Tag Archives: remedies


Folk Medicine- Mud for Ant Bites

Context: My informant spent most of her childhood playing outside at her grandmother’s house in the early 2000s. She tells me she remembers there being a lot of ant piles at the house, and it wasn’t unusual for her or another kid to stand in one without realizing. Whenever someone got an ant bite, her… Continue Reading »

Wart treatment

Text If you have a wart, cut an onion in half, rub it on your wart, and bury it in the backyard on a full moon.   Background The informant learned this remedy from her mother and said that it was a very common one that she fully believed in when she was a kid…. Continue Reading »

Ear Infection Garlic Drops cure

I asked what I should do if my ear is starting to hurt and I have a slight cold: Response: “You don’t want to get sick and get an ear infection…especially if your ears are already starting to hurt. You need to go grab the garlic drops we have…they will prevent you from getting an… Continue Reading »

Red bean soup (红豆汤/糖水)

INFO: Dried dates Red bean Longan – a fruit like lychee Rock sugar Water Slow cook everything together in a pot on the stove so the beans would turn mushy. Serve either cold or hot. BACKGROUND: The informant’s mother used to make red bean soup (in Chinese: 红豆汤 [hong duo tang] or 糖水 [tang shui])… Continue Reading »