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CROUP

THE CURE IS TO TAKE ONE TEASPOON OF KEROSENE AND MAKE THE CHILD
SWALLOW IT.

Submitter comment: HER MOTHER DID IT FOR ONE OF MRS. MADAR'S BROTHERS AND HER FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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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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HICCUPS

DRINK A WHOLE GLASS OF WATER BACKWARDS WITHOUT BREATHING;
IN ORDER TO CURE THE HICCUPS.

Submitter comment: MRS. DEVEREUX LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; COLLECTORS HOME

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

Date learned: 11-22-1963

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POISON IVY

RUB SALT ON POISON IVY RASH.
IT WILL BURN, BUT WILL CAUSE THE RASH TO SUBSIDE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS PRACTICED BY HER MOTHER
IN THE EARLY 1900'S.

Where learned: HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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WOUNDS

WHEN A PERSON HAS A WOUND, HE WILL HEAL MORE QUICKLY IF
HE HAS POSSESSION OF LAPIS. (A DEEP BLUE STONE) FROM THE UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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WOUNDS

SPIRITS OF TURPENTINE WERE USED
ON ANY OPEN CUT WOUNDS TO HEAL FASTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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FOLK REMEDIES

TO EASE THE PAIN OF RHEUMATISM WEAR COPPER BANDS AROUND
THE WRISTS OR ANKLES. USUALLY THE PERSON WEARING THE COPPER
USES IT IN THE FORM OF A PENNY OR A WIRE.

Submitter comment: MY GREAT COUSIN WEARS COPPER WIRES AROUND HER ANKLES. SHE
TESTIFIES THAT IT WORKS.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; MILLEDGEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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TO CURE A SORE THROAT TIE A BLACK THREAD AROUND THE NECK.

Submitter comment: TO BE EFFECTIVE THE THREAD SHOULD BE FIRST DIPPED IN TURPENTINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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TO STOP A TOOTHACHE APPLY COAL OIL TO THE TOOTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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TO REMOVE WARTS PUT TURPENTINE ON THE WART.

Submitter comment: TURPENTINE SEEMS TO BE A CURE FOR NUMEROUS AILMENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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REMEDY

I REMEMBER MY GRANDMOTHER CURING A YOUNG CHILD OF A FEAR. IT'S A
RITUAL. WHEN A CHILD IS AFRAID OF SOMETHING, YOU GET SOME WHITE ROCK.
IT'S A SOFT ROCK, I DON'T KNOW THE NAME OF IT. THE ROCK IS PUT INTO A
SKILLET AND HEATED. AS IT HEATS, IT SOFTENS, AND IT WILL FORM INTO A
FIGURE OF WHAT THE CHILD IS AFRAID OF. THE FEAR IS REMOVED FROM THE
CHILD THIS WAY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONJURATION DIVINATION ; HOMEOPATHIC ; MEXICAN-AMERICAN CURE

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-00-1979

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STY CURE

CLOSE THE AFFLICTED EYE. RUB A GOLD WEDDING BAND ACROSS THE
LID OF THE AFFLICTED EYE.

Submitter comment: IT IS BELIEVED THAT GOLD HAS THE POWER TO DRAW OUT INFECTIONS.
THOUGH THE INFORMANT HAS NEVER PRACTICED THIS CURE, HER RELATIVES
WHO ARE ALSO OF POLISH DECENT, HAVE ADMINISTERED THIS CURE.
I AM FAMILIAR WITH MEXICAN-AMERICANS WHO CLAIM THAT THE WEDDING
BAND STY CURE IS EXCLUSIVELY MEXICAN.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: CA00001916 ; 01-13-1980

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SORE THROAT CURE

IF YOU HAVE A SORE THROAT, GARGLE WITH HERRING JUICE.

Submitter comment: THIS CURE IS BASED ON THE MEDICINAL POWERS OF SALT. (HERRING
JUICE IS MOSTLY SALT.) THIS CURE IS CONSIDERED VILE, BUT EFFECTIVE.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: CA00001916 ; 01-13-1980

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REMEDY

IF YOU HAVE A COUGH YOU SHOULD TAKE A SPOON FULL OF SUGAR AND PUT A
FEW DROPS OF KEROSINE IN IT THEN SWALLOW IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00001930S

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REMEDY

RAW BACON WITH PEPPER MAKES A POULTICE FOR DRAWING OUT PAIN OR
SORENESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00001930S

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REMEDY

THIS REMEDY CAN BE USED FOR ANY TYPE OF RASH. TAKE OATMEAL AND BAKING
SODA AND PUT THEM TOGETHER IN A SOCK. RUN A BATHTUB OF WATER WHILE
YOU HAVE THE SOCK TIED TO THE END OF THE FAUCET. THIS WAY THE THINGS
INSIDE THE SOCK WILL FILTER INTO THE BATHTUB. THIS TAKES AWAY THE
ITCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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

Date learned: 00001930S

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A CURE FOR SNAKEBITES IS TURPENTINE. HAVE IT IN A BOTTLE, PLACE MOUTH
OF BOTTLE DIRECTLY OVER THE SPOT, AND BRING THE TURPENTINE DIRECTLY
IN CONTACT WITH THE BITE BY HOLDING THE BOTTLE UPSIDE-DOWN. IT SHOULD
BE HELD THERE UNTIL RELIEF COMES. IT USUALLY TAKES LESS THAN FIFTEEN
MINUTES.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT GOT THIS OUT OF AN OLD BOOK ON HOUSEHOLD TIPS. SHE
THINKS THE BOOK WAS PUBLISHED IN THE 1920'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 03-04-1982

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COLD REMEDY

DRINK HOT WATER WITH SUGAR AND ONION IN IT.

Submitter comment: IT WORKS BUT ITS AFTER EFFECTS LEAVE YOUR BREATH SMELLING REAL BAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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COLD REMEDY

DRINK HOT WATER WITH SALT AND CASTEROIL MIXED IN IT .

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; BREAUX BRIDGE ; LOS ANGELES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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SORE REMEDY

IF YOU HAVE A SORE PUT DIRT ON IT AND IT'LL STOP THE BLEEDING.

Submitter comment: MY FATHER PUT DIRT ON HIS SORES WHEN HE WAS YOUNG, AND HE SAID,
"MY SORES DIDN'T GET INFECTED, BUT HEALED AND GOT SCABS ON THEM."
THEY CALLED THEIR SCABS "DIRT SCABS."

Where learned: ALABAMA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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