Herbalism

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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Therapist of the Month – Acupuncturist & Herbalist Atara Noiade

Atara Noiade no longer works from Only Natural

Atara Noiade

We’re always excited when a new therapy option becomes available so when Atara Noiade introduced herself to us recently we were more than happy to invite her to work from Only Natural’s therapy room.
Atara hails from the US and is a practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbalism. Acupuncture forms the basis of traditional Chinese Medicine and consists of the insertion of very thin needles at specific body points. This is to facilitate the smooth and balanced flow of Qi (body energy, pronounced Chee) along channels called meridians just beneath the surface of the skin. The purpose of this is to bring the body back into balance and relieve minor, and not so minor, ailments. According to Atara’s own website “the effectiveness of acupuncture is well documented and is endorsed as a system of primary health care by the World Health Organization.”  Although acupuncture is commonly used for pain relief Atara lists the following as disorders that can also be helped by the technique : Insomnia, stress/tension, fatigue, palpitations, arthritis and joint problems, headaches and migraines, diabetes, IBS, PMS, smoking, sciatica, visual problems, infertility and bladder/kidney problems. read more →

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Staying Well This Winter, Some Product Updates

Winter’s on the way

And it’s time to think of how to stay well during the more challenging season ahead. We’ve given you the basics before. You know to eat well, to stay active and to keep mentally positive. You know about all the supplements that can keep your immune system fighting fit and we all have our favourites, from elderberry to olive leaf, from zinc to coltsfoot and from Manuka honey to probiotics.

So this time we thought we’d focus on the latest developments with just two of the most important winter supplements, Echinacea and vitamin D, what’s on the shelves and why we recommend them.

Echinacea

Firstly lets look at Echinacea, long revered and used by native Americans and first introduced to these shores in the 1980s. It soon became and still is a much loved and trusted herbal immune booster and has kept many a cold, flu and other infection at bay over the years.

In the last few years a home grown brand called Irish Botanica has appeared on the scene and has already gained a mighty reputation and a huge following. It’s one of a small but growing number of herbal tinctures and compounds brought to market by Irish herbalist David Foley. I spoke to David to get a sense why he chose to introduce an other range of tinctures to the Irish market and what was the ethos behind them. His answers were refreshingly simple.

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