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 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)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Arcane Radio Presents: Brett Butler - Actress / Comedian / Psychic

This week we welcome actress, comedian and psychic Brett Butler to Arcane Radio. Brett has been entertaining the world for years with her hilarious stand-up comedy and acting on her hit sit-com 'Grace Under Fire' Recently, she had a recurring role on 'Anger Management.' Brett is also an accomplish intuitive and currently conducts spiritual readings through her website at ...where she assists in touching her client's lives with those from the other side. Don't miss this show! Join us LIVE on Monday June 13th - 10PM ET / 7PM PT - Click listen & chat...or go to and click 'listen'

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Aromatic Mix For Mood Balance

Hi folks...I've been conjuring a few more aromatic mixes, combining herbs, oils and resins for the incense pot.

Since Vanessa has been on chemotherapy, I've started a regime of herb & essential oil mixes to help her reduce stress, anxiety and pain. She has responded very well so far.

Recently, I wanted to find a mixture that would work as a mood balance with less emotional swings...allowing her to concentrate when needed.

I started by covering the bottom of the incense pot with an equal mix of Myrrh and Frankincense gravel resin...about 1/2 inch in depth. Take one whole Star Anise, break it up and add to the resin. I then added 5 drops of Pine Long Leaf essential oil in the resin. You can substitute Cedar essential oil. Then I light a charcoal disk, allowing it to ember...then place it directly on top of the mix.

I try to keep Myrrh resin chunks available, but it's not always easy to find. There are cheaper grades of Myrrh (Somali or Ethiopia varieties) that may be accessible from a wholesaler...just make sure that it's clean and clear of wood pieces.

I add 5 drops of Eucalyptus on the Myrrh resin chunk, then place it on top of the embering charcoal disk. This mix will probably release scent for about an hour.

This mix will smoke a bit more than you may want, but the results can be very enjoyable. Take care...Lon