We love the Positive Vibes section of our magazine, where we get to take a look at some of the best holistic products, events and pick-me-ups out there. This edition of Vibes is featured in our Summer 2019 issue – to read the full magazine, click here to find your nearest stockist or subscribe to have a copy delivered direct to your door.
If you are a regular reader of our print magazine, you may recognise Alison as the author of our Positively Metaphysical column: offering her sage advice, issue after issue, on subjects such as mindful exercising, the importance of spending time in nature, or learning how to care for ourselves. She is also the organiser behind the highly successful Full 360 health and wellbeing shows that take place on a regular basis around the country.
It’s time for our Winter Vibes roundup! This selection of amazing holistic products, services, events and news appeared in our Winter 2018/19 issue. If you haven’t yet seen the magazine, click here to find your nearest stockist, or here to subscribe and receive a copy direct to your door.
We’re still on a high after attending the wonderful Vitality Expo in the RDS last weekend. For an in-depth tour of the atmosphere on the day, and a behind-the-scenes insight into the people who made the event so great, make sure you watch the live video we recorded over the weekend, showcasing the presenting skills of our very own Paul Congdon! Catch it here.
We wanted to put together this list of our best picks from the show. If you didn’t get the chance to go, consider this a recap of the best and brightest offerings!
Tried and Tested
Eskimo 3 Fish Oil
Eskimo-3 aims to differentiate themselves from many other fish oil brands through an unwavering commitment to high quality. They are proud to be one of the purest, safest and most environmentally friendly fish oils on the market.
Rossmore Health, located in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, is a family owned business founded in 1997. They stock a huge range of natural products, covering areas such as weight loss, energy boosters, immune enhancers, detox, skin care, joint care, sugar free candies and snacks (diabetic friendly), and food supplements.
Macánta Nutrition Ltd. is an Irish company based in Galway producing high quality nutritional supplements that are available exclusively within Irish Health Stores. The word Macánta itself means honest/sincere, and to the company, it represents the standard for everything they do. In the design and development of their products, product integrity and quality are number one priorities.
Wild Nutrition was formulated by the best-selling nutritional author, practitioner and speaker, Henrietta Norton BSc DipNT. The company’s Food-Grown® supplements provide superior nutritional support throughout the key stages and events in life. In 2018, Wild Nutrition won the Best Natural Supplements honour at the Beauty & Wellbeing Awards.
Pravera is dedicated to helping people lead a healthier life. The company specialises in offering its customers the best possible product options in the fields of cosmetics, skin care, natural household cleaning and more. Some of its brands include Lavera, Primavera, SoulTree, Khadi, Organyc, Organii, and EcoCosmetics.
Nature’s Plus has worked hard to earn the loyalty of millions of satisfied consumers and health food retailers worldwide with their emphasis on high quality at every stage, from manufacturing to on-time delivery to their work with retailers. Nature’s Plus is committed to supplying superior quality natural vitamins and nutritional supplements.
April Danann’s Shroom Coffee
Holistic coach April Danann takes great care when producing her amazing Shroom Coffee. The coffee is blended with medicinal mushrooms: reishi, shiitake, cordceps and lions mane. It also contains organic cocoa powder, cinnamon, roasted dandelion root and chicory root. Delicious! Click here to read all about it.
Abundance and Health
We were very impressed by Altrient C, Abundance and Health’s innovative vitamin C sachets which promise up to 98% absorption, thanks to liposomal technology. Liposomal Encapsulation Technology consists of microscopic healthy fat particles which are made up of phospholipids, along with water soluble vitamins and minerals. This technology has been used for many years as a way of delivering small amounts of therapeutic substances to the specific tissues of the body, without affecting any other part of the body.
Turmerix is a new company that specialises in producing high-quality, fast-acting turmeric powder. This powder also contains an “X-blend” of supporting spices and herbs: cinnamon, coconut powder, green tea, liquorice, kelp, fennel, vanilla, aniseed, caraway, ginger, clove, cardamon and more.
Many of us are on the lookout for something that can reduce stress and help us achieve a sense of balance. Stefan and Lorenzo – the dynamic duo behind a brand-new food company called Ooom Snacks – have come up with a nutritious solution. Ooom products have a measurable anti-stress effect, due to the presence of adaptogen plants. These plants can increase our body’s ability to resist the detrimental effects of stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol.
Hifas Da Terra
Hifas Da Terra is a Spanish biotechnology company founded in 1999. The company is committed to improving people’s quality of life using the previously untapped medicinal properties of mushrooms. This emerging science is called mycology. Hifas Da Terra’s range includes medicinal products, food, skincare goods and supplements.
Other Blissful Picks
Creacon Wellness Retreat
Creacon Wellness Retreat in New Ross, Co. Wexford, is dedicated to giving guests the most relaxing retreat experience possible when they visit, offering comforting and nutritious food, spacious rooms, and a range of interesting activities through a daily opt in/out schedule that includes Five Tibetan yoga, Gentle Hatha Yoga, Japa Meditation Class, Mandala Class and more. Tara Congdon wrote about her experience with them in our most recent Autumn 2018 issue. You can read Tara’s full article here.
Dr. Bronner’s is a family business committed to honouring the vision of their founder Dr. E.H. Bronner by making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and by dedicating their profits to help make a better world. These fantastic products are available in Ireland through their wholesaler, Life’s Great.
Genovese Foods is an award-winning producer of pestos, tapenades and mayonnaise, with a passionate clean food ethos. Their ranges include: Genovese, Oh Mayo and the brand-new Veggie Earth, which was launched at the Vitality Expo. It contains delicious pestos, tapenade and veganaise (a type of mayonnaise produced without eggs).
Mag 365 produces high-quality dietary supplements to assist individuals in achieving optimum health, while simultaneously providing education on how a healthy lifestyle and supplementation can increase quality of life. Their powdered magnesium supplements contain a highly bioavailable active ingredient called magnesium citrate. All natural ingredients and no fillers.
The acclaimed wellness coach Alison Canavan gave a great talk at the Expo – and Paul caught up with her for a quick chat which you can watch here. Alison runs a highly successful series of health and wellness shows around the country called the Full 360 Tour. Check her website for full details! You can also read her most recent article for us here.
Monmore Organic Male Grooming
We were intrigued by the products of men’s skin care brand, Monmore Organic Male Grooming. The company describes themselves as “an Irish brand with Italian quality”. They create unique combinations of ingredients which are carefully blended to ensure the collective works as one, smell subtle, feel good and leave skin and hair in prime condition.
Grown Clothing is an Irish ethical clothing company inspired by the sea, coast and wildlife of Ireland. They use only organic, post-consumer and earth friendly materials to make their garments … and the clothes themselves are of an amazing quality!
Kama Hemp Juice
This juice packs a powerful punch! Kama Hemp Juice is high in calcium, zinc, vitamin B12, provitamin A, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium and iron. The company grows their hemp organically, under the sun, wind and rain, on our family farm in Co. Monaghan, Ireland. They harvest and juice the crop at the very peak of its growing season to ensure that its nutrition is preserved at its best.
In this instalment of Autumn Vibes – which appears in our just-released Autumn 2018 issue – we picked the best products, events, and positive news that the holistic scene has to offer this season. To get your copy of the new issue, check your nearest stockist or subscribe to have a copy sent direct to your door.
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
The Autumnal, John Donne
Products With Pep
Newly launched Irish brand Chi Fit Tea is an amazing blend. Ten ingredients from Yunnan, the oldest tea region in China, are selected for their unique energy boosting properties and delicious flavour. This tea can also be used to aid slimming in conjunction with the Chi Fitness healthy eating programme.
Squbes are an Irish health food company with a passion for healthy living and nature. Their delicious, gluten-free, cube-shaped granola snacks come in a variety of different flavours: dark chocolate, coconut and sea salt; blueberry, cranberry and vanilla; and caramel, almond and sea salt.
YourBeautyTonic is a unique food supplement that nourishes skin, hair and nails from the inside out. It’s rich in collagen, hyaluronic acid and 14 other nutrients that assist not only skin, hair and nails, but – along with added magnesium bisglycinate, B12 and MSM – are also beneficial for sleep, energy and joint health.
Water is one of the most important substances in the world, and drinking plenty of it on a daily basis is vital to our health and wellbeing. Kangen® Water is alkaline, antioxidant, rich in minerals, purged of impurities, and best of all … it can be made in your own home.
For a takeaway with a difference, check out NKD Pizza’s unique offering: pizza with a crust composed of ten different ancestral grains. Yes, you read that right – ten. By making better, more thoughtful decisions when sourcing their ingredients, they hope to create a healthier pizza. NKD Pizza is based in Rathgar, Co. Dublin.
A Positive Tip
by Corina Bambina
A ‘negative’ emotion is only negative if you resist it, push it away or deny the feeling. Joy can be a negative emotion if you’re not letting yourself feel joy when it comes (maybe because you’re so used to the opposite). Allow emotions to transform and teach you.
Looking for a unique gift idea this autumn? Check out the creations of psychic artist Patricia Hughes, based in Monkstown, Co. Dublin. Her paintings contain roses, mandalas, dancing feet, and other vivid scenes, all inspired by otherworldy themes. If you would like a unique piece of spirit art hanging on your wall, contact her.
087 237 8568
The Time is Now
Never before has there been such a proliferation of entrepreneurs and cultural creatives in Ireland: beavering away, following their passion and contributing to making the world a better place. Psychotherapist Monica Haughey offers monthly forums in Dublin where small groups of women meet to support each other and grow their businesses.
Movement coach Tobias Pintar, based in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, runs weekly movement therapy classes aimed at reducing chronic pain. In these classes, he teaches stretching and foam rolling exercises specifically designed to reduce muscular tension levels, for long term pain relief.
Yoga of Life
If you want to take your yoga practice to the next level, look into Living Yoga’s teacher training programme. They welcome qualified teachers from all lineages for one or more modules, and combine traditional yoga studies with contemporary somatics, experiential anatomy, developmental movement, voice work, and applied teaching methodology.
Stores to Restore
Healthy Habits Store in Quarantine Hill, Co. Wicklow, has everything you need to live a healthful, happy, productive life. They run inspiring courses, monthly talks and holiday retreats in exotic locations … and even produce their own vegan and gluten-free wraps, energy bars, onion bread and breakfast cereals. The selection must be seen to be believed!
The Health Beat
Beata’s Health Shop in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, pursues an impressive zero waste policy. All organic nuts, dry fruit, grains and seeds are available loose, with customers encouraged to bring reusable jars or containers. In-house treatments include Lomi Lomi, holistic massage, energy treatments, nutritional consultations, health talks, vitamin and mineral tests, and much more.
Kate Curtis of Golden Spears Healing is hosting a holotropic breathwork workshop from the 5th to the 7th of October in Aghvannagh, Co. Wicklow. The circle will be opened with shamanic drumming, followed by acupuncture sessions. Breathing quickly and deeply for two to three hours will be the method used to go deep within.
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, known throughout the world as Amma, has served the world for decades, imparting wisdom, strength and inspiration. She has inspired thousands to follow in her path of service to humanity. Receive your embrace from Amma at Citywest Hotel, Dublin, from the 13th to the 14th of October 2018.
Corina Bambina and Kim Kindersley recently began to lead special ceremonies through Chant Breath Dance. Having completed a weekend workshop in Glastonbury, they are coming to Dublin soon. Kim says, ‘when you combine dance, sacred chanting, ritual and breath work, it really heightens the group experience. I can’t wait to share it.’
This autumn, we have many exciting events lined up for Positive Nights. Some highlights include a mini parenting workshop with our regular Positive Parenting writer Anna Cole, an evening of psychic art, a visit from renowned medicine woman Rosie White Elk and lots more … watch this space!
The Tidings of August: Summer is starting to give way to autumn, but not to worry: there are sure to be plenty more bursts of sunshine to enjoy this month! As always, we’ve been enthusiastically tracking down the best events, products, getaways and general news that Ireland’s holistic scene has to offer. Read on to learn more about the highlights we’ve picked out for you for this month. If you haven’t picked up our Summer 2018 issue yet, make sure you call into one of our stockists throughout the country soon. You can also subscribe here to get a copy delivered right to your door.
Discover the Benefits of Chi Fit Tea
Chi Fit Tea is an Irish company with a passion for high-quality, energising tea. They named the company after the Chinese word ‘Chi’, or ‘energy’, to emphasise the origin and heritage of their ingredients. When the founders felt that green tea, oolong tea and pu’erh tea were a little too bitter for them, they set out to create their own unique blend. They did this by blending a specific variety of powerful teas and spending months perfecting this blend until they were happy with the taste. They then set about finding an amazing organic tea producer in China. Now, Chi Fit Tea is composed of ten naturally powerful ingredients, full of naturally occurring properties that give drinkers an energy boost. This tea is great for pre-gym sessions, as the ingredients promote health and fitness benefits.
Vitality Expo to Bring Top Names in Health and Wellbeing to Dublin
On September the 8th and 9th, 2018, Dublin’s RDS will play host to the amazing Vitality Expo 2018, brought to you by Health Stores Ireland. The Expo will be dedicated to all things health-related, with a diverse array of wellness, lifestyle, fitness and nutrition talks being delivered by Irish and international speakers and natural health brands. The Expo’s Vitality Stage will play host to Alison Canavan, Vivienne Campbell, Rachel and Hannah Dare, Dr. Robert Verkerk Ph.D, Phil Beard, Dr. Sarah Murphy, Jessica Hatchett and Fiann Ó Nualláin (a bestselling author, horticultural therapist and community gardening advocate). All of the talks will be hosted by nutritional therapist Jemma Kehoe. For a full list of confirmed exhibitors and speakers, make sure you check out their website below.
Healing is Voltage: Check Out the New Book Making Waves
Dr. Jerry Tenant – a board-certified ophthalmologist in the U.S., who is now the director of the Tennant Institute for Integrative Medicine – has a revolutionary approach to healing that he outlines in his new book, Healing is Voltage. He explains that every cell in the body is designed to run at -20 to -25 millivolts. To heal, we must make new cells. To make a new cell requires -50 millivolts. Chronic disease occurs when voltage drops below -20 and/or you cannot achieve -50 millivolts to make new cells. Thus chronic disease is always defined by having low voltage. His book aims to tell you how to measure your voltage in each organ, how to correct it, and how to determine why your voltage may have dropped enough to allow you to get sick.
O’Brien’s Café Launches Healthy New Veggie Bowl
Well-known Irish café and sandwich bar company O’Brien’s has launched a new vegetarian Mediterranean Bowl – created with chef Rachel Allen and nutritionist Erika Doolan – and it looks delicious! The Mediterranean Bowl features grilled halloumi, falafel, spelt, kale slaw, houmous, Ballymaloe Foods beetroot, chunky salsa, rocket and mixed leaves. Pop into your local O’Brien’s and try it out today!
Positive Nights Presents: Kundalini Awakening Process with Venant Wong – Thursday August 2nd
Venant Wong, an expert in Kundalini, movement and energy, will be joining us at Positive Nights from 7.00 to 9.30 p.m.on Thursday August 2nd in the Central Hotel, 1 – 5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. Venant will discuss his Kundalini Activation Process: a direct Kundalini Transmission that activates our own personal Kundalini Awakening process. Venant has trained with three Kundalini Transmission masters: Adi Da Samraj (Fiji), Ratu Bagus (Bali), and Pi Villaraza (Phillipines) – after which the capacity to activate the kundalini in others arose. He has been leading Facilitator Trainings & Immersions in this modality, as well as open sessions for groups & individuals in Asia, Australia, and now in Europe. Click here to learn more and book your tickets.
WIN Two Tickets to Adyashanti Teaching Event in Dublin!
Adyashanti, the world-renowned spiritual teacher, writer and international speaker, who graces the front cover of our current summer issue, and who you may also recognise from his fascinating SuperSoul interview with Oprah (video link here), is coming to Dublin this August for a Special Intensive teaching event. This will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday August 19th, in the Gibson Hotel, Point Square, North Dock, Dublin 1. The exciting news is that we have two tickets to give away to this incredible event! This competiton is being run on our Facebook page. All you have to do to enter is click on this linked post, comment who you would bring with you and why, then be sure to like the post and our page for a chance to win! The winner will be announced on August 17th. Good luck, Positive Pals!
Special Yoga Event Invokes the Energy of Ireland’s Ancient Pirate Queen
Kitty Maguire, a yoga teacher who – alongside a variety of musicians – specialises in offering ‘Yocella’ classes (yoga accompanied by the music of the cello) has another exciting event coming up this month at the Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda, Co. Louth. She is teaming up with fellow yoga teacher Gráinne O’Kane to tell the story of the historic Pirate Queen, Gráinne Mhaol, through the media of yoga, voice, fiddle and bodhrán. Gráinne will lead a Warrior of the Heart practice – inspired by hatha yoga – to fully embody the strength and resilience of the Warrior Queen. Kitty will then lead a Peaceful Warrior session, based on yin yoga. This will be a soothing practice of stillness throughout the body, to the sound of the bodhrán’s heartbeat, that will bring the Pirate Queen home. Kieran Gallagher will play the bodhrán and Ben McKenzie the fiddle. This event will take place on Monday August 13th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in St. Peter’s Church of Ireland Parish Hall, Drogheda. To learn more, check out the event page here.
Summer is in full swing, and what better way to celebrate than by getting out and about to enjoy some exciting events or sample some of the best holistic products on the market? Read on to learn more about the highlights we’ve picked out for you for this month. If you haven’t picked up our Summer 2018 issue yet, make sure you call into one of our stockists throughout the country soon. You can also subscribe here to get a copy delivered right to your door.
Veginity Opens New Plant-Based Restaurant
Veginity has long been a go-to spot for vegan foodies … and if you are a fan of this innovative food truck business, you’ll be glad to hear that they have found a new, permanent venue at 101 Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1. Whilst adjusting to the joy of being in their new home, Veginity is continuing to supply the scrumptious plant-based fare that has won them legions of fans over the past few years, ever since Australian chef Mark Senn originally founded the business as a food truck. We love their imaginative approach to food preparation … not to mention their mouth watering desserts. Make sure you check them out!
Positive Nights Presents: Peaceful Parenting with Genevieve Simperingham – 12th July
We have two exciting events on the Positive Nights calendar this month! Tonight – Thursday July 12th – we will be playing host to parenting expert and educator, Genevieve Simperingham. Genevieve will be discussing the peaceful parenting philosophy she teaches, which equips parents with the tools to transition to a non-punitive, connection-based parenting approach. This will take place from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m. in the Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. For further information and booking, just click here.
Positive Nights Presents: Creating a Positive Reality with Judith McAdam – 19th July
Judith McAdam is a theologian, holistic life coach and the bestselling author of The Source. Throughout her career, she has been inspiring women and men to tap into their unique creative intelligence and step into their true potential, realising their personal and higher purpose in this life. Judith weaves together the ancient and the new drawing on mystical theological traditions and connecting this information to contemporary psychology and science in an accessible and impactful way. We are thrilled to welcome her to Positive Nights on Thursday July 19th, from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m. at the Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Click here for further information and booking details.
Marianne Williamson to Visit Dublin in October
Marianne Williamson is one of the world’s most respected spiritual teachers. She is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. A paragraph from her mega best seller A Return to Love, beginning “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers. Marianne is visiting Dublin on Wednesday October 10th 2018, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dublin. Drawing on her insights from A Course in Miracles, Marianne will speak about how we may transform our own lives and what we can do to change the world. Click here to view the event page, buy tickets, and learn more.
The Holistic Therapist With a Passion for Mental Health
Linda Culleton is a holistic therapist with a great passion for assisting people who suffer from adverse mental health conditions. “While working as an accountant, I pushed my body and mind to the limit, and due to this, I began to suffer with severe anxiety,” she explains. “I later developed a condition called Obsessive Compulsive disorder, of which the OCD symptoms were intrusive thoughts of harming myself and others.These OCD symptoms were devastating to live with.” She explored many different avenues that could assist with her healing process, including Kundalini yoga and meditation classes. During this time, she discovered a specific breath exercise called the OCD Breath in Kundalini Yoga Meditation. She credits this technique with transforming her life. She now offers one-to-one consultations, group programs, yoga and meditation classes, and Skype consultations. She is passionate about helping people to cope with mental health challenges.
Amazing Health Show Comes to the RDS This September
On September the 8th and 9th, 2018, Dublin’s RDS will play host to the amazing Vitality Expo 2018, brought to you by Health Stores Ireland. The Expo will be dedicated to all things health-related, with a diverse array of wellness, lifestyle, fitness and nutrition talks being delivered by Irish and international speakers and natural health brands. Confirmed exhibitors include Abundance and Health, Altrient C, Hifas Da Terra, Dr. Mahers skincare, Genovese Pestos, Macánta, NaturaLife, Optimal Brain and Sun Chlorella. The Expo will will also feature a Food and Cookery Stage, and Outdoor Entertainment Area (offering live music, yoga and pilates sessions, as well as a kids’ area) and The Village, where you can sample tasty delights from over 100 artisan and local health food producers in the Irish marketplace. We recently interviewed Patrick Holford – who will be present at the show – for our Summer 2018 magazine. You can read the interview here.
Summer is well and truly on its way. If you have your eye out for coffee with a difference, or you want to hear some wisdom from the renowned spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, the Afro-Irish shaman John Lockley or the Tao master Mantak Chia, this edition of our Positive Vibes newsletter has got you covered – and that’s just a small snippet of what we have in store for you. Read on to learn more about the best events and products we’ve picked out for you this month.
Baavet: The Duvet With the Baa Factor
Baavet specialises in producing high-quality wool duvets, blankets, pillows, and mattress toppers, always made with comfort and luxury in mind. The duvets are also dust mite resistant, hypoallergenic, breathable and temperature regulating. Curious? Check out Baavet’s website below and browse through their wide selection of products. Their duvets are available in various weights: heavy for winter, light for summer, and medium-weight for autumn and spring. While summer is here at last, there are bound to be chillier days ahead … and when they arrive, Baavet will have you covered!
Coffee and Mushrooms: a Winning Combination
When most people think about a really good cup of coffee, they don’t imagine it being made with mushrooms … but the U.S. company Four Sigmatic is challenging that perception. They make use of chaga mushrooms: a product that is quickly gaining a reputation for the delicious coffee flavour it produces, without giving users the energy crash that often occurs after consuming traditional coffee. One of their flavours, in particular – mushroom coffee with lion’s mane – is a genuine taste sensation. We love it! To learn more about Four Sigmatic’s products, visit their website below.
If you are interested in discovering some of the amazing benefits of hemp, you need to check out Hempful’s amazing range of body butters, tea, moisturisers and CBD oils, to name a few. Hempful prides themselves on the great working relationships they have formed with a number of independent hemp farmers throughout Europe, who grow only natural, sustainable crops. Hempful’s range includes: Purely Hemp Body Butter (a rich body butter suitable for everyday use); Hempful CBD Oil in 250mg, 500mg, 800mg or 1500mg varieties; a variety of moisturisers for men and women; and even CDB-rich hemp tea.
Upcoming Positive Nights: John Lockley and Mantak Chia
We are excited to announce two very exciting Positive Nights events set to take place over the next two weeks. The first of these is a book launch, seminar and celebration with John Lockley on Thursday May 10th (Eventbrite link here). He will share the amazing story of his journey to becoming a traditional Sangoma (shaman) with the Xhosa tribe of South Africa – the same tribe to which Nelson Mandela belonged. Our second event is an enlightening seminar with Tao Grandmaster Mantak Chia on Thursday May 17th. He will share information about how the healing practices of the Tao can transform our lives (the Eventbrite link for that is here). Both events will take place in the beautiful setting of the Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
The Mighty Power of Mushrooms
Mushrooms must be in vogue these days, as we are now shining a spotlight on Hifas Da Terra (The Mushroom Pharmacy) – another company that makes use of the humble fungus to create some truly innovative, remarkable health and wellbeing products. Some of the goods they have created include gourmet snacks, skin care creams and lotions, and even nutritional therapy products aimed at improving the wellbeing of cancer patients. Check out their website below to learn more.
Interview With Eckhart Tolle for Your Listening Pleasure
We have reached into our archives this month to share a fascinating interview that we enjoyed with Eckhart Tolle last year. He told us about his thoughts on enlightenment, Jesus, and the joy he finds while spending time with his dogs. This highly accomplished spiritual author and teacher – who has written such seminal works as The Power of Now and A New Earth – has a great deal of wisdom to share. Click here to listen to the interview.
Empowered Women’s Masterclass
Modern women face a variety of challenges in the workplace, but luckily, Maureen Simon and Emily Lane – the two dynamic businesswomen and coaches behind Lane and Simon Consulting– are on hand to help. On May 12th, Lane and Simon are organising a special Empowered Voice and Communications Masterclass for women. The Masterclass will focus on: building confidence, setting boundaries, developing negotiation skills, improving your ability to influence relationships, and learning powerful communication skills. This masterclass can transform how you are perceived and valued in both your professional and personal life. It is designed to have immediate impact and to be a game changer. To learn more, check out the link for the Masterclass here.
If you are interested in discovering some of the amazing benefits of hemp, you need to check out Hempful’s amazing range of body butters, tea, moisturisers and CBD oils, to name a few. Hempful prides themselves on the great working relationships they have formed with a number of independent hemp farmers throughout Europe, who grow only natural, sustainable crops.
Hemp is becoming more and more widely known these days for its health-boosting properties. The non-hallucinogenic properties of this incredibly versatile and eco-friendly plant can be used to make food, textiles, paper, clothing and fuel, to name just a few. Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet. Hemp is the only plant that contains all of the essential fatty acids and amino acids required by the human body. These nutrients assist in a wide array of bodily functions and organs, including metabolism, skin maintenance, mood and behaviour, the brain, and the heart. Hemp CBD oil, also known as Cannabis Oil or Cannabidiol, is a chemical compound which comes from the bud and flower of Hemp. This amazing compound reacts with our body’s natural Cannabiniod system to enable it to function properly, which is a major factor for keeping us healthy.
Hempful has developed a versatile range of products that enable customers to feel the benefit of these remarkable attributes for themselves. On their website, they state: “At Hempful, our goal is to research, develop, educate and deliver sustainable, innovative and beneficial hemp based Health Foods, Supplements and Personal Care Products and support the global demand for a cleaner, healthier planet.We are proud of our products and the positive impact they have on our customers and our planet.”
As part of this commitment, Hempful collaborated with partners from across the UK and Europe in 2016. They took their ideas to the foremost industry experts in Europe, developed their first products, and began to establish very positive working relationships with independent hemp farmers across the continent, who are committed to growing natural, sustainable crops.
Hempful’s range now includes: Purely Hemp Body Butter – a rich, moisturising body butter suitable for everyday use; Hempful CBD Oil in 250mg, 500mg, 800mg or 1500mg varieties; a variety of moisturisers for men and women; and even CDB-rich hemp tea.
You can learn more about Hempful’s fantastic range via their website. If you are the manager of a health store who would like to stock their products, visit Rossmore Health: a leading online retailer of healthy juices, cosmetics, supplements, and other products to assist customers in living a fulfilled, balanced life.
Hans Wieland wrote an enlightening article for our Winter 2017/18 issue on how to find little-known food ingredients in hedgerows and forests. Whether it’s hawthorn flour muffins or elderflower lemonade, you are bound to learn about something completely new in his article. We are sharing it here in its entirety. Perhaps it may inspire you to take a closer look at the everyday trees around you!
Culinary connections 5: Foraging for food from forests and hedgerows
By Hans Wieland and dedicated to the late Dick Warner
One of my all-time favourite memories is of walking along one of the hedgerows at The Organic Centre in September 2004 with the late Dick Warner, eating Hawthorn berries. Dick was then our ‘Environmentalist in Residence’ during the third Green Festival North West. With around twenty-five children from the local National School in tow, he was in his element, explaining the importance of our native hedges, pointing out the various species of trees and plants, telling the children stories about the wildlife that benefits from hedgerows and – probably most exiting for his young audience – encouraging them to nibble leaves, taste fruits; the odd wild raspberry or strawberry besides the many blackberries.
There is more to trees than fruit
Most of us know of, and greatly appreciate, the many wild and cultivated fruit, nuts and berries which come from trees. However, there are more edibles from trees than just fruit and few are aware of the incredible variety of other edible parts; bark, leaves, twigs, seeds, pollen, roots, new growth, flowers and of course sap.
If you are new to ‘eating trees’, here are a few guidelines:
Firstly, get to know your tree. Secondly, harvest in season i.e. young leaves and flowers in the spring, nuts and berries in the autumn. Thirdly, harvest only what you need.
Probably the easiest way to start eating trees, is to make them into salads; the young, tender leaves of beech, birch, hawthorn, and linden can be tossed into a salad, though some are better tasting than others. We make a stunning hawthorn beetroot salad at home.
Five trees to begin your journey with along the hedgerows and into the woods
The Hawthorn trees which Dick Warner so loved are found throughout the Irish countryside. I remember vividly the conversation Gaby and myself had in the end with the trees, so we could feel at ease cutting down a few in order to make way for our extension to the cottage. It wasn’t just that fairies live in hawthorn trees, it was the variety of food they can provide. Gaby makes a tincture from the flowering tops in spring, which is good for blood circulation. The young leaves can be eaten in salads. They are known as ‘bread and butter’ and were traditionally eaten by children on their way to school. Berries in the autumn make a great tea, can be eaten raw as a source of Vitamin C or even turned into hawthorn flour muffins – which is not that simple, I can assure you.
The Spruce, which got a bad name because of its sole use in many forestries, provides wonderful tips with a strong taste of pine and citrus, as does the Fir tree. An easy way to distinguish the two; needles from the Spruce sting whereas the ones from the Fir don’t! Tips are easy to gather as the trees are growing their new needles for the year. Those small, young, soft bits at the end of branches are fully edible and tender enough to just eat them on the spot. They are easily spotted with a lighter colour than the older, mature needles.
The Elder is another iconic tree in the Irish countryside. The immune enhancing properties of elderberries are renowned in Europe and the tree is a common feature around farmhouses. Herbal remedies can be derived from all parts of the plant: stem, flower, root and seed. We collect the flowers in spring for making Elderflower lemonade and, come October, spend hours in the evening around the kitchen table to clear the berries from the stems for making Elderberry rob – the ultimate Vitamin C remedy for the Winter month against coughs and colds.
The Birch, easily spotted because of the white bark, is one of the first trees in spring to produce new leaves and thereby marks the ‘new beginning’. In my native Germany it’s the tree for people in love and widely used for all sorts of shenanigans on the first of May. We harvest the sap from the tree in March with a special Birch tree tapping kit so as not to harm the tree. Young leaves are great in smoothies. The bark is used in oils helping with eczema and dandruff.
So finally to the Ash tree, the source of hurling sticks and freshly cut firewood. I publicly confess that until recently my connection to this great tree was through the above mentioned; supporting the Kilkenny hurlers and coppicing Ash for firewood. Inspired by a book on the culinary uses of trees, I came upon a recipe for Ash liqueur as an aphrodisiac and life prolonging elixir. Quite simply, ferment one to two handfuls of the pristine young Ash leaves in one litre of good semi-dry white wine for a week, strain and store cool. Drink as an aperitif or mix with sparkling water.
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