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Ger’s December 19 Monthly Update

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They Need Your Support

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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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 July 19 Monthly Update

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Wellwex

Wellwex is coming! On Sunday July 21st Wexford Racecourse will play host to Wexford’s first Wellness Festival. All our local movers and shakers in the areas of fitness, nutrition, yoga, mindfulness, creativity as well as national influencers like Pat Divilly will be there to share what they’re all about with everyone who attends.

Only Natural will be there too. We’re so excited about Wild Nutrition our new, cutting edge supplements brand and so look forward to showing them off on the day. Ashling, Wild Nutrition’s Nuritional Expert, will be with us on the day to explain just why they’re so different to other supplements and to give advice to all comers. The range specialises in Female Health issues but covers all aspects of health. With once off special offers on the day we look forward to seeing you there.

Ger's Monthly Update Wellwex Festival

Vitality Expo

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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 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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Ger’s March 19 Monthly Update

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VAT Update!

Health Store staff all over Ireland are probably all pretty jubilant just now. Only yesterday I joined a large contingent of fellow health store people to protest outside the Dáil about the imposition of VAT on health supplements. After that we handed letters into the Dept. of Finance and the offices of the Revenue Commissioners asking them to take into account the more than 70,000 signatures collected from people opposed to the plan and to defer it. We voiced our discontent but the general feeling was that it would happen anyway. 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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Dale Pinnock’s Nutty South East Asian Sweet Potato Hotpot

Dale Pinnock Recipe of the Month Only Natural
This is one of the dishes that Dale cooked at his cookery demo in Joyces and we enjoyed it so much that we thought we just had to share it!  This wonderful warming dish really is super easy to put together and is also super tasty too and as with all currys tastes even better the next day! read more →

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Practise What You Preach – Going the Whole30!

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We’re no strangers to giving out dietary advice here in Only Natural and we do tend to practice what we preach for the most part! Nichola has been talking about the benefits of a Paleo diet for a while now so decided she needed to stop preaching and start practicing! Have a read below to find out how she’s getting on.

Working as a nutritional therapist, I think it’s only fair that if I advise a client to make challenging dietary changes, I need to know what those changes feel like myself. Having read yet again of the digestive benefits to the Paleo Whole30 plan, I decided to jump in. read more →

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Digestion and IBS Case Study

digestion picAs this month is all about Digestion we thought it would be a good idea to show that if you improve digestive issues it can have a knock on effect on other symptoms too.
The below case study has been provided by Nichola Forrest, one of our in-house Nutritional Therapists and this month’s Therapist of the Month:
I find that if you fix the gut first by improving the diet and using appropriate supplements often other symptoms can disappear too. The following case study might highlight this further:
Sarah was a 35 year old mother of two who came to me complaining of IBS symptoms including bloating, cramping and constipation as well as recurrent sinusitis and ongoing fatigue. Over a few months we removed dairy (milk, yoghurts and chocolate were her favourites!) and supported her digestion with some digestive enzymes and probiotics. We found that she could tolerate brown bread but that yeasty, white sliced pan aggravated the IBS symptoms. She was fortunate in that her sinus problems disappeared when she cut her dairy intake right down but the constipation and fatigue continued. Once we introduced a magnesium supplement in the evenings both of these symptoms improved considerably.

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