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Published September 17, 2014

10 Strangest Country Cures And Natural Remedies

Some country cures and natural remedies are better than chemicals and medicine, but some are downright scary. For generations, mountain and country folk have passed down old-time cures and home remedies. Isolated rural areas, farms, and even small towns had very little access to hospitals and medicine.

Local Native American tribes passed along their knowledge of healing, and even plantation slaves brought cures from African culture. Many times a gifted healer or a person of great faith was sought out to heal or help the sick or wounded, though most home remedies were often a “hit or miss” cure.

Disclaimer: I wouldn’t necessarily try all–or any–of these cures. Health care has advanced a lot!

I interviewed several rural North Carolinians to find out what home remedies had been passed down through out the generations. What resulted is some pretty spectacular medicine–and mythology–like….


1. “Talking The Fire Out” Of A Burn

The ability to “talk the fire out” of a burn is passed from one person to another. However, some rumors warn once you teach the gift to someone else, your own ability will be lost. People claiming to have been healed this way describe the process as a prayer, said by a Christian “who believes God is the Creator of the earth.” Talking, blowing, or drawing out fire is over 1000 years old.

One lady recounted her son, severely burned on a stove. The local fire-talker spoke the special prayer, and the pain was gone, the wound healed with no blister. Another woman had a son burned by a go-kart muffler. “He was screaming real bad,” she explained. “A woman talked the fire out, and the boy stopped crying!”

The process doesn’t work on severe burns, though, most fire-talkers say.

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  • Elaine Estes


  • I love stories and legends, whether they be educational, humourous, silly or touching. I grew up on the fairy tales and later grew to love legends from different times and different cultures. Find other stories and legends from Elaine, by visiting her own blog “joyful2bee“. All my articles.

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