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Pat Shingleton: "Dew Dew..."

3 years 6 months 11 hours ago Tuesday, May 19 2015 May 19, 2015 May 19, 2015 3:00 AM May 19, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Dew is water that is condensed onto grass and other objects near the ground. We are very familiar with dew in South Louisiana. There's a folktale or two about the magical qualities of dew. Dew has been used as a lotion for sore, itchy eyes and skin diseases. It has also been used to strengthen sickly children and is believed to heal gout and sharpen ones eyesight, especially if it is collected from the leaves of fennel. A young girl must gather dew prior to sunrise, from the ground under an oak tree, for beauty and good luck. Those that wash their face in dew from a Hawthorn tree at sunrise on the Celtic festival of Beltane will experience beauty for a year. The Victorians gathered early-morning dew in their hands and rubbed it on their faces to remove freckles. Witches in Scotland, collected dew with a hair tie and hung it in the barn to increase milk production. There's another "Dew" that isn't weather related, except for a main ingredient - water. It's distilled and is known as Tallamore Dew.

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