Thursday, December 31, 2015

Arcane Radio Presents: Patrick Meechan - Haunting Survivor, Author & Exorcist


This week we welcome haunting survivor, author & exorcist Patrick Meechan to Arcane Radio.

Author Patrick Meechan is a survivor of two consecutive, yet unrelated haunted houses. Through his experiences he learned how to engage in spiritual warfare according to the Bible. He shares his knowledge in his books (Published by Crown of Thorns Publishing) and also on his blogtalk radio program the Patrick Meechan Program on KAPOW RADIO. Patrick also ministers deliverance and has performed numerous exorcisms. To contact Patrick or to have him speak at your church or event please use our contact page.

220 Fifth Street - A terrifying true story of a seemingly ordinary house in a small mid-western town, 220 FIFTH STREET rivals the all-time great novels of its genre. This time however, there is no Hollywood hype. The story is entirely true and will have you on the edge of your seat, rethinking what you thought you knew about the spiritual realm. Finally, a haunted house story of truly Biblical proportions!

Nightmare in Holmes County - This prequel to 220 FIFTH STREET documents the true events of one man's eight year long battle with the powers of darkness. This controversial book will bring you face to face with the reality of Spiritual Warfare!

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Friday, December 25, 2015

What's Ahead For 2016?


2015 is almost behind us. I could have never predicted how bad this past year would have been for me and my family. But then again, I would have never imagined the support and kindness that was given to us during the same period. I'm not going to dwell on the past...though I truly appreciate everything that was done for us.

That being stated, what can we expect for 2016...and beyond?

I have never been particularly keen on prophecy and predictions...but I do occasionally receive vivid perceptions & strong intuition. As well, a little bit of common sense & instinct goes a long way.

I'm not going to make any Presidential predictions, because I have no stomach for the back & forth bickering. But just remember, those who promote the negative side of human nature will, as those before, fade away and soon be forgotten.


1) As I stated previously, otherworldly & non-terrestrial influence will continue to be recognized. This will be a long-term endeavor, including sustained cooperation with world governments. I perceive that individual contact will surge dramatically. Signs & messages are being communicated and deciphered. Our descendants are attempting to open our eyes to actuality. We can no longer deny that there is only one singular universe. There is a multiverse of existence being revealed each day.

2) I perceive social upheaval and/or natural disaster in several smaller countries during 2016: Antigua and Barbuda - Guatemala - Cambodia - Mauritania - Mozambique.

3) A major UFO / extraterrestrial event will occur in Australia, involving military and civil warnings.

4) A previously unknown Judeo-Christian relic / artifact is discovered...possibly in western Europe.

That's all I can come up with folks. May your 2016 be joyous and prosperous. Lon

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

United Flight 93: Wandering Spirits


After September 11, 2001, the heroics of the passengers on United Flight 93 were disclosed to the nation. As a result, instead of the jetliner finishing its fateful journey in Washington, DC, the passengers forced the plane to crash into the rural countryside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, not far from Johnstown. All 38 passengers and 7 crew members were probably killed instantly as the airliner impacted at high speed that produced a crater fifty feet deep.

Within 2 days, the FBI and State Police set up a command post in a trailer. It was also used to store boxes of the evidence found throughout the site. This was a crime scene...even though there was very little evidence available, as compared to other jetliner crashes. Eventually the crater was filled in and designated as a mass grave.

In order to protect the site, the Johnstown Rent-A-Cop company known as RAC was hired to patrol the site 24/7. One of the RAC security guards, a 32-year-old longtime Johnstown resident RW, was given the duty of patrolling the crash site. It was mid-November, almost two months after the 9/11 tragedy. His time at the site and trailer made him so restless and nervous that he did not want to go there alone.

He and other guards heard voices and footsteps at the trailer. On one occasion, RW even saw an apparition up near the main gate. I was first contacted by the witness several weeks after the initial incidents. By telephone, RW described some of the activity he had experienced during his time at the United Flight 93 crash site.

"The other guard and I went into the trailer near the crash site one day. We had just got into the trailer. We were in there for only about two minutes and we heard somebody knock on the door…there was nobody around. The other guard went out and searched the area as I stood in the doorway.”

“He's looking around, but he didn't see anybody, so he came back in and we just kind of blew it off, thinking it may be wind or something. So, we go back into the trailer and we got some coffee and started playing cards. Since we had only been there a minute or two before the knock, we didn't have any chairs set up yet. Well, when we went to set up the table, one of the chairs was already set up. I don't know where the chair came from. I don't know who put it there.”

“What the heck! We set up the chair and table, sat down and started to play cards. We had played two hands when we heard someone walking through the trailer. Then we started to hear mumbled voices coming from outside of the trailer. We couldn’t understand what was being said, but it was sounded like a large group of people. So we rushed to the door and ran outside...there were no footprints in the snow.”

“Another time I was sitting by the main gate and it was about 2 o'clock in the morning. I kind of relaxed for a couple of minutes instead of just staring at the gate. I had been doing crossword puzzles and reading. I laid my head back and I suddenly heard a male voice coming from the backseat say, 'So, now what?' I freaked...jumped out the door and backed away from the car. I walked around for about 30 minutes until I got the nerve to go back into the car.”

“The next night I'm sitting at the gate, all by myself, listening to my stereo. The car is running. I drive a 1987 Cougar, so it’s an older car and I didn’t want it to cut it off. All of a sudden, the back of the car dips…like somebody sat on the trunk. I quickly put it in gear and gunned it. I drove forward about 100 ft and turned the car around so the headlights hit the area I was parked. I'm looking and I don't see anybody, so I get out of the car and close the door. I then walk around to the back of my car. I had my spotlight with me. The car had been muddy, and there was a bare foot print on the top trunk. But while I was standing there, the back of the car violently rocked up and down.”

“A few days later, I was sitting at the main gate, which is almost a mile away from the main crash site. But then I see this lady walking from the direction of the crash site in the middle of winter at 4 o'clock in the morning. It was a full moon out, and I see this woman as clear as day. Then she starts to walk towards me.”

“She had on a light blue baseball jersey and blue jeans. She had medium length, light brown colored hair. She also had glasses on. She was so clear…I could see all her details. I started to get out of my car and ask her why she was walking around out there in the middle of the night in the dead of winter without a coat. As soon as I got out of the car, she vanished! She just vanished. She totally disappeared. She was no more than 15 feet away from me. Poof!”

“That was my last shift at the crash site.”

I asked RW how he felt now after experiencing the strange activity. He said he now believes in the paranormal and that the crash site is hallowed ground. He also said that he wished eternal torment for the terrorists.

Flight 93: The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11

The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement: What Everyone Needs to Know®


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Attractive Spectre Appears


I received the following email in February 2012:

Hello - this past weekend I was in Washington D.C. for business reasons. My reservation was made at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Northwest D.C. - I have stayed at this hotel on several other occasions.

I actually grew up in suburban Maryland (now live in NYC) but not familiar with any haunted history of the hotel. I am used to paranormal activity - my townhouse is haunted by the spirit of a former stage actress according to a medium friend. Our situation is benign - though we do hear singing late at night.

I checked in on Friday (2/17) and went directly to my room on the 8th floor - #866 - a very nice medium suite. It was 3:30 pm - I had decided to drive since I needed to stop at a client's location before proceeding to D.C., so I was arriving later than I had hoped. There were a few errands I needed to take care of before I met a client for drinks. After the meeting I decided to hit the sack early (about 10 pm) since I had a busy agenda planned for Saturday.


I actually fell asleep not long after I got into bed. Everything was fine until I was woke by a constant 'groaning' sound. I sat up and looked at the clock - it was 2:25 am. The sound seemed to come from the room next door - I just assumed there was a sexual encounter going on. The sound continued for about 10 minutes - then gradually stopped. I fell asleep - but just for a few minutes. Suddenly there was an horrific female scream that sounded like it came from under my bed! I freaked - I was frozen and afraid to get out of bed. I was worried that someone else in the hotel heard the scream and that the police would break down my door any second!

Nothing happened - no more screams and no more moaning. Then as I lay in bed shaking like a scared child I noticed a bright white form slowly rise on my right - from the floor by my bed until it stood full body. This spectre was only a few feet from me - I honestly thought I was going to faint.

The figure was draped in bright white light and had the facial and body features of a young woman - completely nude beneath the light. She was staring into my eyes and slightly smiling. I will admit that she was quite attractive - she would have been a '10' in my book. After several seconds she turned around and started to move toward the wall at my right. The form dissipated before reaching the wall. By this time I was more shocked than scared - I didn't fall asleep the rest of the night.

Saturday was an unproductive day - I was still shook from the sighting plus I didn't get much sleep. I went back to the hotel late afternoon and checked out - even though I had the room for the night there is no way I staying another night. Raymond O.

NOTE: Was Raymond 'turned on' by the ghost? Odd encounter...Lon

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I found the following information about the history of the Omni Shoreham Hotel:

The Omni Shoreham is a true Washington D.C. institution, that has hosted inaugural balls for every United States President from FDR to Bill Clinton. Shoreham opened in 1930 and has become a historic Washington D.C. Landmark that has been central to the most influential city in the world. The Omni Shoreham is reportedly haunted by the ghosts of the adopted daughter of an investor and of a housekeeper. The hotel has named the suite where the haunting takes place the Ghost Suite.

Ghost Stories

The Omni Shoreham was built in.1930. The owner of the hotel, Harry Bralove, needed financial backing, which he received from Henry Doherty. Doherty became a minority shareholder and took a suite of rooms in the hotel. Mr. and Mrs Doherty lived in their suite of rooms until 1973. Occupying the suite along with the couple was their adopted daughter, Helen and the Executive Housekeeper of the hotel, Juliette Brown. Juliette Brown looked after the family.

Juliette awoke early one morning feeling ill. She reached for the telephone, but died before completing the call. Some time afterward, Helen Doherty also died mysteriously in the suite. The causes of these mysterious deaths were never disclosed. Rumors of suicide and drug overdose were alleged.

The Dohertys vacated the premises and strange occurances started. Televisions and lights were turned on spontaneously at 4 am. Although the suite was unoccupied, guests in the adjacent room reported hearing loud noises in the suite. The suite has been redesigned, restored and renamed the Ghost Suite.


History of the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C.

The Shoreham Hotel was the vision of Harry Bralove, an ambitious man who earned a degree from Georgetown Law School while working for the United States Navy. After he left the Navy, he started a construction company building apartment homes.

While walking the property along Rock Creek Park, he envisioned a grand hotel. Architect Joseph Abel brought the vision to life with the eight story hotel featuring Art Deco decor. The building had running ice water, an indoor ice rink in the lounge and high-speed Westbrook elevators. In the basement, a furniture factory manufactured quality custom built furnishings for the hotel public areas and guest rooms.

When the hotel opened a single room was $5, a double room was $8 and parlors and suites were $12.

Since the 1930's , the Shoreham has been a favorite destination of world travelers, dignitaries and presidents. The grand opening of the stately hotel was celebrated with a splash, when famous singer Rudy Vallee flew in on a tri-motors Amelia Earhart airplane.

During World War II, the hotel got around rationing of alcohol by purchasing the entire stock of a Scottish distillery.The hotel was home to the legendary Blue Room, which was the swankiest nightclub of its time. The Blue Room was a favorite gathering spot for John and Jacqueline Kennedy. Prominent politicians have called the Shoreham their home while staying in the nation's capital. Famous guests have includes President Ronald Reagan, President George Bust, Sr., Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, West German Chancellor Helmet Kohl, Senator Ted Kennedy, Eva Gabor and actress Helen Hayes.

The landmark hotel is a member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America and Resorts and Great Hotels of the World. The hotel has been awarded the AAA Four Diamond rating. - voices.yahoo

Washington, D.C., Ghosts, Legends, and Lore

"Ghosts: Washington Revisited" (The Ghostlore of the Nation's Capital)

Washington's Haunted Past:: Capital Ghosts of America

A Ghost Hunter's Guide to the Most Haunted Hotels & Inns in America


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Etta's Doorbell


The following strange account was published in the Boston Daily Globe on November 12, 1883:

On the Lake View Avenue, Cambridge, stands a pretty two-story French-roofed house. It is painted white, with green blinds, and has a neatly kept lawn in front. Several rose bushes twine about the portico leading to the front door, and a number of shrubs grace the lawn. The house is owned and occupied by Samuel P. Davis of Watertown, a wealthy dealer in beer.

Mr. Davis is the father of Mrs. Etta G. Carlton, the unfortunate woman who was brutally murdered last March in her own house in Norwood Park, about a mile and one-half distant. The spot is a beautiful one in summer, but in winter, with the shrill wind whistling through the pine trees hard by, it is a desolate part of Cambridge’s suburbs.

Mr. Davis’ family consists of himself, wife, sons, and a domestic. He also has the two children of his murdered daughter to care for. Quite frequently he received a visit from another daughter residing in New York, accompanied by her husband.

During the closing summer months the neighbors at frequent intervals have been called into the house by the Davis family, to investigate a mysterious ringing of the front door bell. That first manifestation occurred during the latter part of August. The family were in the sitting room when the bell rang. The call was answered, but when the front door was opened no one was there, and nobody was to be seen on the street. Thinking perhaps a mistake had been made the back door was opened, but it was found that the bell there had not been used. It was thought that some boy in the neighborhood had pulled the bell in a spirit of boyish mischief and had run away to a hiding place to enjoy the amazement of the person who might come to the door. No further thought was given to the matter. A few minutes later the bell again rang, and no one was found at the door. A watch was immediately set upon the pathway to the front steps and portico, to catch the cause of the mischief, but the bell rang several times without the slightest sign of any one approaching the house. The family became somewhat alarmed and set about an investigation. The bell wire was carefully followed up, but it did not appear to meet with any obstruction, and after a search of several hours Mr. Davis was forced to acknowledge himself at a loss for an explanation of the peculiar ringing. Neither Mr. Davis nor his wife has the slightest belief in so-called spirit manifestations.


Mrs. Davis, however, stepped into the parlor and seated herself before a fine picture of Mrs. Carlton. Clasping her hands in her lap she gazed steadily at the picture and said:

“Etta, if this is your spirit ringing the bell, give me some sign that you are with us.”

The bell immediately rang three times.

The next day Mr. Davis, with an exceeding troubled mind, called upon Captain Cloyes at Police Division 1 and stated the facts to him. Captain Cloyes immediately paid a visit to the house and made a careful examination of everything. It was found that the bell wire passed down the inside casing of the front door, then through the floor to the cellar. Here it was passed along a heavy joust to the rear of the cellar, then up through the floor into the entry again. It ran up the kitchen wall to within a few inches of the ceiling, and then turning to the right for a few feet was attached to the bell, almost over the kitchen door. The bell itself hung from a spiral or coil and the spiral was securely bolted to a heavy timber. The bell wire was perfectly free and unobstructed. There was no settling of the house to cause vibration when walking about. A run in the front entry and in the room directly over the bell caused not the slightest motion of the bell. The front door was opened and then violently closed, the walls were hammered and the foundations examined, but without success. Captain Cloyes remained several hours, during which he disconnected the bell. No ringing was heard, although just before the official called the bell had rung.

Captain Cloyes detailed upon the case Officer Hixon who is deemed one of the best on the Cambridge force. He passed nearly an entire afternoon in the house, but could discover nothing wrong. Late in the afternoon he disconnected the wire and started for home. He left orders that if the bell should ring, he be sent for at once. His home is on Lake Avenue, a few minutes walk from the residence of Mr. Davis. He had hardly entered his door before word came that the bell was ringing, and he rushed back to the house.

Placing himself in the entry he waited. In a few moments the bell began to ring with a steady vibration. The tone was clear and distinct, though very low. There could be no mistake about it. In perhaps forty-five seconds it stopped. The officer laughed at the thought of anything supernatural, but is greatly perplexed to account for the phenomena.

Hiram Hollis, Mr. Davis’ son-in-law, is a cool-headed business man from New York. He visits his father-in-law quite frequently, coming in from New York on Saturday night and passing Sunday at Cambridge. He also endeavored to trace out the mystery, but failed. He is positive in his declaration that the bell had rung while he was gazing at it.

Mrs. Davis, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Hollis, visited Boston and called upon a spiritualistic medium, but became satisfied that the medium could give no information. They visited another and were told that it was the spirit of the deceased Mrs. Carlton who was ringing the bell; that they should not be greatly alarmed, as no harm could come to them. She further referred to the murder of Mrs. Carlton, and located the wounds on the temple, and on the back of the head and body, and told, so it is said, other details of the terrible affair with marked truthfulness.

During the bell-ringing manifestations, a number of the neighbors were called in and witnessed the peculiar antics of the bell with their own eyes. Mr. Davis will say but little of the matter and refuses to enter into conversation on the subject. Since September the bell has not rung, but the mystery is still unsolved.

Here's is the newspaper account of Etta G. Carlton's murder in the Cambridge Chronicle on March 24, 1883:

The entire community were startled on Monday morning, as they took up their papers, to learn that a terrible and mysterious murder had been perpetrated in Watertown. The details of the murder, which are shocking to relate, have probably by this time been read by everybody. Suspicion strongly points to the husband having knowledge of the author but no proof has yet been found, insufficient to warrant an arrest. A reward of $500 is offered by the town for the capture of the murderer, and $3000 by the relatives.

The funeral of Mrs. Carlton, the victim, took place from the home of her father, Mr. Samuel Davis, on Lake View Avenue, Cambridge, Wednesday afternoon. The services, which were attended only by the relatives and immediate friends of the family, were conducted by Rev. O. F. Safford, of the First Universalist Church of Cambridgeport, who offered prayer, and then spoke of the consternation at this event and the mystery connected with it. He pictured the deceased as a mother and a wife, and spoke of God's providence and justice that will in the end find out the evil doer, who, if he does not confess, yet cannot escape. The character of the deceased was referred to as being pure and spotless, and God's mercy was invoked for the two little children left motherless.

Appropriate musical selections were rendered by the choir of the Universalist Church at Allstown of the Sunday-school of which Mrs. Carlton was a member. The remains, which were only exposed to the view of relatives, were in a well-preserved state and were enclosed in a casket of white broadcloth, upon the cover of which was a silver plate bearing the inscription, 'Mrs. Etta G. Carlton, died March 18, 1883, aged 30 years.' The floral offerings were tasteful and elegant. The interment was at Evergreen Cemetery, Brighton. The genteel lady was well known in Cambridgeport, residing before her marriage at the corner of Clinton and Harvard streets. The affair is the most inexplicable of anything of the kind occurring in this vicinity for many years.

The crime was committed with a large cobble stone to the back of Etta's head. From what I gathered from other accounts, several residents and the police suspected that her husband, who was “not regarded with respect,” killed her for her $5000 life insurance policy, and several other shifty characters were briefly arrested in connection with the crime. Her murder, like the puzzling behavior of her family's door bell, was never solved.


In Search of the Paranormal: The Hammer House Murder, Ghosts of the Clink, and Other Disturbing Investigations

The Bloody Century: True Tales of Murder in 19th Century America

Sensationalism: Murder, Mayhem, Mudslinging, Scandals, and Disasters in 19th-Century Reporting (Journalism Series)

Murder & Mayhem in Boston

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Ghost...or Angel?


Ghost...or Something Else?

A great-great gran snapped an eerie photo of a 'boy ghost' on her iPhone during a spooky walk through the woods in the UK.

Elaine Stewart was left spooked when she saw what she believes is the mysterious outline of a young child from the 18th century as she walked through a beauty spot in the Black Country Woods.

The 65-year-old only noticed the boy leaning against a tree when she returned home from her walk in Wasson Pool in the West Midlands.

Retired auxiliary nurse Elaine, from West Bromwich, has researched the area and discovered the woodland is on the site of an 18th century coal mine.

She said: “I love walking in those woods, it is so peaceful but one afternoon the mist was down and I took a picture on my phone.

"It was very atmospheric. I didn’t think too much about it until I got home and was scrolling through my pictures when I suddenly saw a child standing by the tree.

"He looked like he was wearing old fashioned clothes. I searched on the internet and discovered there are old mine shafts under the wood dating back to the 18th century.

"There were lots of disasters with tunnel collapses and children would often be sent down the mines so it’s possible it’s a restless spirit of one of the victims.”

Convinced that the picture is proof of the afterlife, Elaine added: "I’m usually very sceptical about this sort of thing but now I’ve act. - Pensioner snapped photo of 'boy ghost' on her iPhone

NOTE: I don't normally comment on these 'ghost' or 'orb' photos...but I believe in this instance we're seeing a manifestation of an 'angel light' and not the energy of a departed human. Most 'angel lights' are orbs or small forms of various colors (including white)...but they will manifest into a shape if they want to be noticed. As well, it's an entirely different sense of presence. Witnessing and/or communicating with an angel or celestial being is not a matter of religion or belief...but it is a matter of faith and spiritual connection. The witness may have 'asked' for something at some point, and now she was to receive an answer. I believe this woman should take note...it may meet her at another time & location. Lon

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Arcane Radio Live Show Archive 9.28.15: Stephen Ellis - Paranormal / Afterlife Researcher & Author


We welcomed paranormal / afterlife researcher & author Stephen Ellis to Arcane Radio. In 1979, while on a business trip to San Francisco he had an incident involving a ghost that completely changed his life. This started almost forty years of research into the paranormal. His research and critical examination of people claiming to have lived before has resulted in his unequivocal belief that when our bodies die…our consciousness survives and, whether we call it an “immortal soul” or an “afterlife”, our minds and thoughts will continue to live far beyond the time our bodies are sent to the grave. In 2011, Stephen wrote 'Explaining the Unexplained'. Don't miss this interesting show!

Arcane Radio Live Show Archive 9.28.15: Stephen Ellis

Friday, September 18, 2015

Arcane Radio Presents: Sylvia Shults - Paranormal Author - 'Hunting Demons'


Hi folks...if you are interested in the spiritual aspect of the paranormal, may I suggest you tune in to our show at Arcane Radio - Monday 9/21 at 10PM ET / 7PM PT - I read Sylvia Shult's book Hunting Demons
....well researched and very informative. Includes details of several cases including a particular incident close to home. Lon

Friday, September 4, 2015

What You Need To Know About Commercial Cleaning Products & How You Can Replace Them With Essential Oils

Have you ever noticed that many commercial cleaning products come with a fine print that reads something like, “hazardous to humans and domestic animals”? Though what we want is a product that will kill germs and make our windows, dishes, sinks, toilets, and floors sparkle, what we don’t want is to harm ourselves, our loved ones, or the environment. And it’s scary to think we’re spraying and scrubbing the space we call home with toxins that could be doing more harm than good.

With chemicals currently being used daily in our society and making up an astonishing 96 percent of productsand materials in America, it’s hard to believe that little regard is being given to their effects. But the Toxic Substances Control Act, which was passed in 1976, hasn’t been updated since day one. So as for those cleaning products? They’re basically untested and unregulated.

And to put the result of this into perspective, traces of about 300 pollutants, including chemicals used for household cleaning, have been found present in newborns’ umbilical cords, while the most common chemicals we use in our everyday lives have been found to cause a variety of illnesses, cancers, and developmental disorders.

As for our environment? While many commercial cleaning products are working to sanitize and sparkle our homes, our clothes and our bedding, they’re also harming our water and air. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency even has a term for it, “Volatile Organic Compounds,” which phosphorus, nitrogen, and ammonia — some of the biggest names in these products — are filed under.

But before you throw your hands up and let your dishes and laundry go dirty, know that there are several alternatives you can try without harming your home, your health, or the world you live in, and they all include essentials oils, which (bonus!) are known to boost your mind and body wellness.

Clean Your Floors With Lemon Essential Oil

Fill a large container with 1 gallon of hot water. Add 2 to 4 tablespoons of Castile soap along with 10 drops of lemon essential oil and stir the mixture for your new floor cleaner.

Clean Your Toilets With Tea Tree Essential Oil

Grab a spray bottle and add 2 teaspoons of tea tree essential oil and 2 cups of water to it. Give it a good shake to concoct the mixture, and then spray inside the toilet’s rim, letting it sit for about 30 minutes before scrubbing.

Clean Your Windows With Lavender Essential Oil

Want to get rid of grime and even ward off flies? Mix together 2 ounces of water and 10 drops of lavender essential oil in a spray bottle, spritz on your windows and wipe them clean.

Clean Your Dishes With Tangerine and Lemon Essential Oils

This is a great alternative to commercial dishwashing detergents. In a bowl, mix 2 teaspoons tangerine and lemon essential oils with ½ cup kosher salt and ½ cup white vinegar, along with 2 cups Borax (sodium borate) and 2 cups washing soda (sodium carbonate). Use an ice cube tray to portion out the mixture. Let the pods dry for 24 to 48 hours, and then remove from the tray and store in an airtight container. Make sure to use one pod per cycle.

Polish Your Furniture With Lemon, Lemongrass and Sandalwood Essential Oils

Combine 4 ounces of jojoba oil with 12 drops of lemon essential oil, 8 drops of sandalwood essential oil, and 4 drops of lemongrass essential oil in a spray bottle. Shake up the mixture and apply onto a cloth to wipe wood surfaces.

Make a Multi-Purpose Spray Cleaner With Cedarwood and Clary Sage Essential Oils

In a spray bottle, mix ½ cup of witch hazel with 1 cup of water and 4 tablespoons of Castile soap. Put 15 drops of clary sage essential oil and 10 drops of cedarwood essential oil into the mixture and shake all of the ingredients together.

Clean Your Clothes With Lavender, Tea Tree and Lemon Essential Oils

Use a box grater to grate one bar of unscented Castile soap. In a bowl, mix the soap with 2 cups Borax, 2 cups washing soda, 3 teaspoons lavender tea tree essential oil and 1 teaspoon lemon essential oil, until a damp powder is formed. Store in an airtight container and use up to ¼ cup for each regular load of laundry.

Source - ReadyNutrition.com

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Using Essential Oils For Cold & Flu Relief

We're not too far away from the cold and flu season. I have been asked if there are essential oils with antiviral properties? Which are the most beneficial?

When you feel like your coming down with an illness, many people will probably reach for the vitamin C, and maybe some other health supplements. But it may be worthwhile using some antiviral essential oils as well. Some essential oils can help reduce the ability of viruses to reproduce, as well as lifting you emotionally in order to help the healing process.

There are a few essential oils that are much better at staving off viruses than others. Start as soon as your symptoms begin...though using essential oils as a preventative is probably the best course to take.

Any self-treatment should work together with your doctor's care. If symptoms persist, it's important to seek medical advice.

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I'm particularly fond of these essential oils for the prevention of a common cold:

Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Lavender, Neroil, Cinnamon Bark, Clary Sage, Anise, Rosemary, Tea Tree and Thyme.

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For strengthening and boosting the immune system in order to help resist most common viruses, I suggest:

Lavender, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Thyme and Eucalyptus. Other immune system builders that I has seen recommended include Lemon, Melissa, Rose.

All of these essential oils are best applied as an aromatherapy massage, in a bath, diffused in a room or steam inhaled.

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During a cold or the flu, these essential oils should provide some comfort of symptoms:

Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Marjoram, Ginger, Peppermint, Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Frankincense.

These essential oils are best applied as a rub, in a bath, as hot or cold compresses, diffused in a room or steam inhaled.

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You may treat a mild fever with essential oils, though medical advice should be sought:

Bergamot, Black Pepper, Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Tea Tree, Sandalwood, Chamomile and Rosemary.

These essential oils are best applied as a cold compress, a rub, diffused in a room or steam inhaled. NOTE: it is NOT recommended to use body massage when there is a fever involved.

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Cold sores are usually a part of respiratory illness. These essential oils have been known to be effective at reducing or helping to stop an outbreak of cold sores, as well as herpes virus:

Melissa (very beneficial for herpes virus...may be found under the name 'Lemon Balm'), Peppermint, Spearmint, Tea Tree and Bergamot

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Here are a few recipes:

For the bath, blend the following essential oils in a small cup of whole milk and then pour in a warm bath:

10 drops Bergamot, 5 drops Lavender, 3 drops of Juniper

Soak for at least 15 minutes. If there's a particular essential oil that you're fond of, by all means use it as well.

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For aromatherapy massage, blend up to 10 drops of antiviral oils in 25 ml of carrier oil (I prefer Sweet Almond Oil):

Lavender, Thyme and Eucalyptus mixed in the carrier oil should be quite comforting.

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I mix about 5 drops of antiviral essential oil (usually Peppermint and Lavender) in a cup of water. I pour the mix into a fine spray bottle and go through all the rooms, spraying as needed.

You can do the same in a diffuser...just add a few drops of water with the essential oil.

For steam inhalation, simply pour hot water into a bowl and add 3 drops of your chosen essential oil (or combination of oils). Place your head about 15 in. above the bowl and cover your head with a towel, forming a 'tent'. Keep your eyes shut and breathe deeply through your nose for about 5 minutes. NOTE: if you suffer from asthma, DO NOT use this method.

Get a 'head start' on the cold and flu season. Lon

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Aromatic Healing: Sachets

When you say the word 'sachet' the first thing that comes to mind is a small bag of perfumed herbs little old ladies hang in their wardrobes in order to make their clothes smell good.

In Anabaptist (Amish, Hutterites, and Mennonites) culture, sachets have been used to help ease one through a less than pleasant moment.

When I was a boy, I would occasionally attend my Grandparents' Church of the Brethren services. This sect was an offshoot of the German Baptist Brethren and many of the older members, at the time, were raised as Mennonites and Dunkers. The services were notorious for lasting several hours...and were quite uncomfortable in the Summer heat.

I would notice that some of the women would carry sachets with them...and frequently take deep breaths of the herb filled bags. I was curious as to what was in these sachets, so I started to ask questions. I eventually found the answer from a family friend who was known to dabble in folk medicine.

She told me that certain combinations of herbs and oils could be used as an aromatic 'pick me up' as well as providing a 'calming' effect. This was my introduction to Anabaptist folk remedies. I learned a number of recipes for these 'church sachets'...though I formulated an herbal and oil combination that I believe anyone can find beneficial on a daily basis. My wife keeps one with her continuously...day and night. It also relieves the effects of nausea, dizziness and motion sickness. Here's the recipe...

Mix the following herbs and essential oils:

*1/2 oz dried Lavender Buds
*1/2 oz dried Patchouli
*One rounded tablespoon dried Juniper Berries
*10 drops Lavender essential oil
*10 drops Moroccan Rosemary essential oil

Mix well and place inside a netted sachet bag or cushion.

This mixture should provide relief for several months. Either recharge with oil or a new complete mix.

German speaking immigrants who came to America in the 18th and 19th centuries brought with them an endless number of age-old remedies to treat a variety of medical conditions. Mennonite and Amish immigrants from Germany and Switzerland were responsible for many of the health treatments practiced in the United States, with their teas, tonics and salves. As always, consult your doctor before you replace a modern medical treatment with a home remedy.

Powwowing Among the Pennsylvania Dutch: A Traditional Medical Practice in the Modern World (Pennsylvania German History and Culture)

The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines

Folk Remedies That Work: By Joan and Lydia Wilen, Authors of Chicken Soup & Other Folk Remedies

Mennofolk: Mennonite And Amish Folk Traditions (Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History)