Monthly Update

Ger’s December 18 Monthly Update

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Our Big News

By the time you’re reading this our new bank of bulk dispensers offering a wide range of nuts and seeds, grains and pulses, dried fruit, breakfast cereals, plus sweet and savory snacks will be standing proudly in our hallway. We’ve decided it’s time to espouse the zero/minimal waste ethic as fully as we can. We’re not the only ones. Zero waste shops are popping up all over the country in answer to the growing public consciousness of just how we can’t go on polluting the planet with the amount of waste, particularly plastic waste, that we’re producing. read more →

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Ger’s November 18 Monthly Update

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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 October 18 Monthly Update

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I do love a good Show

The Vitality Expo in the RDS in early September (you know the one, I harped on incessantly to get you all to go!) was brilliant. For me some of the highlights included the zero waste talks which made me want more than ever to make that ethos central to Only Natural (watch this space, plans are afoot). The sooner the collective penny drops and we all realize that our use and throw away lifestyles just aren’t sustainable, the sooner we stand a chance of keeping our world habitable. Yes by all means get yourself a buy now trendy keep cup (and be proud that you did, the ocean is made up of drops) but see it as a jumping off point and let the consciousness slowly pervade your life, how you dress, what you eat, where you holiday, one facet at a time.

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Ger’s July 18 Monthly Update

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We’re bringing Dale Pinnock to Wexford

Dale Pinnock, UK celebrity chef, author and nutritionist has just updated and republished The Clear Skin Cookbook first brought out in 2012 and, in partnership with Viridian Nutrition, we’re delighted to be hosting Dale for a cookery demo highlighting the do’s and dont’s of his unique 60 day clear skin program on the 20th of August. There’s a bit of time to go yet so watch this space and final details of the event and how you can be there will be in our August newsletter. The program is a nutritional, supplemental and lifestyle guide for anyone suffering from skin issues like acne, eczema and psoriasis. We currently have copies of the book to give away in Only Natural (Ts & Cs apply, purchase necessary) and this month’s recipe is a small taster of how following Dale’s plan certainly needn’t be about self denial! Here’s an excerpt from Dale’s own story on Viridian’s website which explains just why skin problems are an issue so very close to his own heart.

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Ger’s January 2018 Monthly Update!

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A fresh new year is upon us once again, a blank page to fill however you wish.  It’s time to acknowledge all our achievements of the past year and be excited for what you can achieve in the coming one. We, in Only Natural, are here to help you on that journey and we think we’ve made it a bit easier for you to know exactly who to ask.

Getting to Know Us

We’ve just festooned our hallway with some rather dashing pictures of ourselves and I hope it’s going to serve a little more than our vanity. We’re currently eight in Only Natural and, despite our common passion for natural health, I think we’re a pretty diverse group of individuals. Each of us has particular interests and strengths (from essential oils to gluten free food, from sports nutrition to natural bodycare) within the sector so we thought we’d put that out there a bit so you know who to ask about an area of particular interest to you or a problem you need help with. So check them out next time you’re in the shop, the theory is ‘Get to know us better and you’ll get more out of your interactions with us.’

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Ger’s October 2017 Update

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We are really enjoying our coffee mornings here at Only Natural and hope that our varied topics interest a wide range of our customers. Our next coffee morning takes place on Saturday morning October 7th from 10.30am to 12.30pm in conjunction with national breastfeeding week. Stephanie Marray and Nuria Tasies, who are both midwives in Wexford General Hospital will be here to answer all your questions on the subject. Please come along if you’re interested and pass on the word to anyone you know who might be and why not take a look at our blog where we’ve put together a list of hints, tips and supports for the breastfeeding mother.
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Another event worth mentioning is a long time friend of the store – Amber SOS is paying us a visit.  Amber SOS are based in Co Mayo and specialise in importing and promoting the use of real Baltic Amber. You may know about it’s use to help teething babies but read our blog to discover the many other uses of this beautiful natural product. We’ll have Ben from Amber SOS here on the Saturday the 14th of the month so, if you can, be sure to drop by.

Sadhana Yoga

Linda O’Grady founder of Sadhana Yoga popped into us instore to let us know that Sadhana Yoga has moved to it’s own Studio! Have a read of our previous blog when Michelle headed off to one of Linda’s classes. The new studio is based in The Folly, a couple of minutes walk from Tesco, is open throughout the year and offers a wide range of daily classes:

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Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Beginners to Advanced
Yoga Somatics for Deep Relaxation
Pilates Level 1 and 2
Saturday Morning Drop in classes
Workshops and events

The room is available to rent and suitable for yoga, tai chi, meditation, workshops, training…
Linda has also very kindly dropped in some complimentary class passes to the value of €15, these can be used against the payment of the next 6 week block (normally €75, €60 with pass) so make sure to drop in to Only Natural to pick up your pass and also make sure to check out Sadhana Yoga’s website for timetable information.

Our Competition

To further support National Breastfeeding Week from 1st to 7th October Only Natural have teamed up with Breastfeeding Consultants.ie to offer a free one to one private lactation consultation with an experienced lactation consultant.  The consultation with be done on a one to one basis in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Knowing when to call for help can really make your breastfeeding experience go a lot more smoothly. Keep on eye on our Facebook page where you will find details on how to enter.

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Ger’s September 2017 Update

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We’ve got something to say!

Only Natural is evolving. We’ve made some big changes in the shop over the last year and our new shop front, which we hope you love as much as we do, is part of the same process. We thought long and hard to come up with our new motto ‘wholesome, sustainable, ethical’ and it’s meant to say loud and clear that, no matter how much we change, the core values that Only Natural is firmly grounded on remain the same as ever!
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We stand for wholesome. We sell products that are natural and good and believe that their use promotes well being naturally.
We stand for sustainable. In a world where natural resources are being consumed at an alarming rate we sell products which, as far as possible, respect the natural environment rather than burdening the earth further.
We stand for ethical. We sell products which, to the best of our knowledge, don’t involve unnecessary exploitation of people, animals or of the earth.

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Ger’s May 2017 Update

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As summer approaches not everyone looks forward to this time of year as exam time is getting close again so don’t forget that there’s lots you can do to alleviate the stress of it and improve your chances of the good performance you deserve with some well chosen natural supplements. We’ll have some great promotions on these supplements all month.  Here’s a link to an Exam Preparation blogpost where we outline the options and we wish all you hard working students the very best!

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