Submitted by Doris Potter
Do you remember from childhood past times, the playing with daisies or making daisy chains?
Can you put your foot on 7 daisies? According to a folklore saying: If you can, then summer surely has come. I love the very common plants and knowing the mystery of their healing properties. Such a plant is the Common Daisy, growing in abundance all around us, but its very good healing properties are almost forgotten.
Its pretty flowers peep out from our lawns from early spring until late autumn. This plant has given its existence completely over to the course of the sun, even the day rhythm of light and dark is expressed in opening its petals in the morning and closing them in the evening. Is it surprising that “Daisy” is a shortened version of “Days-Eye” or that in the North Myths it is referred to as “Baldur’s eye”? Baldur being the Sun-god.
This little plant has not only an affinity to light and the sun, but also harbours an enormous amount of vitality. You mow it and already the next day it is there again. Apparently its great healing qualities are equivalent to the nowadays better known Calendula or Arnica. It used to be called ”Bruisewort” or “Woundwort” indicating it’s use, also reduces bleeding. read more →
Submitted by Doris Potter
Instead of being reviled, consider stopping for a moment. Stinging Nettle (Urtica diocia) is one of the best healing plants found in our part of the world. When I looked it up it listed it as a remedy for 29 symptoms of illness! Don’t worry I will not bother you with them all! But I will give you the gist of its quality.
Stinging nettle is a close companion to mankind. You will find it wherever humans are dwelling or have dwelled, never in places where there was no settlement. The young stinging nettle leaves are very rich in vitamins and iron and can be used as a very nutritious vegetable or as tea. read more →
You can look in the hedges along tie lane ways in our country side or at forest edges and you may find a shrub with delicate white flours in early spring, usually in March, but this year already in February.
The shrub has long spikey thorns and in October little fruits not unlike plums, but are bitterly sour and used traditionally in sloe gin after the first frost.
You may know it as
Blackthorn/Sloe – Prunus Spinosa (Rose family)
A New Dr Hauschka Trained Therapist
Doris Potter is a rhythmical massage practitioner who’s been working in Only Natural for a short while now. Doris uses the Dr Hauschka body oils and her work is imbued with the same anthroposophical philosophy that informs the company’s ethos.
Doris has already acquired quite a following for this indulgent, rhythmical massage and below is Doris’s take on this form of massage and a bit about herself:
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 →
Rhythmical Massage Therapist Doris Potter has recently moved to Wexford and to introduce herself and what she does to the locality she is offering a day of FREE half hour rhythmical massages in Only Natural on Thursday 9th November from 10.00am to 4.30pm.
If you would like to experience this remedial form of massage that uses a gentle, rhythmical, breathing quality of touch whether for general well-being or something more specific make sure to contact the shop on 053 912 3236 to book your slot.