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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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Wild Herb Elixirs Instore

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Medicinal Herbalist, Phil Walsh, creator of Wild Herb Elixirs, will be instore with us on Friday 9th August from 10am to 2pm show casing her lovingly hand blended totally natural elixirs, soaps and remedies.

We have been a fan of Phils products for years now and are delighted to see her range expand to include her Healing Balm, Massage Balm, her beautiful smelling Space Clearing Spray and heavenly infused eye pillows!

If you would like to know more about Phil’s gentle totally natural remedies make sure to call into us on Friday 9th August between 10am and 2pm.

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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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Staying Well in Winter

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The darker months of winter are a challenge to many of us when it comes to staying well with less daylight and harsher weather bringing what can seem like a maelstrom of colds and flus, coughs, sneezes and sore throats. Consequently in Health Stores we spend these months advising our customers just how not to succumb to winter ailments and here are our top tips. read more →

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Ger’s April 18 Monthly Update

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Would you buy tahini from this man?

We would and here’s why. Meet Nikolas Papadopoulos. Nikolas is Greek and grew up with a love of the unadulterated foods of his homeland. Having moved to Ireland he set up El Greco Foods in 2013. As his website says :
“Drawing inspiration from the Greek culture of food we travel the country to find the people whose produce we put on the table. Our aim is to offer products that are natural, nutritious, flavoursome and ethically sound.”
We’re so with you on that Nikolas and we’re thrilled to have just become stockists of El Greco’s amazing food offering.
Nikolas Papadopoulos Only Natural
From chatting with Nikolas I discovered how important it is for him to personally get to know the producers who’s foods he brings to the Irish market such as Mihalis Tzortzis the producer of his Olvia organic olive oil.

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Phil Walsh from Wild Herb Elixirs Instore

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Following on from the success of her Healing Balm, which we are a great lover of here in Only Natural, Phil Walsh, founder of Wild Herb Elixirs, will be instore with us on Friday 17th November from 11am to 3pm to let us all know about her new massage balm – Balsam.  It has been lovingly created using all natural ingredients, selected to complement each other and has been infused with Reiki Healing and can be used for tired and sore muscles and joints.

If you’d like to find out if the massage balm could help you make sure to call instore to chat to Phil and give it a go!

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Nichola’s on the Radio

Nichola Forrest Nutritionist

Join Nichola for her monthly slot on The Morning Mix with Alan Corcoran on Friday 29th September at 11.15am.

This month Nichola will be discussing herbs and herbal remedies.  Herbs have been used for centuries to treat many common and not so common conditions and Nichola will do her best to go through as many as she can such as menopausal support, sleep, stress, anti-viral and immune boosting.  She will also be talking about herbalist David Foley and his Irish Botanica herbal range which are some of the most potent on the market.

So make sure to tune into South East Radio on Friday 29th September at 11.15am to hear what advice Nichola has to give.

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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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Recipe of the Month – D’lush’s Gigantes Recipe

Wexford’s newest healthy eating place

Gigantes Recipe
When we heard that Eugene, owner of D’lush Café in Wexford Arts Centre, was planning on opening a new eatery, and on our doorstep opposite Bank of Ireland, we got very excited. I’ve always maintained that Eugene, or Rocky as he’s more commonly known, had an amazing grasp of how to combine simple, natural ingredients into stunningly flavourful and nutritious meals. Many’s the happy lunchtime I’ve spent in D’lush and I’m really looking forward to sampling the new offering.

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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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