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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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Did You See the First Shoots of Stinging Nettle Appearing?

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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 →

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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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Nutritional Therapy Week Coffee Morning

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To mark Nutritional Therapy Week 2017 which runs from Monday 6th to Saturday 11th November we are hosting an information coffee morning on Saturday 11th November from 11am to 1pm on the many benefits of Nutritional Therapy and how it can help benefit your health and wellbeing.

Nutritional Therapy is something that most of us in Only Natural are very passionate about, three members of staff are qualified nutritional therapists and another member is currently in the midst of his studies.

If you would like to find out more about what Nutritional Therapy can do for you make sure to call in for an informal chat plus there will be plenty of coffee, tea and cake (nutritional ones obviously!!).

We will also be offering free 15 minute mini nutritional consultatations on Friday 10th November from 12pm to 2pm and on Saturday 11th November from 11am to 1pm so it’s the perfect opportunity to see if Nutritional Therapy might work for you.

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Breast is Best!

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Who could deny that the best start in life for any child is the food that nature intended, mother’s milk? Not only is baby optimally nourished but their immune system also gets the kick start it needs from sharing mother’s probiotic organisms as well as which the physical and emotional mother/baby bond has every chance to flourish from day one to the benefit of both.
However it’s easy for a new mother to be overwhelmed by the birthing process, breastfeeding itself, which doesn’t always run smoothly, and all the big changes that happen at this time.
So we thought it would be good to run our next coffee morning around this topic. This is your chance to come in for a chat with other mothers who’ve learned from the experience (these include Chloé, Kim and Michelle on our own staff who’ll be happy to talk to you anytime they’re on the floor) as well as Nuria and Stephanie Murray, both very experienced Midwives and Lactation Consultants from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday 7th October.

Hints and Tips

In advance of the day here are some hints and tips that we’ve put together to help to make the whole experience flow (pun intended).

-Weather and climate permitting, topless sunbathing before and after birth is a great way to help to toughen nipples especially if thrush is a problem.
-Feed on demand, follow your baby’s cues. Don’t wait ’til their hand is in their mouth, you want to feed them when they’re calm to establish a good latch. It is especially very important to feed them often during the first few weeks after birth to establish a good milk supply.

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