Seeds

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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Bulk Buying by Liza

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We are all looking for ways to save money when shopping. Many of the products we buy are contained in single use packaging that costs money and natural resources to make. So when you buy in bulk, you often eliminate the need for packaging, which has a positive impact on the environment. It is believed that plastic packaging can lead to ingestion of synthetic chemicals over time, so buying in bulk might also help preserve your health. read more →

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Ger’s March Update!

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So what’s the low down on Only Natural this month??

 Firstly our rather fantastic Surya Brasil Henna Hair Colour Competition

If you’ve ever coloured your hair with henna (and I have, albeit a while ago), you’ll know just how good it feels. Unlike chemical hair dyes which penetrate the hair shaft, henna coats it. The result is a wonderful thickening and conditioning of the hair. It’s also the only 100% natural hair colorant I know of.
Our friends in Surya Brasil have given us a fantastic prize worth €500 exclusive to Only Natural!  Just check out here to find out more details.

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Recipe of the Month – Granola

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We all know at this stage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we should breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper – but if you feel you can’t face a cooked breakfast first thing in the morning every morning it doesn’t mean you have to rely on high carb/salt/sugar cereals.  Why not have a go at making your own granola?

It’s incredibly simple, you can make a batch and keep it for two weeks plus if making your own you decide exactly what you want to go into it depending on your tastes and needs.  Personally I like to keep the carb relatively low in the morning but want to ensure a good source of protein so I’m not reaching for the scone or biscuits come 10am!!

Below is my basic granola recipe, it can easily be adapted to your own tastes or whatever you happen to have in the cupboard!  Previously I have also added a teaspoon of fennel seeds and seeds from a couple of cardamon pods to it!

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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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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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