We love speaking to both established and upcoming names in the holistic health world, and one company we spoke with for our Spring 2021 issue was Somega. Mark Clifford and Paula Gaynor, founders of this innovative supplement brand, had lots of great information to share about their liposomal vitamin C.
Vitamin C has long been known for its positive health effects, and thanks to our friends at Abundance and Health, we recently learned that liposomal supplements of this vitamin could be even more beneficial than the traditional form. Read our Winter 2020/21 article on the subject below!
Here is our action-packed Winter Vibes section from our new Winter 2017 issue, available in our stockists across the country now. You can also subscribe to receive this magazine – and the next three for the year ahead – direct to your door.
“Ah, World, what lessons you prepare for us, even in the leafless winter, even in the ashy city.” Mary Oliver
Be the Super You
Dr Joe Dispenza’s new, spellbinding book is just the read to transport you away from the winter gloom and into the
sublime, inner realms, where anything is possible. Becoming Supernatural guides us towards the realisation that we are naturally supernatural beings and, through wisdom ancient and cutting edge, enhances the creative and mystical capacities that make us so.
Eager to heed the call towards a more sustainable life? The Jungle Oasis of Goa awaits you; home to hands-on,
internationally renowned, certificate courses in Permaculture Design. Join individuals from all over the world this
March 2018 to build sustainability skills and learn to design according to Nature’s own principles.
Activate your grey matter through some meaningful inquiry this winter as nationwide Schools of Practical Philosophy offer introductory courses; exploring the meaning of wisdom, truth and consciousness – the most essential elements of our human being-ness. Drawing from the teachings of East and West, they offer innovative inquiry into age-old questions.
If you are a fledgling holistic business, take this winter to nest on ways to build solid foundations and sky-high visions for the business you love. Christine Judd is here to help with her new book Clarity; Create a Holistic Business You Love – providing step by step, practical guidance and the necessary skills to establish a prosperous holistic business.
Plot your Purpose
Brainchild of lead-coach James Parnell, the Well Being Gym is a virtual gym for mind, body and soul; delivering top-class navigational tools to guide you towards optimum, personal well-being and professional performance. Online and offline, you’ll find coaching, training programmes and workshops on topics such as mastering your workload,
managing your energy and activating a personal sense of happiness and meaning.
Become adept at the art of muscle testing and develop the ability to decipher vital information on the needs of the body, mind and spirit. The Academy of Systematic Kinesiology offers training courses around the country for both beginner and advanced practitioners of this wholistic healing art. Check out their website for more.
Super Immune Boost
Boasting unparalleled ‘Bioavailability’, award-winning Better You™ Turmeric oral spray is designed to deliver. Research has revealed that where digestion is impaired, spray is superior when it comes to transporting the immune-supporting superpowers of Turmeric to your body.
Smell, inhale or diffuse them – each aroma of essential oil is a mini-messenger of uplift or unwind. Karl Murray, founder of Kotanical, is Ireland’s first hand-distiller of home-grown Irish essential oils. Check out his range online, from laid-back Lavender to festive Frankincense.
Sun Chlorella has just unveiled a new supplement starlet – Sun Eleuthro. Traditionally acclaimed by its use in Chinese Medicine, this East Asian plant is now also scientifically acclaimed to be anti-aging, aphrodisiac and a strong support for the liver. Check out more of its plethora of healing powers online.
Gain and maintain a glowing complexion this winter with Wild Power Wheatgrass. This cold-pressed, organic, liquid
life-force is brimming with vitality, anti-oxidants and alkaline power to keep you shining all winter long. Available in stores in Ireland and online.
This turn of season, why not invest in lifestyle guidance to come out the other side of winter a healthier and happier
you. For motivational insights on small changes of diet and daily ritual that yield big rewards, talk to Chiara on all Matters of Nourishment.
Future of Vitamin C
Promising ‘site-specific delivery’, ultramodern Lipsomal Vitamin C is packaged and protected to bypass the digestive process and get straight to the heart of immune system cells. Give it a try and ensure your efforts to keep yourself primed against pesky winter bugs hits the high-tech mark.
Bits n’ Bobs
As foodie fate would have it, Dublin is now home to the Serendipity Vegan Café. Sit down to breakfast, brunch and lunch vegan on raw salads, nori wraps, vegan treats and what is hailed as the ‘best vegan burger ever’!
Sustainability is a Virtue
Time to rethink your toothbrush? Small steps pave the way to sustainability where “everything counts in large amounts.” Think VirtueBrush; a plastic-free, bamboo-handled, charcoal-bristled toothbrush with a conscience – this
Dublin-based company plants one tree for every VirtueBrush sold.
Yoga round the clock
YogaHub has recently sprouted a new bud, this time in Castleknock at Junction 6. From high-flying Acro to low-lying Yin yoga, there is something to suit all yogi tastes – every day of the week!
Positive Life Optimistic October: Samhain Festival, Yoga gathering, Tantra @ Positive Nights & More!
Optimistic October! Autumn is here, bringing the beautiful colours in the foliage, the chills you feel when the wind blows on the early mornings and that lovely craving for the best hot cocoa in town! As every year, we get ready for Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve or simply Halloween and look forward to even more cozy nights next to our loved ones! Our Vibes this month is filled with beautiful events and as always lovely recommendations for your mind, body & spirit! Remember our Autumn issue of Positive life Magazine is now out! Sign up here to get a chilled copy in your postbox! Loads of love, from all the team. Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter if you haven’t already.x
Samhain & Yoga!
Samhain Yoga Retreat
Date: 27-29 October 2017
Location: Old Head of Kinsale, Cork, Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way Yoga invites you to celebrate the Celtic New Year with a 3 day relaxing retreat in Cork! The retreat includes vegetarian cuisine, accommodation and yoga classes.
Angel Therapy at Positive Nights
Corin Grillo / Angel Therapy
Positive Nights Event (Powerscourt Theatre)
Date: October 26th, 2017
This evening we welcome Corin Grillo to the stage. Weaving a combo of both traditional and energy/intuitive based therapies Corin provides an ideal environment for clients to make profound and often rapid positive changes. She works collaboratively with clients and help them tap in to their own inner voice, so that they can listen to their own wisdom on how to support and ignite their path towards healing.
Corin will also be hosting her own weekend workshop in dublin, find out more below:
Clothing with a Conscience!
Grown A clothing line with personal values that is conscious of the effects retail companies and their associated energy consumption has on the environment. For this reason they produce clothing with a shared responsibility for such impact. One TREE is planted for every T-shirt made. Their clothes are also very lovely! Slip them on this autumn and feel the vibes.
Vitamin C for a Healthy Autumn!
Abundance & Health : fresh new product: Altrient Vitamin C sachets. This high strength nutritional supplement is made to pharmaceutical standards to crash through your body’s absorption barriers -to get high potency vitamin C where you need it most, to your cells.
Visit abundanceandhealth.co.uk to get them and stay healthy and ready this season!
Yoga Gathering 2017!
October 27-30th, 2017
Seagrave House, Dunany, Co. Louth, Ireland
The first annual Kundalini Yoga is a moment when the timing is just right for a big and beautiful experience to unfold! Kundalini yoga teachers, inspirational speakers and Kirtan musicians will come together to share an elevated consciousness with anyone who feels the call to participate.
For tickets & more info visit wellwithin.ie/yoga-gathering
The Organic Trust in Ireland
The Organic Trust was established as a voluntary not-for-profit organisation. The Trust is the centre of excellence when it comes to organic inspection and certification. They have a very broad range of organic technical expertise available within their organisation.
You can learn more about their services and their work by visiting organictrust.ie
Queen of Tantra @ Positive Nights!
Date: October 5th, 2017
Positive Nights event.
The Powerscourt Theatre.
7:30pm – 9:30pm
On this very special evening Paul welcomes back the queen of Tantra, Dawn Cartwright! We will for sure have another beautiful evening to enjoy her wonderful guidance and insights into love & relationships.
Join Paul & Dawn for an evening of love and intimacy that is sure to inspire. You’ll be guided through Tantra practices that open the heart. A journey into the far reaches of human sexuality and Tantra.
October began with us visiting the Natural Health Expo 2016!
The place was bustling with wonderful and natural skin, food products and much more! We loved all but here are our top 10 fantastic picks:
Altrient C Supplement
Abundance and health presents Altrient C. This is a supplement with a difference; it’s a powerful way to get vitamin C directly into your cells. We have tried it and we definitely love it. We hear Gwyneth paltrow also loves it, taking it before flying to boost her immunity! She knows what’s good! This is definitely well worth checking out to protect you this winter.
Flaska Water Bottle
Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health (IINH)
This amazing institute established in Ireland in 2002 offers many insightful and useful nutrition courses for everyone looking to lead a healthier life, one meal at a time! Among the courses, they have Nutritional Therapy to help change eating habits for better health. Go ahead and visit their website, they have loads of information, plans, a community and more to help you follow a healthier diet.
Based on Ayurvedic principles this is a fabulous line of skincare for your Dosha types. Paul is Pitta Vata and he has to say, after a week using these products my skin feels, amazing. This man is getting a lot of nods and winks and he’s thankful to these guys for increasing his attractiveness! Check them out!
Dr. Bronner Products
We adore these guys. Always with an incredible line of natural and beautiful coconut oils, amazing soaps and more; all natural. They are taking the world by storm! These guys are always way ahead of the game.
This is an amazing company focused on quality in the health food sector. They recently launched Menomin. A supplement that focus on helping women with Perimenopause and Menopause symptoms. Paul was at the launch and he definitely learned a lot!. He is a changed man now.
These raw geniuses have just launched a Turmeric latte. You probably know that Turmeric is the super food to end all Superfoods; also known as the Golden spice! Now you can cosy up this winter with this golden drink in a mix of turmeric and coconut.
Developed by Dr Nigel Plummer and produced by the only manufacturer in Europe approved to make probiotics as medicines; these guys certainly know their stuff! Complete with a kids chewable range, and one aimed at fertility, this is an all round probiotic for all.
This a full range of all things organic and skincare, check out their fab Organii mouthwash range, shower gels and luxurious hand soaps.Top quality for all! You can pick it up at your local health store.
Darker days, but brighter skin
As the autumn roll in, there’s an easy way to maintain your skin’s summer glow, whilst overcoming some of the damage caused by sun exposure. Unexpectedly however, we’re recommending you do it from the inside out – by increasing your vitamin C intake.
Altrient C have created the world’s first liposomal vitamin C gel, created to be capable of delivering a 98 per cent absorption rate of this hero vitamin. The phospholipid delivery system, which protects the vitamin as it travels through the digestive system and into the bloodstream, allows Altrient C to deliver a higher absorption rate than most standard vitamin C supplements.
How does vitamin C help your skin? Its antioxidant properties help to counter free radical cell damage caused by excess sun exposure and has incredible wound-healing properties for sun burn. Vitamin C also aids the production of hydroxylysine and hydroxyproline, both necessary for binding the molecules that create collagen which boosts tissue growth and strengthens the skin.
A study with Princeton Consumer Research demonstrated the efficacy of Altrient C for boosting collagen production. Three sachets daily resulted in a 61 per cent increase in skin elasticity and firmness in just 12 weeks. There might not be many mosquitos buzzing about now, but thanks to its anti-inflammatory healing properties, vitamin C can also be used to treat insect bites. It counters the histamine released by the immune system cells when bitten, and causes receptors in our blood vessels to enlarge, swell and become red and itchy. Perfect for autumn skin care, and perfect for winter holidays to sun destinations!
Becoming a Weed User! Cooking with wild plants from the Neantog Kitchen – Silverweed & Broccoli Salad
Vegan Friendly Silverweed & Broccoli Salad with Cashew Dressing
By Gaby Wieland
Following on from our ‘Becoming a Weed User’ article from Hans Wieland, in which he talks about all the great uses for those pesky plants taking over our gardens, we share another of Gaby’s great recipes.
This salad is super high in Vitamin C and just delicious. And it’s so easy to make!
- 1-2 heads broccoli (or mix of broccoli and cauliflower)
- 1 small red onion chopped finely
Dressing – Raw cashew mayonnaise
- 130g Cashews (soaked for a couple of hours, rinsed and drained)
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice
- Pinch of Sea salt
- 1 tbsp spring onions, chopped
- 125ml water
- 1 tsp honey or agave syrup
- 1 tsp cider vinegar
- A pinch or two of cayenne pepper
- Bunch of Silverweed herb, chopped finely or herbs of your choice like Dill, Lemon Balm , Basil or Thyme
- Blend all ingredients besides the silverweed or herbs of your choice in a high speed blender until smooth.
- Next, add the silverweed or herbs of your choice and blend very briefly.
- Cut up broccoli florets (or/and cauliflower) into bite-sized pieces, leaving just a little stem.
- Add chopped red onion and cashew mayo and mix well.
- Either serve immediately or cover, and marinate for a couple of hours in the fridge. Decorate with edible flowers like nasturtiums, calendula or heartsease or a couple of rose pedals and some red onion rings just before serving. Enjoy!
Note: This is just a basic recipe. You can also add finely sliced celery, olives, sunflower or pumpkin seeds or any other ingredients of your choice.
© Gaby Wieland – author of “Neantog Cookbook-Gaby’s Favourite Recipes”