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Tried & Tested - January/February 2017

How Irish Association of Health Stores staff rate what they sell...

Licorice Health Foods, Portumna, Co Galway

Lorin Taylor, owner/manager and Rebecca Taylor, sales assistant, review a natural deodorant, herbal tea, help for cold sores, protein powder and hair serum

1. JOINT CARE

Lorin says: “Revive Active Joint Complex has two noticeable effects – my joint pain and mobility are vastly improved, and because of the collagen and hyaluronic acid my skin also looks great.”

2. WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Rebecca says: “I took Nature’s Plus Skinny Mini Shake for a couple of weeks to stop cravings and kick-start weight loss. It is easy to take and really helped.”

3. PROTEIN POWDER

Lorin says: “Nature’s Plus Sunflower Protein is an excellent and clean source of protein, very palatable and affordable too.”

4. HERBAL TEA

Rebecca says: “Pukka Herbs Elderberry and Echinacea tea is warming and fruity. It gives a good boost to your protection against colds and flus as the weather gets colder.”

5. NATURAL DEODORANT

Lorin says: “Lavera Organic Wild Rose roll-on deodorant works well and it lasts all day long. Being aluminium-free is also an essential.”

6. COLDSORE HELP

Rebecca says: “Solgar L-Lysine tablets work really well. If you take them at the first hint of a tingle, it stops a cold sore in its tracks, and cuts healing time down if not caught in time.”

7. HAIR CARE

Lorin says: “I have very curly hair that tends to be frizzy and unmanagable and can get very dry. I have found that using just small amounts of Dead Sea Spa Magik Hair Serum makes a great difference. I love the compliments I get since I started using it!”

The Honey Pot, Clonmel

Pat Coffey owner and naturopath; Barbara Coffey, co-owner and skincare consultant and Edward Hyland, naturopath review a magnesium oil, support for anxiety, sleep aid, moisturiser and room spray

1. NATURAL ANTISEPTIC

Pat says: “I have used Higher Nature Citricidal time and again as a natural antiseptic for both external and internal use. I recently used it with tremendous results on a customer with a heavy fungal infection. I always have it in my travel kit and use it as a steriliser as need arises. Always dilute for internal use.”

2. MOISTURISER

Barbara says: “I have both used and recommended Dr Hauschka Regenerating Day Cream to many customers at pre-and post-menopausal stages as its use will help to balance the hormonal changes to the skin that occur at this time. It works by hydrating and reducing fine lines leaving radiant-looking skin.”

3. JOINT SUPPORT

Pat says: “Even though it’s a relative newcomer to our range I have had tremendous results when using ZinCuFlex from PPC for pain relief and joint health. Results were experienced in 14 days and it’s gentle on the stomach too.”

4. MAGNESIUM OIL

Edward says: “In our location we are visited by numerous hill walkers and I recommend Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil to give fast, effective relief for cramps and sore muscles. Some walkers carry oil with them on treks and vouch for its effectiveness.”

5. ANXIETY SUPPORT

Pat says: “I have had numerous success stories as to the prowess of A Vogel Passiflora when the going gets tough. Recently I gave it to a worrier with a glum face. Within weeks she mentioned about how improved her sleep was and that she was not feeling as much under pressure.”

6. SPACE CLEARING SPRAY

Barbara says: “I have used Findhorn Space Clearing spray for years. I find it very beneficial to use on skin to balance energies and also to spray in the air to re-balance all spaces whether at home, in the shop or therapy rooms. I have also found it to be effective and gentle on animals.”

7. CURCUMIN

Edward says: “Good Health Naturally Curcumin capsules are one of my favourite products to use when confronted with inflammatory conditions – the response is immediate and recent studies have documented curcumin’s effect on circulation.”

8. SLEEP HELP

Pat says: “Bach Rescue Sleep is a firm favourite at home and many a good night’s sleep has been attributed to this gentle mixture of flowers. It works especially well in the liquid melts format.”

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