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IF YOU PUT A RAW EGG OVER THE
DOOR WHEN A BABY IS TEETHING,
IT WILL EASE THE PAIN.

Submitter comment: HE SAID IT WORKED WHEN HIS
NIECE WAS TEETHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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TO GET RID OF WARTS, YOU WAIT UNTIL THERE IS A FULL MOON AND A TOAD HAS TO JUMP ACROSS YOUR HAND. YOU MUST BE IN A CEMETERY FOR THIS TO WORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; NEW YORK ; STATEN ISLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-00-1985 ; 00-00-1969

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BLACK-AMERICAN CURE

TO REMOVE FRECKLES, STIR A TABLESPOON OF FRESHLY
GRATED HORSE-RADISH INTO A CUPFUL OF SOUR MILK;
LET IT STAND FOR 12 HOURS, THEN STRAIN AND
APPLY OFTEN.

Submitter comment: THIS METHOD ACCORDING TO INFORMANT ALSO BLEACHES
THE COMPLEXION AND TAKES OFF TAN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE

Keyword(s): MEDICATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant

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BLACK AMERICAN

FOR DEEP CUTS, FIRST CLEAN CUT THOROUGHLY,
THEN WRAP RAW SALT PORK AROUND THE CUT AND
BANDAGE. THE SALT PORK WILL DRAW OUT IN-
FECTION AND PREVENT SWELLING.

Submitter comment: GRANDMOTHER USED THIS METHOD ON HER GRAND-
CHILDREN AND IT REALLY WORKS.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI

Keyword(s): MEDICATIONS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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A PRESCRIPTION FOR BALDNESS IN ANCIENT EGYPT CONSISTED OF
THE BACKBONE OF A RAVEN, THE BURNT HOOF OF AN ASS, AND
THE FAT OF A BLACK SNAKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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IN ORDER TO MAKE MEDICINES DISTASTEFUL TO THE DEMONS
OCCUPYING A SICK PERSON'S BODY, ANCIENT EGYPTIAN
PHYSICIANS USED DUNG AND BLOOD AS INGREDIENTS OF THEIR
PRESCRIPTIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-01-1988

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THE FIRST EDITION OF THE LONDON PHARMACOPOEIA, WHICH WAS
PUBLISHED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 17TH CENTURY INCLUDED
SUCH ITEMS AS FOX'S LUNGS, OIL OF ANTS, LOZENGES OF DRIED
VIPERS, AND OIL OF WOLVES.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-01-1988

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Mrs. Wolf reported that as a young child growing up
on a farm, that her mother would coat a piece of lint
with lard and tie it around the base of a toe to heal a crack
in the skin (often caused by going barefoot).

Submitter comment: Mrs. Wolf's mother, Martha (Kyle) Welty, was late in marrying.
Many of her customs and cures were, therefore, those which
were popular in the 1880's.

Where learned: OHIO ; Hicksville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001910s

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IF YOU RECEIVE A BAD SUNBURN FROM A DAY AT THE BEACH,
YOU SHOULD SPREAD MILK OVER THE BURNED AREAS OF YOUR BODY.

Submitter comment: THIS COOLS THE BURNING SENSATION AND HELPS TO PUT SOME
NUTRIENTS BACK IN YOUR SKIN.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00001980S

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COLD CURE

FOR A COLD FLANNEL CLOTHES WOULD BE PLACED ON THE STOVE
AND ALLOWED TO BROWN. A TALLOW MADE FROM BEEF AND GOATS
WOULD BE MIXED WITH VASELINE, TURPENTINE, AND VICKS SALVE AND
THIS MIXTURE WOULD BE USED AS A RUBDOWN COMPOUND. THE
BROWNED FLANNEL SHEETS WOULD BE PLACED ON THE PERSON'S
CHEST AND THE PERSON WOULD BE WRAPPED TIGHTLY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

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

Date learned: 00001937CA

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CONGESTION CURE1

TO BREAK UP CONGESTION I AM TOLD, A TEA MADE OF BOILED
HOG MIXED WITH HONEY WAS USED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00001940CA

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CONGESTION CURE 2

PIZZLE GREASE, WHICH IS MADE FROM THE MALE ORGANS OF A
HOG COOKED DOWN INTO GREASE AND THEN THE ORGANS STRAINED
FROM THE GREASE, WAS BOTTLED AND SOLD AS A CURE FOR A BAD
COLD AND PNEUMONIA.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

James Callow Keyword(s): PIZZLE=ANIMAL PENIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00001940CA

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Salt Pork put on a boil or sore would cause it to heal.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Take the dandruff from your scalp and put it on the other
person's scalp to make the hair grow.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses No hair, baldness
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Take a baby's wet urine diaper and rub it on your face and this
will make one have beautiful skin.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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If one has a cold you would take a piece of cloth or rag
smeared with goose grease, tie the cloth or rag in a knot and wrap
a string around it and then tie it around the person's neck at
night to heal them of a chest cold.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1946

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After having a baby take a couple drops of milk from your
breast, place it on a brick and stick it in the oven and it will
help dry up the milk in a woman's breast.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Alberton

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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"Ojo" Remedy (Pink-eye)

A remedy for Pink eye (Conjunctivitis) is the breaking of an
egg and saying a pray over the egg three times. Place egg in a
shallow dish whole at the head of the bed of the infected person.
The "eye" under will remove the infection from the eye above.

Submitter comment: The informant was unsure of the spelling of this custom.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PRAYER

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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Remedy (Cold Sores)

Place wax from the ears on the cold sore. It is a fact that
the herpes virus cannot live in the ear.

Submitter comment: The informant was in the military when he learned about this
simple cure for herpes simplex.

Where learned: Vietnam

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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Remedy

When stepping on a nail or any metal object, tape any of the
following to the foot: a penny, a slice of potato, or a piece of
salt poor, to draw out any infection that may set up in the
foot.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): Salt pork

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

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