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Ger’s February 19 Monthly Update

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Taxing times ahead ???

Since the issue of adding VAT to the cost of natural health supplements came to a head before Christmas both Health Stores Ireland (representing independent health stores) and the IHTA (representing the companies that supply us) have been doing their best to inform you our customers and the powers that be, who can chose whether or not to implement this tax, about its basic injustice. Right now the Vatman has spoken and the news is not good. The official line is that the upper rate of vat (23%) will be applied to ALL but a very small number of food supplements from March 1st. If you’re reading this you, like 80% of people in this country, are likely to use food supplements to protect your and your family’s health. That money will come out of YOUR pocket. Here’s a resume I read recently of the story so far:

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Denis Cotter’s Wild Rice and Parsnip Fritters

Recipe of the Month Cafe Paradiso
These fritters take about 20 minutes to make but are so worth it. Dennis Cotter pairs them with mash and a mushroom sauce but I reckon they’d work with anything with a sauce (curries, chilli, thick casseroles etc.) or even with salads. Try replacing the dried dill with turmeric to serve with a curry. I used Only Natural organic black rice in place of wild rice, it has a lovely flavour and texture, why not cook extra to use in salad? read more →

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Your Local Food Network

Your Local Food Network

“Food is a currency of trust” – Richard McCarthy, Slow Food, USA

The idea for Your Local Food Network sprung from many hours spent propping up a coffee stall at our local farmer’s market. Like-minded friends gathered weekly to buy food from a spattering of local producers. We often asked ourselves why our market wasn’t a more lively and vibrant space. Shouldn’t we have more choice from local farmers and growers? Where are they? Why can’t we buy directly from them?
And so, hundreds of coffees and several pounds of cake later, Your Local Food Network was formed.

Its goal: to connect more people to local growers and farmers and encourage active collaboration.

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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!

If you’re reading this you’ve survived the longest darkest month! As the nights begin to draw out and we are blessed with some beautiful sunny days. However your January has been we’re now heading full speed into February and beyond!
As you’ve probably gathered from my earlier contributions I draw a lot from my connection with nature and I’m hoping that February will continue to offer guidance.

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Ger’s January 19 Monthly Update

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A fresh new year is upon us once again and we hope you’re as excited as we are at the prospect of a new year and all the amazing possibilities that it offers. We here in Only Natural hope that we will continue to be part of your journey into natural health and we will try to bring you the latest information, trends and products as they hit the scene over the coming year.

Propolis

As winter progresses we turn to vitamins C and D, Zinc, Echinacea and Olive Leaf, Oregano Oil and Garlic, all the traditional immune boosters to keep sickness at bay. This year however I think that a sometimes overlooked winter ally is going to make a bit of a comeback. I’m thinking of propolis. Also called bee glue, propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees produce by mixing saliva and beeswax with resins gathered from tree buds. They use it to keep the hive infection free and it seems it can have a similar effect for us. read more →

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A Chaga Recipe from Anthony William

Anthony William Spiced Chaga Latte

Anthony William is a blogger and author on natural healing that I admire a lot and when I read this recipe based on the therapeutic properties of Chaga mushrooms I immediately wanted to share it here. I’m in no position to personally endorse anything as an anti cancer agent but, given the proliferation of the disease in today’s society, I feel that people should be aware of its potential and given the choice to use what they choose alongside of, or indeed in place of, conventional treatment. Here’s his take on Chaga and a suggestion on how to use it.

Spiced Creamy Hot Chaga

Nothing quite hits the spot and soothes the soul like a warm drink on a cold day (or anytime of year!). Add in the incredible medicinal properties of Chaga mushroom and some special healing spices, and you have yourself a deeply therapeutic and delicious drink to enjoy. This recipe would be wonderful to serve to friends and family or to savor on a quiet morning or evening alone. read more →

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How Are You Feeling? – A Song by Paula O’Reilly

How Are You Feeling Paula O'Reilly Aware

Grappling with mental health issues is part of life today. If you’re not personally affected then you probably know someone who is. A local woman is doing her bit to support Irish mental health charities and to raise awareness of how any one of us could help someone that needed it by simply reaching out to them.

Says Paula O’Reilly “I am a singer/songwriter from Adamstown in Co. Wexford and have released a single that I have written called How Are You Feeling? The song is available on iTunes etc with a focus on promoting positive mental health. 50% of proceeds from the song will go to the mental health charity Aware (www.aware.ie). The song just reminds you to ask those around you how are you doing.”

Here’s the itunes link so you can have a listen and maybe support Aware by buying the song and maybe also keep your eyes peeled for anyone who might just ‘need a chat’.

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Ger’s December 18 Monthly Update

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Our Big News

By the time you’re reading this our new bank of bulk dispensers offering a wide range of nuts and seeds, grains and pulses, dried fruit, breakfast cereals, plus sweet and savory snacks will be standing proudly in our hallway. We’ve decided it’s time to espouse the zero/minimal waste ethic as fully as we can. We’re not the only ones. Zero waste shops are popping up all over the country in answer to the growing public consciousness of just how we can’t go on polluting the planet with the amount of waste, particularly plastic waste, that we’re producing. read more →

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Christmas Recipe of the Month – Brazil Nut Roast en Croute

Recipe of the Month Brazil Nut Roast En Croute

A personal Yuletide favourite

Our Christmas recipe is one that’s close to my heart as it’s the nut roast that I’ve been bringing to our family’s Christmas Day celebrations since I can’t remember when. It’s Rose Elliot’s Brazil Nut Roast en Croute and comes from her ‘Supreme Vegetarian Cookbook’ which was first published in 1988. I know that we’ve moved on a lot in terms of vegetarian/vegan consciousness as well as in the range of amazing ingredients at our disposal since then but Rose Elliot was such a trail blazer when vegetarianism was still ‘wacky’ and this is still a humdinger of a recipe so what more need I say?  It takes a little bit of prep and, as that’s not what you want to be doing on Christmas morning, I like to make it early on Christmas Eve and have nothing to do but pop it in the oven on Christmas Day. And, as every good roast needs a good gravy to go with it, we’re suggesting a classic gravy recipe from Cranks Cook Book. Enjoy. read more →

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Tina’s Spiritual Tidbits!

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. 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!

December

As the nights draw in and it gets colder, natures answer is to withdraw, to pull back from life and slumber until the spring dawns. This made me think about how unnatural our rhythm has become, how apart from nature. For whilst the natural state is to rest, majority of ‘us’ will be caught up in the Christmas rush or trying to cram as much into the daylight hours as we can.

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