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MY FRIEND AS A CHILD, BIT HER NAILS
UNTIL HER FATHER TOLD HER THAT THE NAILS
WOULD MAKE BUMPS ON HER STOMACH THAT WOULD SHOW
FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; NAILBITING ; STOMACH AILMENTS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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IF YOU WAKE WITH VOMITING AND DIARRHEA,
YOU SHOULD DRINK APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND WATER
THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
IT USUALLY STRAIGHTENS OUT YOUR STOMACH, AND DIARRHEA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CURE FOR GASTRIC AILMENTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-10-1971

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EAT A LOT OF STARCH, FOR A WOMAN TO HARDEN HER WOMB.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; CHILDBEARING ; FOOD ; Homeopathy ; MAGIC ; REMEDY ; STARCH ; Womb

James Callow Keyword(s): IMITATIVE MAGIC

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

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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VOMITING

THE VICTIM IS KNEELING BY THE TOILET,
TRYING TO VOMIT,
WHEN HE STARTS TO HEAVE,
PUT YOUR KNEE IN THE CENTER OF HIS BACK
AND LOCK YOUR HANDS AROUND HIS STOMACH AND PULL.
THIS RELIEVES STOMACH PAINS
AND HELPS TO GET MORE OUT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): STOMACH AILMENTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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VOMITING

WHEN YOU HAVE FOOD POISONING AND VOMIT,
DRINK A GLASS OF WATER WITH A TEASPOONFUL
OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD POISONING ; STOMACH AILMENTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-10-1971

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FOLK REMEDIES

TO EASE THE SWELLEN OF THE MUMPS, PUT SARDINE OIL ON THE
SWOLLEN GLANDS.

Submitter comment:

MY MOTHER USED THIS REMEDY ON ME WHEN I HAD THE MUMPS. SHE
TIED A LONG-SLEEVE WHITE SHIRT AROUND MY GLANDS TO KEEP THE
OIL ON.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: GEORGIA ; MILLEDGEVILLE

Keyword(s): Ailments ; CURE ; Glands ; Homeopathy ; Mumps ; Relief ; REMEDY ; Sardines

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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FOR AN INGROWN HAIR PLACE A PIECE OF BREAD WRAPPED IN A BAND-AID
ON THE AFFECTED AREA FOR A DAY, THE HAIR WILL COME RIGHT OUT.

Submitter comment:

MY MOTHER GAVE ME THIS REMEDY WHILE I WAS AFFLICTED WITH IT.
IT WORKED.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; BREAD ; CURE ; Homeopathy ; Ingrown Hair ; REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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USE OLIVE OIL FOR AN EARACHE.

Submitter comment:

PUT THE OIL ON A COTTON BALL AND PLACE THE COTTON IN YOUR EAR.
IN ADDITION TO OLIVE OIL, CASTOR OIL AND COD LIVER OIL ARE
USED TO CURE MANY AILMENTS.
OILS ARE A "BIG" THING AMONG BLACKS.

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Updated on 11.10.13 by TRD

Keyword(s): REMEDY, Oil, Natural, Homeopathy, Earache, Ailment,

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 10-08-1984

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WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, MY FAMILY VISITED MY
COUSINS IN ILLINOIS ON A YEARLY BASIS.
EVERY TIME I STAYED WITH MY GRANDFATHER I ALWAYS
NOTICED THAT HE HAD A COPPER BRACLET ON.
AFTER YEARS OF QUESTIONING HIM AND GETTING NO
RESPONSE HE FINALLY TOLD ME IT WAS TO
KEEP THE ARTHRITIS DEVIL AWAY.

Submitter comment:

MY GRANDFATHER WORKED ON A FARM ALL OF HIS LIFE
AND TO THIS DAY HE DOES NOT HAVE ARTHRITIS.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: ILLINOIS ; TAYLOR

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Arthritis ; Bracelet ; Copper ; CURE ; Homeopathy ; PREVENTION

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

Date learned: 00001970CA

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TO CURE HICCUPS, BEND FORWARD AT THE WAIST AND DRINK A GLASS
OF WATER FROM THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE GLASS. HOLD YOUR
BREATH AND DRINK THE ENTIRE GLASS.

Submitter comment:

EXCELLENT CURE!

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MONTANA

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; CURE ; DRINK ; HICCUPS ; Homeopathy ; WATER

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

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

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To her knowledge, when a child of Greek descent is born, he or
she is given a charm (a golden eye) to protect him or her from what
is called a "matiasma." Roughly translated it means "given the eye"
or "eyed." This happens when someone admires someone out of jealousy
out loud. For example, "His voice is so incredible. I wish I had it."
Once one is eyed, if he or she is not wearing the charm or if one
doesn't say "ftousou" which is a Greek word that means "to spray
saliva," he or she is condemned to sickness. (When said, ftousou
literally sprays saliva in the person's face.)

Submitter comment: This particular superstition is feared by my informant because,
as a child, she was "eyed" and became seriously ill. All was tried to
lower my informant's fever but nothing worked. Finally, with
hesitation, a witch doctor was summoned and the fever disappeared
within a single day. To this day she has believed in the curse and
gave me and her other son the golden eye. However, both have been
misplaced and to this date have not been found.

Where learned: GREECE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; SICKNESS ; unexplained

James Callow Keyword(s): amulet, talisman

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 00001943CA

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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:

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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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WHY IS A BARBER POLE RED AND WHITE STRIPED? RED STANDS
FOR BLOOD AND WHITE STANDS FOR BANDAGES BECAUSE THE BARBER
ALWAYS DID THE BLEEDING FOR ALL KINDS OF AILMENTS.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; ROCKWOOD

Keyword(s): Ailments ; Bandages ; Barber ; Barber Pole ; Bleeding ; COLOR ; CURE ; DISEASE ; HAIR ; ILLNESS ; Pole ; PREVENTION ; Red ; SICKNESS ; Signal ; Symbolize ; White

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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CURE FOR CHEST COLD:
WARM SKUNK OIL RUBBED ON CHEST

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Cold ; CURE ; Oil ; REMEDY ; SKUNK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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CURE FOR CHEST COLD OR SORE THROAT:
EAT MELTED LARD AND SUGAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Cold ; CURE ; Lard ; MEDICAL ; REMEDY ; Sore Throat ; Sugar

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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REALLY REALLY OLD GREASY RAG, AND PUT TWO WALNUTS IN IT. WHOEVER HAS THE WARTS MUST CARRY IT IN POCKET FOR TWO DAYS.
THEN AFTER THE DAYS, BURY IT DEEP IN GROUND AND CAN'T
TELL A SOUL WHERE YOU HID IT.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Bury ; CURE ; Grease ; Rag ; REMEDY ; SECRET ; Walnuts ; Wart

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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FRED SALMON OF STAUTON, VIRGINIA IS FAMOUS FOR HIS
WART CURING. HE TAKES THE PERSON INTO A ROOM AND THEY
MUST PROMISE NOT TO REPEAT WHAT HE SAYS OR IT WILL NOT
WORK. HOWEVER, THE WARTS MUST GO FROM ONE PERSON TO
ANOTHER, SAYS MR. SALMON.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; CURE ; REMEDY ; SECRET ; TRANSFER ; Wart

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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CURE FOR INDIGESTION:
BAKING SODA IN WATER.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Baking Soda ; CURE ; INDIGESTION ; REMEDY ; WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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CURE FOR COUGHING:
MIX BAKING SODA AND MOLASSES

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Baking Soda ; COUGH ; CURE ; Molasses ; REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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TEA MADE FROM THE ROOTS OF A TREE WHICH GROWS IN A
GRAVEYARD WILL CURE A FEVER.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; CURE ; Fever ; GRAVEYARD ; REMEDY ; Roots ; TEA ; Tree

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 12-01-1973

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