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In the short anecdote heard here, Elsie Smith explains her experience with pumpkin seed tea and how she saw it work.
Where I have seen pumpkin seed to work was [Odom Meeks], when he was a small boy, kept having convulsions. I guess he had about thirty, and an old lady came in and asked his mother if she might give him this. She used the pumpkin seed tea; she boiled the pumpkin seed and made a tea and within fifteen minutes after he had taken this tea hot, he passed great masses of worms. Oh, it would just make you squirm because these things were crawling! It was so- and stopped the convulsions. [Side conversation.] He must have had thirty during the day.
Elsie Smith, Bangor, New Brunswick, Margaret Small, pumpkin seeds, tea, worms, parasites, medicine, folk medicine
Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Folklore | Oral History
Smith, Elsie Diamond. 1967. “Pumpkin Seed Tea.” NA392, CD12.23. Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, Raymond H. Fogler Special Collections Department, University of Maine.