These were taken from interviews with Upward Bound/Woodson Institute students at Berea College this summer.
If you would like to view an interview about herbal remedies and wild-crafting click on the following links. The video will show in Windows Media Player, if you have a PC. The first link is for broadband users and the second link is for those with a Dial-Up modem.
Use banana, honey, and
cornmeal mix on your acne for about a week.
Bronx, New York
Put Neosporin on your acne
and it will go away quick, like over night.
Whitley Co., Ky
Baby Acne: use baby urine on face.
For a nasty zit, put a “dap” of
toothpaste on it, to make it go away.
Excessive Body Odor:
Bathing in tomato sauce or vinegar stops
Brush teeth daily with lemon
juice and salt mixture.
Put wet tobacco leaves on a
Pine Knot, KY
Put bleach on a mosquito bite to take out the itch.
If burnt by something, then
rub mustard on it. It will keep it from blistering.
If you get burned, you can
soak the area in milk, using a cotton ball.
Taking a bath in oatmeal can
help cure chicken pox.
Eat prunes and
drink lots of water.
Eat green vegetables for constipation.
Eat a clove or garlic
tablet before eating.
Drink water with lemon while eating.
Burn a candle in ear, while
holding something to keep the wax from getting down into your eardrum.
The smoke from the candle will take care of your dizziness.
East Bernstudt, KY
For earaches and/or dirty ears,
put cooking oil in your ear slowly but surely. Put in a cotton ball to
hold in oil, they lie down with that ear up for about 30 minutes.
Blow cigarette smoke
in the ear.
Mt. Vernon, KY
Make and drink a "Hot
tea, honey, cough syrup, multivitamins, cinnamon and brown sugar)
Mix egg whites together or
use a dab of mayonnaise for your hair. It will make it look more healthy. make
sure you rub the mixture down into the roots, then let the mixture stay
on your hair for 30 minutes. Wash as normal after.
Put a banana peel on forehead for headache.
B. J. G.
Hiccups: Take a few drinks
of water while leaning your head over, like you’re drinking upside
Apply a cold metal spoon or
a piece of ice to the hickey for about 30 minutes. Don't let parents see
what you are doing. :0)
Drink warm milk nightly for
insomnia until problem goes away.
Whitley County, KY
Jelly Fish Sting:
If you can reach the stung
area, pee on the wound. Or have someone you know, and trust, to pee on the
Drink a beer for Kidney infections. Make
sure you are of age, so you don't get into trouble.
Pain while weaning:
Place a piece of warm, cooked
cabbage leaf on the breast if you decide not to breastfeed and will instead
use a bottle for feeding the baby. The warmth will take the milk away.
Rubbing liquor on a baby’s
gums while teething, takes some pain away. Make sure the baby doesn't drink
the liquor, only rub a small amount onto your finger, then onto the baby's
Cold Sore or Fever Blister:
For a cold sore or fever blister,
put a used tea bag on it. Leave the bag on for about 30 minutes. The sore/blister
should be gone within 24 hrs.
Cuts and scrapes:
Aloe vera plant can be used
for cuts and scrapes. Break open the leave and use the oil on the wound.
You can also use the oil for getting rid of warts, if used daily til the
Srugers Glen, Virginia
Put lemon on bug bites.
Put vinegar on open cut wounds
or bad chemical burns.
Put shoe polish on poison ivy.
(at point of irritation)
Floyd County, KY
Put Pickle juice on sun burn
can help heal it.
Wrap ankle with strips
of brown paper bag soaked with vinegar.
Take a hot shower and stand
awhile in the steam, with your face tilted up, and it will go away.
Gargle with salt water daily and drink 3 cups of chicken broth until throat feels better.
Drink hot tea and honey to heal horse throat
Wrap a thread around the wart and tie it in a knot. Cut off the remaining string and bury it under the front porch, or in the backyard if you don't have a porch. When the threat has rotten, the wart should be gone. You can also use the Aloe Vera leave and its oil to take away warts, if applied daily.