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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

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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New Vista’s Vibracell Tasting Instore

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Vibracell from New Vista is a unique drink which contains vitamins, minerals and trace elements required by the body on a daily basis.  Its ingredients are carefully selected and cold-pressed, from bio-farmed fruit, vegetables, wild growing plants and herbs—all natural elements.

If you would like to taste and know more about this fantastic tonic make sure to call into us this coming Saturday 25th for a chat with Orla who will be with us from 11am to 4pm.

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The Seeds of Change in Only Natural?

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We’re thrilled to have just started working with Irish Seed Savers the conservation charity based in Co. Clare whose remit is to save and disseminate Irish Native varieties of fruits and vegetables, trees, herbs and flowers. They play a major role in helping to conserve Ireland’s native biodiversity and without them many of our native varieties would now be extinct. This is an ongoing and vital job and we think they deserve all our support!

“What’s the difference between us and other suppliers of vegetable seed?” they ask. 

“Companies that are bigger, who have a more commercial approach to selling seeds, generally buy them in cheap from Holland and other European countries then supply their own packaging. All our seeds are completely organic, open pollinated (this means you can harvest your own viable seeds from the resulting plants) and Irish grown, as natural as you can get”

Irish Wild Flowers
That’s good enough for us! Come in and check them out, our initial order will consist of seeds suitable for sowing in this, the second half of the year. And what do you get from the experience? I can think of few things more therapeutic or rewarding than watching a seedling that I’ve sown emerge from the soil. Hortitherapy maybe? Take it a step or two further and you could contribute to you and your family’s diet with real, wholesome, tasty food that you’ve grown yourself, Mother Earth is good if we work with her.
Great oaks from tiny (native Irish) acorns grow!
Open Pollinated Seeds
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