Tag Archives: folk medicine


Chicken Soup has Healing Properties

Main Piece: What is so special about chicken soup? “All Jewish grandmas think that chicken soup will cure most of the things that are wrong with you. It’s called Jewish penicillin. And then I’ve heard that there’s some scientific support for this, in a paper I cannot find… supposedly if the chicken soup contains at… Continue Reading »

Paiute Indian Cure for Warts

Background: As the main text of this piece describes, my informant learned this cure from a friend whose Grandfather was a Paiute Indian. Although he lived in a rural area between Cloverdale and Boonville, California, the man probably brought his knowledge of the treatment from somewhere in the Great Basin area that the Paiutes inhabited… Continue Reading »

Iranian Flu Medicine

Main Piece Heat up one whole lemon and 3 garlic cloves until soft and mash with a fork. Strain the mixture and take one spoonful every morning to prevent sickness.  Background My informant was born and raised in Iran. She remembers the flu, and how it ravaged through her elementary school. Her mother, to protect… Continue Reading »

Folk Medicine in a time of crisis

The following is a transcribed interview between me and interviewee, MH. Me: How are you protecting yourself against the coronavirus? MH: OMG, well I’ve been crushing up garlic and taking it like a shot in the morning with some hot black tea with honey in it to chase it. And all our stores are getting… Continue Reading »

Home remedy for hiccups by drinking a glass of water covered by a napkin

Main Piece: Informant: Basically, you get a full cup of water, and you put a paper towel over the top of the cup. It has to be thick, so like a paper towel or a napkin. And then you have to drink through the paper towel, ten gulps without breathing. Like, big gulps too.  Interviewer:… Continue Reading »