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To cure a sore throat or a cold, sulphur powder
was placed on a feather. The feather was placed
in the back of the throat and the person administering
the treatment would blow the sulphur onto the throat.

Submitter comment: Mrs. Wolf's mother routinely used this procedure when
she was growing up.

Where learned: OHIO ; Hicksville

Keyword(s): Remedies, Medicine

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

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Mrs. Wolf reported that as a young child growing up
on a farm, that her mother would coat a piece of lint
with lard and tie it around the base of a toe to heal a crack
in the skin (often caused by going barefoot).

Submitter comment: Mrs. Wolf's mother, Martha (Kyle) Welty, was late in marrying.
Many of her customs and cures were, therefore, those which
were popular in the 1880's.

Where learned: OHIO ; Hicksville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001910s

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