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Nik’s Tea Tasting Instore

Niks Tea ImageNicola, the creator of the award winning Nik’s Tea will be instore with us on Thursday 15th November from 10.30am til 2.00pm so why not join us and you can get to sample these beautiful loose leaf teas blended with real herbs and fruit.

Nicola will also be bringing along her new range of Organic Pantry Foods which according to Nicola are really fab and need to be tasted!

These teas make perfect Christmas gifts for the tea lover in your life so why not try before you buy??  See you on 15th November between 10.30am and 2.00pm for a cuppa!

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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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Nichola’s Nutrition Tips

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Nichola Forrest, Nutritonal Therapist B.A. HDipEd, DipNut IINH, mNTOI.  See clients from Only Natural on Wednesday mornings, cost of appointment is €60 for the initial consultation and €40 for follow ups. For appointments ring or text 087 619 6831.

Nichola Forrest has kindly decided to share some of her nutritional tips with us, just little ways in which we can try to increase our nutritional intake.  This blog will be updated month to month and we hope you’ll find it very informative.

Oil Pulling for Oral Health

This oral therapy is a type of Ayurvedic medicine that dates back 3,000 years and it involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of oil, preferably raw virgin coconut oil, around the mouth for 10-15 minutes.

Make sure to oil pull first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything. Swish the oil around for 10-15 minutes, do not gargle or swallow the oil.  Spit out the oil, preferably into a bin, and then rinse your mouth and brush your teeth as normal.

Some of the reported benefits are: Whitens teeth; Strengthens teeth, gums and jaw; Prevents cavities and gingivitis; Banishes bad breath; Relieves headaches and hangovers; Helps you sleeps better; Clears sinuses; Detoxifies the body. 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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Recipe of the Month – Butter Bean Goulash

Recipe of the Month Butter Bean Goulash Only Natural
This recipe is a very simple one to make but actually very tasty and it was kindly donated to us by a customer.  I made it as per the recipe below but for the carnivores out there I think some sliced chorizo would work really well in this.  Just at sliced chorizo when you are sauteing the onions so all the lovely flavours are released. read more →

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Highbank Orchard Tasting Day Instore

Highbank Orchard Kilkenny Only NaturalWe now have the pleasure of stocking Highbank Apple Juice, their award winning Orchard Syrup, their organic cider vinegar, their organic apple balsamic vinegar, their delightful non alcoholic ‘driver’s cider’ and more. So we are delighted to say that Julie from Highbank Orchards will be instore on Saturday 20th October from 12pm to 3pm showing off and offering tastings of their fabulous wares.

These organic apple products from Kilkenny really need to be tasted so make sure to pop instore on the 20th October from 12pm to try some for yourself.

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Ben from Amber SOS Instore

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Ben from Amber SOS, our supplier of our gorgeous therapeutic and decorative amber jewelry will be instore with us on Saturday 20th October from 10am to 1pm.

Ben will be able to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about amber whether you are using it to ease teething symptoms in babies or arthritis in adults or just wearing it for how it looks.

He is also bringing some fantastic new pieces on the day so make sure to call in on Saturday 20th October from 10am.

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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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Salt & Skin Problems – An Anna Skrine Case Study

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The below case study as been provided by our resident intolerance tester Anna Skrine and once again shows the ability of the human body to heal itself once allergens have been removed!

Salt and Skin Problems

If you have a diet high in salt – and many people forget that bags of crisps contain a huge amount this addictive condiment – one of the ways your body may try to get rid of the excess is through your skin. Salt is very acidic in the body, and this can show up as inflammation either inside your body, as with an ulcer somewhere in your digestive tract, or outside as red itchy skin. The following case is of man who had a severe skin inflammation when I first saw him, and was very addicted to salt. His body took just six weeks to cure itself once the cause was taken away. read more →

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Ger’s September 18 Monthly Update

Ger's Monthly Update Only Natural
We’re still beaming with pride at being selected among the top 100 shops in the country by Retail Excellence Ireland and looking forward to participating in the selection process as it continues so fingers crossed please. I’ve said it already but I’ll repeat myself. Thank you all of our loyal customers who make it possible for us to enjoy moments like this by your continued support. In a world where more and more of life is turning into faceless, personless interactions some of us in retail want to buck the trend, we actually want to know you and serve your natural health needs all the better for it. read more →

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