Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Superstitions about Home Remedies (part 4 of the Siobhan Series)

(Remember these are just old Irish superstitions, "old wives tales" in my part of the world. Don't try these at home!)

A bunch of mint tied around the wrist is a sure remedy for disorders of the stomach.

A sick persons bed must be placed north and south not cross ways.

Nettles gathered in a churchyard and boiled down for a drink have the power to cure dropsy.

The touch from the hand of a seventh son is said to cure the bite of a mad dog.

An iron ring wore on the fourth finger will ward off rheumatism.

The seed of docks tied to the left hand of a woman will prevent her from being barren.

Drinking boiled down carrot juice will purify the blood.

The clippings of the hair and nails of a child tied up in linen and placed under their bed will cure convulsions.

A bunch of mint tied around the wrist is believed to ward off infection and disease.

To cure a fever, place the person on the shore when the tide is coming in. When the tide begins to go back out, the retreating waves will carry away the disease and the fever.

To make your skin beautiful, wash your face with May dew on May morning (May Day) at sunrise.


This is my final 4 part story of superstitions. I have written these for purpose of intrigue and entertainment. Please don't take what you read too serious. I have grown up with alot of these tales and I do believe in some of these superstitions mentioned.

Hope you will enjoy reading them


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