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Ger’s June 19 Monthly Update

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A New Face in Only Natural

If you’ve been in the shop in the last few weeks you may have met Emma, our new team member. If not we know you’re going to take a shine to her. Emma’s currently studying to become a Nutrition and Health Coach with the Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health and, when she’s completed the year, will add to the already five in number Only Natural staff members with nutritional qualifications. This fact makes me very proud indeed of our high standards of knowledge and our enthusiasm to constantly keep working on them.

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Green Lentil Dahl

Green Lentil Dahl Only Natural Recipe
Emma our newest member of staff is vegan and Ger asked her to provide us with one of her favourite recipes and this is what she gave us!

According to Emma “this is an easy to make, delicious, hearty meal inspired by the Happy Pear.  A hug in a bowl!” read more →

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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!

Welcome to June! This is a benchmark personally for me as it’s my birthday month, this year I celebrate my 60th year in this wonderful world. Like all milestones whether it be the passing of a year, month or week it’s something to both celebrate and reflect on.
Nature is certainly celebrating, the roadside, hedgerows and gardens are a riot of colour; when the sky is blue and the sun is shining its easier to feel thankful and appreciate the beauty.
Colour is something we use to adorn ourselves and our homes, and there has been many studies showing how it can influence our state of mind. I’m often drawn to crystals by the colour and pay attention to the colours that catch my eye as this can be an indication of where my chakras and energy system are in need of assistance.

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Benefits of Plantain

Plantain Doris Potter Only Natural

by Doris Potter

Plantain, (Ribwort, Fleawort) – Plantago Lanceolata and Plantago Major

Plantain is another favourite of mine, mostly unnoticed, yet abundantly grows along the edges along lanes and footpaths, camouflaged amongst grasses. The slightly sticky seeds get carried around with our foot wear. The very observant Red Indians named it the “White Men’s Foot Step” as it grew wherever he had been.

It again proves to be a very nutritious and powerful healing plant. It is easily found and is the perfect first aid plant when out and about. Rub the leaves and put it on itchy allergic skin, or insect bites, or use it as a plaster on wounds. For blisters on your feet, just put the leaves over the blister in your shoes. It is antiseptic, ant inflammatory and promotes the healing process in the tissues.   Plantain also helps wounds that just do not want to heal, like bedsores, ulcers etc. read more →

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Letting Go of a Loved One

Letting Go, Loss, Grief

An Anna Skrine Case Study

Have you ever come across a person who bursts into tears when talking about someone they were very close to who ‘passed on’ some years before? In such a case it is very possible that the deceased person is earthbound and still around that person; and very often one is holding on to the other in the belief that this is real love, or that the earthbound loved one can be a source of guidance. But the truth is different, for real love is totally un-possessive and unconditional; and when a person dies it is very important they leave their loved ones on earth in freedom and go up to where they should be – heaven / the next realm – to continue the next part of their soul’s journey there. This normally takes place during the end of their funeral service, or funeral rite, for the soul usually stays around the loved ones on earth until then. The right source of guidance for each person is the divine in whatever form that person holds dear – or one’s Higher Consciousness, the Divine within / inner conscience / inner wisdom. This divine guidance is each person’s birth-right, but it can only be tapped into if a person chooses to do so, for we all have free will. read more →

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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

Common Daisy Doris Potter Only Natural

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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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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