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Pat Shingleton: "Dew Whacka Dew..."

11 months ago Friday, May 09, 2014 5:24:29 PM CDT May 09, 2014 Friday, May 09 2014 May 9, 2014 in Pat Shingleton Column

Dew is water that condenses onto grass and other ground objects. Folktales depict the magical qualities of dew. It has been used as a lotion for itchy eyes, skin diseases, and strengthening sickly children. It is believed to heal gout and sharpen eyesight, especially if collected from leaves of fennel. For beauty and luck, a young girl must gather dew before sunrise from under an oak tree. Washing your face in dew from a Hawthorn tree at sunrise on the Celtic festival of Beltane will provide 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 it with a hair tie and hung it in the barn to increase milk production.

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