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FOLK DEODORANT

USE BAKING SODA AS A DEODORANT FOR UNDERARMS
AND FEET. USE BAKING SODA ON VOMIT TO ELIMINATE THE
UNPLEASANT ODOR.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): Baking Soda ; Deodorant ; Domesticity ; Household ; HYGIENE ; Odor ; REMEDY ; Smell ; Tip ; TRICK ; Vomit

James Callow Keyword(s): SODIUM BICARBONATE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Home

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.

Data entry tech comment:

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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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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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MEDICINE

FOR ARTHRITIS A FRIEND OF MINE KNOWS A PERSON WHO STICKS
NEEDLES IN HIS JOINTS AND APPLIES HEAT THROUGH THE NEEDLES
USING AN ELECTRIC CURRENT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVES IT COULD WORK BUT HAS NEVER TRIED IT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): HEAT REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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TO EASE ASTHMA, CHANGE YOUR BED AND PLACE A PAN OF HOT WATER
UNDER IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HEAT REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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BACKACHE

A MUSTARD PLASTER WILL CURE A BACKACHE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT BELIEVES THAT THE HEAT FROM THE MUSTARD PLASTER
HELPS THE BACKACHE AND NOT THE PLASTER ITSELF.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HEAT REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

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BACKACHE REMEDY (ITALIAN)

TAKE A PIECE OF CLOTH, PUT A HALF DOLLAR IN IT.
LAY ON YOUR STOMACH, SOMEONE RUBS YOUR BACK.
LIGHT THE CLOTH ON THE PERSON'S BACK AND COVER WITH GLASS.
DO THIS 5 TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): BACKACHE ; HEAT REMEDY ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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REMEDY

MAKE A BREAD AND MILK POULTICE TO BRING A BOIL TO A HEAD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM YOUTH.

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

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

Keyword(s): BOILS ; HEAT REMEDY ; INFECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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CURE

FOR BOILS: HEAT A BOTTLE BY POURING SCALDING WATER IN IT UNTIL
THE GLASS IS VERY HOT. POUR WATER FROM BOTTLE AND APPLY THE HOT
NECK TO THE BOIL. AS THE BOTTLE COOLS IT WILL SUCK OUT THE PUSS.

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

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): BOILS ; HEAT REMEDY ; INFECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-29-1970

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PLASTER FOR A CHEST COLD

MAKE A HOT MIXTURE OF FLAXSEED AND LARD AND SPREAD IT ON THE CHEST.
THEN COVER THE BODY WITH A LINEN TOWEL OR WRAP.
ADDITIONAL BLANKETS SHOULD BE USED TO FURTHER INDUCE SWEATING.
THIS PLASTER WAS USED ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN
BECAUSE IT DID NOT BURN THEIR SKIN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER USED THIS WITH HER CHILDREN. (1900-1930).

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): CHILDHOOD REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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EAT A LOT OF STARCH, FOR A WOMAN TO HARDEN HER WOMB.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; CHILDBEARING ; FOOD ; Homeopathy ; MAGIC ; REMEDY ; STARCH ; Womb

James Callow Keyword(s): IMITATIVE MAGIC

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

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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COUGH

FOR COUGH MEDICINE DAD WOULD MIX ONION JUICE WITH SUGAR, ALSO
HORHOUND DROPS OR GIVE US WARM MILK WITH GINGER.
MOM WOULD ALSO RUB OUR CHEST WITH CAMPHOR, WRAP A WOOL SOCK
AROUND OUR NECK, AND MAKE US WEAR A PNEUMONIA JACKET, WHICH WAS
A PIECE OF WOOL CLOTH THAT FIT AROUND THE CHEST WALL.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PEORIA

Keyword(s): HEAT REMEDY ; HOREHOUND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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COUGH

TO CURE A COUGH YOU TAKE SOME GOOSE GREASE AND RUB IT ON THE THROAT
AND THEN WRAP THE THROAT UP WITH FLANNEL CLOTHS.

Submitter comment: HER MOTHER USED TO DO THIS FOR HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HEAT REMEDY ; INHALATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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CROUP

IF A BABY HAS THE CROUP FRY SOME ONIONS AND PUT THEM IN YOUR
HUSBAND'S SOCK. THEN PIN IT AROUND THE BABY'S NECK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS ON THE PHONE(A WET BATTERY 30 PARTY UNIT
INSTALLATION) WHILE A CHILD AND LIVING ON THE FARM IN CENTRAL
ILLINOIS. AN OLD LADY WAS SUGGESTING IT TO HER DAUGHTER
FOR A GRANDCHILD.

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): CHILD'S CROUP ; HEAT REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-01-1971

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EARACHE

WHEN ONE IS SUFFERING FROM AN EARACHE, TO EASE THE ACHE PLACE
A PLASTIC BAG FILLED WITH HOT SALT NEXT TO YOUR EAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOES THIS WHENEVER SHE SUFFERS FROM AN EARACHE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HEAT REMEDY

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 02-20-1971

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EARACHE

TO CURE SOMEONE OF AN EARACHE, FILL YOUR MOUTH WITH MILK AND LET IT
WARM IN YOUR MOUTH TO BODY TEMPERATURE AND SPIT THE WARM MILK
INTO THE PERSON'S EAR. DON'T LET ANY OF THE MILK DRAIN OUT UNTIL
THE EARACHE IS BETTER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THAT THIS CURE ACTUALLY WORKS AND SAID THAT HER
GRANDMOTHER HAD THIS DONE TO HER IN YUGOSLAVIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): HEAT REMEDY

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- P763

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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EARACHE

TO CURE AN EARACHE PUT THE WARM HEART OF AN ONION IN YOUR EAR.

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

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): HEAT REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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EARACHE

MY MOTHER TOLD ME OF THIS CURE FOR EARACHES.
MY UNCLE WHEN HE WAS SMALL HAD A VERY BAD EARACHE
AND WAS VERY SICK.
MY GRANDFATHER HEARD OF A CURE BUT HAD NEVER TRIED IT HIMSELF.
GRANDFATHER SHAPED A PIECE OF CARDBOARD INTO A FUNNEL OR DUNCE HAT
ABOUT TWELVE INCHES HIGH AND FOUR TO FIVE INCHES IN DIAMETER
AT THE BASE. OVER THE CARDBOARD LINEN CLOTH
WAS PLACED. OVER THE LINEN, MELTED WAX WAS PLACED AND THE CARDBOARD
WAS NOW REMOVED, THE FUNNEL NOW CONSISTED OF ONLY THE CLOTH AND WAX.
GRANDFATHER THEN HAD HIS SON, MY UNCLE, LIE DOWN ON THE FLOOR
AND HE PLACED THE BASE OF THE FUNNEL OVER THE ACHING EAR.
HE THEN LIT THE TIP OF THE WAX-CLOTH FUNNEL
AND ALLOWED IT TO BURN DOWN FOUR TO FIVE INCHES.
WHEN HE REMOVED THE FUNNEL, A LARGE AMOUNT OF PUS FROM THE EAR
WAS FOUND UP INSIDE WHAT REMAINED OF THE FUNNEL.
THE AREA AROUND THE EAR WAS SOMEWHAT SINGED FOR AWHILE.
SINCE THAT TIME MY UNCLE HAS NEVER HAD ANY TROUBLE WITH HIS EARS.

Where learned: ROYAL OAK ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): HEAT REMEDY

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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FOLK REMEDIES

TO EASE THE SWELLEN OF THE MUMPS, PUT SARDINE OIL ON THE
SWOLLEN GLANDS.

Submitter comment:

MY MOTHER USED THIS REMEDY ON ME WHEN I HAD THE MUMPS. SHE
TIED A LONG-SLEEVE WHITE SHIRT AROUND MY GLANDS TO KEEP THE
OIL ON.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: GEORGIA ; MILLEDGEVILLE

Keyword(s): Ailments ; CURE ; Glands ; Homeopathy ; Mumps ; Relief ; REMEDY ; Sardines

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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FOR AN INGROWN HAIR PLACE A PIECE OF BREAD WRAPPED IN A BAND-AID
ON THE AFFECTED AREA FOR A DAY, THE HAIR WILL COME RIGHT OUT.

Submitter comment:

MY MOTHER GAVE ME THIS REMEDY WHILE I WAS AFFLICTED WITH IT.
IT WORKED.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; BREAD ; CURE ; Homeopathy ; Ingrown Hair ; REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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