Beeactiv Raw Ivy Honey for chesty coughs

You may already know the antibacterial benefits of honey, but have you heard how raw Ivy honey is particularly beneficial for chesty, persistent coughs?

Ivy is known in herbal medicine to have both a mucolytic (breaks up mucous) and bronchodilating (opens the bronchial airways) effect on the lungs. Ivy honey is made when bees collect nectar from the flowering Ivy plant and bring it back to the hive. The resulting honey product is imbued with those cough clearing properties that Ivy naturally contains.

The honey, itself, crystalises quite quickly after harvesting, which is completely natural. After the honey is set, it is pressed in to a smooth texture which is ready to spread on toast or mix in to food.

Beeactiv’s Ivy Honey is sourced 100% in Ireland and 100% natural. It retails at €13.95.

For this, and a range of other Irish produced honeys, please visit our store.

 

Superfoods: Foods with Health Benefits

Everyone jumps on the health wagon at some stage, and so you will be familiar with the trending term ‘superfoods’. So-called for their rich nutritional properties, superfoods can provide adequate amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in just one portion. At present, there seems to be a renaissance of smoothie creations thanks to the Nutribullet, so there’s no better time to remind you what’s available.

Chia seeds – these tiny, black seeds were traditionally used as a source of energy. They are related to the mint family and are rich in fibre, protein, fatty acids and antioxidants.

Goji berries – said to be one of the most nutritionally-dense fruits on earth. These little red berries help boost immunity with their vitamin C content, as well as providing iron and beta carotene.

Flax seeds – also known as linseeds, they are rich in fibre, omega 3 essential fats and lignans. These popular seeds are best crushed although they are used to aid constipation if soaked in water and consumed. Do drink sufficient water when taking flax seeds.

Raw cacoa – derived from cold-pressed, unroasted cocoa beans, this method is what retains the living enzymes which makes it beneficial to health. As an antioxidant, it protects against free radicals and boosts mood by increasing neurotransmitters. Like eating chocolate, only better.

Incorporating superfoods into your diet is easy, and with Nutribullets or grinders, extracting the nutritious goodness is easy. Crushing or blending seeds and nuts makes the nutrients more accessible to the body’s cells. Superfoods can increase energy levels, improve cognitive function, strengthen the cardiovascular system and improve skin appearance. Incorporate superfoods into your health regime today.

The Natural Benefits of Lemon Myrtle Oil

Lemon Myrtle is an indiginous plant to Australia and has a scent that has been described as ‘more lemony than lemons’! Citral is the aroma compound found across a range of lemon-scented plants, including lemons. Lemon Myrtle has a citral rating of between 90-98%, compared to that of lemons, which rates between 2-5%.

Lemon Myrtle oil is used in an oil burner to release an invigorating and revitalising lemony scent which boasts wonderful mood-lifting effects. As well as that, it helps clears the air of the most stagnant of rooms, leaving a light and refreshing presence.

Citral is valued for its strong anti-microbial properties and is more highly regarded than Tea Tree oil. For this reason, it can be useful during times of colds, flu’s and chest congestion. People with Molluscum Contagiosum have found it very beneficial.

Its active ingredients are found in soaps, body care products, surface sprays, air fresheners and cleaners. If you are looking for a natural, chemical-free cleaner, citral oil is ideal. It can even be used in vacuum cloth bags and added to car screen washes.

As is the case with most essential oils, please dilute with a carrier oil if applying topically to the skin.

Determined to make 2015 healthier? Try masticating juicers!

Juicing is getting ever more popular these days, and no wonder! The practice of juicing regularly helps to rid the body of toxins, boosts immunity, aids digestion, increases energy and promotes weight loss when combined with exercise and a balanced diet.

Better yet, drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables helps to alkalize the body and, in doing so, can help to improve chronic conditions that thrive in an acidic body.

By juicing fresh fruit and vegetables, you can easily absorb all those beneficial enzymes, vitamins and minerals and powerful nutrients in their most concentrated form. Home juicing produces truly superior result to juices found on the supermarket shelves.

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GreenValu Juicer €199.95

GreenValu juicer is a masticating juicer which has a high juice yield with auto pulp ejection for continuous juicing. Masticating juicers are said to be better than centrifugal juicers because they work at a slower speed and are more efficient, particularly with leafy green vegetables. Regular high speed centrifugal juicers produce some heat which some say might have a detrimental effect on the all important enzymes being juiced. Easy to use and easier to clean – being healthier has never been so straight forward. GreenValu also run healthy workshops throughout Dublin for interested groups or beginners.

A recipe to get you started:

Green for go!

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 2 medium pears, cut into eighths
  • 6 large stalks celery, trimmed

Viridian Food Supplements – Ethical vitamins with an organic heart

Viridian productViridian Nutrition is an award-winning supplement company who produce a pure, healthy and ethical range of vitamins, minerals, nutritional oils and balms. They were founded on the principles of integrity and good health.  They are passionate about green business practices, using 100% active ingredients with no nasty additives, making the range as pure as possible and suitable for even those of a sensitive nature.  Their products are enjoyed by the whole family, even pets and are effectively used as part of beauty regimes and sports & fitness training. They are also vegetarian-friendly.

At the heart of Viridian Nutrition

Viridian supports the organic movement, ancient health traditions, whole food stores, local community and the essential nature of good health. They deliberately use minimum packaging and recyclable materials. They offer a small refund for their bottles returned to the health store where purchased. They also generate significant funds for kids and environmental charities.

Anti-aging, digestion, cognitive health, beauty, immunity, weight management, fertility & general nutrition

Nutrition is the supply of nourishment to all the body’s cells to remain healthy and vitalised. Nutrition can have a knock-on effect on conditions and ailments, which could be prevented or lessened with ample supply of nutrients. Nowadays, with the over-production of food, poor lifestyle choices and depleted soil quality, we are not getting the adequate nutrients we need from our meals. There is a heavy reliance on processed or fast foods and some people lack the knowledge or skills to prepare fresh meals at home. Supplementation helps bridge the gap between missing nutrients from our diet.

Beauty from inside out

For softer, smother, clearer skin, healthy looking hair and strong nails, include nourishing beauty supplements as part of your daily routine to see the difference. Like your cleanse and moisturising regime, consider a daily helping of Organic Ultimate Beauty Oil or Hyaluronic Acid for noticeably better skin.

If you are looking to start the New Year on a high, you can’t do better than Viridian. As well as effective, quality supplements for feeling and looking better, you are also supporting ethical principles. We can offer excellent advice on dietary and lifestyle modifications, supplement programmes and top quality topical products. Everyone’s a winner with Viridian!

The Christmas countdown has begun

rollettesZephorium Soul Tonics have expanded their range to incorporate organic body lotions and natural  perfume rollettes. The 250ml body lotions are available in 8 choices, each one individualised to enhance the main chakras. They contains luxurious shea butter, olive fruit, aloe leaf, flax and coconut oil, to soothe and nurture skin and helping replace fatty acids. High quality aromatherapy and homeopathic crystals ensure a beautiful full body experience. Available for €29.50.

The rollettes are used by rolling over pulse points to activate the natural, concentrated aromatherapy and crystal properties. High quality oils help hydrate and moisturise. Useful throughout the day to refresh and restore your body, mind and spirit by repeating the affirmation on the bottle whilst deeply inhaling the fragrance. Available for €15.50 and is accompanied by a complimentary organza bag for pretty presentations, or to hang from the Christmas tree as a special surprise.

Argital Green Clay is still a firm favourite, with the luxurious, soft, creamy Argiltubo being suitable as both a face and body mask. Clay has the ability to draw out toxins and Argital’s green clay is sourced from it’s purest form. It nourishes and refreshes skin, helping firm, tone and revitalise. As a mineral-rich substance, it is also popular in anti-aging regimes due to its antioxidant properties. Ideally you would moisturise with Argital Rose Cream, containing pure essential rose oil which exerts a balancing action on the facial skin. It is suitable for all skin types, particularly sensitive & dry skin.

For imaginative children, we suggest Maggie Whittle’s ‘Listen’, a collection of short descriptive, metaphorical stories that awaken emotional resourcefulness and positive attitudes, encouraging healthy patterns for the future.

We also offer a mesmerizing range of salt lamps, which are made from Himalayan salt crystal rocks. As this rare salt crystal lamp warms up, healthy negative ions lift off from the surface to help cleanse and improve the quality and freshness of the air. Known as nature’s best ionisers, they can help improve sleep, enhance immunity and improve the general atmosphere of the room. Tea-light holders are also available – ideal as Secret Santa gifts.

A selection of herbal teas, healthy treats and other natural beauty products are also available. There is something for everyone, be it soothing, uplifting or delicious. Make your gift personable and beneficial this year whilst encouraging the ‘good health’ ethos.

The measurable benefits of localism

Sustainable living attempts to reduce the use of the Earth’s natural resources. Reducing the carbon footprint, be it through transportation, energy consumption or diet, all help nurture the respect for the environment.

Holistic health looks at the matrix of the mind, body and spirit, and within this spectrum lies an earthly connection to nature and community. Sustainable living can be encouraged through many admirable decisions. However, bringing it closer to home, we will look at championing local food sources and businesses.

Adapting to a more seasonal and regional diet is seen as more sustainable, and local food is generally fresher, unprocessed and therefore more nutritious, thus benefiting overall health. Eating locally and as per the dictation of the seasons can enhance the flavour of the foods we eat, as well as feeling a connection to the food and eating something that is naturally available, similar to our ancestors. We were not brought up on a diet of olives as our Mediterranean counterparts were, and so keeping in line with local environments, there is something to be said about consuming foods that our heritage is used to.

Nature, as we know, can offer health benefits in many forms, and supporting home-grown or natural movements will undoubtedly contribute to your own personal journey through health and mindfulness.

Buying local also ensures the sustainability of local areas. By strengthening the local economy, it helps keep a neighbourhood unique, creates more jobs, encourages local prosperity and invests in community cohesiveness.

Entrepreneurship fuels the economy and local-based businesses preserves local character. Endorse independent retailers and recognise the deeper contribution they are making to society.  Supporting such initiatives increases not only awareness but public responsibility that shopping decisions can stimulate growth and prosperity in particular areas. Enhancing local businesses can have a knock-on effect on everyone involved, building relationships between producers, distributors, retailers and consumers, for the benefit of localism and the end user.

As a company, we support many independent artisan producers and ethical suppliers. It is important to encourage small businesses, and within the health sector, there are many valuable and worthwhile products that have been carefully crafted or lovingly produced. Please do drop by and see what’s on offer.

Zephorium Soul Tonics

Zephorium Soul Tonics are a new and beautiful range of chakra remedies to strengthen well-being and help release blockages. Hand-made with positive intentions they were created by energy therapist Sarah Cox to promote chakra balancing and general wellness.  The philosophy behind them is that thoughts create reality and each soul tonic has been specifically formulated to combine colours, crystals, aromatherapy oils and positive reflections. Each modality works to clear, balance and strengthen the chakra. Chakras are linked to our surrounding environments, beliefs and emotions and when blocked or congested, can have a knock-on effect to physical health.

There are 8 different soul tonics and each are available in a 100mls body oil or 50 mls aura spray.

RUBY/BASE CHAKRA TONIC is strong and forceful and offers grounding properties.

CARNELIAN/SACRAL CHAKRA TONIC promotes warmth, creativity and sensuality.

CITRINE/SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA TONIC helps with concentration, alertness and awareness.

ROSE QUARTZ/HEART CHAKRA TONIC influences love. It is soothing, calming, tender and nurturing.

EMERALD/HEART CHAKRA TONIC is about hope, peace and balance.

AQUAMARINE/THROAT CHAKRA TONIC encourages optimal communication, self-truth and integrity.

LAPIS LAZULI/BROW CHAKRA TONIC relates to clarity, inner vision and a sense of direction.

AMETHYST/CROWN CHAKRA TONIC embodies spirituality, intuition and wisdom.

Zephorium Soul Tonics can be used independently or alongside natural supplements. Mix and match them to suit your mood, emotions or personal preference. To help decipher your favourite tonic, use this handy pocket guide. They are easily absorbed and kind to skin, with a potent blend of high quality oils that help regenerate and uplift. Use as a daily moisturiser, massage oil or hair conditioner.

Aura sprays can be used as an instant fix to help improve moods and embrace reflection. Spray around home, work space or body and repeat affirmation earnestly.

Do not use soul tonics if pregnant, breast feeding or sensitive to any of the ingredients. Do not use the citrus oils prior to sunlight exposure.

Pure Noni Juice – A Powerhouse of Antioxidants

Antioxidants, the ever-popular buzzword in healthy living, help prevent and delay cellular damage caused by free radicals and environmental toxins. Such strengthened cellular responses also heightens the ability to fight infection and ill-health. Noni juice is particularly nourishing following illness, intense exercise or low immunity.

Nature Knows Noni Juice is 100% pure and certified organic juice, sourced directly from its natural, pollution-free environment.

As a liquid supplement, it is easily and quickly absorbed, feeding vital nutrients to every cell.

We choose Nature Knows Noni Juice because we know it’s free from added sugars, preservatives and additives – all ingredients which potentially add to our daily toxic load.

Noni Juice contains B-vitamins, making it a popular energy tonic – ideal for those who are tired all the time. Rich in other essential nutrients, it helps aid joint health and calm digestive complaints. Because of its potent antioxidant properties,  it also promotes healthy-looking skin, helping fight the signs of aging and delay those wrinkles a while more.

We suggest 15ml, twice daily, preferably taken before breakfast for on-going good health. As a restorative tonic, take 30mls twice daily.

Apple Cider Vinegar – A Household Favourite

Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apple juice. Raw, organic and unfiltered is best where possible as it ensures a high quality product.

Apple cider vinegar can easily be incorporated throughout a daily routine. It can be used to wash fresh fruit and vegetables and can be used in place of toxic, chemical household cleaners. Apple cider vinegar adds a great shine to mirrors and windows, is used to freshen up dishwashers in place of detergents and can be used diluted as a surface cleaner.

It has been known to act as a natural flea repellent when used on pets, as well as doubling over for its culinary uses in salad dressings, marinades and chutneys.

Apple cider vinegar is rich in pectin, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. It also boasts antioxidant properties.

Combined with water, it can be used as a spray solution to promote shiny, healthy looking hair.

Taken internally (we suggest 2 tsps of apple cider vinegar mixed in 500mls water and sipped throughout the day), apple cider vinegar is believed to boost energy and act as a natural detoxifier. It is often used to promote a healthy heart, improved immunity, joint pain reliever and aids better digestion. It encourages a balanced body by helping maintain a healthy pH balance.

No cupboard should be without it.

Oil Pulling: A Traditional Ayurvedic Practice

We all love to hear the latest trending health topic, and the current craze is called ‘oil pulling’. Originating back to ancient Indian beliefs, oil pulling involves swishing your chosen (and preferably organic) vegetable oil around your mouth like mouthwash. Coconut oil is a firm favourite because of its pleasant taste and its antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

Rich in vitamin E, it is suggested that you melt 1 tablespoon of the oil in your mouth, then gently swish it around for 15-20 minutes, careful not to swallow any of it. This action is said to encourage the extraction of toxins from the teeth, gums, and throat. As it absorbs toxins, the liquid will turn white, viscous and thick. It is best spit out at this point so as to avoid the reabsorption of any toxins. Try expelling into a waste bin or the toilet so as not to block a sink drain with the oil. It is best rinse out your mouth with a little warm, salty water, then floss and brush as normal. Most people do this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

The cleansing action of the oil suggests detoxification of the area which encourages healthier teeth and gums. Other reported benefits are cleaner, whiter teeth and fresher breath. Fans of this popular new trend claim it can help ease a hangover, aids sinus congestion and headaches and reduces plaque. Given that bacteria is being eliminated from the body, oil pulling may also help boost a lethargic lymphatic system.

Aloe Ferox – Pure & Organic Juice & Gel

Aloe Ferox is said to be one of the most soothing of the aloe species. Our aloe ferox is carefully grown and harvested in its natural habitat, away from pesticides, herbicides and other harmful chemicals.

Certified 100% pure and organic, it is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharides and trace elements. The juice is kind to the digestive system. The gel is gentle and soothing to skin, and it stimulates the regeneration of skin cells, making it a perfect choice for your first aid kit. Aloe ferox offers exceptional moisturising qualities and its nutrient-rich properties helps enhance immunity.

It is suggested to take 30-50mls undiluted, twice daily, preferably before meals.