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Ger’s December 19 Monthly Update

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In other years we’ve loved giving our support to WSPCA, these good people do all they can to look after animals in need locally. This year we have their beautiful 2020 calendars for sale for just €8 and all proceeds go to the charity. Please check them out when you’re in the shop. read more →

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Recipe of the Month Vegan Wellington with Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Happy Pear Vegan Wellington Christmas Dinner
Dale Pinnock Christmas Dinner
This year again we’ve scoured the internet for the best recipes with which to grace your Christmas table. On Emma’s recommendation we tried, and loved, the Happy Pear’s ‘Beet Wellington’ and Michelle admitted to a serious fondness for Dale Pinnock’s Garlic and Paprika Butter roasted Brussels Sprouts. In the first we have a mix of sautéed and grated vegetables mixed with some nuts, couscous and a little seasoning enveloped in puff pastry (or not if you’re coeliac, read on) and baked to make a Christmas centrepiece to be proud of while Dales’s simple treatment of the humble Brussels Sprout elevates them with the help of butter, oil, spices and an oven into an unctuous, umami rich side dish that might just be too good to keep for Christmas.
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Tina’s Spiritual Tidbits for 2019 – Take II

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!

Well here we are approaching the end of another year…. for some reason they seem be flying past, quicker, almost as if when we blink another week, then a month passes!
I’m a believer that everything that happens, does so for a reason, whether it’s created by our dominant thoughts or karma (which basically is our thoughts/actions coming back to us with a delay, often when we’ve forgotten!) Karma often gets a bad name and yet we are creating this with our thoughts and deeds all the time. So in this festive month of December if you can stay grounded whilst the frenetic energy and build up of Christmas is going on around you and create some good thoughts and Karma you’re effectively creating your next step, your next year.

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The Star by Mark Nicholas

The Star Mark Nicholas Spiritual Guidance Only Natural
It’s official, Christmas is coming. The lights are on, music is playing and people are out and about trying to find perfect presents and new outfits. Soon fridges, presses, wardrobes and car parks will be filled to the brim. Frantic shoppers, busy streets, hustle and bustle that will be with us right up to 6 o clock on Christmas Eve, and then suddenly it all stops. The energy changes. Breathe again, relax. Hopefully, family and friends will find their way home for a rekindling of friendship and joy and a sharing of peace. That’s the plan anyway!  Obviously, and for a whole variety of significant reasons, not everybody has the same resources, ability and circumstances to fulfill this wish for an ideal Christmas, but the dream, the wish and the hope are still available as an ideal thought. Something to aim for, and unfortunately for many, something which may remain far beyond reach in this market driven economy. read more →

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Ger’s November 19 Monthly Update

Ger's Monthly Update Only Natural
You’ll notice a slight change of emphasis in one corner of our food display next time you’re in the shop. We love to bring you extra value and don’t think that you’re averse to it either, so we’ve cleared some space to bring you our new Special Offers area. From now on we’ll have a broader range of specials on both established and loved products and new ones that you might like to try at an introductory discount. So if you’re a value hunter don’t miss out, they’ll be piled high just past the bulk dispensers on the way in. read more →

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Less Stress at Christmas

Stress Less Christmas Only Natural
Yet again the silly season is upon us and, while Christmas can be one of the most fun times of the year, it can also be one of the most stressful, so do a little preparation now to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed later.
Firstly give your immunity a little boost, the last thing you need is to be fighting coughs, colds and seasonal sniffles when you should be making Yuletime merry. Take extra vitamin C and extra vitamin D (which can help to keep your moods balanced as well as fighting viruses!). Try some immune boosting botanicals. Echinacea (provided you don’t have any autoimmune issues), Elderberry and Olive Leaf are all allies. Take a high potency probiotic everyday for a threefold benefit, better digestion, better mood balance and stronger immunity.

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Recipe of the Month – Carrot and Sleabhcán Cake

Marie Power The Sea Gardener Recipe of the Month
This recipe comes from The Sea Garden, a recipe book which we now stock, by Marie Power, The Sea Gardener.  Kim attended a foraging and cookery day hosted by Marie and was so impressed that firstly we started to stock her range of bars and dried seaweeds but secondly we are all starting to put more and more seaweed into our cooking – which can only be a good thing right?

I substituted Marie’s sweets and baking blend (a mixture of Sweet Kelp and Sleabhcán) for the Sleabhcán itself. The results were delicious and super nutritious. read more →

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Temperance by Mark Nicholas

Mark Nicholas, Only Natural Temperance
Temperance is a card of Faith. Spiritually, this marks the part of the journey when we suddenly realise that we have already passed beyond known civilisation. We find ourselves travelling alone through the wilderness. We didn’t notice the transition as we journeyed from a countryside of lush greenery to a dry desert of heat and extremes. Our awareness just suddenly returned to show us where we are now. We know we have been prepared for the journey, we have everything we need to survive. Once again we assume the role of child who reaches adulthood. No longer can we rely on parental supports, we need to stand on our own two feet. The teaching we have received since early childhood will stand to us now. Our Individual must step up and be counted. This is Spiritual elevation. We have the ability to move nearer to the Divine. read more →

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Ger’s October 19 Monthly Update

Ger's Monthly Update Only Natural
The Vitality Expo took place the last weekend in September in the RDS so of course I took myself up to Dublin for the weekend. Like last year the Show was an opportunity both for health store members and our customers to see all the latest in innovative supplements and new wholefood products as well as to listen to the latest research from the most up to date thinkers in our industry.  Below are just some that I spoke to but these in particular got me excited!

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Recipe of the Month – Mediterranean Chicken and Chickpea Stew

Recipe of the Month, Only Natural, Oliver McCabe
A tireless advocate of natural health in Ireland is natural food chef and author Oliver McCabe and, as I chatted to Ollie at the Vitality Expo, I thought of how long it had been since we’ve shared one of his wonderful recipes. So as we head into the time when we all want nourishing and warming soups and casseroles here’s Oliver’s recipe for Mediterranean Chicken and Chickpea Stew. What a doddle, prep it in 15 minutes, cook it in 40! Because of the addition of herbs and spices, olives and lemons the flavour is divine and the lean protein, chickpeas and millet make it super nutritious. Try this one when there’s a chill in the air and your body’s craving comfort. read more →

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