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Ger’s Monthly Update – The Japan Edition!

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Anyone who knows me well knows that for a long time now I’ve had a deep interest in Japan, the country and its culture. In May I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to indulge myself with a trip over there and I thought I’d share some of my thoughts about it and where my fascination comes from. It wasn’t my first time in Japan and I hope I’ll get the chance to go again. I spent my time in Kyoto and Nara, both former Capitals of Japan and both regarded as places where the country’s traditional culture is still at its strongest.

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Liza’s Green Living!

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Liza Seavers, beauty salon owning, cat loving, marathon running, vegan shares her journey to’green living’ at home and in her Wexford salon Highbrow Beauty. In this blog she reveals her approach to tackling laundry the eco, cruelty free way using products that are tough on stains yet gentle on the environment and all available at Only Natural.

My green living lifestyle really took off when we built our house and opted to have solar panels installed. We are lucky enough to have 2 types which I scientifically call the ‘water heating panels’ and the ‘electricity making panels’. As a result our electricity making panels generate power when the sun is shining, this is when I schedule our washing machine to do it’s thing.

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Miso Soup, Simply Amazing

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Continuing with our Japanese inspired blog I enjoyed lots of delicious, healthy miso soup during my time there and, now that I’m home I’m craving it already so I’m going to share the recipe. What better way to introduce Japan’s premier superfood into your diet. Miso provides immune and digestion boosting probiotics, nutritious protein, plus nutrients like copper, manganese and vitamin K. It’s reputed to have blood pressure controlling and cancer fighting properties. Once you add it to your diet you’ll quickly grow to love it’s deeply savory flavour. There are various types of miso from the darker saltier types to the sweeter white ones. Always make sure you’re buying an unpasteurized miso and never boil it as you destroy its properties by doing so. Try it in all sorts of soups and casseroles as well as dressings, marinades and spreads.

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Nichola’s Nutrition Tips

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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.

Do you suffer from Sun Rash or Prickly Heat??

As a fellow sufferer, I have found a couple of simple solutions that work for me and my family. I switched to more natural suncreams that are free from parabens, SLS/SLES, irritating emulsifiers and fragrances. My favourite is Green People’s edelweiss sun lotion which has a natural tan accelerator in it and I use their scent free lotion for my children. I also use stinging nettle drops or nettle juice in the lead up to the summer(!) or if I’m going on holiday. Nettle can reduce symptoms of prickly heat quite dramatically and is well worth trying.

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Diann’s Herbal Tales

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Diann Fletcher Jones amongst many things is a recently qualified medicinal herbalist, as you can imagine Diann herself is very passionate about the health benefits that herbs can bring and so has decided to share some of this information on a monthly basis! And hopefully before too long we will have a catalogue of different herbs for various ailements and conditions that you can refer to anytime you wish.

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Suddenly we are cocooned in blankets of summer green, the gentle vibration of the earth is pulsing with life force and if we stop to listen a sense of well-being cascades over us.
This is the healing for this month, just stop, slow down, bend to the open flower and partake of its healing fragrance, touch the terrain of  a tree trunk and senses it’s heart beat, listen to the wind through the leaves. Be aware of the humdrum of busy insects and the magic of the sun as it dapples drops of light on the earth. That is where you will find peace and health this month .
With love and blessings
Diann x

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Tina’s Spiritual Tidbits!

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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. 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 I write this the last few days have been gloriously sunny, so at long last summer has arrived! I love the month of June when the days are at their longest and mother nature gives us a wonderful colourful display.  Nature can guide us and provide us with answers if we just take the time to listen. Colour is so important to us energetically, a perfect recipe provided by nature to assist us into balance. Its lovely to see the bluebells alongside the gorse, perfect for balancing our ego mind with our upper mind. So now being halfway through the year its a great time to assess your level of happiness in relation to being on track with your intentions. With all the extra light our energy levels and moods are enhanced as well as the colour provided by nature, making equilibrium easier to maintain. Add in the scents of flowers which can invoke memories and bring the angelic kingdom closer. (There’s a great selection of essential oils in store, great for awakening the senses, you can add a couple of drops to a tissue or cotton wool ball and carry on you upper body to breathe in the fragrance all day, or add to your bath, or to a carrier oil and use as a perfume or for massage). Because the oils are pure they enhance our wellbeing.  Rose oil is lovely for bringing angels closer and lavender aids restful sleep.
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Anna Skrine, Case Study – Susanna aged 24

Anna Skrine Tomatoes

Tomatoes in excess are one of the common causes of internal acidity

For the past six months Susanna seemed to have a week-long problem with her throat. It was often very sore low down, and frequently turned into a chest pain, and then seemed to just heal. She had had three lots of antibiotics for it in the last four months. The pain in her throat would usually start by feeling inflamed and raw, then her tonsils and glands would swell, and then she would resort to antibiotics, even though the doctor couldn’t actually see any inflammation. Her energy was not great, and would start to fade in the early evening.

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Ger’s May 18 Monthly Update

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A natural tan (with or without the sun)

It’s been a harsh winter and I’d like to think that, if there is any justice, a great summer complete with all the benefits of getting out of doors more, is on the way. Many of us will think of how to get that summer sun kissed look but because (a) there are no guarantees of sun in Ireland and, (b) when it does show its face, we have to be so careful about being safe in the sun, I think it’s wise to have a plan B in place. Many people turn to tanning products to get the look without sun or sunbed. But even here care is needed as many of the mainstream tanning products are so full of chemicals that, when you consider that what you put onto your skin inevitably passes into your bloodstream, you might feel it best to avoid them.

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Women’s Intimate Health

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Women’s Intimate or Vaginal Health is not something that most women like discussing but with 75% of women suffering from thrush at least once in their lives and 50% of women affected by cystitis and 1 in 3 women affected by bacterial vaginosis it is a conversation that the majority of women are going to have to have because unfortunately it is not one of these things that goes away all by itself if ignored.

There are many over the counter remedies and traditional treatments that have been tried and tested throughout the years but personally I think that unless the bacteria environment of the vagina is brought back into balance problems can be reoccurring. The majority of people at this stage know that beneficial bacteria have multiple health benefits and indeed it is hard to be on top form if your bacterial flora is out of whack!! But what most people do not know is that different strains of bacteria naturally live in different parts of the body, therefore the issue or problem determines what probiotic to take.

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Anna Skrine, Case Study – Jacob aged 8 months

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Anna Skrine who offers food sensitivity tests from Only Natural every Tuesday shares with us a case study which shows how making the right changes to what you put into your body everyday can have such a huge positive reaction!

Jacob Age 8 Months

If you are unable to breast-feed, it is so important to find a milk formula that suits your baby – and don’t give up until you do!

Jacob was suffering from almost constant vomiting and diarrhoea, and every nappy change his clothes had to be changed as well. He often seemed to get hives, particularly after certain meals, and subsequently was awake and crying all night. He would then be like a demon the next day! He woke on and off through the night even on the better nights. His nose was either very runny or completely blocked, and he couldn’t breathe through it. He had always had reflux, and so Jacob’s mother had been asked by his doctor to add Gaviscon to all his bottles (a medicine used to relieve heartburn). He had already had 3 antibiotics for ear infections.

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