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Benefits of Plantain

Plantain Doris Potter Only Natural

by Doris Potter

Plantain, (Ribwort, Fleawort) – Plantago Lanceolata and Plantago Major

Plantain is another favourite of mine, mostly unnoticed, yet abundantly grows along the edges along lanes and footpaths, camouflaged amongst grasses. The slightly sticky seeds get carried around with our foot wear. The very observant Red Indians named it the “White Men’s Foot Step” as it grew wherever he had been.

It again proves to be a very nutritious and powerful healing plant. It is easily found and is the perfect first aid plant when out and about. Rub the leaves and put it on itchy allergic skin, or insect bites, or use it as a plaster on wounds. For blisters on your feet, just put the leaves over the blister in your shoes. It is antiseptic, ant inflammatory and promotes the healing process in the tissues.   Plantain also helps wounds that just do not want to heal, like bedsores, ulcers etc. read more →

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Ger’s April Update

Ger's Monthly Update Only Natural

So what’s happening in Only Natural this month??

Do you really want to lessen your environmental impact?

We posted on Facebook a while ago about a visit to Dublin by Bea Johnson whose passion is to encourage exactly that, minimum use of packaging and better awareness of individual contribution to global waste. The meeting was thronged and among the throng was our own Ruth. Ruth is already passionate about these issues and even more so now after hearing this inspirational woman speak. She’s also sparked us to think of ways in which we, as a business, can promote a greater awareness and practical solutions in Wexford so watch out for updates. Here’s Ruth’s resume of the talk.

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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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