Superstitions – Baldness

In spite of extensive advertising claims to the contrary, most men afflicted by baldness find the condition irreversible. An American superstition claims that baldness can be delayed by cutting the existing hair very short then singeing the cut ends. Another superstition claims that when a man starts to go bald, he can slow the process by stuffing cyclamen leaves up his nose.  And sprinkling parsley seeds on the head three times a year is also believed to help.

Three other cures have come down to us from ancient traditions – albeit two of them might be rather difficult to obtain:

  • Rubbing with a raw onion might help, but is best done when you’re going to be alone for a while. After rubbing, smear with honey.
  • Believed to be more effective is a poultice of goose dung.
  • Best of all – if you can get it – herbalist William Bullein’s Bulwarke of Defence against all Sickness (published in 1562) offers the best preventative: poultices made of fat from the body of a bear.

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Max Cryer

Max Cryer is well known for his books on language and other subjects. In a long career, he has been a teacher, television host and m.c. as well as a performer on the opera stage in London and in cabaret in Las Vegas and Hollywood. He is now a full-time writer.