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METHOD OF CURING

PLACE RAW STEAK ON A BLACK EYE IN ORDER TO DRAW THE BLOOD OUT.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS FROM MY MOTHER AND HAVE HEARD OF ITS USE FREQUENTLY.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE 3 OTHER SIMILAR REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF ARCHIVE.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ANIMAL CURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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A CURE FOR BLADDER INFECTION

FOR BLADDER INFECTION OR DIFFICULTY IN URINATION,
BOIL A GENEROUS AMOUNT OF PARSLEY LEAVES IN WATER,
AND DRINK THIS PARSLEY TEA THREE TIMES DAILY UNTIL THE INFECTION
CLEARS UP.

Submitter comment: MY AUNT CLAIMS TO HAVE RECEIVED THIS INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE
FROM A CLOSE FRIEND A FEW YEARS AGO.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): HERBAL CURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 04-08-1965

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PREVENTION OF ILLNESS

PIERCED EARRINGS ARE GOOD FOR THE HEALTH, AS THE GOLD IN THEM
IS GOOD FOR THE BLOOD.

Submitter comment: THIS IS MY GRANDMOTHER'S THEORY.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): JEWELRY ; PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE

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

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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HEALTH

EATING GARLIC IS SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD FOR THE BLOOD.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS WHILE IN FRANCE.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): HERBAL CURE ; PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE

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

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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CASPERILLA TEA IN THE SPRING WILL THIN THE BLOOD.

Data entry tech comment: BURDOCK ROOT TEA
SASSAFRAS TEA
OTHER REFERENCES IN ARCHIVE RECOMMEND THE USE OF

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PLANT CURE ; PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE ; SARSAPARILLA TEA

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

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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TO BUILD UP YOUR BLOOD THIS MIXTURE SHOULD BE TAKEN DAILY:
A RAW EGG YOLK MIXED WITH A SHOT OF WINE.
THIS WILL INSURE GOOD HEALTH.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BLOOD ; HOMEOPATHIC-IMITATIVE MAGIC ; PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE

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

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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ENTERTAINMENT TOAST (IRISH)

MAY YOU BE IN HEAVEN A HALF HOUR BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU,RE DEAD.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; INFORMANT HEARD FROM MOTHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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IF YOU HAVE A BUMP ON YOUR HEAD, TAKE A RAZOR BLADE
DIPPED IN VINEGAR, RUB IT ON A KNIFE,
PRESS IT ON THE BUMP, AND THE BUMP WILL GO AWAY.

Data entry tech comment: THREE SIMILAR CASES ARE IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVES.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Medicine

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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HONEY

HONEY IS GOOD TO USE ON SKIN BURNS.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER SIMILAR CURE IS IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVES.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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REMEDY

FOR BURNS - OLIVE OIL.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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HOME REMEDY

PUT VANILLA FLAVORING ON A BURN TO SOOTHE IT.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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HOME REMEDY

PUT GREASE AND BAKING SODA ON A BURN.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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A HOME REMEDY FOR A PERSON WHO HAS A CRACKED LIP IS THIS:
TAKE SOME WAX FROM YOUR OWN EAR AND APPLY IT TO THE CRACKED LIP.
THIS WILL RELIEVE THE PAIN AND HEAL THE LIP.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): CERUMEN ; EAR WAX

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-14-1969

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THERE IS A FAMOUS ELIXIR KNOWN IN THE HILLS
OF NORTHERN ARKANSAS CALLED GREAT KNOX LINIMENT,
NAMED AFTER ITS NEGRO INVENTOR, GREAT KNOX.
IT WAS MADE AT HOME AND CONTAINED EGGS, TURPENTINE, KEROSENE
AND CAYENNE PEPPER.
THIS WILL CURE ANY CUT ON MAN OR ANIMAL.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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PREVENTION OF EPILEPSY

WEARING A COPPER WIRE AROUND THE WRIST WILL PREVENT EPILEPSY.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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

Date learned: 10-28-1971

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TO RELIEVE ITCHING ON YOUR BODY
SOAK AND TAKE A BATH IN BAKING SODA

Submitter comment: THIS ACTUALLY WORKS.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-15-1969

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TAKE 4 TO 6 TEASPOONFULS OF HONEY, DIVIDED BETWEEN MEALS.
THIS WILL RESULT IN LESS NERVOUSNESS
AND A SOUNDER SLEEP AT NIGHT.

Data entry tech comment: THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVES CONTAINS ANOTHER SIMILAR CURE

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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POISON IVY

THE BEST WAY TO CURE POISON IVY
IS TO PUT EQUAL PARTS OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND WATER
ON THE AFFECTED SKIN.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-08-1969

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UMBILICAL HERNIA

A TREATMENT FOR UMBILICAL HERNIA, A CONDITION IN WHICH THE NAVEL
APPEARS VERY LARGE AND BULGING, IS TO BIND THE ABDOMEN VERY TIGHTLY.

Submitter comment: THE CONDITION, WHICH IS NOT SERIOUS AND OFTEN DISAPPEARS WITHOUT
TREATMENT, IS COMMON AMONG BLACKS, AND PROBABLY GENETICALLY CAUSED.
ONE PATIENT TOLD MISS BAUER TO FIRST SCORCH THE CLOTH.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): NEGRO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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BELIEF

IF A PERSON HAS A WART, ANOTHER PERSON SHOULD BUY IT FROM HIM.
AFTER RECEIVING THE MONEY THE WART IS SUPPOSED TO GO AWAY.

Data entry tech comment: SEVERAL SIMILAR CURES ARE FOUND IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVES

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-24-1969

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