While growing up on an Amish farm, we would go barefoot from Spring to Fall. We did not wear shoes unless it was too cold or in some cases when the farm chores were considered too dangerous. Invariably one of us kids (there were 8 of us) would step on a nail or another sharp object. Whenever that happened, my mother would quickly get a bowl that was big enough for the foot or hand to fit in and put enough kerosene (yes, kerosene) in to cover the wound. It would stop the bleeding and soothe the pain. We would soak the wound in kerosene for 15-20 minutes then bandage it with an ointment.It was also believed that the kerosene would keep infection from setting in.
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