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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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Tina’s Spiritual Tidbits for 2019!

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!

As we leap forward into the next quarter of the year,  with the lighter evenings, longer days and warmer sunshine, I love the freshness and promise of more sun and warmth. In my hopeful, positive days when the sun is shining and the sky all blue, it’s easy to think winter and the colder days are behind us. Yet I’ve noticed on my travels, there’s still a nip in the air and a lot of the trees and hedgerows seem reluctant to burst into leaf. This made me think of how sometimes in life I’m slow to step into something new, cast off the old, whether it be a habit, clothes, lifestyle etc. As much as I sometimes yearn for something more exciting, fresh,  the old and tested are often harder to let go of, than the step into the unknown.
By nature I like change and so the lateness of the trees to spread their canopies made me ponder timing. Again by attuning to nature we can stay in the flow. I’ve noticed in the past when the trees are late to bud (not just the oaks) the cold weather isn’t yet done.

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Did You See the First Shoots of Stinging Nettle Appearing?

Doris Potter

Submitted by Doris Potter

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

Anna’s Other Talents

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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What has nature in store for us after a long Winter?

Doris Potter, Massage, Only Natural

You can look in the hedges along tie lane ways in our country side or at forest edges and you may find a shrub with delicate white flours in early spring, usually in March, but this year already in February.

The shrub has long spikey thorns and in October little fruits not unlike plums, but are bitterly sour and used traditionally in sloe gin after the first frost.

You may know it as

Blackthorn/Sloe – Prunus Spinosa (Rose family)

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Rhythmical Massage Therapist Doris Potter

Rythmical Massage Therapy Doris Potter Only Natural

A New Dr Hauschka Trained Therapist

Doris Potter is a rhythmical massage practitioner who’s been working in Only Natural for a short while now. Doris uses the Dr Hauschka body oils and her work is imbued with the same anthroposophical philosophy that informs the company’s ethos.

Doris has already acquired quite a following for this indulgent, rhythmical massage and below is Doris’s take on this form of massage and a bit about herself:

Health and wellbeing depend on the interplay of a magnitude of differentiated life rhythm. As living earthly beings we depend on the rhythm of our solar system as well as our individual finely adjusted inner rhythms, expressed in breathing, heartbeat, pulse, digestive organs and even in cell function. read more →

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Ger’s February 19 Monthly Update

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Taxing times ahead ???

Since the issue of adding VAT to the cost of natural health supplements came to a head before Christmas both Health Stores Ireland (representing independent health stores) and the IHTA (representing the companies that supply us) have been doing their best to inform you our customers and the powers that be, who can chose whether or not to implement this tax, about its basic injustice. Right now the Vatman has spoken and the news is not good. The official line is that the upper rate of vat (23%) will be applied to ALL but a very small number of food supplements from March 1st. If you’re reading this you, like 80% of people in this country, are likely to use food supplements to protect your and your family’s health. That money will come out of YOUR pocket. Here’s a resume I read recently of the story so far:

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