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PROVERB

CAN'T SEE THE FOREST THROUGH THE TREES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): IRONY ; PLANTS ; SEMANTICS

James Callow Keyword(s): MINUTE DETAILS OBSCURE GOAL ; SHORTSIGHTEDNESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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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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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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CUSTOM

ON CANDLEMAS DAY, MOTHERS SINGE A SMALL PIECE OF THEIR CHILDREN'S
HAIR WITH THE CANDLE THAT WAS BLESSED IN CHURCH THAT DAY TO
PREVENT THEM FROM BEING SCARED OF STORMS AND LIGHTNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CURE FOR FRIGHT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 2 Candlemas Groundhog Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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MEDICAL

IF YOU HAVE A WART AND YOU ARE ITALIAN YOU SHOULD
TIE A STRING AROUND THE WART AND WRITE AN INCANTATION
DURING THE FULL MOON.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER TOLD ME THIS A LONG TIME AGO.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): CURE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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FLAX

FOR ACHING BONES PUT FLAX IN THREE PILES. COVER AFFLICTED JOINT
WITH LINEN CLOTH, PLACE ONE PILE OF FLAX ON THE CLOTH AND SET
FIRE TO IT. REPEAT AS NECESSARY FOR RELIEF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ARTHRITIS CURE ; HEAT REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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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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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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METHOD OF CURING

PLACE RAW STEAK ON A BLACK EYE IN ORDER TO DRAW THE BLOOD OUT.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS FROM MY MOTHER AND HAVE HEARD OF ITS USE FREQUENTLY.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE 3 OTHER SIMILAR REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF ARCHIVE.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ANIMAL CURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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A CURE FOR BLADDER INFECTION

FOR BLADDER INFECTION OR DIFFICULTY IN URINATION,
BOIL A GENEROUS AMOUNT OF PARSLEY LEAVES IN WATER,
AND DRINK THIS PARSLEY TEA THREE TIMES DAILY UNTIL THE INFECTION
CLEARS UP.

Submitter comment: MY AUNT CLAIMS TO HAVE RECEIVED THIS INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE
FROM A CLOSE FRIEND A FEW YEARS AGO.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): HERBAL CURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 04-08-1965

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HEALTH

EATING GARLIC IS SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD FOR THE BLOOD.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS WHILE IN FRANCE.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): HERBAL CURE ; PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE

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

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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CASPERILLA TEA IN THE SPRING WILL THIN THE BLOOD.

Data entry tech comment: BURDOCK ROOT TEA
SASSAFRAS TEA
OTHER REFERENCES IN ARCHIVE RECOMMEND THE USE OF

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PLANT CURE ; PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE ; SARSAPARILLA TEA

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

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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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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JAPANESE BELIEVE THAT CERTAIN ANIMALS CAN BE CURES FOR WOMEN'S
AILMENTS. CHARRED CARP IS EATEN FOR BREAST DISEASE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL CURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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REMEDY

SOME CHINESE PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT CANCER CAN BE CURED
BY EATING THE BRAINS OF A MONKEY.
THE BRAINS SHOULD BE THOSE OF A RECENTLY KILLED MONKEY,
AND THEY ARE EATEN RAW.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS HIS UNCLE TRIED THIS METHOD OF CURE,
WITH APPARENT SUCCESS.
THIS STORY CONCERNING HIS UNCLE'S SUPPOSED CURE
WAS LATER PUBLISHED IN A CHINESE NEWSPAPER.
THIS STORY IS NOT BELIEVED BY INFORMANT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; MONKEY CURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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CURE

MRS. BOLCEN'S MOTHER WAS A DIABETIC WHO REFUSED TO TAKE INSULIN
AND THEREFORE HER DOCTOR GAVE HER ONLY SIX MONTHS TO LIVE.
AN INDIAN FRIEND OF THE FAMILY BROUGHT A WEED CALLED
SILVER THREAD, LET IT DRY AND MADE TEA OUT OF IT.
HER MOTHER DRANK IT IN PLACE OF WATER
AND SHE LIVED FOR FIFTEEN YEARS.

Submitter comment: MARIE LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER IN 1934

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BRASS RAIL CHOP HOUSE

Keyword(s): HERBAL CURE ; PROLONGATION OF LIFE BELIEF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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IF YOU WAKE WITH VOMITING AND DIARRHEA,
YOU SHOULD DRINK APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND WATER
THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
IT USUALLY STRAIGHTENS OUT YOUR STOMACH, AND DIARRHEA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CURE FOR GASTRIC AILMENTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-10-1971

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WOMEN'S AILMENTS

JAPANESE BELIEVE THAT CERTAIN ANIMALS CAN BE CURES
FOR WOMEN'S AILMENTS.
CHARRED CARP IS EATEN FOR BREAST DISEASE
AND CHARRED MOLE IS EATEN FOR WOMEN'S DIZZINESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL INGESTION AS CURE ; CURE, FISH INGESTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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REMEDY

PUT STEAMED RED CABBAGE LEAVES ON SKIN TO CURE ECZEMA.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER SUPPOSEDLY CURED INFORMANT BY THIS METHOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): VEGETABLE CURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-16-1970

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METHOD OF CURING

THE BEST AND QUICKEST WAY TO CURE A SWOLLEN GOITER
IS TO WRAP A GREEN SNAKE (CAN BE A GARDEN SNAKE) AROUND YOUR NECK
AND KEEP IT THERE FOR 1 OR 2 HOURS UNTIL THE SWELLING GOES AWAY.

Submitter comment: ACCORDING TO THE INDIAN (AMERICAN) GIRL THAT GAVE ME THIS,
IT HAS CURED MANY GOITERS FOR HER BROTHER-IN-LAW.

Data entry tech comment: THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVES CONTAINS SEVERAL SIMILAR ITEMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS

Keyword(s): ANIMAL CURE ; SYMPATHETIC MAGIC ; TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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CATNIP TEA

THE TEA MADE FROM CATNIP IS EFFECTIVE IN "BRINGING OUT THE HIVES".
THIS IS DONE WHEN A BABY,USUALLY, HAS A RASH, ESPECIALLY ON THE FACE.
THE PEOPLE BELIEVE POISON FESTERS UNDER THE RASH AND IF HIVES
APPEAR, THE POISON IS LEAVING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD BY DIFFERENT PATIENTS, ALL POOR BLACK INNER
CITY RESIDENTS, MOSTLY FROM THE SOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HERBAL CURE ; HIVES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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