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Ger’s November 18 Monthly Update

Ger's Monthly Update Only Natural

A new remedy for winter and summer

All Seasons’ Complex is the latest addition to the Irish Botanica herbal range of which we’re particularly fond. The range is the brainchild of David Foley, a consultant medical herbalist, trained in both Western and Chinese herbal medicine. He has been involved with herbs for over 30 years. First as a grower and then having been trained at the College of Phytotherapy to become a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, the oldest body of practising herbalists in existence (est. 1864) . He did a post-grad in Chinese Herbal Medicine to become a member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine. He runs a busy practice in both Letterkenny and Derry for the last 20 years as well as a busy health food store for nearly 25 years along with his wife in Letterkenny.

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Ger’s May 18 Monthly Update

Ger's Monthly Update Only Natural

A natural tan (with or without the sun)

It’s been a harsh winter and I’d like to think that, if there is any justice, a great summer complete with all the benefits of getting out of doors more, is on the way. Many of us will think of how to get that summer sun kissed look but because (a) there are no guarantees of sun in Ireland and, (b) when it does show its face, we have to be so careful about being safe in the sun, I think it’s wise to have a plan B in place. Many people turn to tanning products to get the look without sun or sunbed. But even here care is needed as many of the mainstream tanning products are so full of chemicals that, when you consider that what you put onto your skin inevitably passes into your bloodstream, you might feel it best to avoid them.

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Help for Hayfever – An Update!

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Last year we posted about the most used and effective natural hayfever remedies and, (guess what?) it’s that time of year again so here’s a brief update on that information.

The really good news is that New Era Biochemic Tissue Salts are back on the shelves again after a long absence. The tissue salts, which are 12 in number, are akin to homoeopathic remedies. We can thank Dr Willhelm Scheussler, a prominent 19th Century German doctor, for the “discovery” of tissue salts. He conducted research that established that each human cell contains 12 minerals or biochemic tissue salts when reduced to ashes, and that these minerals should be present in all living cells in perfect balance to ensure good health.

Combination H New EraThese 12 tissue salts and 18 combinations of them were available in health stores until the mid-1990s when the company that made them was taken over by a pharmaceutical company that had little interest in that part of the business and so these much loved remedies disappeared from the shelves. They’re all back including Combination H the gentle but very effective remedy for hayfever and allergic rhinitis. It was our go to remedy for hayfever and it’s wonderful to have it back.

 

Saltpipe imageHigher Nature’s Saltpipe also deserves a mention in this update. It’s an inhaler-type device which, when used for 15 to 20 minutes daily helps to cleanse the respiratory system and can benefit asthma, COPD, snoring and nasal congestion as well as hayfever.

 

So let’s hope there’s a good summer ahead and remember, if you normally suffer through the season, this year it doesn’t have to be the case!

 

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Product Review – Viridian Quercetin B5 Plus Complex

 

The sneezing season’s here, Quercetin’s the answer.

 

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Pollens hit the atmosphere from as early as March so don’t suffer this year, take action now! Viridian’s formulas are spot on for this kind of issue so as always we’ll be championing their Quercetin B5 Plus Complex formula for the duration of the season.

So what’s in the capsule?

Vitamin B5 (calcium pantothenate) helps the adrenal glands to produce cortisone, the body’s natural anti-inflammatory hormone to modulate allergic response.
Nettle Leaf is a natural anti histamine.
Pine bark extract is antioxidant.
Chamomile is calming and soothing.
Vitamin C boosts immunity.
Bromelain is an enzyme with anti inflammatory properties.
Acerola fruit is another source of vitamin C.

All in all Viridian’s Quercetin B5 Plus Complex is a powerful combination to deal with any inflammatory or allergic condition and will be one of our go to remedies for the hayfever season. This product is on special this month for our Loyalty Card Holders – 60 caps  (1 month’s supply) regular price €24.40 offer price €16.40 you save €8 so now could be a good time to stock up for the hayfever season ahead!

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Hayfever

Relieve Hayfever naturally

Nip Hayfever in the bud naturally.

The unpleasant symptoms of hayfever can strike from as early as the beginning of March.  They usually include a runny nose, itchy, watery, bloodshot eyes and repeated sneezing attacks.  As in any allergy, hayfever is the result of the body treating a usually harmless substance, in this case pollen, as a threat and reacting accordingly.  Depending on where you live you can be exposed to pollen from as early as March when tree pollens proliferate.  Tree pollen can be a problem from March to May.  From May to July grass and flower pollens are in the air and some late flowering plants as well as mould spores can effect people well into the autumn months, although this is less common.
My belief is that as we continue to eat a more denatured diet and have more compromised immune systems that hayfever, food allergies and other immune related disorders will get more common and, indeed, we’re seeing this year on year in the shop.
Anti histamine medications are commonly prescribed for hayfever and for many people they do work although for some the effect can be of relatively short duration (a season or two before symptoms recur despite continuing to take them!) and if you’ve found this to be the case or, if you just want to try a natural remedy first, there are a number to choose from.  However we would counsel taking any of the following from early in the season, don’t wait for the symptoms to assert themselves.  Why not try some of the following? read more →

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