolph OMF 138

Sweet cream for eyes – “Young girls often rub sweet cream into their eyes, but I am not sure if this is a medicine or a cosmetic.” ~Randolph OMF 138

To wash off a curse – “…wash such clothing in milk and hang it out of doors over night in freezing weather; this is supposed to take the curse off somehow, so that the garments may be worn without danger.” ~Randolph OMF 292-293

Mare’s milk for whopping cough – “Cure for whooping cough. Drink mare’s milk every day and this will cure the whooping cough.” ~Parler FBA III 3879

Dreaming of milk – “It has always been good to dream of milk because it means peace and plenty.” ~Parler FBA XV 11375


Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)