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Like Sage and Sweet grass, cedar is used to purify the home, it also has many restorative medicinal use. When mixed with sage for a tea, it cleans the body of all infections, cedar baths are also very healing. When cedar mixed with tobacco is put in the fire it crackles, this is said to call the attention of the Spirits to the offering that is being made. Cedar is used in sweat lodge and fasting ceremonies for protection, cedar branches cover the floor of many sweat lodges and some people make a circle of cedar when they are fasting. It is a guardian spirit and chases away the bad spirits.
Palmer House Hotel Wins Best Haunted Hotel!
1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Myrtles Plantation, Dauphine Orleans Hotel and Marshall House take top honors Ghostly apparitions, faucets turning off and on, flickering lights, and eerie sounds are just a few of the things you may encounter at one of these hotels. We asked the readers of USA TODAY 10Best to vote for their favorite spooky stay and after four weeks the results are finally in!
The top 10 winners in the category of Best Haunted Hotel are as follows:
Palmer House Hotel - Sauk Centre, Minn.
1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa - Eureka Springs, Ark.
Myrtles Plantation - St. Fancisville, La.
Dauphine Orleans Hotel - New Orleans
Marshall House - Savannah, Ga.
Admiral Fell Inn - Baltimore
Lemp Mansion - St. Louis
Queen Mary - Long Beach, Calif.
Jerome Grand Hotel - Jermone, Ariz.
Stanley Hotel - Estates Park, Co.
The other nominees included: Bullock Hotel-Deadwood, S.D.; Congress Plaza Hotel - Chicago; Hotel del Coronado - Coronoado, Calif.; Jekyll Island Club Hotel- Jekyll Island, Ga.; Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast - Fall River, Mass.; Loews Don CeSar Hotel - St. Petersburg, Fla.; Menger Hotel - San Antonio; Omni Grove Park Inn - Asheville, N.C.; Omni Mount Washington Resort-Bretton Woods, N.H. and Sagamore Resort-Lake George, N.Y.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners!