The Blood Verse

Welcome to Freaky Friday.  It’s paranormal day, and I have a special treat for y’all.  Please welcome guest blogger Kimberlee Edgar to Full-Tilt Backwoods Boogie.

Kimberlee is going to tell us about a form of Appalachian folk magic that has been practiced in her family for many years.  It’s called The Blood Verse.

First, let me explain a little about what that is.

The Blood Verse

And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.

— Ezekiel 16:6

When spoken by a practitioner, this verse is said to stop hemorrhaging in both people and animals.

Many people claim this verse has worked for them or on them.  There’s no science to back it up.  It’s an unexplained mystery.

The healer does not even have to be in the same room with the afflicted.  The verse can be spoken over the phone.  All the healer needs for The Blood Verse to work is the bleeding person’s full name.

I’ve read different things about who can be a practitioner of the blood verse.  Our guest today came by this ability through her ancestry.  Rather than tell too much of her story, I’ll let her take over here.

The following is Kimberlee’s experience, in her own words, with The Blood Verse.

Kimberlee’s Experiences with The Blood Verse

The knowledge and use of the Blood Verse–Ezekiel 16:6–has been passed down through my family for centuries.

I had always heard stories about my ancestors in West Virginia, especially my two great grandmothers–Margaret Virginia VanMeter, my father’s grandmother and Rebecca Duckworth, my mother’s grandmother. These two women were said to have had great healing abilities.

They would read out of the Bible and be able to touch people and heal them.  It is said that people came from miles around to seek their help. They reportedly could cure bleeding–both internal and external–burns, gout, and other ailments.

I came into the knowledge of how to use the power by my mid-thirties. I found an old suitcase in the basement of my parents’ house.  Inside it were yellowed papers.  On one paper was the Ezekiel 16:6 verse; on the other paper there were words written to cure burns.

I asked my mother about the papers.  She directed me to my father’s collection of Foxfire books. It is the book in the Foxfire series containing the section about the occult and faith healers. I read the section on how it was done, memorized the verses, and began to use them to treat people in need.

[Catie’s Note: The book to which Kimberlee is referring is The Foxfire Book: Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building, Mountain Crafts and Foods, Planting by the Signs, Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing, Moonshining, and Other Affairs of Plain Living . Clicking the link will take you to  If you have the book, the information is on page 368.]

I found out later that my family is mentioned in a book called: Signs, Cures, and Witchery: German Appalachian Folklore
. The name mentioned is Ketterman.  These people have been said to have abilities also according the stories  passed down through the years by my family.

I have talked to other family members about our abilities.  They call it “the power.”  They said for it to be effective, a man must teach a woman the words or a woman must teach a man the verses.

My uncle said that the power was particulary strong in the women of the family.  He also said that these people were called power doctors, blood doctors, moon doctors, bloodstoppers, conjure people, white witches, and faith healers.

Everyone in the family does not have the ability. You could have 5 or 6 brothers and sisters, and maybe 1 or 2 of these siblings would have the ability. I also heard some stories about how some relatives used the verse and were able to save some lives.

I, myself, have saved some lives with this ability.

My husband’s grandfather had an aneurysm in his chest that was ready to burst.  He had 4 days to live. I treated him and the aneurysm sealed up. He lived another 18 months and passed from a heart attack not associated with the aneurysm.

Three weeks ago, my mother-in-law called on the phone in a panic. She had burst a blood vessel in her nose.  I treated her over the phone and the bleeding stopped.

When she visited the ENT doctor the next day, they were very confused as to how the bleeding had stopped. They said that it was bad enough where she should have bled out and died, and the blood vessel was just hanging there like a faucet had been turned off.

I have also removed toothache pain from some people. If you use the blood verse to treat anyone, it is extremely important that you use the patient’s full name. I will use my full name as an example:

As I passed by, I saw Kimberlee Ketterman Edgar laying on the ground wallowing in Kimberlee Ketterman Edgar’s own blood. Even though Kimberlee Ketterman Edgar was covered with blood, I would not let Kimberlee Ketterman Edgar die. Live!

When treating a male patient, it is very important to use his full title.  Some examples: John Doe, Sr., John Doe, Jr., John Doe III, John Doe IV, ect.  If you do not provide the patient’s full name as it stands, the magic of the charm may not work.  It is extremely important to remember this and apply it to the verse.

I hope this blog has been interesting and informative to you all.


About Kimberlee Edgar

My name is Kimberlee Edgar. I live in Virginia with my husband and son. I love the outdoors and nature. I like to go camping and fishing. I have a female Eastern Box turtle named Missy the Turtle.  She has her own page on Facebook. I also have a female Bell’s Hingeback Tortoise named Ma Ma Bell.  Both are very cuddly pets.

I am an artist.  I enjoy painting and drawing wildlife and fantasy themed subject matter. My artwork has been published in Fantasy Review magazine, Science Fiction Eye magazine, and World War II magazine.

I have published two children’s books: A Tiger’s Tale and Spring Valley Friends, Helping Each Other.

My artwork sites are: Darkstar Artwork on Facebook, Deviantart: ABC-4810, and Kimberlee Edgar, Printfection, and Zazzle.

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38 thoughts on “The Blood Verse

  1. “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, han are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

    Even today, in the year 2012, there are still so many things that cannot be explained.

    • This is a good point, William. It’s something I think about a lot, even though I had forgotten (until I saw Horatio) that it must have come from Hamlet.

  2. Fascinating post. Thanks Catie and Kimberlee. I haven’t heard of this before now, though regional magics have always intrigued me. The coastal region of SC south of Charleston has a strong tradition of hereditary magic that has impacted the local language. Kids will threaten to “put the root (pronounced like ‘foot’) on” each other, not knowing what it means or even why they use that phrase.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • You are welcome Greg, glad you liked this post. I don’t know what “put the root on you”, means either, that’s a new one for me too.

      • Hehe, I think most folks probably won’t know. It’s a reference to charms and spells that use specific roots (I don’t recall which) and other flora as components. In essence, it’s a threat of a hex or curse.

  3. This is so interesting! Wow! If someone was bleeding out, why not try it? I hope I am never in that position.

  4. Wow. All I can say is I think you’re very lucky or blessed or whatever you want to call it, to have such a powerful ability to heal others. Amazing. And, yes, I’d love to read other experiences you’ve had healing people.

    • Thank you, I would say the word is blessed, I’m glad I can help people in this manner, only thing is that it is very scary when you are dealing with seconds to have to save someone’s life, like my mother-in-law, it’s worked everytime, so far, so good.

  5. Wow. Fascinating stuff, ladies. If only my Sunday school teachers taught lessons like this! 😉

    I’m curious, Kimberlee. What role do you think faith plays in the blood verse miracles–if any?

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  7. Yes,I do believe that having faith plays an important role when you are using this verse, as you are calling on divine intervention to help the person you are treating. Sometimes things happen also that you don’t mean to occur. My friend was bleeding behind her eye due to the pressure that a tumor behind that eye was causing. I treated her for the bleeding and it stopped. She called me 4 days later to tell me that the doctors discovered that the tumor was gone too! I couldn’t believe it.

  8. Very interesting. I’ve heard of faith healers but not this specific type. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. And I would definitely love to learn more.

    • Yareah, well my family was kind of sneaky with the information. I found it out on my own, can’t really talk about it with my family, as they are uncomfortable with the topic, unless they need some help of course. I found out why, in the past people with my abilities could use them for both good or bad deeds. Also found out that people like me were called in to deal with the bad conjurers to break the spells or curses they would put on people or animals. The power seems to follow the bloodlines, some are born with it some aren’t. What you chose to do with it is what matters, I’d rather use mine for good.

    • Rhonda, if you want to learn more about this subject, the two books mentioned have a good deal of information regarding this.

  9. This is totally fascinating. I, too have never heard of the blood verse. What an interesting gift! I’d love to learn more. Thanks, Catie and Kimberlee!

    • Thank you Christine, glad you liked the post. The Foxfire book mentioned, as well as, the other book (Signs,Cures, and Witchery), also contain a great deal of information on the subject.

  10. I haven’t been active today because it’s Kimberlee’s day. But I have been impressed at the interaction here today. I was both surprised and pleased that everybody seems interested in learning more. Kimberlee, if you want to stop by again to talk about the Burn Verse, I think I’m safe and saying everyone would be interested. Thanks again for doing this guest post. I really enjoyed learning from you.

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    Donna Coe-Velleman said:

    Thanks Kimberlee and Catie for teaching me something new. Fascinating!

    • So glad you enjoyed it, Donna. I loved this post because I had never heard of The Blood Verse before I met Kimberlee.

  12. This is strange Catie…I almost asked you a while back if you had heard of the verse in the Bible to stop bleeding. There is also a home remedy to remove warts and it really works too. If you have warts or know someone that does and want to get rid of them just steal a dish cloth from someone without them knowing anything about it and wipe the dish cloth over the warts 9 times and then bury it somewhere in the ground without anyone knowing where it is. I usually just went out in the woods and put it under a rock. I have done this several times with my children and myself and every time I felt like it wasn’t going to work, but sure enough after a month or two when the dish cloth starts rotting the warts will miraculously disappear. They never come back either.

    I told my local family doctor about this and she later told me that she had given this advice to a lot of her patients including her niece and it worked every time.

    • I’m so glad that you brought this up, and you are absolutely right. I have heard of this method for removing warts too. My cousin Nimrod, on my dad’s side of the family, could remove warts. My dad suffered from this ailment when he was young. Nimrod would come along, and say, “Give me a penny for each of your warts, and I’ll get rid of them. Mom said he would rub the pennies over the warts, and say some words and the warts would go away. Don’t know what words he said, might be something about it in the Foxfire book, or the Signs,Cures, and Witchery one.

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    hilliscolwell said:

    Furthermore, the old timers where I grew up in SE KY…Appalachia…used to say there was a member in the family that could pray over warts and moles and they would disappear, but I don’t have any idea of what was prayed.

  14. Boggles the mind,it does. And here I’d been taught in church that that verse in Ezekiel had to do with a newborn baby, covered with blood and afterbirth.

    Thanks for sharing such an interesting family tradition/gift, whatever it is.

    • Thank you for sharing the meaning of this verse, I never knew what it meant, or what they said of it in church.

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        Catie Rhodes said:

        Nor did I, Kimberlee. I learn the most interesting things on this blog.

  15. This is so very interesting. I have always believed that there is magic in “The Lords Prayer”. I am fascinated by the power of faith and our God given ability to manifest miracles, large and small, through him. Thank you Kimberlee and Catie for sharing this.

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    Jenny said:

    I saw my Mother use the blood verse to stop my sister’s head from bleeding. Both were covered in blood and someone mentioned the blood verse and she said it and the blood stopped.