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love vine, love wine

[Trin. idem (Winder p.c.); probably from its use in an infusion "against sex weakness" (Higgs 1978: 14), but cf. US dial. South "love-wine: a yellowish, threadlike, twining parasitic plant, the dodder. So called because of he custom among young people of plucking a section of the vine and, after naming it and circling it over the head three times, throwing it on another bush. If it grows, the person after whom it is named loves the one who throws it" WEA]

n. a parasitic vine, Cuscuta americana, which covers and destroys shrubs: 1889 (Gardner 394). 1918 Love wine [vine] (Parsons 147). (Gen.)

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Last update: 2011-06-03 05:32
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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Comment of Sharrand Pinder:
My aunt my exuma says that love vine is a plant that is used as a remedy to help support the back. To use this palnt beneficiary, just boil it in water and add a spoon of sugar. This plant is used as a bush medicine to aid those who need help with sexual intercourse.
Added at: 2014-03-11 01:40

Comment of Traval Babbs:
I asked my grandmother who is 71 years old and from Mangrove Cay, Andros about the bush medicine Love wine. She is familiar with this bush medicine. She said that love wine is used overall to strengthen the body. It helps to build up the immune system. Love wine can also be used to cleanse and add moisture to your hair. It is a long thin-like vine that can possibly grow anywhere. Love vine is boiled down into a tea and can be drunk as is but my grandmother says she likes it with sweet milk and rum. When used in your hair, it is placed in a thin towel or cotton shirt and is be beaten with a mallet or hammer and the juice from it is squeezed out in a container. Water can also be added to help extend it.
Added at: 2013-09-18 17:58