Nationality: Mexican American
Date of Performance/Collection: 3-28-2020
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Spanish
Background: Informant, B.B is a mother of 3, she knows about this home remedy because of her mother.
Interviewer:Are there any kind of home remedies that you took from your mom and used on your kids?
Informant B.B: Yes, a remedy my mom told me about when my kids kept getting ear infections was to dampen a cotton ball and stick it in their ear. Then I would grab a paper and roll it up thinly, kind of using it like a funnel and lit it on fire. It sounds crazy but it would always work
Interviewer: What was the purpose of lighting it on fire?
B.B: I think it would “suck up” the pain from the ear, I am not too sure how it works and did not believe it would work at first but to my surprise it did.
Context: My informant is a family member, when I asked her about any home remedies she knows about, this one instantly came to mind. She used it plenty of times, because of how effective it is.
Thoughts: This home remedy sounds a bit dangerous, because of the fire but I suppose the purpose of the paper is to act as a funnel and keep the fire away from direct contact with the ear so with a parent doing it, it should be safe. It is interesting how it sounds like a crazy remedy but actually works.