June 10 2017

My Garden Project and Plantain Salve

I have been working in the garden most of the last week, tidying up and transforming an unused area. The area is currently partly undercover but I’m not 100% confident off of the stability of the structure. I’ve given it a good wobble and it even takes my weight easily but parts of the wood are quite rotten and so we’ve just tended to stay out of there.

This year I decided I would make it a project to get that area sorted out and usable again. I have added some extra support and stabilising length of timber to add strength to the whole structure. My intention is to completely clear the area and use it to extend the veggie and herb garden. I am also considering moving all my plants from the patio and into this space instead. There is an old swing frame there which I’m going to use rather than dig out. Each of the four legs has a huge ball of concrete attached to it under the soil which I would need to dig out, break up and then get rid of somehow. Then I would need to take apart and store the swing frame itself somewhere. But looking at it I don’t think the screws are going to come out easily, if at all as they are quite rusted. Easier to leave it there and incorporate it into the garden. So far I have planted my runner beans to grow up one side of it and I have sown broad beans and peas for the other side. They seem quite happy with the arrangement and the spot is sunny in the morning with shade later on in the day, so should be just right.

 

healing plantain salve

 

A large part of the area was originally covered in an old carpet and a few years ago I discovered a large paved circle underneath. The inside of the circle is all soil and looked as though it had been used for planting at some point. I assume the soil was covered over when the swings were fitted so that whoever used them didn’t end up muddy.

 

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Under one corner of the carpet I had often seen slow worms. They are a protected species here so I was worried about disturbing them and if they could be a nest or similar as they were often there. After doing some reading, I feel that they like the area as they can lay on the warm paving stones but be safely undercover. As there is an overgrown hedge area next to the space it is also easy to get to without too much worry of predators. As where we live is away from town and has a lot of woodland around we get lots of birds here as well as foxes, plus cats from other households. All I’m sure would happily eat slow worms. To solve the issue I decided to leave the entire end of the area overgrown and transform it into a wildlife area. I have left a length of the carpet say the slowest can still have their sunny spot. Using an old rabbit hutch and bits and pieces we picked up around the garden Jack and I created a bug hotel for the area too.

While working on the area I have got bitten many times I’m not sure by what. I always suffer from insect bites in the summer and have done for as long as I can remember. They are mostly on my legs and hands and itch like crazy. I wanted to make some soothing plantain salve to put on them but don’t have any plantain oil ready, though I do have loads of both greater plantain and ribwort plantain growing in my front garden.

On Pinterest I found a method for making a quick herb infused oil. I’m not sure if it will be as good as the slower method of infusion but I’m going to give it a try and see how it goes. I am only making a small batch as I don’t have that much dried plantain at the moment. As I will use over half my store I have picked some plantain from my front garden and that is now drying in the dehydrator. I have enough for two trays worth so I have a good amount ready for future batches. I’m going to use a recipe for a basic herbal salve I pinned from Mountain Rose Herbs for amounts.

 

healing plantain salve

 

The pantain salve came out great and was really easy to make. I couldn’t have made it a better time, as later in the evening I began itching and found several bug bites. I always seem to get bitten in summer and never notice it at the time, but boy do they itch later! I waited for the plantain salve to fully harden and then applied some to the bites. After a few moments the itching began to die down and stop, much to my relief. I used the balm several times over the next few days and found it very soothing. Definitely glad I gave making this easy plantain salve a try and have popped a jar into the buggy bag to keep with us when out. Looking forward to using the herbal oils I have infusing on other home made remedies.

 

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March 21 2017

Chakra Healing with Crystals Infographic

While browsing Pinterst this morning I came across this great infographic on chakra healing with crystals. It provides clear information on each of the seven major chakras and examples of five crystals that can be used to heal inbalances in each. The crystals chosen for chakra healing include:
  • Clear quartz
  • Amethyst
  • Blue lace agate
  • Sodalite
  • Amazonite
  • Citrine
  • Rutilated quartz
  • Carnelian
  • Amber
  • Hematite
  • Black jasper

Chakra healing with crystals is a gentle and univastive method to rebalance the energy field and address any blockages. It is safe for use by anyone regardless of age, gender, disabilities and whether they are already having other treatments or taking prescribed medications.

 

Chakra Healing with Crystals

From Visually.

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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)
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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)
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Peppermint is an excellent choice of herb to treat digestive issues.
Source: Mark, [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

 

The information packed hubs can be found on my Hubpages profile here or by following these links:

http://hubpages.com/health/How-to-use-Common-Herbs-to-Heal-and-Promote-Well-being-and-Good-Health

http://hubpages.com/health/Five-Herbal-Teas-to-Improve-Digestion-and-Ease-Digestive-Issues

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November 25 2016

ABC of Terms used in Magic

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Photo Source – Esc861, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I have put together a basic glossary of terms commonly used in herbal magic. Many you may be familiar with already as they are relevant to other areas of magic, paganism and witchcraft. There are many others but I hope that this list can be a helpful starting point for those new to the topic, as a quick and simple list or as reminder.

Adept – Someone who has gained a specific level of knowledge, skill or aptitude in an area.

Akashic Records – Sometimes called ‘The Book ofLife’. A collection of every deed, word, feeling, thought, and intent that has ever occurred at any time in the history of the world. Those who are able to tap into these records can learn otherwise unobtainable information about the past.

Amulet – An object that is worn to bring luck or to protect.

Anaphrodisiac – The opposite of an aphrodisiac. Any herb that cools passion.

Aphrodisiac – Herbs that can be used to increase sexual desire.

Astral projection – The phenomena of experiencing consciousness outside of your physical body.

Athame – A ceremonial knife that is used in rituals. It usually has a black handle.

Balefire – An open air fire that is lit for magical purposes.

Bane – Any cause of harm or death.

Banish – To drive away for good.

Besom – A broom made from twigs tied to a stronger central pole. These are the brooms traditionally associated with witches.

Botanomancy – Divination using herbs.

Censer – A vessel used for burning incense. These are often made of brass, copper or clay.

Chaplet – A garland of flowers, leaves or herbs that can be worn on the head.

Clairvoyance – ‘Clear seeing’ The ability to perceive information in a way other than through the five senses. Often called intuition.

Clear – To remove negative energy from a space, person or item.

Consecrate – To make something holy or sacred.

Coven – A group of witches who work and worship together.

Curse – Concentrated negative and/or destructive energy that has been deliberately created and directed at someone or something. This is done with the intention of doing harm.

 

healing herbal peppermint tea
Source: Anthony Cramp. [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr
November 3 2016

Healing Herbal Smoothies, Teas and Cordials

Today I thought I would share one of my herbal hubs, Healing Herbal Smoothies, Teas and Cordials. I have been writing articles on HubPages for nearly five years now and enjoy writing about herbs, crystals, healing and many spiritual subjects. HubPages is a great site for writers to share knowledge and for anyone to learn about pretty much anything you can imagine.

I originally wrote this hub in May 2016 and it is packed full of information of healing healthy drinks. The featured drinks include smoothies, teas and cordials that can all be made at home. These healing herbal drinks also do not need any expensive or complex ingredients or equipment to prepare. The full article contains recipes for healing herbal smoothies, teas and cordials including elderberry syrup, minty cacaco smoothie and peppermint and calendula tea.

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Source: Ruta Kucinskaite, [CC BY-ND 2.0], via Flickr

All of the needed ingredients can be bought easily and many can be collected growing wild, even in towns and cities. These include elderberries and rosehips. Although it is very important to be certain of what you are picking before you consume any items. Do not take more than you require and take care so not to damage the plants or harm any wildlife or habitats. Many herbs can be grown at home in your garden or in pots on a balcony or driveway. Some are even happy to grow on an indoor windowsill. Alternatively, some supermarkets and other shops stock living herb plants that can be used. Dried herbs can also be used and if you grow your own, these can be dried and saved for later use.

Healing Herbal Smoothies, Teas and Cordials

As well as being a delicious addition to meals and other edibles, herbs have a powerful ability to ease, soothe and heal a huge range of illness and other difficulties.

One excellent way to take advantage of the powerful natural powers of herbs is to use them to make various types of hot and cold beverages.

Herbal Teas

There are many herbal teas that can be bought easily and so maybe familiar. Examples of this include peppermint, nettle, chamomile and fennel teas which can be bought from supermarkets, health food shops and other retailers in tea bags much like regular tea. These can be drunk purely for their tastes but do also possess health benefits that can be utilised. Peppermint tea is known to an useful in soothing stomach upsets and any digestive upset. Fennel tea can help with trapped wind and can be an excellent and natural way to ease wind and colic in babies. If mum is breastfeeding, she can drink the tea and it’s benefits will pass to her baby through her milk.

healing herbal peppermint tea
Source: Anthony Cramp. [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr
To continue reading the full article, please visit Healing Herbal Smoothies, Teas and Cordials on HubPages.

 

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.

April 10 2015

The Root Chakra

Root chakra
The root (or base chakra) is located at the base of the spine. Imbalances within this chakra can prevent someone from advancing in life and make them feel as if nothing is progressing for them. They may feel as if they struggle to release and express their emotions or deal with changes such as death. Spiritually this chakra helps to keep you grounded  and connects you to the earth.

Physical symptoms that can result from difficulties with the root chakra include; lower back pain, varicose veins, sciatica, constipation, diarrhea and some fertility issues. This chakra effects the health of the lower digestive system, hips, pelvis, legs, knees, ankles and feet.

A healthy balanced root chakra makes  it easier to more forward in life and accept opportunities that are presented to us. It promotes a scenes of security and confidence as well as supporting you in being able to stand up for yourself when this is needed.

 

Crystals for the Root Chakra

Crystals that can help to support and healing the root chakra include:

Red jasper
Hematite
Black obsidian
Smoky quartz
Mookite
Jet
Bloodstone
Chrysocolla
Golden yellow topaz
Citrine