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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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.

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October 1 2016

Brand New Class – Using Colour in Jewellery Design

Using Colour in Jewellery Design online class

My brand new class Using Colour in Jewellery design is now publish on Skillshare. The class will show you how to use colour effectively in jewellery design and covers topics such as colour theory, colours and emotions and colour schemes. The class then guides you through creating a beautiful and unique stitched bracelet where you will be able to apply the knowledge you have gained.

The class consists of short videos that each introduce a new subject. The videos can be accessed at any time and worked through at your own pace.

Skillshare are currently offering 3 months of premium membership for $0.99 (approximately 80p). The premium membership means you can access any of the premium content on the website, which includes hundreds of classes covering a wide range of topics. Each class has a community board so you can chat you other students taking the same class as well as the class authors.

You can sign up for Using Colour in Jewellery Design here. I look forward to chatting with you all and seeing your finished projects.

 

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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.

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June 15 2016

Gluten Free Vegan on a Budget eBoook

My latest recipe book is now available to buy for Kindle. This book contains twenty one of my own gluten free vegan recipes. For each recipe I have avoided using expensive or difficult to obtain ingredients and have instead used foods that are easily available and naturally gluten free and vegan. A few of the recipes do include vegan cheese and gluten free pasta but these are now stock by many supermarkets and health food shops. The recipes also do not require any specialist equipment, although a food processor or blender of some kind is useful.

Most of the recipes serve two people but can easily be made for more by increasing the ingredients. From various groups and talking to others I have found it is common that only one person in a family or household will be vegan and/or gluten free, so it felt more practical to have recipes that could be made in smaller amounts with no adaptations.

Each recipe is accompanied by a full colour photograph of the dish and this book also contains a list of ideas for jacket potato fillings and seven delicious healthy smoothie recipes.

Gluten Free Vegan on a Budget can be downloaded here for Kindle readers or for use with apps for PCs and Android and Apple devices.

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December 2 2014

Snowflake Earring Tutorial Now Avaliable

This tutorial provides step by step instructions with colour photographs showing how to create a pair of unusual earrings.

You will not need any prior knowledge other than how to open and close a loop using pliers in order to complete this tutorial. The cord and bead colours can be customized to suit your own preferences if desired.

Snowflake Earring Tutorial

Perfect for the winter season this full colour, step by step tutorial is now available to download from Jewelry Lessons. Every aspect of creating this unusual piece of jewellery is explained within the earring tutorial so it is suitable for beginner and more experienced jewellery makers alike.

 

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December 2 2014

Winter Incense Recipe

Incense can be a perfect way to bring the scents and memories of a season, event or place to your home. The only equipment you need to create loose incense is a pestle and mortar and a suitable storage container. Loose incense is best kept in a dark, cool place. It can be stored in many type of container including glass jars and bottles, ziplock bags and small Tupperware or other plastic containers. Any incense should be labelled clearly with the name of the incense recipe and the date that it was made. You could include a list of ingredients if desired.

To create this winter incense recipe you will need:

2 tbsp juniper berries
2 tbsp mugwort
1 tbsp pine needles or pine resin
1 tbsp bay leaves
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tbsp rosemary
1 tsp cloves

1. Crush the juniper berries and cloves. You can completely crush these to powder or leave them in larger pieces if preferred.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the crushed juniper and cloves. Mix well and crush together lightly.

If you wish you can continue to crush the incense until it is powdered.

Winter incense recipe

 

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