February 28 2017

How to Use Common Herbs in Herbal Remedies

Herbs have been long used all over the world to enhance health and illness and disease. In our modern world,  the introduction of conventional medicine has led to less people knowing how to make and safely use herbal remedies.

Sadly lots of misinformation has spread and many people have come to believe that herbal remedies are unsafe or uneffective. In most cases herbal remedies are safe to use the extra care should always be taken with babies and young children, the elderly and pregnant or breastfeeding women. If you are already taking a prescribed medication it’s wise to check with your doctor or another specialist, as although natural herbal remedies can have dangerous implications on some illnesses and also may interact with prescribed medications affecting how they work. It is important to always keep in mind that just because something is natural doesn’t mean that it is automatically safe.

Over on HubPages I have written a selection of articles on herbal remedies and ways in which they can be used. One, How to use Common Herbs to Heal and Promote Well-being and Good Health, lists five common herbs and spices and the benefits to health that they posses.

The hub features simple instructions showing you how to create a tincture and infusion and information on using:

  • Garlic (Allium sativum)
  • Cayenne pepper (Capsicum annuum)
  • Caraway (Carum carvi)
  • Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
herbal remedy- lavender
Lavender flowers are well loved by bees and have excellent relaxant properties. Source: tfengreen, [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

Five Herbal Teas to Improve Digestion and Ease Digestive Issues is full of information regarding creating herbal teas. The teas can be drunk to help soothe and treat issues such as bloating, gas, indigestion, digestive upset and to help increase the speed and thoroughness of digestion. For example, peppermint has antispasmodic and relaxant properties which make it an excellent aid to digestion and in relieving digestive upsets and disorders.

Instructions are included on how to make the teas as well as how much should be consumed. The herbal teas included in this hub are:

  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
  • Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
  • Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
  • Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
herbal remedies - peppermint
Peppermint is an excellent choice of herb to treat digestive issues.
Source: Mark, [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr


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January 16 2017

Top Stringing Materials for Jewellery Making

Top cords for jewellery making

Jewellery making is a very varied craft that encompasses many styles and techniques. A common feature of creating handmade jewellery is the use of cords, threads and other materials to hold beads, pendants and charms. Cords can also be used to create an entire piece of jewellery. There is a variety of cords that can be used in this way though some are more suited to certain applications than others. For example if you wanted a fine thread for stringing a bracelet of small gemstones then a nylon thread or tigertail would be a good choice. Where as if you wish to create a chunky macrame design, a thicker sturdy waxed cotton or colour rattail is more suitable. Cords maybe hidden away underneath beads and other components or it can be encorporated into the jewellery’s design.


In my latest hub I have brought together information on seven threads and cords that can be used in creating handmade jewellery. The article includes information on suggested uses, sizes and important things to consider such as strength and ease of use. Materials featured includes waxed cotton cord, ribbon, rattail and illusion cord. The full HubPages article can be found at Seven Top Stringing Materials for Jewellery Making


As well as this latest hub I have many others that are related to jewellery making including Using Semi-Precious Stone in Jewellery Design, Using Colour in Jewellery Design and Important Points to Consider when Designing Jewellery.

August 19 2016

New Hub – Seven Healing Crystals to Ease Anxiety

I knew it had been a while since I wrote my last hub as I have been working on the online jewellery making course and some other freelance bits and pieces but didn’t realise it had been as much as four months! That time has really flown by and I am glad I will have more time now to share more hubs with you all.

This morning I have added another hub to my series on crystal healing – Seven Healing Crystals to Ease Anxiety. As out modern lives become increasingly busy and filled with demands and worries, anxiety is becoming more and more common among people of all ages. If you are wishing to avoid or limit the use of conventional medicine crystals can be an excellent choice to help ease the symptoms of anxiety and stress. Crystal healing is safe for use by all agesand does not interact with other medications or therpaies. The hub contains information on some benefical crystals as well as general information on how to use and care for them. You can read the full article on HubPages here.

November 3 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014 is Here! Time to Get Writing.


It’s November which means it is NaNoWriMo time again. I completed the challenge in 2012 but was unable to take part last year due to time constraints. In 2012 I wrote a draft of a novel that I haven’t gotten back to since and am still not sure what I want to do with. If anything at all. This time round I am going to join the Rebels and write my 50,000 words but not as a novel. Instead I am going to write a mixture of recipes, Hubs, tutorials, blog posts and articles on a range of subjects. I am a little behind as my laptop broke so I only got started yesterday but hopefully I will be able to catch up ok.

A few weeks ago I made a list of ideas that I could use a start point for NaNoWriMo which should be a big help. I have found that joining is great motivation too, especially once past the half way point. In 2013 I took part in Camp NaNoWriMo twice and wrote 10,000 words for the first and 15,000 the second time round. For both I wrote a combination of material and projects.


September 25 2014

Crispy Onion Fritter Recipe (Vegan, wheat, nut and soya free)

Vegan Crispy Onion Fritter recipe

Over the last two years I have created many gluten free and vegan recipes. Some of these can be found on HubPages, including these easy to make delicious onion fritters. In order to make the recipes easy for any one to make I try to avoid using hard to find or expensive ingredients. Instead I stick to common items that can be bought in most supermarkets or that people are likely to already have at home.

These onion fritters are made using onions, rice flour and some common spices including turmeric and cumin. The full recipe can be found for free on HubPages.


Ten Onion Facts

  1. Onions are a good source of vitamin C, B6, chromium, calcium and fibre. They also contain good amounts of folic acid and vitamin B1 and K.
  2. Onions contain flavonoids. These compounds act as antioxidants in the body and enhance the immune system.
  3. Onions and other alliums are a rich source of organosulfur. Research has shown that this compound helps to prevent cancer in lab animals.
  4. Eating half a medium raw onion daily can help to lower LDL cholesterol and prevent heart attacks.
  5. Avoid keeping onions and potatoes together. The onions will absorb water and ethylene gas from potatoes and rot faster.
  6. Take care as consuming large quantities of onion can lead to stomach distress and gastrointestinal irritation.
  7. The Allyl propyl disulfide and diallyl disulfide in onion are believed to help lower blood sugar levels.
  8. Cut onion should be stored in a sealed container and used within two day. This is due to the fact that once cut they lose their nutrient content quickly.
  9. Onions are thought to have been cultivated for over five thousand years.
  10. A 100g serving of onions contains approximately 44 calories and 1.4g of fibre.
Sliced onions
Photo Source – Sebastian Wallroth, [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons
September 16 2014

Gay and Lesbian Pride History and Information

Gay and lesbian pride information


The modern gay and lesbian pride movement began after the Stonewall riots in 1959. Following the riots a parade was held each year. Today parades and festivals are held all over the world to celebrate gay pride.

From the late 1970’s it became common to see a rainbow striped flag flying during these parades and other events. This flag originated in California and was designed in 1978 by a San Francisco artist called Gilbert Baker. The original flags were hand stitched by Gilbert and thirty volunteers. This first design had eight stripes and each colour had a meaning assigned to it:

Hot pink – sexuality
Red – life
Orange – Healing
Yellow – Sunlight
Green – Nature
Turquoise – magic/art
Indigo – serenity/harmony
Violet – spirit

The hot pink stripe was later dropped from the design due to difficulty in obtaining the correct fabric. In 1979 the turquoise was also removed from because when the flag was hung the centre stripe would be obscured by the post. To avoid this the flag design became the six striped version still used today to show pride and increase visibility of the gay community.

Today the six striped rainbow flag design can be found on a huge range of merchandise such as mugs, t-shirts, jewellery, hats, ties and belts.