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Rub your body down with vinegar when you have a fever to
reduce the fever.

James Callow comment: Salt and other ingredients are added to the vinegar in
Puckett, Ohio, nos. 9502, 9547.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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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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CURE FOR A COLD

DRINKING HOT TEA WITH HONEY IS A SURE CURE FOR A COLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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MEDICINE

WHEN ONE OF US WAS SICK MY MOTHER WOULD MAKE A TEA FROM A HERB THAT
SHE WOULD PICK IN THE WOODS. WE WOULD DRINK THIS AND IT WAS SUPPOSE
TO MAKE YOU FEEL WELL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOES NOT REMEMBER THE NAME OF THE HERB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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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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DIRAHHEA

A GREEK REMEDY FOR DIRAHHEA IS A LITTLE BIT OF GREEK DW DIARRHEA
COFFEE WITH LEMON IN IT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-28-1972

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EVIL EYE

THE INFORMANT ALMOST FAINTED ONE DAY IN CHURCH. WHEN HE
CAME OUT OF CHURCH HIS GRANDMOTHER EXCITEDLY CRIED "MAL OCCHIO"
WHICH MEANS EVIL EYE, SHE RUSHED HIM HOME AND
MADE SIGN OF CROSS
ON HIS FOREHEAD WITH VINEGAR TO CHASE OUT THE EVIL SPIRITS.

Submitter comment: THIS HAPPENED HERE IN THE UNITED STATES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-09-1972

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POTATOES

TO LOWER A FEVER PLACE A STRING OF POTATOES AROUND YOUR NECK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO INFORMANT BY A CO-ORKER WHO IS A BLACK
GIRL OF THE MUSLIM FAITH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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REMEDY

MY MOTHER SAID WHEN SHE OR HER SISTER AND BROTHERS WOULD HAVE A FEVER
MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD TAKE A LILY LEAF (A LEAF FROM A PLANT FOUND
MOSTLY IN THE SOUTH) WET IT AND PLACE IT ON THEIR FOREHEADS. THIS
WAS SUPPOSE TO DRAW THE FEVER OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-24-1972

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REMEDY

WHENEVER SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY WAS SUFFERING FROM A COLD GRANDMOTHER
WOULD MAKE A BREW FROM CHINABERRIES. THESE WERE RED BERRIES THAT
GREW ON TREES. GRANDMOTHER WOULD TAKE THE BERRIES AND BOIL THEM IN
WATER. AFTERWARDS, SHE WOULD POUR OFF THE LIQUID AND GIVE THIS TO
HER CHILDREN TO CURE COLDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-12-1972

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REMEDY

TO CONTROL DIARRHEA, SCORCH SOME MEAL, POUR WATER OVER IT, LET IT
SETTLE AND DRINK AS OFTEN AS NEEDED. INFORMANT ACTUALLY USED THIS
REMEDY HERSELF, AND STILL DOES.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-10-1965

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TO STOP SPASM HAVE THE PERSON AFFECTED DRINK A CUP OF FRESHLY
BREWED SAGE TEA.

Where learned: OHIO ; LUCAS COUNTY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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WHOOPING COUGH

TO CURE THIS STEEP SOME DRIED CHESTNUT LEAVES AND INHALE THE
VAPORS AND LATER DRINK THE BREW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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BURNING EYES

DICE A RAW POTATOE AND PUT IT OVER THE EYES. THIS WILL DRAW THE
BURN OUT AND THE POTATOE WILL ABSORB IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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ACUTE INDIGESTION

TAKE ONE TEASPOON OF CHAMAMILE FLOWER HERBS TO ONE CUP OF HOT
WATER, STEEP THIS MIXTURE AND DRINK IT. IT WILL CAUSE PERSON
TO BELCH IF MIXED PROPERLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): CAMOMILE ; CHAMOMILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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CORN MEAL MUSH IS GOOD FOR COLDS AND FLU AND SOMETIMES SORE
THROATS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 08-00-1969

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A PIECE OF GARLIC WORN AROUND THE NECK WILL CURE A COLD.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001960S

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TEA MIXED WITH HONEY AND LEMON WILL CURE A COLD.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001960S

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THE CURATIVE QUALITIES OF MINT TEA

PEPPERMINT AND SPEARMINT TEA ARE GOOD TO DRINK WHEN YOU HAVE
A COLD. THEY ARE ALSO GOOD FOR DISPELLING GAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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WART CURE

TO CURE A WART, RUB A RAW POTATO OVER IT AFTER YOU'VE CUT THE
POTATO OPEN. THEN THROW THE POTATO IN A FIELD. THE WART WILL
DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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