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Olive oil; folk medicine applications

Mixed with an equal quantity of lime water - to treat burns.

A cure for gallstones.

When a tablespoon is mixed with the juice of two lemons, olive oil is claimed to flush out kidney stones.

For children"s teething inflammations.

To a quart of olive oil, add 200 centipede legs, a piece of snake"s skin, and the sprouts of a Spanish herb, the combination boiled down to a third and then used as a potion against paralysis.

In Spain, some peasant women keep an olive branch strategically positioned in the house in the belief that it keeps husbands faithful and the wife master of the house.

Hypocrites, a celebrated physician of ancient times, recommended olive oil for curing ulcers, cholera and muscular pains.

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