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COUGH SYRUP

BOIL DESIRED QUANTITY OF FLAXSEED AND PUT LEMON JUICE IN IT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER USED THIS WHEN INFORMANT WAS A CHILD. (1920'S)

Where learned: HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): FLAX

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001920'S

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COLD CURE: FLAX SEED LEMONADE REMEDY
TO A LARGE TABLESPOON OF FLAX SEED, ALLOW A TUMBLER
AND A HALF OF COLD WATER. BOIL THEM TOGETHER 'TILL
THE LIQUID BECOMES VERY STICKY, THEN STRAIN IT HOT
OVER A QUARTER OF A POUND OF PULVERIZED SUGAR AND
AN OUNCE OF PULVERIZED GUM ARABIC. STIR 'TILL QUITE
DISSOLVED AND SQUEEZE INTO IT THE JUICE OF A LEMON.
THIS MIXTURE HAS FREQUENTLY BEEN FOUND AN EFFICACIOUS
REMEDY FOR A COLD TAKING A WINE GLASS AS OFTEN AS THE
COUGH IS TROUBLESOME.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Cold ; COUGH ; CURE ; DRINK ; FLAX ; Flax Seed ; Lemonade ; RECIPE ; REMEDY ; TEA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

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