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Ger’s September 2017 Update

Ger's Monthly Update

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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Therapist of the Month – Pilates Instructor Angie Cousins

Therapist of the Month Angie Cousins Only Natural

We’ve known Angie for many years in Only Natural and can vouch for her great reputation locally as a Pilates instructor. As autumn approaches many of you will be thinking of taking on a new fitness class for the autumn/winter season and if you’re looking for a regular cardiovascular workout that also works on core strength, there are few better workouts than Pilates. Why not get in touch with Angie, you’ll be glad you did?

Angie Cousins

Certified Pilates Instructor. Certified Reformer Pilates Instructor, Beginners to Advanced levels.

Pilates is a system which works the body from the inside out, the deep muscles stabilise the body which is important for balance and posture. Pilates is mindful movement, it’s precise movement and will train or re-train your body to move correctly which is a bonus when playing any sport. The Pilates system can be practiced at any age and is a full body workout coordinated with the breath.

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Recipe of the Month – Vegan, Gluten Free Orange and Almond Cake

Vegan Orange and Almond Cake Only Natural
We’re particularly excited by our recipe suggestion this month because we hope you’ll also be seeing it in print quite soon. It’s part of Only Natural’s submission for a book which our supplier Wholefoods plan to bring out soon (hopefully before Christmas).
Wholefoods are collating recipes and background information from all their independent health store customers for the book (no title as yet) which they plan to make into a celebration of the Irish health food trade, it’s history and it’s personalities over the years, store owners and staff as well as suppliers. It’ll be part cook book, part potted history of the Irish Health Food trade and, having been part of the story from the very beginning, we’re hugely proud in Only Natural to be taking part in the project. We’ll keep you informed here on progress. We hope to be selling it for the Christmas season and profits will be going to Ireland’s Special Olympics funding.
For the moment why not just try Ruth’s delicious and super easy cake for a flavour of things to come?

Orange and Almond Cake

This vegan, gluten-free cake is utterly scrumptious and a great recipe to add to your repertoire! It can be served warm with spiced dairy-free cream in winter or with fresh berries and vegan ice-cream in summer … a perfect dinner-party staple. The texture is reminiscenty of a traditional steamed pudding, a real favourite for many!

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Ger’s August 2017 Update!!

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There have been plenty of hazy summer days so far and here’s hoping there will be plenty more to come but that does not mean we have been lazying about!  Oh no we have lots to fill you in on this month!

New From Dr. Hauschka

This month we’re thrilled to be launching the all new make-up range from Dr. Hauschka. It’s just been unveiled in celebration of the Company’s 50th anniversary and comprises 82 products at the heart of which are medicinal herbs, plant waxes and oils, silk and minerals? The new deep violet packaging with its unique design reflects the premium contents. Everything you’d expect is here including foundations, concealers, mascara, lip definers, liners and lipsticks, lipgloss, eyeshadow and eye definer, defining and volume mascara and much more and all made from premium natural ingredients which nourish your skin’s health. 
See our Facebook Page for your chance to win a fabulous introduction to the range.
Dr Hauschka Make Up Only Natural

And Speaking of Competitions!

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Recipe of the Month – Aubergine Cheese Bake

This is one of my favorite dishes for non meat days
Baked Aubergine pic

Ingredients

2 aubergines
olive oil
125gr organic short grain brown rice
2 cloves garlic
2 small onions
1/2 tsp dried oregano
680gr organic passata
4 x 125gr mozzarella balls
fresh basil leaves to taste

Method

Top and tail the aubergines and cut into 8 to 10 long slices. Brush them with olive oil and bake at 200C for aprox. 30 mins or how ever long it takes for the aubergine to cook through and brown a little.
Cook the brown rice in plenty of water for 20 minutes and drain.
In the meantime make the sauce. Finely chop the garlic and onions and fry in a little oil with the oregano until soft and starting to caramelise  (10 to 15 minutes). Add the passata to warm through.
Assemble the bake. Layer 2 or 3 slices of aubergine, some torn up mozzarella , a few torn basil leaves, some of the par cooked rice and pour some sauce over the top. Repeat until everything’s used up and covered in sauce. Bake in a 200C oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Allow to stand for 10 minutes and enjoy with a fresh green salad.
Flavoursome and comforting.
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Therapist of the Month – Herbalist Diann Fletcher Jones

A New Herbalist for Wexford

We’re delighted to announce that Diann Fletcher Jones, whom we’ve worked with previously in her roles as eating disorder Councellor and Raw Food Chef, has just completed her 4 year course in the Masterherbalist Tradition with the Irish School of Herbal Medicine in Portlaoise and is now practicing in Wexford.
Diann’s background in psychiatric nursing and the knowledge of the workings of conventional medicine that that entails has given her a unique knowledge basis from which to approach the treatment of illness. However her training (involving 600 supervised clinical hours spent in the herbal medicine clinic in Portlaoise) has led her to an approach which is anything but ‘conventional’ in the sense that allopathic medicine can be conventional. Rather her approach is holistic in the best sense of the word.

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Australian Bush Flower Essences, Healing for Body and Soul

We’ve only recently increased our range of Australian Bush Flower remedies and are really excited by their potential to help people. The idea of essence remedies is nothing new, in fact they’ve been used for thousands of years. They were brought back to popularity in this part of the world in the 1930s by Dr Edward Bach, a Harley St. Doctor who became disillusioned and left his orthodox practice to research the spiritual and emotional healing properties of flowers. His 38 remedy system is much used and loved today.

More recently Ian White, a fifth generation Australian herbal practitioner, did the same for that continent’s flora. The resultant essences, 69 in number, form the basis of a very comprehensive product range including those 69 individual essences, 17 combination essences, 7 oral sprays, 6 spray mists and a range of bodycare products incorporating the essences called the Love System.

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An Essential Day Out for the Girls

Atlantic Aromatics Day Only Natural

Atlantic Aromatics set up in business in 1985, the same year that Only Natural did, and we’ve been proud to stock their top quality essential oils from the beginning. On Sunday the 9th of July we had a wonderful opportunity to attend a training day given by the company in Wicklow. Michelle, Ruth and Kim popped off for a delightfully scented and sensuous educational day. Here’s Michelle’s account of how they got on.

With the sun shining the three of us headed off towards Greystones quite early for a Sunday morning.  But hey we were happy to take one for the team as we knew more than likely it was going to be a day of sunshine, beautiful aromas and knowledge and what girl doesn’t want to know how to make her own chemical-free but oh so indulgent body products.

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Ger’s July 2017 Update!!

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Since last month we’ve celebrated Ruth and Ciarán’s wedding. You won’t be surprised to hear that there was plenty of evidence of the couple’s alternative approach to life on the day and why not, if you’re walking the walk you walk it every day! It was a truly joyous occasion and we wish them both a full and happy life together.
Ruth and Ciarans Wedding Only Natural
Other news is that our newest staff member Paul is settling in remarkably well. Already customers are appreciating his personal experience and depth of knowledge when it comes to blood sugar management. If this is an issue for you do come to talk to Paul.
This month we’re sharing a new case history from Anna Skrine that shows how allergens can switch illness on like a light while their removal can pave the way to better health, we have news of events both in Only Natural and elsewhere, Ruth reviews the Terrawash , a new clothes wash product that’s good for the earth and good for your pocket too and I’ll introduce you to the Jackfruit so you can be the toast of the barbecue circuit impressing vegans and meat eaters alike!

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World Renowned Doc of Detox Comes to Wexford

Supercharge Your Life Only Natural

Last month we introduced you to Simon Cullen masseur, energy healer and life coach and now we’d like to remind you of Simon’s initiative to bring internationally renowned Natural Health Expert and author of the bestselling ‘Healthy to 100’ Dr. Darrell Wolfe to Murphy’s Barn for a 2 day seminar ‘Supercharge your Life’ on the 12th and 13th of August. If you’re interested in what could truly be a life changing experience here are the details provided by Simon.

The SuperCharge Your Life (SYL) is a must for anyone wanting to improve the health not only of themselves but their family, friends and community. This extraordinary 2-day event will change your life and revolutionise the way you think, feel and live. SYL weekend journey is the tipping point for those who wish to truly become the master of their physical and emotional health.

For most, this is the first time that they realise they can truly become the master of their body and reclaim that which was once taken from them. When you join us for our ‘SuperCharge Your Life Training’ you will awaken to the fact that you are the only one who holds the power to release your pain and suffering.

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