Michelle Cooney

Ger’s December 18 Monthly Update

Ger's Monthly Update Only Natural

Our Big News

By the time you’re reading this our new bank of bulk dispensers offering a wide range of nuts and seeds, grains and pulses, dried fruit, breakfast cereals, plus sweet and savory snacks will be standing proudly in our hallway. We’ve decided it’s time to espouse the zero/minimal waste ethic as fully as we can. We’re not the only ones. Zero waste shops are popping up all over the country in answer to the growing public consciousness of just how we can’t go on polluting the planet with the amount of waste, particularly plastic waste, that we’re producing. read more →

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Christmas Recipe of the Month – Brazil Nut Roast en Croute

Recipe of the Month Brazil Nut Roast En Croute

A personal Yuletide favourite

Our Christmas recipe is one that’s close to my heart as it’s the nut roast that I’ve been bringing to our family’s Christmas Day celebrations since I can’t remember when. It’s Rose Elliot’s Brazil Nut Roast en Croute and comes from her ‘Supreme Vegetarian Cookbook’ which was first published in 1988. I know that we’ve moved on a lot in terms of vegetarian/vegan consciousness as well as in the range of amazing ingredients at our disposal since then but Rose Elliot was such a trail blazer when vegetarianism was still ‘wacky’ and this is still a humdinger of a recipe so what more need I say?  It takes a little bit of prep and, as that’s not what you want to be doing on Christmas morning, I like to make it early on Christmas Eve and have nothing to do but pop it in the oven on Christmas Day. And, as every good roast needs a good gravy to go with it, we’re suggesting a classic gravy recipe from Cranks Cook Book. Enjoy. read more →

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Tina’s Spiritual Tidbits!

Spiritual Healing Only Natural

Holistic and Spiritual healer and guide Tina Wilkins founder of Spirit Essence offers many different readings and practices here in Only Natural. Tina is instore on Saturday afternoons 3pm til 6pm apart from the last weekend of the month when she will be in on the Sunday 2pm til 5pm. For a personalised session or to book an appointment contact Tina on 089 702 0235 and she will be able to advise what treatment is right for you.

Tina Wilkins wants to share with us some simple things that anyone can do to introduce some positive energy and healing into our daily lives. In today’s society I think we could all do with a bit of extra positivity and these tips added to over time won’t take much time out of your day but may make you feel that little bit more positive about life!

As the nights draw in and it gets colder, natures answer is to withdraw, to pull back from life and slumber until the spring dawns. This made me think about how unnatural our rhythm has become, how apart from nature. For whilst the natural state is to rest, majority of ‘us’ will be caught up in the Christmas rush or trying to cram as much into the daylight hours as we can.

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Nichola’s Nutrition Tips

Nichola's Nutrition Tip Only Natural

Nichola Forrest, Nutritonal Therapist B.A. HDipEd, DipNut IINH, mNTOI.  See clients from Only Natural on Wednesday mornings, cost of appointment is €60 for the initial consultation and €40 for follow ups. For appointments ring or text 087 619 6831.

Nichola Forrest has kindly decided to share some of her nutritional tips with us, just little ways in which we can try to increase our nutritional intake.  This blog will be updated month to month and we hope you’ll find it very informative.

Oil Pulling for Oral Health

This oral therapy is a type of Ayurvedic medicine that dates back 3,000 years and it involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of oil, preferably raw virgin coconut oil, around the mouth for 10-15 minutes.

Make sure to oil pull first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything. Swish the oil around for 10-15 minutes, do not gargle or swallow the oil.  Spit out the oil, preferably into a bin, and then rinse your mouth and brush your teeth as normal.

Some of the reported benefits are: Whitens teeth; Strengthens teeth, gums and jaw; Prevents cavities and gingivitis; Banishes bad breath; Relieves headaches and hangovers; Helps you sleeps better; Clears sinuses; Detoxifies the body. read more →

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Staying Well in Winter

winter scene

The darker months of winter are a challenge to many of us when it comes to staying well with less daylight and harsher weather bringing what can seem like a maelstrom of colds and flus, coughs, sneezes and sore throats. Consequently in Health Stores we spend these months advising our customers just how not to succumb to winter ailments and here are our top tips. read more →

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Ger’s November 18 Monthly Update

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A new remedy for winter and summer

All Seasons’ Complex is the latest addition to the Irish Botanica herbal range of which we’re particularly fond. The range is the brainchild of David Foley, a consultant medical herbalist, trained in both Western and Chinese herbal medicine. He has been involved with herbs for over 30 years. First as a grower and then having been trained at the College of Phytotherapy to become a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, the oldest body of practising herbalists in existence (est. 1864) . He did a post-grad in Chinese Herbal Medicine to become a member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine. He runs a busy practice in both Letterkenny and Derry for the last 20 years as well as a busy health food store for nearly 25 years along with his wife in Letterkenny.

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Colin Smith – KI Health Steps

Colin Smith

We’re happy to be working with Colin Smith, Natural Health Practitioner from Ferns, whom many of you will have heard on South East Radio where he does a regular natural health spot. Resulting from many years of his own practice Colin has brought a remarkable range of health supplements aimed at general and, in particular cardiovascular, health to the market and here’s Colin’s own summing up of their benefits. Colin will be in Only Natural to introduce and sample his range on the 23rd and 24th of November so be sure to come in for a chat with him if you have any issues which he might be able to help you with on one of these days.

Putting Your Heart Into It

Ki Health Steps is a Wexford based company located in Ferns owned and managed by husband and wife team Colin & Lorraine Smith.

Colin has over 30 years’ experience working as an alternative therapist in many different sectors, specialising in Arthritis and cardiovascular issues as well as many other complaints. He has always had a passion for health and nutrition and how to help people live a long and healthy lifestyle in a simplistic way but also how to reverse illness. read more →

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Recipe of the Month – Butter Bean Goulash

Recipe of the Month Butter Bean Goulash Only Natural
This recipe is a very simple one to make but actually very tasty and it was kindly donated to us by a customer.  I made it as per the recipe below but for the carnivores out there I think some sliced chorizo would work really well in this.  Just at sliced chorizo when you are sauteing the onions so all the lovely flavours are released. read more →

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Paul and Asthma an Anna Skrine Case Study

Anna Skrine Case Study Only Natural

Your body is truly miraculous in what it can do if you take away the cause of its problems! This case history is of a man who was almost 70, and who had been suffering with asthma since he was 20, and taking medication for it daily since then. His condition was getting worse and worse in that he kept getting chest infections that needed yet more drug intervention; and when I saw him he had even had to give up his daily walk for fear of getting yet more chest infections. It has taken only three months for him to get well, and he is now almost drug free, and back walking his usual 2 miles daily!

Paul and Asthma

I very recently saw Paul (age 69) who had had asthma since he was age 20, and has been on inhalers since then.  For the last 10 years he had had a series of chest infections which always started in the wind-pipe trachea.  When it was bad it took weeks to clear with antibiotics and steroids, and sometimes the physical intervention of a bronchoscopy too.  But it always came back again, with the same cycle of drugs needed to temporarily clear it.  He had never been a smoker.  He used to walk in the evening, but was now afraid to go out into the cold.  He was on 8 puffs a day of the inhaler ventolin, and another inhaler as well.  After the allergy test Paul gave up all dairy foods and white bread (these are incidentally the most common causes of asthma, and he was having both daily). read more →

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Ger’s October 18 Monthly Update

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I do love a good Show

The Vitality Expo in the RDS in early September (you know the one, I harped on incessantly to get you all to go!) was brilliant. For me some of the highlights included the zero waste talks which made me want more than ever to make that ethos central to Only Natural (watch this space, plans are afoot). The sooner the collective penny drops and we all realize that our use and throw away lifestyles just aren’t sustainable, the sooner we stand a chance of keeping our world habitable. Yes by all means get yourself a buy now trendy keep cup (and be proud that you did, the ocean is made up of drops) but see it as a jumping off point and let the consciousness slowly pervade your life, how you dress, what you eat, where you holiday, one facet at a time.

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