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Polish folk remedy for styes?


idgie57 1 | 1    
1 Mar 2010  #1
To get rid of a stye on the eye, my grandmother used to wave a butcher knife in front of us and chant something - I seem to remember that it was three words. Has anyone out there ever heard of this, and if so, what the chant was?

...Also: Grandma had a funny saying she used when she bought something that was more trouble than it was worth. The English translation was, "The old woman never had any trouble until she bought herself a pig." I always thought it sounded better in Polish, but I can't remember it!

Many thanks...
wildrover 98 | 4,458    
2 Mar 2010  #2
used to wave a butcher knife in front of us

You could have somebodies eye out doing that...!
Ironside 46 | 8,864    
2 Mar 2010  #3
To get

sorry but you talking villages and such .... I have no clue about chants my family were nobles ....I know only about lighting a candle from the church - its suppose to offer protection against lightning during a tempest ....
jonni 16 | 2,491    
2 Mar 2010  #4
Don't know any Polish remedies for styes, but in England they rub a cat's tail in the eye. Maybe it works.
OP idgie57 1 | 1    
3 Mar 2010  #5
Wildrover, she was pretty good at it. At most, some of us have a slightly different nose now.
1jola 14 | 1,883    
3 Mar 2010  #6
"The old woman never had any trouble until she bought herself a pig." I always thought it sounded better in Polish, but I can't remember it!

It goes "Nie miała baba kłopotu, kupiła sobie prosię." Here you have lots of other Polish sayings: pl.wikiquote.org/wiki/Przys%C5%82owia_polskie

A old Polish remedy for styes is to rub the infected sore with gold, usually a wedding band.
Hill    
22 Jul 2011  #7
I've been looking for the origin of this saying, and this is the only thing that comes up when I google it. My grandma used to say "Old woman had no troubles so she bought herself a pig." She was German, but her family lived in Poland and she was a fluent speaker of Polish.



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