Michelle Cooney

Ger’s November 19 Monthly Update

Ger's Monthly Update Only Natural
You’ll notice a slight change of emphasis in one corner of our food display next time you’re in the shop. We love to bring you extra value and don’t think that you’re averse to it either, so we’ve cleared some space to bring you our new Special Offers area. From now on we’ll have a broader range of specials on both established and loved products and new ones that you might like to try at an introductory discount. So if you’re a value hunter don’t miss out, they’ll be piled high just past the bulk dispensers on the way in. read more →

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Less Stress at Christmas

Stress Less Christmas Only Natural
Yet again the silly season is upon us and, while Christmas can be one of the most fun times of the year, it can also be one of the most stressful, so do a little preparation now to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed later.
Firstly give your immunity a little boost, the last thing you need is to be fighting coughs, colds and seasonal sniffles when you should be making Yuletime merry. Take extra vitamin C and extra vitamin D (which can help to keep your moods balanced as well as fighting viruses!). Try some immune boosting botanicals. Echinacea (provided you don’t have any autoimmune issues), Elderberry and Olive Leaf are all allies. Take a high potency probiotic everyday for a threefold benefit, better digestion, better mood balance and stronger immunity.

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Recipe of the Month – Carrot and Sleabhcán Cake

Marie Power The Sea Gardener Recipe of the Month
This recipe comes from The Sea Garden, a recipe book which we now stock, by Marie Power, The Sea Gardener.  Kim attended a foraging and cookery day hosted by Marie and was so impressed that firstly we started to stock her range of bars and dried seaweeds but secondly we are all starting to put more and more seaweed into our cooking – which can only be a good thing right?

I substituted Marie’s sweets and baking blend (a mixture of Sweet Kelp and Sleabhcán) for the Sleabhcán itself. The results were delicious and super nutritious. read more →

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Tina’s Spiritual Tidbits for 2019 – Take II

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. 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!

Hello everyone! I ventured into Wexford and of course had to browse my favourite shop. I love picking up the organic groceries with less packaging from Only Natural and a visit  wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the crystal corner! What caught my eye was the beautiful clusters and colours reflected in these and a beautiful labradorite heart. Colour is something that is important to all of us  as we absorb the different colours energetically. I’m very drawn to red at the present, which is a warming colour, it stimulates our base chakra, helps with circulation and of course keeps us grounded! Very important as we head towards Christmas,  so often a very stressful time for some. So if you’re affected by the buzz that’s starting  as we head into November, carrying red crystals will help you maintain warmth as well as keep you focused. Red jasper is good if you’re finding the change to the colder darker days difficult as it assists in keeping us balanced when facing change. I love the colour of the trees at present, using the reds, yellows and oranges to balance my lower chakras.

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Temperance by Mark Nicholas

Mark Nicholas, Only Natural Temperance
Temperance is a card of Faith. Spiritually, this marks the part of the journey when we suddenly realise that we have already passed beyond known civilisation. We find ourselves travelling alone through the wilderness. We didn’t notice the transition as we journeyed from a countryside of lush greenery to a dry desert of heat and extremes. Our awareness just suddenly returned to show us where we are now. We know we have been prepared for the journey, we have everything we need to survive. Once again we assume the role of child who reaches adulthood. No longer can we rely on parental supports, we need to stand on our own two feet. The teaching we have received since early childhood will stand to us now. Our Individual must step up and be counted. This is Spiritual elevation. We have the ability to move nearer to the Divine. read more →

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Ger’s October 19 Monthly Update

Ger's Monthly Update Only Natural
The Vitality Expo took place the last weekend in September in the RDS so of course I took myself up to Dublin for the weekend. Like last year the Show was an opportunity both for health store members and our customers to see all the latest in innovative supplements and new wholefood products as well as to listen to the latest research from the most up to date thinkers in our industry.  Below are just some that I spoke to but these in particular got me excited!

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Recipe of the Month – Mediterranean Chicken and Chickpea Stew

Recipe of the Month, Only Natural, Oliver McCabe
A tireless advocate of natural health in Ireland is natural food chef and author Oliver McCabe and, as I chatted to Ollie at the Vitality Expo, I thought of how long it had been since we’ve shared one of his wonderful recipes. So as we head into the time when we all want nourishing and warming soups and casseroles here’s Oliver’s recipe for Mediterranean Chicken and Chickpea Stew. What a doddle, prep it in 15 minutes, cook it in 40! Because of the addition of herbs and spices, olives and lemons the flavour is divine and the lean protein, chickpeas and millet make it super nutritious. Try this one when there’s a chill in the air and your body’s craving comfort. read more →

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The Wheel of Fortune by Mark Nicholas

Mark Nichols Tarot Card
The supermarket shelves are stocked with pumpkins and sweets in preparation for Halloween and Samhain, the Celtic Festival which marks the end of harvest, the end of the year and the beginning of the New Year. It seems appropriate to discuss a card which portrays many cycles, including the big one – Life.
Progressing through October we will become aware of the descent of the sun as it moves toward the Autumn Equinox, the point which divides the year between the brighter and darker halves. This is a time when the veils between our realm and the Spirit realm are considered to be at their thinnest, thus it is a good time to consider our true Soul purpose, and October is a good time to prepare ourselves for the coming transition into winter. read more →

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Recipe of the Month – Basic Flapjacks

Recipe of the Month Only Natural
It’s back to school time and a great flapjack recipe is a real asset. These are super easy to make and brilliant lunch box treats, breakfast on the go or any time snacks. The recipe is basic so pimp it in any way you fancy. Why not try seeds, chopped nuts or dried fruits (cranberries are delicious) , chocolate chips or cinnamon. I make no apology for the sugar, it really is necessary for the crunch and flavour, so maybe not an everyday indulgence. read more →

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Lasting Solutions for Stress

Stress Only Natural

 by Calodagh McCumiskey, Spiritual Earth

Stress is the epidemic of our time.  75 to 90 percent of GP visits are stress related.  22 percent of employees in Ireland are stressed all or most of the time at work.  Anxiety and stress are on the increase in schools and third level institutions with 50 percent of students saying they have difficulty concentrating in class because of day to day stress.

Unhealthy stress affects everything from our sleep, to food habits, alcohol and sugar consumption, our biological age, mental and physical health, our ability to focus, our relationships – and our joy.   Unaddressed, unhealthy stress can take over your life and cause a host of debilitating problems. read more →

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