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FOOD SUPERSTITION

EATING CARROTS WILL HELP YOU SEE BETTER AT NIGHT.

Submitter comment: FROM MY MOTHER'S MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Plant

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WARD OFF BAD LUCK

MAKE UP A BAG OF SASFETIDA SUBSTANCE THAT SMELLS AND IT WARDS
OFF BAD LUCK. / YOU WEAR IT AROUND YOUR NECK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ASAFETIDA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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MEDICINE FOR FEVER

WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL ABOUT FIVE OR SIX YEARS OLD, I
USE TO HAVE CHILLS AND FEVER QUITE A BIT. AND THINGS (BEING)
LIKE THEY WERE THEY DIDN'T HAVE DRUGS LIKE THEY DO NOW. THEY
USUALLY HAD TO USE OLD REMENTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. AND MY MOTHER
WOULD ALWAYS USE COPABUDS FOR FEVER. TAKE THE ROOTS AND PEEL IT.
AND WE'D CHEW THAT... WELL THIS IS SOMETHING THAT GROWS OUT IN THE
COTTON FIELD. IT HAVE A BUD ON IT. / YOU KNOW LITTLE STICKLE BUD.
AND THIS THING GROW UP TO REAL TALL AND THIS WHEN IT BUDS. BUT
BEFORE THEN IT'S A LITTLE BITTY GREEN THING AND THAT'S WHEN YOU USE
THE MEDICINE PART OF IT.

James Callow comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING HAS BEEN CORRECTED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): REMNANTS?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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TOOTHACHE CURE
IN VIRGINIA, THEY TAKE THE PATIENT BEFORE SUNRISE TO A
CHURCHYARD, WHERE HE MUST SIT DOWN UNDER A FIR TREE. THEN
THEY MAKE WITH A KNIFE AN INCIISION IN THE TREE AND PEEL OFF THE
BARK. THE GUMS ARE SCRATCHED TO THE POINT OF BLEEDING, AND AFTER
INSERTING A FEW DROPS OF THE BLOOD INTO THE TREE WOUND, THEY RE-
TURN THE BARK TO ITS PLACE. NO THIRD PERSON SHOULD BE ALLOWED
TO WITNESS THE PERFORMANCE.

Submitter comment: THIS TOOTHACE CURE WAS TOLD TO ME BY A FORMER NEIGHBOR WHO WAS A
NATIVE OF VIRGINIA AND OF GERMAN BACKGROUND. SHE HAS SINCE
MOVED BACK TO THE SOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing
BELIEF -- Surgery

Date learned: 00001930S

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TOOTHACHE CURE
THE GERMANS BORE A HOLE IN A TREE AND CHEW, WHILE STANDING NEAR THE
TREE, A PIECE OF BREAD WITH THE AILING TOOTH; ONE-HALF OF THE BREAD
IS SWALLOWED, THE OTHER HALF IS PLUGGED INTO THE HOLE, DURING
WHICH PROCEDURE THE PATIENT SAYS? 'TREE, I GIVE THEE ONE-HALF
OF WHAT I POSSESS; TAKE FROM ME ALL OF MY PAIN AND CONDUCT IT TO
THE GROUND.'

Submitter comment: THIS TOOTHACE CURE WAS TOLD TO ME BY A FORMER NEIGHBOR WHO WAS A
NATIVE OF VIRGINIA AND OF GERMAN BACKGROUND. SHE HAS SINCE
MOVED BACK TO THE SOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001930S

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ROSALKA

THE ROSALKA IN RURAL AREAS OF BULGARIA ARE GOOD AND KINDLY
SPIRIT-FAIRIES WHO LIVE AROUND LAKES AND STREAMS. THEY HELP
SHEPHERDS IN DIFFERENT WAYS INCLUDING FINDING HELPFUL HERBS
TO CURE SICKNESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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BABY BELIEF

SHE WAS ALWAYS TAUGHT THAT WHEN A BABY HAS AN UPSET STOMACH, THAT
SHE SHOULD BE GIVEN ESSENCE OF PEPPERMINT, OR CAMIL TEA
WHICH IS ACTUALLY TEA LEAVES.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

Keyword(s): BABY ; CHAMOMILE ; CHILD ; CURE ; Ingest ; Peppermint ; REMEDY ; TEA

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAMOMILE?

Subject headings: Food Drink -- N466
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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A CUSTOM IN JANOWIEC, POLAND

ON THE FEAST OF ST. BLAISE, IT WAS A CUSTOM TO BLESS APPLES IN
JANOWIEC, POLAND.
SINCE ST. BLAISE WAS THE SAINT WHO WOULD GUARD THROATS, THESE
APPLES WOULD BE EATEN WHENEVER ONE'S THROAT WAS SORE, TO CURE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 3
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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FLOWERS

ON AUGUST 15TH FLOWERS ARE BLESSED AND THE PETALS ARE SAVED. THESE
ARE THEN PUT UNDER THE PILLOW OF A SICK PERSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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MIRCULOUS CURE

ONE OF MY GRANDMOTHER'S FOURTEEN CHILDREN
WAS A HEMOPHILIAC. AS A CHILD HE OFTEN
SUFFERED TWO OR THREE NOSEBLEEDS A WEEK AND OFTEN
NEEDED TRANSFUSION FROM HIS MOTHER. WHEN HE WAS ABOUT
EIGHT HE HAD A NOSEBLEED WHICH NO ONE COULD STOP.
HIS MOTHER SAW A RELIGIOUS PROCESSION GOING BY ON THE
STREET. MANY OF THE PEOPLE WERE MAKING
DONATIONS AND RECEIVED BITS OF BLESSED
COTTON AS A REMEMBRANCE OF THE
FEAST. THE MOTHER WENT OUT AND MADE A DONATION.
SHE PUT THE BLESSED COTTON TO THE CHILD'S NOSE AND
IMMEDIATELY THE BLEEDING STOPPED.
THE SON HAS NEVER HAD ANOTHER NOSEBLEED.
A YOUNGER DAUGHTER KEPT THE COTTON AND STILL HAS IT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER WHO LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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FOR IMPURITY OF THE BLOOD OR ANEMIA, EAT RED BEETS.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER ALWAYS TOLD ME THIS, ESPECIALLY WHEN I HAD
ANEMIA (SHE ALSO MADE ME EAT THE RED BEETS.).

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC-IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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INDIAN REMEDY

SKUNK OIL IS GOOD FOR STILL JOINTS AND RHEUMATISM AND ARTHRITIS.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ANIMAL CURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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MEDICINE

ONE SHOULD CARRY A POTATOE IN HIS POCKET TO CURE ARTHRITIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-26-1965

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FOR ARTHRITIS, PEEL A POTATO, TAPE IT TO THE AFFLICTED AREA
AND THE POTATO IS SURE TO DRAW THE SORENESS OUT.

Where learned: FRIENDS HOME

Keyword(s): POULTICE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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CURE FOR ARTHRITIS

IF YOU HAVE ARTHRITIS TIE A CHESTNUT (BUCKEYE) AROUND YOUR NECK.
IF YOU DON'T TIE IT AROUND YOUR NECK, MAKE SURE YOU CARRY IT
AT ALL TIMES.

Submitter comment: HER MOTHER TOLD HER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNION LAKE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-06-1967

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THE GARLIC TEACHER

WHILE ATTENDING HIGH SCHOOL, I HAD A LATIN-GREEK PROFESSOR
WHO ATE GARLIC EVERY MORNING TO COUNTERACT HIS ASTHMA COUGHS.
IF THAT WASN'T BAD ENOUGH, HE WORE GARLIC AROUND HIS NECK
SO THAT THE EFFECT MIGHT LAST.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): HERBAL CURE ; PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CRANBERRY CURE

CRANBERRY JUICE HAS OFTEN BEEN USED AS A CURE FOR BACK DISORDERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Medicine
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-10-1969

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FOLK CURE

FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, EAT GARLIC

Submitter comment: FROM MRS. HOWARD OF SCOTCH-IRISH DESCENT.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE 2 SIMILAR REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF ARCHIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): HERBAL CURE ; PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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REMEDY

KEEP NUTMEG IN YOUR POCKET TO CURE BOILS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S AUNT ACTUALLY BELIEVED THIS AND
RECOMMENDED IT TO INFORMANT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION ; INFECTION ; SPICE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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REMEDY

TO CURE DIARRHEA, DRINK BOILED RICE WATER.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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