Monthly Archives: April 2016

I Love You To The Moon & Back Pendant

Herbs To Make You Feel Good

We wear jewellery to make us look great, but we also use our jewellery to help us to feel good as well.

I Love You To The Moon & Back Pendant - to make you feel good
I Love You To The Moon & Back Pendant

There is evidence that being happier is linked to being healthier. A study at Harvard University showed this very clearly back in 2007. But they also say that short-term emotional lifts aren’t enough.  We also need to lower our stress levels and find healthy ways to avoid depression, anxiety, and worry and to feel good.

We can do this through jewellery and beauty products and by activities such as doing good for others and counting our blessings daily. Volunteering also fits in here.

But there are also some great herbs that can help to lessen insomnia, reduce nervousness, and essentially calm the nervous system – helping to increase the chance of feeling happiness.

Here are 7 herbs to make you feel good:

1. Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)

Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm

This is a great, non-habit forming herb that is high in volatile oils (especially citronella) that have mild sedative effects and can reduce nervousness, including nervous headaches, depression, and insomnia. It can also help wounds heal faster and protect against insect bites. It has anti-viral properties, too, so it’s a great herb to keep in stock to boost the immune system.

2. Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)

Gotu Kola
Gotu Kola

An antiseptic, antispasmodic, peripheral vasodilator, and nerving and relaxant, this herb is known for calming depressive episodes, strengthening cognitive function, and helping one deal with both mental and physical stress and making you feel good.

3. Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)

Brahmi
Brahmi

An Ayurvedic herb used for centuries, brahmi is known as a natural brain tonic and booster of well-being. It can enhance intellect and significantly increase memory, and in doses of 10 to 20 ml daily, one can enjoy its stress-relieving benefits.

4. St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

St Johns Wort
St Johns Wort

This herb is often used to treat mild to moderate depression. It is especially helpful to patients who do not respond well to SSRI medication (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). This herb can limit the effectiveness of some prescription medications, though, so double check with your doctor before taking it. A 2009 systematic review of 29 international studies suggested that St. John’s Wort may be better than a placebo (an inactive substance that appears identical to the study substance) and as effective as standard prescription antidepressants for major depression of mild to moderate severity.

5. Oat Straw (Avena sativa)

Oat Straw
Oat Straw

Not only can this herb effectively treat anxiety, it is also used to treat migraines, shingles, fatigue, and even epilepsy. This herb can be especially helpful in calming the nerves of those who are detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction, and can even help curb nicotine cravings.

6. Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

Siberian Ginseng
Siberian Ginseng

This herb is a great replacement for those who have a coffee or caffeine addiction. It offers energy without the let down that accompanies a caffeine cycle. Further, it’s an adaptogenic herb, so it ‘adapts’ to give your body what it needs the most. It can boost concentration and help manage environmental stress as well.

7. Golden Root (Rhodiola rosea)

Golden Root
Golden Root (Rhodiola Rosea)

This section has been updated with new information on 20th June 2017

Also called Arctic Root or Roseroot, Golden Root is considered a queen of adaptogenic herbs.  What this means is that it is a plant that gives humans an herbal medicinal effect when taken and helps a person keep their “cool” under stress. The results ending that Rhodiola Rosea will be able to stabilize the biological function of the body and to help you to stay in a “happy place” despite the stress around it despite psychological or physical pressures. This is known as Homoestasis.

Many people report that Rhodiola Rosea has impressive usefulness in sickly problems such as not being able to sleep well, lack of concentration and lower performance on the job, headaches, poor appetite, hypertension, and being tired all the time.

There is a lot more information and further links at https://www.healthambition.com/rhodiola-rosea-benefits/

Important Note

Nothing in this post should be taken as medical advice. Before taking any herbal medicine, you should always consult a qualified practitioner.

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The LoveTaliesin Gazebo and Jewellery Collection

Food and Drink Fairs

It may seem a little odd to be taking our jewellery to Food and Drink Fairs, but one of our innovations for 2016 is to do exactly that.

More details on our Calendar Page.

Food and Drink Fair
Food and Drink Fair

Many Food and Drink Fairs are set in the amazing grounds of some of the UK’s most prestigious venues. They are events that cater for the whole family and offer something for all ages. This goes way beyond rows of stalls selling food and drink, although this is still at the heart of each event.

At a well-run fair, you will find up to hundreds of stalls selling everything from hot and cold foods, wine and spirit producers and home and gift wear to name a few.

You’ll also find a host of entertainment from Cooking demo’s by celebrity chefs and contestants and winners of TV cooking and baking programmes, product demonstrations from leading manufacturers as well as local producers, live music and children’s entertainment.

There will also be a good selection of craft stalls at the best events, where you’ll find our white gazebo filled with our constantly evolving ranges of jewellery and accessories. We may even come up with some food-related jewellery offerings.

LoveTaliesin Jewellery at Prestwold Hall Food and Drink Fair

The LoveTaliesin Gazebo and Jewellery Collection
The LoveTaliesin Gazebo and Jewellery Collection

Prestwold Hall Estate is a magnificent location that will play host, for the first time, to The Great Food and Drink Festival over 3 days.

More details on our Calendar Page.

Prestwold Hall - Venue for the Prestwold Hall Food & Drink Festival
Prestwold Hall – Venue for the Prestwold Hall Food & Drink Festival

The event is held in the estate adjacent  to the hall  in the heart of Charnwood Leicestershire, home of the World famous Stilton, Red Leicester cheese and the one and only Melton Mowbray Pork Pie. The county is renowned for its food lovers and fine produce.

What’s on…

  • We have over a 100 exhibitors selling local produce from across the county and East Midlands
  • Plenty of hot food stands selling food for every ones taste from Hog Roast to Asian Fusion
  • Stalls selling hand made goods and crafts (That’s us!)
    More details on our Calendar Page.
  • Cake Decorating workshops
  • Wine tasting and Cocktail master classes
  • Real ale marques and bars
  • Children’s entertainment – Punch and Judy and the amazing Bongo Bongo
  • There will be fun and educational cooking classes put on by KidzKitchen, so if you want your child to be the next winner of The Great British Bake-Off, make sure you attend this workshop!
  • Live music every day from 11am – 4pm
  • We have three wonderful celebrity chef demo’s over the three days
    • Jean-Christophe Novelli
    • Aldo Zilli
    • Marcus Bean
Heart Pendant 18mm Crystal AB - Swarovski Elements

Diamond – April Birthstone

If you have a close friend or family member with an April birthday, you have a real quandary when it comes to choosing suitable jewellery as the logical choice is that most precious of gemstones – diamond – April Birthstone.

Diamond - April Birthstone
Diamond – April Birthstone

You probably know that a diamond is simply carbon. This is the same stuff as a pencil “lead” or soot, but few women would thank you for jewellery made from pencils or the smoke residue from a bonfire!

Research has shown that South African diamonds were produced during three main time periods in the history of the Earth. The oldest diamonds in existence are about 3.3 billion years old. These were formed during earth’s beginnings.

The second major phase came about 2.9 billion years ago. Impurities inside these diamonds suggest that these diamonds formed in rocks in a shallow sea. This could show that the carbon that made these of diamonds came from the remains of ancient sea creatures.

The youngest large batches of diamonds in existence are thought to be 1.2 billion years old.

It also seems that the planet no longer produces diamonds in the same way that it used to. This must mean that there are fewer diamonds to be discovered today.

Read more: http://www.abazias.com/diamondblog/diamond-industry/how-old-is-your-diamond

Affordable Alternatives to Diamond – April Birthstone

Cubic Zirconia

Raw Cubic Zirconia
Raw Cubic Zirconia

Because of its low cost, durability, and close visual likeness to diamond, synthetic cubic zirconia has remained the most gemologically and economically important competitor for diamonds since commercial production began in 1976.

Moissanite

Moissanite
Moissanite

Moissanite is a gemstone born from the stars. It was first discovered in 1893 by a French scientist named Henri Moissan, who later won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He discovered microscopic particles of the gem that would eventually bear his name in Arizona, in a crater created by a meteorite that fell to Earth. He initially thought that he had discovered diamonds, but later determined that the crystals were composed of silicon carbide.

Natural moissanite is incredibly rare, so moissanite available today is laboratory-created. After many years of trial and error, the particles Moissan discovered were successfully synthesized to produce what is now one of the world’s most scintillating gemstones.

Moissanite is now engineered to give the illusion of similarity to diamonds.

Swarovski Crystal

Swarovski Crystals in Birthstone Colours
Swarovski Elements Crystal Jewellery

Swarovski Crystals are a man-made product of raw materials using natural minerals and pure quartz sand. The minerals and sand are combined and fired for an undisclosed period of time. Once removed from firing, they go through a very slow cooling process. The slow cooling process reduces flaws and imperfections in the final product.

Read more in our post about Swarovski Crystals

Swarovski Elements Jewellery, an alternative to Diamond – April Birthstone from LoveTaliesin Jewellery

  • Heart Pendant 18mm Crystal AB - Swarovski Elements

    Heart Pendant 18mm Crystal AB Swarovski Elements

    £11.99
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  • Swarovski Heart Pendant and Earring Set Crystal

    Swarovski Heart Pendant and Earring Set Crystal

    £13.99
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  • Swarovski Heart Pendant and Earring Set Crystal AB

    Swarovski Heart Pendant and Earring Set Crystal AB

    £13.99
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  • Swarovski Angel Earrings

    Swarovski Crystal Angel Earrings

    £15.99
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  • Swarovski Crystal Angel Pendant

    Swarovski Crystal Angel Pendant

    £11.99
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