883. To cure a wart, grease it with stolen bacon, and hide the latter.
884. Split a bean and put one half on the wart, one half in the ground,
and at the end of the week dig up the latter; place on the wart with the
other half; bury again, and this will cure the wart.
885. Beans rubbed on a wart and thrown in the well will cure a wart.
886. Rub a white bean on the warts, wrap it in paper, and throw it on the
road; whoever picks it up will get the warts.
887. If you find an old bone in the field, rub the wart with it, then lay
it down exactly as you found it. The wart will be cured.
888. If a person has warts, he should rub them with a bone, and after
replacing the bone they are said to leave.
889. Rub a wart with the yellow milky juice of celandine (Chelidonium
890. The juice of wild celandine (Impatiens fulva) is used as a wart
891. Dandelion juice will cure warts.
Revere Beach, Mass.
892. The milky juice of the Euphorbia hypericifolia (and other small
prostrate Euphorbias) is thought to be a sure cure for warts.
893. The milky juice of the common cypress spurge (Euphorbia
Cyparissias) will cure warts.
894. The juice of the common large milk-weeds (Asclepias) will cure warts.
895. The juice of the milk-thistles (Sonchus) will cure warts.
Prince Edward Island.
896. The milky juice of the Osage orange is used as a wart-cure.
897. The first time a person has seen your wart, if it is rubbed with
fresh cream by that person, the wart will surely go away.
898[TN-7] Rub a wart with a stolen dish-cloth, and then hide or bury the
latter. As it decays, the wart will disappear.
General in the United States.
899. Rub the wart with a stolen dish-cloth, and secrete the dish-cloth
until it becomes mouldy and decays, then the wart is cured.
Bucks Co., Pa.
900. To cure a wart: Draw a blade across it, and then draw the knife
across a sweet apple-tree.
901. Warts are cured by stealing pork from the family barrel of salted
pork, rubbing the warts with it, and throwing it into the road. The
person who picks it up gets the warts.
902. Sell your warts for money, throw the money away anywhere, but on
your own land. Whoever picks up the money gets also the warts.
903. To cure warts: Cut your finger-nails and put them in the knothole of
a tree; then stop up the hole, wishing the warts on to some one else.
904. Make a wart bleed, and put the blood on a penny, throw the latter
away, and the finder will get the wart.
905. Cut up an onion, rub the wart with each slice, and bury all the
Bucks Co., Pa.
906. Split a pea and rub the wart with both pieces, make a wish that some
person shall get the wart, throw one piece over one shoulder and the
other over the other (into the river), and the wart will go to the person
907. If you rub your warts with a pebble, wrap the pebble in paper, and
throw it away; the person who picks it up will have them come to him. Or,
should you label the paper with some one's name and throw it away, the
warts will go to the person whose name you have written.
908. Take a green, mossy pebble, wrap it up, tie it, and throw it away.
The finder will catch the wart which you had.
909. Take as many pebbles as there are warts. Rub them on the warts. Roll
them in paper and throw them away. The finder takes the warts.
910. Go out of doors, count three, stop and pick up the stone nearest to
your toe. Wrap it up in a paper, and throw it away. The one that picks it
up will get the warts.
911. Count out secretly as many stones as you have warts, tie in a rag,
and throw them where they can't be seen.
912. If you have warts, walk nine steps backward with your eyes shut,
having just picked up a pebble with which rub the wart, and throw it
Fort Worth, Tex.
913. To cure warts, wash the hands in warm pig's blood.
914. Steal as many pins as you have warts, wrap them in paper, and throw
them in the road: the warts will attack whoever picks up the paper, and
915. Run a pin through the wart, and put the pin in the road; the finder
gets the wart.
916. Rub warts with the head of a pin; hide the latter and do not look
for it, or tie a knot in a string, lay it away, and do not look for it,
and the warts will disappear.
Western New York.
917. Take a potato and rub it over the wart, then wrap the potato in a
piece of paper and throw it away. The one who finds it will have the wart.
918. Rub the wart with a cotton rag, spit on the rag and hide it under a
water-board (a wooden gutter used as a duct for rain-water off the roof
of a house), where the water will drip on it. The whole operation must be
919. Rub the wart with rock-salt till it bleeds, and throw a lump of salt
in the fire; if it crackles and snaps out of the fire, the wart will get
well; if not, not.
920. Binding a slug (Limax) on a wart will cure it.
921. Rub the warts with the sole of your shoe; as the leather wears away,
the warts depart.
922. When a person wishes to remove warts from his hand, cut as many
notches on a stick as you have warts, and standing on a bridge, throw
the stick over your left shoulder, and turn your head; they will go off
before you leave the bridge.
923. Cut notches in a stick to the number of warts you have, and then
bury the stick.
924. Some pretend to remove warts by touching with the sharp point of a
stick and rubbing them in the notch of another stick; then if the patient
tells of it, they will come back.[TN-8]
925. Take as many joints of oat or wheat straw as a person has warts, and
burn them under a stone. As the joints rot, the warts disappear. This is
to be done by another for you.
926. Rub saliva on the wart, tie a string around the hand so that the
knot comes on the wart. Take off the string and hide in a hollow stump.
927. Kill a toad, and put its blood on the wart. The warts will go away
in three weeks.
928. Warts are cured by tying a knot in a string for every wart, and
putting under the eaves of the house. The warts go as the string rots.
929. Warts may be cured by applying to them water standing in the hollow
of an oaken stump.
Boxford, Mass., and Ohio.