More Superstitions

  • If you give away a gift, you must ask for a penny for luck , since it is definitely bad luck to give away a gift.
  • If you give a purse as a gift, always put a penny in it for luck, giving a person an empty purse is considered bad luck for them.
  • When you spill salt, you must throw some over your left shoulder.

From Marlyn from Conehatta, MS  (Thanks!)

Home Superstitions

  • Never bring an old broom into your home- it may still carry remnants of the past.
  • Make sure you exit by the same door that you entered or you will never settle.
  • If you find a grasshopper inside your home it means luck.
  • A bird flying through a window means death.
  • If a swarm of bees land on your house will soon burn down.
  • If swallows nest under the eaves you will be protected.
  • Ivy growing over the top of your house keeps you safe from black magic.
  • If you’re having a problem selling your old home, try burying a statue of St Joseph (the carpenter who brought Jesus up as his son) in your yard. (I have not recommended this to my clients yet)
  • Never carry a hoe into the house- it is bad luck.
  • Never give a knife as a housewarming present -your new neighbor will become an enemy.
  • Nail an evergreen branch to new rafters to bring good luck.
  • The number of fogs in August determines how many snows there will be the following winter. (My dad used to keep count and he was usually correct)
  • Never sweep over a threshold or you will sweep all the good luck out the door. (My mom sweep the kitchen every night but refused to sweep anything out the door)
  • If a broom falls it means company is coming.
  • If you sweep trash out the door after dark, it will bring a stranger to visit.
  • If someone is sweeping the floor and sweeps over your feet- you’ll never get married.
  • To prevent an unwelcome guest from returning- sweep out the room they stayed in immediately after they leave.
  • If you sweep trash out the door after dark-it will bring a stranger to visit.
  • To drop a fork means a man is coming to visit.
  • A bed changed on Friday will bring bad dreams.
  • A frog brings good luck to the house it enters.
  • A horseshoe hung above the doorway will bring good luck to a home.
  • A horseshoe hung in the bedroom will keep nightmares away.
  • Mistletoe in the house protects it from thunder and lightning.
  • A white moth inside the house means death.
  • Rosemary planted by the doorstep will keep witches away.
  • Do not place shoes upon a table it will bring bad luck.

Homemade Products For Summer

Homemade Flea Repellent

Mix equal parts white vinegar and water together in a spray bottle. Spray directly on your dog’s coat and brush or rub in.Fleas hate the smell and taste of vinegar; and do their best to avoid it.

Homemade Weed Killer

  • 1 gallon of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of table salt
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap
Mix everything together making sure the salt is completely dissolved. Put into a spray bottle and spray directly onto the weed.
The vinegar is what kills the weeds, but the dish soap holds the vinegar in place so it stays on the plant instead of running off.

Mix Your Own Cleaning Solutions

  • Ammonia, diluted with 3 parts water in an empty spray bottle can be used to clean windows, appliances and counters.
  • Full strength pine oil is great for deodorizing garbage cans, and scrubbing the kitchen and bathroom floor.
  • Baking soda can be used instead of scouring powder and also removes stains and odors from refrigerators and coffee pots.
  • A sprinkle of dry baking soda before vacuuming will freshen the carpeting.

Stain Removers

Milk, Cream, Ice Cream– Pre-soak in cold or warm water for 30 minutes. Wash. Sponge any grease spots with non-flammable dry cleaning solvent. Wash again.

Nail Polish – Sponge with polish remover or banana oil. Wash. If stain remains sponge with denatured alcohol to which a few drops of ammonia have been added. Wash again. Do not use polish remover on acetate or triacetate fabrics.

Paint – Oil base, sponge stains with turpentine, cleaning fluid or paint remover. Pre-treat and wash in hot water. For old stains sponge with banana oil and then with non-flammable dry cleaning solvent. Wash again. Water base- scrape off paint with dull blade. Wash with detergent in water as hot as is for fabric.

Perspiration– Sponge fresh stain with ammonia, old stain with vinegar. Pre-soak in cold or warm water. Rinse. Wash in hottest water safe for fabric. if fabric is yellowed use bleach. If stain still remains, dampen and sprinkle with meat tenderizer or pepsin. Let stand 1 hour. Brush off and wash. For persistent odor, sponge with colorless mouthwash.

Soft Drink– Sponge immediately with cold water and alcohol. Heat and detergent may set stain.

Tea– Sponge or soak with cold water as soon as possible. Wash using detergent and bleach safe for fabric.

These are all suggestions for stain removing and there is no guarantee that it will work or the fabric will not be damaged. If you would like to add to this list please leave a comment. Registered & Protected

Folk Medicine

Folk Medicine

Folk Medicine or Old Wise Tales?

* The blood of a black chicken rubbed on the affected area will cure shingles.

* Black chickens will bring out chickenpox if you go out to the chicken coop after the sun goes down and let one fly over you.

* Tea made from hot water and corn silk will cure bed wetting in children.

* The root of rhubarb worn on a string around your neck will prevent stomachaches.

* Tie a big red onion to the bedpost and it keeps the ones in the bed from having colds.

* Eat sorghum molasses, raisins, and onions to prevent boils caused by impure blood.

* A dirty sock worn around the neck when you go bed will cure a sore throat.

* Don’t let the moonlight shine on your face while your sleeping, it will cause you to go crazy.

* A buckeye carried in the pocket will cure rheumatism.

* Don’t cut your hair in the dark of the moon or it may cause you to go bald.

* Tea made from sumac leaves are good for and can cure asthma and hay fever.

* An iron key pressed to the back of the neck will cure a nosebleed.

* Tie a string around the little toe of your right foot to stop a toothache on the left jaw. For the right jaw reverse the directions.

* Rub a wart with a slice of potato or stolen dishrag, bury the object and as it rots the wart will disappear.

* Killing a chicken and wrapping the warm body around the a rattlesnake bit will draw the poison out.

* An ax put under the bed will ‘cut” labor pains.

* For colic use catnip tea.

* Use garlic, Epsom salt, and binegar to treat high blood pressure.

* Treat measles with corn-shuck tea and ice water.

* Rub snuff onto a bee sting to ease the pain and draw out the poison.

* Use soot from the stove to stop bleeding from cuts.

* Soak snakebites in kerosene.

* Press a cold butter knife to the back of the neck to stop nosebleeds.

* Brew sassafras, catnip, horehound and pennyroyal into teas to treat coughs and colds.

* Boil the twigs and leaves of a red cedar to inhale for bronchitis.

* For a fever make the a tea from white and black willow leaves and bark.

* The pitch from a white pine tree will heal wounds and sores.

* Powdered bark of the hemlock will slow bleeding from a wound.

* For a toothache use cooked pine needles.

* Use rhododendron oil for rheumatism.

* For congestion use a mustard plaster. Leave on until skin is pink but not blistered.

* To draw out infections from wounds use yarrow and jimson weed poultices.

* To cure a wart rub a kernel of corn on the it. Wrap it up like a gift and place it in the fork of two roads during a full moon.

* Make a mud plaster to relieve pain from a sting.

* Use vinegar to help ease the pain of a sunburn.

* Asthma may be cured by keeping a “Mexican hairless” Chihuahua dog in the house.

* By saying these words you can get rid of a sty- “Sty, sty, leave my eye; catch the first one passing by.”

* Wear a copper bracelet to cure rheumatism.

* A lead fishing sinker worn on a string around the neck will cure nosebleeds.

* Use honey and apple cider for arthritis.

* Place a broom straw on top of a baby’s head to cure the hiccups.

* Place a dime under the upper lip to stop nose bleeds.

* To purify the blood drink juice from carrots.

* The touch from the hand of a seventh son cures the bite of a mad dog.

* Boil together sheep’s suet and the rind of the elder-tree to make an ointment that will cure a burn without leaving a mark.

* To heal a bruise heat a big stone in a fire and when red-hot throw it into water. Use the water to bathe the bruise.

* Tie an eel’s skin around a knee to ease pain.

*Wool taken from a black sheep, and worn constantly in the ear will cure an earache.

*For weak eyes boil down flowers of daises boil to make a eye wash.

*For a fever, place the person on the sandy shore when the tide is coming in. The retreating waves will carry away the disease and leave him well.

*For freckles use distilled water of walnuts (used as a wash) to make the skin fair and clear.

*To cure hip disease gather three green stones from a running brook and between midnight and morning uncover the limb and rub each stone several times downwards from the hip to the toe repeating…

Wear away, wear away,

There you shall not stay,

Cruel pain – away, away.

*To cure Jaundice gather nine young shoots from the root of an ash tree that had been cut down. Place in a bottle, then bury it in a secluded spot without the person seeing it. As long as the bottle remains in the ground he is safe from the disease.

*Tie a bunch of mint around the wrist to settle the stomach.

*Avoid a toothache and never shave on Sunday.

* To cure a toothache rub a dead horse’s tooth over the jaw to ease the pain.

* To freshen your breath use parsley.

* To remove warts take some of the clay from under the feet of the men who carry a coffin and apply it to the wart. Wish strongly at the same time that it will disappear.

* To give a wart to another tie up some pebbles in a bag with a piece of silver money. Throw it on the road. Whoever finds the bag and keeps the money will also get the wart.

* To cure hiccups drink lemonade.

* Use licorice for coughs and colds.

* To whiten teeth eat strawberries.

* Use cod liver oil to cure a cold.

* Put milkweed juice on a wart cure it.

* Put a moistened tea bag on a cut to stop the bleeding.

* Apply apple cider vinegar to relieve varicose veins.

* Wash the skin with the vinegar before bedtime to stop night sweats.

* To cure poison ivy and oak
keep the affected areas wet with buttermilk.

* For nausea, motion & morning sickness suck on a lemon wedge.

* To get rid of lice saturate the hair with the Olive oil, cover with a shower cap and leave overnight.

* For a hangover eat chicken soup in morning.

* Eat raw cabbage to dissipate a headache.

* Cover a frostbitten area with the inner side of a banana peel.

* To cure a canker sore apply raw onion to the sore.

* For acne clean your skin thoroughly and apply egg white with a cotton swab. Let it sit for several hours or overnight.

If you would like to add your cure to this list
please leave a comment with your cure, name, and location.


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