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BABY'S COLD

2 DROPS OF MELTED BUTTER TO AS MANY MONTHS OLD AS THE BABY IS.

Where learned: OHIO ; LUCAS COUNTY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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SPASMS

PUT DRIED MUSTARD IN HOT WATER AND BATHE FEET AND PUT BODY IN A
TUB OF IT. FOR QUICK RELIEF RUB ALCOHOL ON HEART, ARMS, AND
FEET. TURPENTINE IN HOT WATER IS ALSO GOOD.

Where learned: OHIO ; LUCAS COUNTY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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WART REMOVAL

20 DRAMS OF SUBLIMED SULPHUR
5 FLUID DRAMS OF GLYCERINE
1 FLUID DRAM OF ACETIC ACID
APPLY MIXTURE REPEATEDLY TO EACH WART FOR SEVERAL DAYS. THE
WARTS WILL DRY UP AND FALL OFF. FOR HANDS APPLY AT NIGHT AND
WRAP.

Where learned: OHIO ; LUCAS COUNTY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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MEDICINE

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I REMEMBER HELPING MY MOTHER WITH MY BABY BROTHER.
ONE DAY HE HAD THE HICCUPS. MY MOTHER TOOK TWO STRAWS OUT OF THE
BROOM AND PLACED THEM IN MY BROTHER'S HEAD IN THE SIGN OF A CROSS.
MY MOTHER SAID THAT SHE REMEMBERED HER MOTHER DID THE SAME THING.
I DO NOT REMEMBER THAT IT CURED MY BROTHER'S HICCUPS, BUT I DO
REMEMBER HOW FUNNY HE LOOKED WITH THE STRAWS IN HIS HEAD.

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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REMEDY

WHENEVER A PERSON HAS RINGWORMS, JUST STEAL SOMEONE ELSE'S WASHCLOTH
AND WASH THE STRICKEN PERSON'S FACE WITH IT. INFORMANT NEVER
ACTUALLY OBSERVED THIS TECHNIQUE IN USE, HOWEVER, HE DID SAY HIS
MOTHER HAD SEEN IT USED BEFORE.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

James Callow Keyword(s): THEFT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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REMEDY

TO STOP A PERSON FROM STUTTERING TAKE A WET DISH CLOTH AND HIT THEM
ON THE MOUTH WHENEVER THEY STUTTER. THE INFORMANT ACTUALLY SAW THIS
DONE TO HER SISTER, BY HER MOTHER WHENEVER HER SISTER WOULD STUTTER.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-14-1969

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REMEDY

I REMEMBER SUFFERING FROM AN EARACHE AND MY MOTHER WOULD BLOW
CIGARETTE SMOKE DIRECTLY INTO MY EAR AND PLUG IT WITH A PIECE OF
COTTON. INFORMANT ACTUALLY HAD IT DONE TO HER.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001960S

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REMEDY

WHENEVER A BABY IS TEETHING A CRICKET NEST PLACED IN A BAG AND TIED
AROUND THE BABY'S NECK WILL EASE THE TEETHING. THE INFORMANT NEVER
SAW THIS TECHNIQUE USED, BUT WAS INFORMED OF IT BY HIS MOTHER, WHEN
HE AND HIS WIFE HAD THEIR FIRST CHILD.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

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

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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MAGICAL CURE

YOU CAN CURE SWOLLEN GLANDS BY SOMEONE WRITING A BIBLE PASSAGE
ON THE NECK OF THE VICTIM OF THE SWELLING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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MAGICAL CURE

SORE EYES CAN BE CURED IF THE TAIL OF A BLACK CAT IS PASSED BEFORE
THE EYES NINE TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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CURE FOR COLDS

TO GET RID OF A COLD, YOU FRY ONIONS AND SMELL THE
FUMES. THEN YOU STRAIN THE JUICE OF THE BOILED ONIONS
INTO A CUP. AFTER THAT YOU MIX THE ONION JUICE WITH
VINEGAR AND YOU ADD A SHOT OF WHISKEY AND A TABLESPOON
OF HONEY AND THEN GO TO BED AND SLEEP IT OFF.
THE ONION JUICE WITH VINEGAR AND YOU ADD A SHOT OF WHISKEY AND A
TABLESPOON OF HONEY AND THEN GO TO BED AND SLEEP IT OFF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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CURE FOR BLOODY NOSE

FOLD A PAPER TOWEL UP AND PUT IT UNDER YOUR UPPER LIP.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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CURE FOR WARTS

TO GET RID OF WARTS, RUB A FRESHLY PICKED MUSHROOM ON THE WART AND
THROW IT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER. THE WART WILL DISAPPEAR IN 2 DAYS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID AN OLD GERMAN TOLD HIM THIS WHEN HE WAS} YOUNG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFT DIRECTION POSITION

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

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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CURE

TO CURE AN INFECTION FROM A CUT OR A SLIVER TAKE A PIECE OF FAT FROM
ANY KIND OF MEAT AND PUT IT ON A LARGE BIRCH LEAF THEN COVER THE
INFECTION WITH THIS

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID IT ACTUALLY WORKED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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WARTS

SAY YOUR PRAYERS OVER A WART AND IT WILL DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

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

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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HOME CURES

THE FOLLOWING CURE IS GOOD FOR BODILY ACHES AND PAINS.
SOAK BREAD IN MILK AND PLACE IT ON THE AFFLICTED AREA.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Keyword(s): Affliction ; AILMENT ; BREAD ; CURE ; Curing ; Homeopathy ; Milk ; PAIN ; Relief ; REMEDY

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

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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HICCUP CURE

IF A BABY HAS HICCUPS, TO CURE THEM THE PARENTS TAKE A HORSE
COLLAR AND ONE PARENT STANDS ON EACH SIDE OF THE COLLAR. THEN
THEY PASS THE CHILD THROUGH THE THE COLLAR NINE TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MAGIC RING OR CIRCLE

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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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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TOOTHACHE CURE

IN KENTUCKY, ONE TOUCHES AN ELDER TREE WITH THE HAND OF THAT
SIDE WHERE THE AILIMG TOOTH IS LOCATED, AND SAYS THREE TIMES:
MY TEETH ARE ACHING,
A BLACK ONE, A WHITE, A RED ONE,
I WISH THEY WOULD BLEED TO DEATH,
IN THE NAME OF GOD THE FATHER.

Submitter comment: THIS TOOTHACE CURE WAS TOLD TO ME BY A FORMER NEIGHBOR WHO WAS A
NATIVE OF VIRGINIA AND OF GERMAN BACKGROUND. SHE HAS SINCE
MOVED BACK TO THE SOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001930S

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TOOTHACHE CURE
IN VIRGINIA, THEY TAKE THE PATIENT BEFORE SUNRISE TO A
CHURCHYARD, WHERE HE MUST SIT DOWN UNDER A FIR TREE. THEN
THEY MAKE WITH A KNIFE AN INCIISION IN THE TREE AND PEEL OFF THE
BARK. THE GUMS ARE SCRATCHED TO THE POINT OF BLEEDING, AND AFTER
INSERTING A FEW DROPS OF THE BLOOD INTO THE TREE WOUND, THEY RE-
TURN THE BARK TO ITS PLACE. NO THIRD PERSON SHOULD BE ALLOWED
TO WITNESS THE PERFORMANCE.

Submitter comment: THIS TOOTHACE CURE WAS TOLD TO ME BY A FORMER NEIGHBOR WHO WAS A
NATIVE OF VIRGINIA AND OF GERMAN BACKGROUND. SHE HAS SINCE
MOVED BACK TO THE SOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing
BELIEF -- Surgery

Date learned: 00001930S

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