Michelle Cooney

Ger’s May 19 Monthly Update

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Hi everyone, I can’t believe it’s already May, it seems like only yesterday I was taking down the Christmas tree. Oh well, time moves on and change happens and in Only Natural we’ve lots happening so if you’re as passionate about Natural Health as we are come on in and check out the latest such as…………..

We’re Going Wild

As part of our mission to bring our customers the very best there is in our field we’re about to take on the Wild Nutrition range. This is a range of ‘food grown’ supplements including nutritional, herbal and combination formulas. Born from the passion of nutritionist Henrietta Norton to produce the very best supplements for her own family’s use Wild Nutrition is based on the premise that smaller units of food grown supplements are way more effective than mega doses of synthetic nutrients. Many of the formulas are geared towards female health and were born from Henrietta’s own story. As she puts it “Nutrition changed the course of my life. I suffered with chronic Endometriosis during my twenties. Each month I would nearly pass out with the pain. To add insult to injury, the doctor told me that I would never be able to have children. So I went to see a nutritional therapist who specialised in female health. I listened. I changed my diet. It changed my life. Today I’m a mother of three.”

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Recipe of the Month – Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake on a Sunflower Crust

Recipe of the Month Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake
This month’s recipe is from ‘The Green Kitchen’ by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl and I love it. It’s super easy to make, I knocked it together in less than 30 minutes. It’s rather summery so I’m thinking of the long evenings ahead, maybe you’re having friends over for somethIng off the barbecue, this is what I’d like for dessert afterwards on a balmy summer evening.
The base, whose main ingredient is toasted sunflower seeds, is very clever and keeps it gluten free. The topping can be made with or without dairy so it can easily be made into a vegan treat. I see lots of possibilities for variations, why not try raspberries or blackberries instead of strawberries, pimping it with cacao nibs might work too. Do try this, for very little effort it’s guaranteed to impress. read more →

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Bellis Perennis – the Common Daisy

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Submitted by Doris Potter

Do you remember from childhood past times, the playing with daisies or making daisy chains?

Can you put your foot on 7 daisies? According to a folklore saying: If you can, then summer surely has come.  I love the very common plants and knowing the mystery of their healing properties. Such a plant is the Common Daisy, growing in abundance all around us, but its very good healing properties are almost forgotten.

Its pretty flowers peep out from our lawns from early spring until late autumn. This plant has given its existence completely over to the course of the sun, even the day rhythm of light and dark is expressed in opening its petals in the morning and closing them in the evening. Is it surprising that “Daisy” is a shortened version of “Days-Eye” or that in the North Myths it is referred to as “Baldur’s eye”? Baldur being the Sun-god.

This little plant has not only an affinity to light and the sun, but also harbours an enormous amount of vitality. You mow it and already the next day it is there again.  Apparently its great healing qualities are equivalent to the nowadays better known Calendula or Arnica. It used to be called ”Bruisewort” or “Woundwort” indicating it’s use, also reduces bleeding. read more →

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Tina’s Spiritual Tidbits for 2019!

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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!

Wow! And here is May, the time of blossoming, when natures starts to reveal the promise of the harvest to come. Well are you ready? Personally I’m finding the energy is a mirror of the weather; one day calm, full of promise, the next a raging storm! Let’s hope that this month brings the balance and warmer brighter days, so that we can all benefit from being in rhythm with natures’ cycle. To assist in balancing myself I’m using positive affirmations and crystal energy. Hematite is good for helping feel connected and grounded; a sign of needing its help, is feeling spacey or unable to focus.  Sodalite is good for clearing head space and calming irrational thoughts. If you’re feeling edgy and unsettled red jasper helps centre and ground. If you just feel out of sorts and can’t find a reason then Amber helps clear and balance the energy centres. (I saw some some lovely jewellery in the shop). read more →

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Ger’s April 19 Monthly Update

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Wiley’s Finest Fish Oils

One of the pleasures of working in our industry is that new development is constantly (when not hampered by legislation but that’s an other story) taking place. New companies come on stream and the bar is raised higher. We discovered Wiley’s Finest Fish Oils recently and it was easy to decide we wanted to work with them. Modern diets tend to be deficient in Omega 3 essential fats which can challenge brain, eye, heart and joint health so, unless you’re vegan, it makes sense to supplement with fish oils. We’re recommending Wiley’s Finest for three reasons.
1 We haven’t come across these strengths before.
2 They use one sustainable species, Alaskan pollock, for minimal environmental impact. Wiley’s say :

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Recipe of the Month – Maple Glazed Salmon

Recipe of the month maple glazed salmon

Hardly a recipe at all really, here’s a way (shamelessly lifted from Wiley’s Finest’ Blog) to turn a piece of salmon into something special. With a coating of some quickly blended spices, a blast of heat and a drizzle of maple syrup the fish turns into a mix of spicy, salty and sweet Unami. I tried it with some of Jimmy Meyler’s organic salmon, delicious!

Ingredients:
Serves 4

4 (6-ounce) Salmon Fillets
1⁄2 tsp Sea or Himalayan Salt
Oil for Cooking
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup or Honey

Spice Mixture

2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Ground Smoked Paprika
1⁄2 tsp Ground Cumin
1⁄2 tsp Brown Sugar

Method:

1. Heat a pan  or griddle pan on high for 10 min. and then turn to low before cooking. Combine the spice ingredients in small bowl. Sprinkle fish with salt; then rub with spice mixture on all sides except skin.
2. Spread pan surface with cooking oil and place fish skin side down. Cook for 7-8 minutes depending on thickness. Test with fork—fish will flake easily when done.
3. During the last minute of cooking, drizzle maple syrup or honey over fish and continue to cook for 1 min.
4. Serve immediately with sautéed vegetables or your favorite side. This is also great over a mixed greens salad. Enjoy!

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Did You See the First Shoots of Stinging Nettle Appearing?

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Instead of being reviled, consider stopping for a moment. Stinging Nettle (Urtica diocia) is one of the best healing plants found in our part of the world. When I looked it up it listed it as a remedy for 29 symptoms of illness! Don’t worry I will not bother you with them all! But I will give you the gist of its quality.

Stinging nettle is a close companion to mankind. You will find it wherever humans are dwelling or have dwelled, never in places where there was no settlement. The young stinging nettle leaves are very rich in vitamins and iron and can be used as a very nutritious vegetable or as tea. read more →

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Ger’s March 19 Monthly Update

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VAT Update!

Health Store staff all over Ireland are probably all pretty jubilant just now. Only yesterday I joined a large contingent of fellow health store people to protest outside the Dáil about the imposition of VAT on health supplements. After that we handed letters into the Dept. of Finance and the offices of the Revenue Commissioners asking them to take into account the more than 70,000 signatures collected from people opposed to the plan and to defer it. We voiced our discontent but the general feeling was that it would happen anyway. read more →

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Recipe of the Month Split Pea Soup with Moroccan Spiced Butter

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We just got some dried fava beans into stock. They look like split peas only bigger and as soon as I saw them I thought ‘Wow, they’d make great soup’. I know that it’s been a mild winter and that spring is springing all around us but, as I so love comforting cold season food, I couldn’t resist sharing this recipe as a last nod to it. It’s a Nigel Slater recipe that takes a basic split pea soup and elevates it to a new level of deliciousness by popping in a dollop of easily made spiced butter at the end. It’s so good and, who knows, we may get another cold snap! read more →

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Healing Emotions Through Visualization

Anna Skrine Visualisation Technique

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Anna Skrine has worked with us in her capacity as Food intolerance tester for many years now and she has had many happy customers as attested to by her case studies many of which we’ve shared with you here. But this is only a part of Anna’s work and she also works with clients on the level of emotional and spiritual healing. We’ve wanted to let you know about these aspects of her work for some time now so here’s Anna’s own take on ‘visualization’, why she uses it and to what ends.
Unresolved emotional problems are stored in the subconscious, and the language of the subconscious is images, not words. This is why working with visualization is such a successful, gentle and profound method for safely getting to the core of a problem, and helping with its healing. read more →

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