We are in Comiso, one of the capitals of Sicilian Baroque. Here it is the nice Natural History Museum.
Ancient Sicilian Folk Medicine – Episode 1
Suduri di li pedi – Capiddi caduti – Canigghiola – Trizzi di donna – Urticaria – Risipela – Russania
Ancient folk medicine Suduri di li pedi (Sweaty feet) – To prevent sweaty feet put inside the shoes, either sulfur powder or myrtle leaves. Instead if you have walked a lot, take a foot bath with water, vinegar, and crushed red onions.
Ancient folk medicine Capiddi caduti (Baldness) – To avoid hair loss, take a green lizard and drop it from above into a pot with oil. If the green lizard comes up supine, then turn on the heat and bring to a boil. Then take the green lizard and rub it on your head. Other remedies could be washing the head with warm cow urine or even with human urine.
Ancient folk medicine Canigghiola (Dandruff) – The best way to get rid of dandruff is to wash your hair with your own urine, or with vinegar or wine.
Ancient folk medicine Trizzi di donna (Braids of a woman) – Some men are born with a clumps of hair, twisted, on the back of the head. It is said that they are the work of “women of fora” (which is women from outside), being supernatural, often evil, but in this case they are protecting the child. So woe to cut this clumb of hair. The “woman of fora” would never forgive him and in addition to bring misery into the house, they would cause the unfortunate squint and stiff neck. However If it falls alone, there is no consequence.
Ancient folk medicine: Scòlulo (Urticaria) – You heal by wearing your shirt inside out, or even by wrapping a woolen rag around your waist.
Ancient folk medicine: Risipola (or Erysipelas) – It is an evil spirit that attaches itself to the body. Some remedies to fight it: a woman must hold a patch on the forehead of the patient and constantly saying “Believe in the Lord, believe in the Lord”. Another remedy is to tear off the hare’s testicles and rub them over on the face. Yet another solution is to throw urine on the sick part and say: “I’m going to the sea, I’m going to throw away the sick part”. And finally, take a sheet of tissue paper, draw this cross and keep it on the infected part for exactly 24 hours, without missing a minute.
Ancient folk medicine: Russania (Measles) – It is recommended to wrap the baby in a red silk cloth. It is also advisable to make the child drink a good lentil broth and boiled wine.