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HAY FEVER

BUY A BOTTLE OF LYCERINE. PUT IT UP YOUR NOSE WITH A GLASS
TUBE. QUICKLY CLEARS YOUR HAY FEVER FOR SEVERAL HOURS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): LISTERINE? GLYCERINE?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-01-1972

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SORE THROAT

HALF A TEASPOON OF BORIC ACID TO A TUMBLER OF HOT WATER, USE
THIS MIXTURE TO GARGLE OFTEN DURING THE DAY AND BEFORE BE:.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-01-1972

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BOWEL TREATMENT

FOUR GLASSES OF WATER, IF THIS FAILS TO WORK TAKE SIX OUNCES OF
COTTON SEED OIL FOLLOWED BY A GLASS OF MILK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): CONSTIPATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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FOR CUTS ON YOUR HANDS SPIT WHISKY ON THE CUT. WHISKY WILL
KILL THE GERMS AND PREVENT INFECTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): WHISKEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-01-1972

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OLD RELIABLE LINIMENT (ALSO COUGH SYRUP)

HEAT BUT DO NOT BOIL, SPOILS IF BOILED
HALF PINT OF VINEGAR
15 CENTS WORTH OF ROCK CANDY
WHITES OF TWO EGGS
1 TABLESPOON OF GINGER
1 TABLESPOON OF BUTTER
HALF CUP SYRUP ( ANY KIND )
JUICE OF 4 LARGE ONIONS
JUICE OF 2 LEMONS
HALF CUP OF SUGAR
MIX ADDING HEATED VINEGAR, THEN HEAT THE WHOLE MIXTURE AGAIN.

Where learned: OHIO ; LUCAS COUNTY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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SPIDER IN THE EAR

PUT SOME WATER AND OLIVE OIL OR CASTER OIL TOGETHER AND POUR IN
EAR AND SPIDER WILL COME OUT.

Where learned: OHIO ; LUCAS COUNTY

James Callow Keyword(s): CASTOR OIL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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MAGICAL CURE

THE TOPAZ WILL CURE OR PROTECT FROM AN ILLNESS ANY PERSON WEARING THE
STONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

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

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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POTATOES

TO LOWER A FEVER PLACE A STRING OF POTATOES AROUND YOUR NECK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO INFORMANT BY A CO-ORKER WHO IS A BLACK
GIRL OF THE MUSLIM FAITH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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BEE BITE

A GREEK REMEDY FOR A BEE BITE IS TO HAVE THE BITTEN PERSON
URINATE ON THE GROUND AND THEN PUT THE WET GROUND ON THE BITE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): URINE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-28-1972

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CURE FOR NERVOUSNESS

IN ORDER TO CALM YOUR NERVES, YOU BOIL LETTUCE AND THEN DRINK THE
JUICE.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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REMEDY FOR FRECKLES

TO GET RID OF FRECKLES, YOU GET UP AT DAWN AND STICK YOUR FACE INTO A
CREEK.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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REMEDY FOR FRECKLES

TO GET RID OF FRECKLES, YOU CUT A LEMON IN HALF AND RUB IT ALL OVER
YOUR FACE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-28-1972

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EATING MOUNTAIN OYSTERS

IF A GIRL IS FRIGID, EATING MOUNTAIN OYSTERS WILL CURE HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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CURE FOR A COLD

DRINKING HOT TEA WITH HONEY IS A SURE CURE FOR A COLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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ILLNESS

IF A BABY IS SICK, DIP HIM IN COLD WATER ON THE SECOND FULL MOON OF
THE SEASON.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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CURE

IF A CHILD, USUALLY A BABY, IS SUFFERING FROM AN ILLNESS, USUALLY A
CHILD'S ILLNESS LIKE A COLD OR FLU, YOU SHOULD CUT OFF THE EAR OF A
CAT. THEN DRIP THE BLOOD ON A PIECE OF BREAD AND FEED IT TO THE
INFANT. THIS IS SALEM WITCHCRAFT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT THOUGHT THIS WAS A SICKENING THING TO DO, BUT HE
TALKED OF IT AS AN AUTHENTIC CURE ACCORDING TO SOME PEOPLE. AS HE
SAID, WHAT ELSE COULD THEY DO, THE DRUG STORES WERE CLOSED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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ETHNIC BELIEF

THERE IS A CEMETERY BEHIND ASSUMPTION GROTTO CHURCH IN NORTHEAST
DETROIT AND IT HAS A GROTTO IN IT. THE GROTTO SUPPOSEDLY LOOKS LIKE
LOURDES. ON AUGUST 16, THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION, ITALIANS FROM
ALL OVER THE CITY WALK TO THE GROTTO TO PRAY AND TO ASK FOR MIRACLES
I DON'T KNOW WHY IT SEEMS TO BE JUST ITALIANS. THERE ARE CRUTCHES
AND BRACES ON THE WALL OF THE GROTTO THAT WERE LEFT BEHIND BY PEOPLE
WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN CURED. NOW I GUESS THE PEOPLE USE
TRANSPORTATION TO GET THERE' BUT THEY DIDN,T USED TO.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SEEMED TO BELIEVE PEOPLE HAD BEEN CURED AT THE GROTTO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 16
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Shrine Memorial
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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CURE FOR A HEADACHE

DROPS OF OIL IN IT. YOU THEN PROCEED TO SAY ITALIAN WORDS (THEY HAVE
NO TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH) AND LIGHT A MATCH AND THROW IT INTO THE
OIL. IF THE OIL DISPERSES, THEN YOUR HEADACHE WILL GO AWAY. IF THE
OIL CLUMPS TOGETHER, THEN YOU WILL HAVE A HEADACHE FOR A WHILE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THIS ITALIAN CURE ALTHOUGH HER MOTHER
DOES.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

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

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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EARACHE CURE

IF YOU HAVE AN EARACHE, BLOWING WARM SMOKE IN THE EAR WILL CURE IT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A NURSE AND SHE HEARD THIS ONE IN A HOSPITAL.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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WHEN YOU HAVE A BABY (IT COULD BE
ANYONE BUT BABIES ARE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE) AND
IF THAT BABY IS PRAISED ON HOW GOOD LOOKING
HE IS, AND THEN YOU COME HOME AND THE BABY
IS JUST SCREAMING FROM PAIN, THIS CAN
BE USED TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.
PLACE A FEW GRAINS OF SALT IN A CLOTH
AND PIN THIS TO THE BABY'S UNDERSHIRT
THIS WILL INSURE A HAPPY BABY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): EVIL EYE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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