The following are not original works, but quotes and sections from The Book of Forbidden Knowledge: Black Magic, Superstition, Charms and Divination published by Johnson Smith & Company in Detroit Michigan (1910?ish). There are modern printings out you can find, and I suggest picking one up for flavor with your game. They have a ton of fun quirky stuff in them. Here are presented a few folk remedies from the book. You can access The Book of Forbidden Knowledge at Archive.org. This is just a bit that I had pulled out for something I was writing, and figured I would share here if anyone found them interesting, and might be fun to add flavor to your game as superstitions and cures.
WHEN A PERSON DESIRES TO REMOVE CORNS
When they bury an old man, and the funeral bells are ringing, the following should be spoken: They are sounding the funeral bell and what I now grasp may soon be well and what ill I grasp do take away, like the dead one in the grave does lay. ***
While reciting the sentence, always hold the troubled part in the hand, and regarding the corns, move over them with your fingers after cutting out the corns, and as long as they are tolling the bells repeat the above. As soon as the dead body begins to bleach the corns will disappear. Probate in the case of a male, wait for the funeral of one of that sex; In the case of a female wait until a female is to be buried.
Take a new nail, pick with this tooth till it bleeds, then take this nail and insert it in a place where neither sun or moon ever shines into, perhaps, in the rafters of the bin in a cellar, toward the rising of the sun; at the first stroke upon the nail call the name of him who you design to help, and speak: Toothache cease, pain allay!
ALSO FOR THE TOOTHACHE
[Now, it is likely that in your game setting Peter and Jesus just do not exist, that is cool. Go ahead and put your deities and saints in this one:]
St. Peter stood under an oak tree. Then spake our beloved Redeemer to Peter: Why art thou sad and weary? Peter replied: Why should I not feel sad and dread, since all the teeth decay in my head? Wherupon our Lord Jesus Christ spake unto Peter: Peter, hie to the cool and lonely nook, there runs a clear water in a mountain brook. Take water thereof in thy decaying mouth, and spew it again into the running brook. This done three times in succession, and each time the three highest names pronounced. This repeat for three days in succession.
GOLD ROOTS FOR THE TEETHING OF CHILDREN
When children are teething suspend gold roots around their necks, and they will get their teeth without pain. Such root, carries on your person, secures the wearer against all harm.
[Gold Roots are Rhodiola rosea, also known as Rose Roots, their use in medicine can be seen as far back as 50 – 70 AD with the publication of De materia medica written by Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek Physician and pharmacist (“Rhodiola Rosea,” 2021)]
Waywort heals heart woe and stomach pain. Whoever carries the roots on his person his eyes will be cured. Dog’s dribbling and ailments leave and wane like the moon, its flowers heal those who suffer from too large a spleen or milt.
Nasturtian roots powdered, and laid upon the eyes, give clear and brilliant eyes. The sap to drink will cure liver cimplaint; whoever carries the root on his person will be favored by the ladies, take in food, it is good for cancer.
A snail is said to have a starlet in its head, and when round it is good or one who is afflicted with kidney disease.
WHEN A PERSON HAS SPRAINED HIMSELF
Take juniper berries and hay flowers, bruise them and boil in good old Wine. Apply as poultice.
TO PREVENT CHILDREN HAVING MEASLES FROM BECOMING BLIND
Al soon as the children get sick from measles, hang on their necks the roots of purnellac, and your sorrows may cease.
HOW TO DRAW OUT A THORN OR SPLINTER
Take carrots bruised with honey and make a powder thereof. Put over the injury; it will draw the substance out and soothe the pains.
Take precipitate, lard and White hen’s manure, make a lye therefrom and wash the skin therewith.
Take hog’s lard of the size of a bean, heat it; put the yolk of an egg and some saffron therein; stir it well and it will heal.
WHEN A PERSON HAS IMBIBED TOO MUCH
Take fungus of a linden tree, one-half quart of old wine, one-half quart of water, pour the latter on the fungus, let it draw for twenty-four hours and drink mornings, -noons and evenings thereof, one teaspoonful.
Take dog’s lard for five cents, oil of white fir tree cones five cents, olday for five cents, seal oil for five cents, a quart of lard in which all the others are rendered down, and the gouty limb anointed with the salve.
Take five cents worth of nomo, make a plaster of it and put it on the injury once or twice.
Fishberry and lard mixed together and the head anointed therewith.
This last one I feel is just for fun. It seems like the kind of thing a party of Players can run with and have a good old time.
When a person has a weak head and is often absent-minded, take hold of an ant’s hill, then put them in a bad, boil the same for six hours in a kettle of water. Draw this water upon bottles and distil it in the sun. With such water wash the weak and dull head. If the disease is very bad bathe the patient in this water. The blood of asses can be drunk.