Recipes From The Dead
I speak to the dead. Not quit your day job speak to the dead, but clear communication. In frustration one evening, I asked my Great-Grandma Ina Luella ‘Lula’ Mullinix, who died in 1970, to help me find a cure for my husband’s skin problems. My rock star hair husband is one of Sacramento’s top hair stylists and colorists. A job he loves. The drawback? He has rashes caused by the chemicals he works with, that get really bad at times. We call them zombie fingers. I asked her for help and heard her clearly:
12/16/2014 “Gather these ingredients; Mint, very fresh, from the dirt. You need Mugwort and some tiny sticks. Your husband must gather these himself. You’re going to make a choad. You’re going to apply it to his skin with the sticks and sing a little song, which I will teach you later.”
I wrote exactly what Lula told me. Jotting a recipe from your Great-Great Grandmother who died when you were 3, takes more than a leap of faith. But her voice was so clear, that I was engaged. I knew only the slang definition of choad and figured I had finally lost my mind, but kept writing. Shaking my head in disbelief when she said ‘Mugwort’. I thought it sounded like something from Harry Potter.
I Googled them immediately. Chöd spelled without the ‘a’. is a Tibetan practice of using healing energy with a little song. Mugwort, is a real plant. It has natural anti-inflammatory properties. It is also regarded as sacred to Native American’s and was used for spiritual protection, cleansing, healing and to ward off evil spirits.
Then I Googled Mugwort and Mint together. The combination is for healing. But is also a spell for prophecy, protection and clairvoyance. Clairvoyance being a fancy French word for ‘clear sight’. My devoutly religious dead Grandmother twice removed had taught me how to cast a spell! Mind blown. Now I always write things down in my iPhone. It automatically dates your notes. Critical to your sanity if you start ‘seeing’ things from future events or speaking with the dead.
I kill everything I grow and the mint never evolved past the produce counter. The little sticks gathered are still on my wall in a little bag. And I never did hear the song, although I’m sure it would come if I asked her for it. The Mugwort, purchased from a local nursery in oil form worked beautifully and smells amazing. Getting recipes for spells from your dead Grandmother? Priceless.
Greg, Casey and Calla Saumure, investigate paranormal events in and around Northern California. We love to photograph, film, fly over (with our drone), and write about our experiences in ghost travel. We focus on the history and restoration efforts of haunted locations. We always open and close with prayer, ask for spirit permission and we never provoke. Greg is the healer. Casey is the clairvoyant. Calla is the medium and artist. Calla also draws the dead that she speaks with. “We do this as a family, and we do it in light.” You can reach Rue de la Mort at (916)759-7880 or E-mail us with questions firstname.lastname@example.org.