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Recipe of the Month – Savoury Porridge

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A delicious alternative to traditional porridge and a great autumnal breakfast, this is a great base recipe that can be jazzed up with herbs, spices and vegetables. Why not try with diced peppers, ground turmeric or with a soft poached egg on top!

Ingredients (serves 1)

½ Onion, diced
Olive Oil
½ Cup Organic Vegetable Stock
½ Cup Oats
Sea Salt & Pepper

Method

– Drizzle a small saucepan with olive oil and place over a medium heat
– Add the onions and cook down until soft
– Crumble in the stock cube and mix through
– Add the oats, along with 1 cup of water
– Stir through and then allow to gently cook until it is thick and creamy
– Season to taste and garnish with spring onions or parsley

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Ger’s November 2017 Update

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For November we bring you news of some of the small companies both new to us and not so new who are natural partners for us ethically and otherwise, from a new vegan ‘cheese’ producer to a small scale soap producer in the West which came into being in answer to an bigger environmental issue to our favourite candle producers in Cornwall. Our industry seems to be conducive to building a network of individuals and companies who, although each doing different things, are united by a bigger aim, healthier people and a healthier planet! We have quite a number of events happening this month so make sure to have a read below and keep an eye on our Events section of our website.

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Spirit Essence Comes to Wexford

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We recently met Tina Wilkins, an émigré from the UK to these shores and founder of Spirit Essence. Tina’s healing journey has led her to study reiki, crystals, Indian head massage and various other healing traditions both physical and energetic. Today Tina heals and teaches as well as facilitating group healing events. This is her own description of what she does.

” I began my own journey many years ago, reading Tarot cards for myself and friends. I then became fascinated by crystals and after studying for a two-year period with the Crystal Healing Spiritual Venturers Association, gained a diploma to practise as a Crystal Healer.

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Medicinal Mushrooms, Ancient Healing for the Modern World

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The use of medicinal mushrooms for healing and health enhancement goes back millennia in eastern cultures but relatively little is known about their properties and benefits in the west. Until recently that is, as health scientists have taken a serious interest in their uses and beneficial properties. We’ve just taken on a range in the form of dried mushroom powders and, as we’re keen to recommend them where appropriate, have been doing our research. The Company’s called Om Organic Mushroom Nutrition and they’re based in California. Their remit is to organically grow and minimally process (low temperature drying and powdering) the most potent medicinal mushrooms on the planet. They sell them individually and in combinations. Here’s some information I found on the web on just three of them Reishi, Chaga and Cordyceps.

Reishi

In China known as the “Mushroom of Immortality”, “The Great Protector” and “The Herb of Good Fortune” Modern Science is now validating these curious names given to what is truly an extraordinary substance. Reishi is one of the most researched herbal substances on the planet. Terry Willard’s book “Reishi: Mushroom of Spiritual Potency and Medical Marvel” sums up for us what numerous Modern Scientific Studies have revealed about Reishi. The following properties are all attributed to this amazing mushroom.

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Baobab, why we should be using this little known superfood

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Recently covered by Channel 4’s ‘Superfoods : The Real Story’, the properties of Baobab are likely to make it hugely popular in the very near future. Grown in South Africa the Baobab is the fruit of a tree. Traditionally used and revered for its health giving properties by the local population it’s harvested when the fruits dry naturally on the tree and then fall to the ground. The contents of the fruit are then ground into a powder whose properties qualify it as a real superfood!
Like other Superfoods baobab’s nutritional benefits are huge. It’s a vitamin C powerhouse for immune health, a source of soluble and insoluble fibre to maintain good digestion and healthy cholesterol levels, as well is a rich source of prebiotics to keep our gut bacteria healthy with all the benefits that come with that.
However Channel 4 stressed another of the fruit’s benefits, it’s ability to regulate blood sugars and in a population where sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diet are leading to a veritable diabetes epidemic this could be huge.

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Ger’s October 2017 Update

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We are really enjoying our coffee mornings here at Only Natural and hope that our varied topics interest a wide range of our customers. Our next coffee morning takes place on Saturday morning October 7th from 10.30am to 12.30pm in conjunction with national breastfeeding week. Stephanie Marray and Nuria Tasies, who are both midwives in Wexford General Hospital will be here to answer all your questions on the subject. Please come along if you’re interested and pass on the word to anyone you know who might be and why not take a look at our blog where we’ve put together a list of hints, tips and supports for the breastfeeding mother.
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Another event worth mentioning is a long time friend of the store – Amber SOS is paying us a visit.  Amber SOS are based in Co Mayo and specialise in importing and promoting the use of real Baltic Amber. You may know about it’s use to help teething babies but read our blog to discover the many other uses of this beautiful natural product. We’ll have Ben from Amber SOS here on the Saturday the 14th of the month so, if you can, be sure to drop by.

Sadhana Yoga

Linda O’Grady founder of Sadhana Yoga popped into us instore to let us know that Sadhana Yoga has moved to it’s own Studio! Have a read of our previous blog when Michelle headed off to one of Linda’s classes. The new studio is based in The Folly, a couple of minutes walk from Tesco, is open throughout the year and offers a wide range of daily classes:

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Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Beginners to Advanced
Yoga Somatics for Deep Relaxation
Pilates Level 1 and 2
Saturday Morning Drop in classes
Workshops and events

The room is available to rent and suitable for yoga, tai chi, meditation, workshops, training…
Linda has also very kindly dropped in some complimentary class passes to the value of €15, these can be used against the payment of the next 6 week block (normally €75, €60 with pass) so make sure to drop in to Only Natural to pick up your pass and also make sure to check out Sadhana Yoga’s website for timetable information.

Our Competition

To further support National Breastfeeding Week from 1st to 7th October Only Natural have teamed up with Breastfeeding Consultants.ie to offer a free one to one private lactation consultation with an experienced lactation consultant.  The consultation with be done on a one to one basis in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Knowing when to call for help can really make your breastfeeding experience go a lot more smoothly. Keep on eye on our Facebook page where you will find details on how to enter.

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Healing Properties of Amber

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In Only Natural we work closely with a company called Amber SOS and are looking forward to having Ben from the company in the shop on Saturday 14th October to share his experience of working with Amber and how it can benefit the wearer. Here are the basics to whet your appetite.
Amber, though very beautiful, isn’t a gemstone like the others, it’s fossilized tree resin. Extruded by trees approximately forty billion years ago it has turned into the beautiful ‘gem’ we prize so highly and wear today. The best Amber for therapeutic use comes from the area around the Baltic Sea as it contains a higher percentage (8%) of succinite.
Succinite is the component responsible for the healing properties, mainly pain relief and relaxation, that Amber is known for. To benefit from this it is worn next to the skin for as much of the time as possible. It’s pain killing properties have made it popular for babies going through the pain of teething but it is equally beneficial for adults and is reported to have helped in cases of many chronic ongoing daily conditions.  Bones and joint are top of the list but not exclusive.  Wearing amber has been very successful in dealing with Repetitive Strain Injuries as well as ongoing pains and strains caused by repetitive posture or movements. Many report better sleep patterns as a result of Amber’s relaxing properties and others have reported improvement in migraine, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chest, ear, nose and throat problems (including hay fever and sinus problems), eczema and psoriasis.  Amber is well known in it’s native area, the Baltic countries, as a remedy for thyroid problems.

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Recipe of the Month – Seasonal Fruit Parfait

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This recipe is a great, untraditional way of using delicious Irish apples. The fruit layer can be made using whatever fruit is in season – just amend the sugar content and spices depending on the fruit (tasting is key here!).

It can be as easy or as laborious as you like. Essentially, it is stewed seasonal fruit layered with coconut cream, crunchy granola and maple toasted pecans. For a truly decadent dessert, you can whip up homemade coconut cream, bake a batch of delicious granola and top it with the caramelised pecans. But for a quick and easy treat, switch the coconut cream for a tub of Coyo Vanilla Coconut Yoghurt and just pick up a packet of your favourite store-bought granola!

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Breast is Best!

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Who could deny that the best start in life for any child is the food that nature intended, mother’s milk? Not only is baby optimally nourished but their immune system also gets the kick start it needs from sharing mother’s probiotic organisms as well as which the physical and emotional mother/baby bond has every chance to flourish from day one to the benefit of both.
However it’s easy for a new mother to be overwhelmed by the birthing process, breastfeeding itself, which doesn’t always run smoothly, and all the big changes that happen at this time.
So we thought it would be good to run our next coffee morning around this topic. This is your chance to come in for a chat with other mothers who’ve learned from the experience (these include Chloé, Kim and Michelle on our own staff who’ll be happy to talk to you anytime they’re on the floor) as well as Nuria and Stephanie Murray, both very experienced Midwives and Lactation Consultants from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday 7th October.

Hints and Tips

In advance of the day here are some hints and tips that we’ve put together to help to make the whole experience flow (pun intended).

-Weather and climate permitting, topless sunbathing before and after birth is a great way to help to toughen nipples especially if thrush is a problem.
-Feed on demand, follow your baby’s cues. Don’t wait ’til their hand is in their mouth, you want to feed them when they’re calm to establish a good latch. It is especially very important to feed them often during the first few weeks after birth to establish a good milk supply.

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Ger’s September 2017 Update

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We’ve got something to say!

Only Natural is evolving. We’ve made some big changes in the shop over the last year and our new shop front, which we hope you love as much as we do, is part of the same process. We thought long and hard to come up with our new motto ‘wholesome, sustainable, ethical’ and it’s meant to say loud and clear that, no matter how much we change, the core values that Only Natural is firmly grounded on remain the same as ever!
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We stand for wholesome. We sell products that are natural and good and believe that their use promotes well being naturally.
We stand for sustainable. In a world where natural resources are being consumed at an alarming rate we sell products which, as far as possible, respect the natural environment rather than burdening the earth further.
We stand for ethical. We sell products which, to the best of our knowledge, don’t involve unnecessary exploitation of people, animals or of the earth.

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