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Health Matters, Dublin

This issue manager Elizabeth Beattie, senior product advisor Suzanne French, trainee herbalist Katie Persons and Sinead Griffin test a natural night cream, help for stress, immune support, a natural floor cleaner and a product for nail infection

1. NIGHT CREAM

Elizabeth says: “I use Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream on my skin at night. It has 92% collagen production and leaves your skin nourished and smooth. Antipodes is a New Zealand-based company and have a lovely range of face and body products. When I use this cream at night my skin says ‘thank you’.”

2. BLACK SEED OIL

Suzanne says: “I had a nail infection for which I had tried many treatments over the years with no success. The nail bed was swollen and red with a constant pain. I tried Viridian Organic Black Seed Oil which has anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. I have taken the oil for a few months now and my finger has healed and my skin and hair are in better condition.”

3. STRESS AID

Katie says: “I have been experiencing high levels of stress and fatigue while working and studying, so I have been taking Viridian Organic Ashwagandha capsules to help me sleep more soundly. It has also helped to give me a boost of energy throughout the day.”

4. IMMUNE SUPPORT

Sinead says: “Recently I was suffering from a low immune system and took Solgar Beta Glucans Elderberry Immune Complex. It helped to boost my immune system as it contains lots of immune-boosting ingredients and helped prevent me getting a cold.”

5. CO ENZYME ENERGY HELP

Suzanne says: “I had been going through a stressful period and my blood pressure had increased and energy was low. I started taking Solgar Ubiquinol which is a co enzyme that helps to get into the mitochondria of the cells to release energy. I now feel more energetic and my blood pressure is improving.”

6. FLOOR CLEANER

Elizabeth says: “A handy product to have in your kitchen is Method Squirt and Mop All Floor Cleaner. It’s ideal for when you only need to do a small clean. Just squirt and mop and your kitchen floor is clean and smells lemon fresh.”

The Natural Way, Co Galway

This issue holistic nutritionist and certified health coach Karrie Harrington, staff member Aisling Fayne and owner/store manager Emer Bourke review a throat spray, natural make-up range, reed diffusers and everyday probiotic.

1. HERBAL HORMONE HELP

Emer says: “Pukka Herbs Wholistic Shatavari capsules are a tonic for the female reproductive system, helping to balance hormones, enhance fertility and reduce menopausal symptoms. Shatavari is recommended for fatigue, anxiety, mood changes and fertility.”

2. OMEGA 3 SOFTGELS

Aisling says: “I’m really loving Together Ocean Pure Omega 3 as it provides a natural, affordable and contaminant-free vegan source of DHA and EPA.”

3. VIRIDIAN ENHANCED RHODIOLA COMPLEX

Karrie says: “I love Viridian Enhanced Rhodiola Complex – it is great for giving me a lovely feeling of wellbeing, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, burnout and adrenal fatigue.”

4. MUCOUS RELIEVER

Emer says: “New Vistas is a long-established healthcare company in Limerick that manufactures homeopathic remedies. The New Vistas Mucous Liquescence assists in dissolving excess mucous, be it in the respiratory system or in the digestive tract. This remedy works really well and quickly to help relieve congestion and to help the lungs shift mucous.”

5. ELDERBERRY TONIC

Aisling says: “Sambucol Black Elderberry Liquid is a favourite of mine. With added Vitamin C and zinc, this really is a powerful immune booster that I can depend on.”

6. NATURAL SKINCARE

Karrie says: “I am very impressed with the Dr. Maher skincare range. I swear by the Eutopia Wash as a make-up remover, followed by the Liberty Corrective Serum as my night-time routine. I’m pretty sure my skin has never felt better.”

7. LIVE BACTERIA

Emer says: “We all benefit from taking a high quality probiotic every day, especially those on long-term antibiotics, those who suffer from conditions such as IBS, or IBD (eg. Crohn’s Disease) or those with skin conditions such as eczema or acne. OptiBac Probiotics For Every Day EXTRA Strength.”

8. REED DIFFUSERS

Karrie says: “Voya Oh So Scented Reed Diffusers are just divine. I have had an African Lime and Clove diffuser for around three months now and I am delighted with how long it’s lasting. The scent makes my heart dance and it’s so pretty at home.”

9. SKIN SAVIOUR

Aisling says: “I have quite sensitive skin prone to eczema and acne flare-ups. Doctor Mahers Liberty Corrective Serum works amazingly well and with regular use, it also heals my skin.”

10. ECHINACEA THROAT SPRAY

Emer says: “Echinacea is a potent anti-viral and anti-inflammatory herbal remedy and A.Vogel Echinaforce Throat Spray is a fantastic product. It really is a must-have – one of these in your bag is an essential! I always have one to hand.”

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