Ozark Encyclopedia – B – Beans

Used in curing warts – “A schoolteacher in Barry county, Missouri, believes that the best way to get rid of warts is to rub them with a green bean leaf until each wart looks green and then go to bed without washing your hands. Another common theory is that it is only necessary to touch a wart with nine beans and then throw the beans one at a time over the right shoulder.” ~Randolph OMF 129

“Cure a wart by rubbing a kidney bean on it, and it will go away.” ~Parler FBA III 3536

“…a green bean leaf rubbed on a wart several times a day will cure a wart.” ~Parler FBA III 3537

“To remove a wart, cut a bean in half. Throw half away, rub the wart with the other half, put it under a rock and don’t look back at the rock.” ~Parler FBA III 3567

“Take beans and rub over warts, throw the beans into a well, and the warts will go away.” ~Parler FBA III 3568

“Bruise string bean leaves, rub on wart, secretly hide leaves under an old brick, when leaves rot the warts disappear.” ~Parler FBA III 3569

White lima bean for fever – “To cure a fever, split a big white lima bean and place it over each temple. This kills the fever.” ~Parler FBA II 2219

Superstitions about beans – “It is an old item of British folklore that beans contain the souls of the departed. In folk art the bean shape is frequently associated with death…The superstitions of Britain were carried into the Ozarks in the early days and continued as a part of the folkways…” ~Rayburn OFE A-1 “Accidents”


Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)

Rayburn, Otto Ernest Ozark Folk Encyclopedia (OFE)

Source: Ozark Encyclopedia – B – Beans

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