Handy Home Hints

Removing Sticky Label Residue from Plastic and other surfaces February 16 2017, 0 Comments

This is a great little tip for removing that annoying sticky reside left behind when you peel off a sticker from a plastic bag, bowl, bottle etc.

Getting glue to stick well to plastic in the first place can be quite difficult so manufacturers will generally use quite strong glue. That's great for them, but not for you when you want to remove it, so here's an effective method that we at The Herb Shed use on a daily basis to achieve a glue free, non-sticky result.

Firstly, remove as much of the label as you can, by picking with your finger nails, rubbing with a damp cloth, or a mild scourer being careful not to scratch the plastic. This will help when you apply the chemical to penetrate the sticky residue.

Note: For this hint we utilise the many applications of WD40, however we understand that many people prefer to use a more natural or Eco-friendly option so eucalyptus oil can also prove very effective with a little more elbow-grease. When using chemicals always test in a small area first to make sure the chemical doesn't adversely affect the plastic or other surface.

Next, apply the WD40 to a clean cloth or directly to the residue, rub in a circular motion until the sticky residue comes off.

Next, apply undiluted dish-washing liquid to the area and sit for at least 5 minutes to allow the smell of the WD40 to dissipate.

Finally, rinse under water or wipe off with a clean cloth.

Removing Nasty Sweat and Urine Stains from Your Mattress January 28 2017, 0 Comments

Has your young child ever had an accident while sleeping and left a urine stain?

Have you ever changed the sheets on your bed and low and behold as you are removing the sheets you happen upon a stain?

Or, do you have a sweaty teenager or hairy husband who leave stains?

Sounds familiar, Right?

Try this simple but very effective handy hint: it really does work a treat.

3 tablespoons of baking soda
8oz (236mls) hydrogen peroxide
A few drops of dish washing liquid

Use a spray bottle to spray the affected areas being careful not to saturate the mattress, as it will take too long to dry. Dab (don't rub) with a damp cloth to help the solution do its work. If you don't see the stains disappear right away, don't worry as the solution does need a little time to take effect.
NB: This will be enough solution to clean an entire mattress, so if you only have a few spots to remove then scale down the ingredients accordingly. Always test on a small area first, before applying to the whole mattress - just to be safe.

Before & After

We've used this solution to remove spot stains from a second hand mattress purchased, which was a little nasty. We've also used the solution on an older mattress stored away, which was used by our teenage son. We needed to make sure it was clean and stain-free before being used by visiting family from overseas.

Be sure to let us know how it worked for you.

Matcha Green Tea...Full of Goodness September 13 2015, 0 Comments

It's Official....Matcha Green Tea is a Big Deal! 

Although, Matcha Green Tea may have been around for over 1,000 years, it's only just recently that its become popular among the herbal and healthy tea drinking folk.

It's gained a lot of attention among "the hip and trendy people" including Hollywood celebrities, who are enjoying the health benefits of Matcha Green Tea in some form or another. 

Whether it is being drank the traditional way involving a scoop of Matcha being placed in a special bowl with a little hot water added, then beaten or stirred with a bamboo whisk to create a frothy top, or enjoyed as a latte or a smoothie, or as a flavouring in ice cream; it certainly has become extremely popular.

Traditionally, Matcha has been consumed by the Japanese in tea ceremonies for hundred's of years, however history tells us that Matcha Green Tea originated a long time ago in China during The Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.) where the leaves were steamed and made into tea bricks for storage and for trading. It was not until 1191, when the Japanese Buddhist monk Eisai introduced Matcha Green Tea to Japan.

A quick search on Google will bring hundreds of results on the many benefits of Matcha Green Tea, from its concentrated antioxidant effects to cancer fighting abilities.

What makes Matcha so good for you?

As is the case with all green teas, Matcha contains antioxidants called polyphenols; in particular (EGCG), or epigallocatechin gallate. Polyphenols protect the body's cells from damage of free radicals. Free radicals are the little nasties that have the potential to cause cancer in our cells. Both standard green tea and Matcha are reported to help prevent cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, gastric cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer and cervical cancer. 

Polyphenols are more concentrated in Matcha Green Tea, at least 3 times greater, compared to that of standard green tea. Some websites say the concentration is up to 137 times greater....but this may be an exaggeration. Whatever the concentration of polyphenols, the increase is due to the whole leaf being consumed when drinking Matcha, rather than just steeping the leaves, as is the case with the standard green tea.

Some of the other major health benefits of Matcha are is ability to assist with weight loss, speed up metabolism, reduce blood pressure, improve blood sugars, and protect against heart disease.

What's the evidence on EGCG Polyphenols?

An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study concluded that EGCG assists with reducing Body Mass Index (BMI) and body weight, lowers bad cholesterol, increases good cholesterol, and lowers blood glucose levels. Lowering glucose, as recently reported, is good for our bodies as it helps prevent the body from storing fat cells and also helps with the prevention of diseases such as diabetes and other sugar related diseases; refer to "The Sugar Film" if this is of further interest to you.

A study at the University of Michigan has linked EGCG to reducing pain and inflammation and joint damage in rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.

Cancer Council Australia chairman Kathy Chapman says "Matcha is definitely a rich form of polyphenols or antioxidants and when you look at these studies, these antioxidants look as if they can kill cancer cells."

Is it worth trying it?

The overall general consensus is that Matcha certainly has something going for it with its high content of antioxidants, which we all know are good for us. Additionally, it's packed with nutrients such as manganese, chromium, selenium and zinc. It also has L-theanine, which has a calming and relaxing effect on your mood. Although, don't drink it with a meal if you are low in iron, as it inhibits iron absorption.

Matcha is a healthy choice as a drink, however it's also important to look at other areas of your lifestyle too.

Interested in trying it?


You can buy your Matcha Green Tea from The Herb Shed....click this link Matcha Green Tea


Source: Some of the content in this article is from The Sunday Mail, Food & Nutrition section.

Here's a Bottle of Poison. Drink It. It Tastes Yummy! July 25 2015, 0 Comments

If a stranger came up to you and handed you a bottle of poison and told you to drink it, would you? What if it was from a loved one? Would you drink it then? Well that's exactly what happens every day, believe it or not. We are poisoning our loves ones.

We eat and drink food each and every day that's been genetically modified, sprayed with pesticides, and loaded with preservatives and sugars, without any thought. It's no wonder the population is becoming sicker, and obesity is now a huge problem, pardon the pun.

The organisations who modify our foods so they grow faster to produce more and more, and so they are more resistant to pests are the same organisations who create the pesticides that are used to spray it. Do they have our interests and well being at the core of their values, or would you say they are more interested in increasing their profits?

How do we know that these genetically modified foods are as good for us, as they were when in their original form. Surely, wheat and grains, or the animals whose meat we consume, which have evolved over thousands of years are better for us than those produced from a laboratory through changing of their genetic coding. Do we really know the effects of what these unnatural changes to our food are having on our bodies, or will we find out in the years to come once scientists look back into our DNA to see that dramatic changes have occurred to our genetic make up. Take Soy for example, Soy is a genetically created food which has been sold to us as a safe food, which we consume and add to many other foods for flavouring, or which we take as drinks on a regular basis. Who's to say in the future we won't find out that it causes some form of nasty cancer or other deadly disease.

We know that studies are undertaken from time to time by various food administrations in response to consumers concerns about certain products. These studies are supposed to provide independent reports to the responsible government authorities; however these studies are commonly funded by the food producers under scrutiny, so how can we believe the results of these reports, stating that the food or drink is safe for our consumption? We blindly put our trust in our food manufacturers and government authorities without another thought.

Unfortunately, we don't think enough about what we allow to pass through our lips. All, or indeed most pre-packaged food on supermarket shelves has preservatives added to increase shelf-life, it also has hidden added sugars to improve the taste. If you were to remove all food from a supermarkets shelves which contained added sugar then you would only have 20% of food remaining, which was sugar free. Add to this, the food we takeaway from fast food restaurants. All of this food we consume because of it's convenience or quick preparation is slowly killing us. We need to get back to what our parents did, and in some cases for the younger generation, what our grand parents did, and that is to cook food, not just reheat prepared prepackaged food, or just add water, stir and heat.

Just recently, I had the opportunity to see "The Sugar Film" while sitting on a plane travelling from Perth to Brisbane. I'd watched one movie and there wasn't enough time to watch another full length movie before the plane arrived at Brisbane Airport, so I thought why not. I'd heard about it so I decided to watch it....Wow, what an eye opener. I highly recommend that everyone should take the time to watch this incredible piece of film. The way sugar affects the human body is quite amazing, and I mean not amazing in a good way. Sugar is extremely bad for our entire immune system. There are essentially two types of sugar; glucose and fructose. Glucose is created naturally as our body breakdowns healthy food. Fructose comes from consuming fruit, which we are lead to believe is good sugar since it comes from fruit, however too much of this is also bad for us. Then there is all the added sugar, which is what has lead us to the expanding waistlines of the western worlds population. Weight gain has been falsely blamed on fat, but it is sugar that is the big problem. Rather than me trying to explain the entire process, which I am sure to get wrong, I most strongly recommend that everyone watches "The Sugar Film". I have no reason for saying this other than it's really worth watching, I have no association or links to the makers of the film; I just recommend everyone should see it.

If we continue along our current ways we will continue to see more and more cases of poor health. The population is becoming more sick as we ignore good wholesome food for fast convenience food. If I were a conspiracy theorist, which I'm not, then one might think it's a master plan by some devious sinister mastermind to keep the population sick thereby creating a continuing need for medication produced by the powerful pharmaceutical companies. That's a whole other can of worms that I'm not prepared to open in this blog.

The bottom line: Think before we eat! And, if your food tastes sweet, then it's probably had sugar added to it to make it taste better so you will eat more.

The Herb Shed - An Idea Is Born August 31 2014, 0 Comments

The Herb Shed was created from an original idea of a close friend who recognized a need for alternative ways in helping people dealing with stress, anxiety, insomnia, lack of energy, and other issues while coping with the challenges of daily living in today's fast paced and complicated world. We must thank her wholeheartedly for that moment of brilliance as without that initial idea The Herb Shed would never have come to fruition.

We built on this idea and we undertook research and applied our own knowledge from our own experiences of using herbal remedies in our own lives to create a range of herbs and herbal teas sourced from local suppliers for suitable herbal alternatives. Herbs and herbal teas have been used traditionally for many centuries in all parts of the world as a way of helping people maintain their health and vitality. Our range of 100% Natural Wild-Crafted and Organic herbs aim to continue with these long held traditions.

While The Herb Shed is a newly launched site, we had been selling our products very successfully through a different online platform for a number of months, however this was only ever going to be a temporary measure to gauge the popularity of our products. The popularity of our herbs and herbal teas far exceeded our expectations and it soon became apparent that we needed to create our "own brand" that we could be very proud of and nurture well into the future.

And so, The Herb Shed was born......