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An Tobairin, Bandon, Co Cork

In this issue manager Mary Wedel and sales assistants Tania Murphy, Shirley Kingston and Marion Shanahan review washable menstrual pads, a natural moisturiser, shampoo and conditioner in a bar, organic cider and cold prevention.

1. NATURAL MOISTURISER

Tania says: “I would recommend Dr Maher’s Absolute 54 Moisturiser. I really love the purity of this product range. It’s light and moisturising – my combination skin loves it. I use a minute amount which is enough to nourish and hydrate my skin. There’s no shine or residue and the omegas (3 and 6) in it really are ‘time-released’. This one’s a keeper.”

2. WASHABLE PADS

Mary says: “Eco Femme washable menstrual pads are a simple zero waste choice. We import this particular product directly from India where they are made with a lot of love, using reused sari material and organic cotton. Eco Femme give a pad to an adolescent girl for every pad we sell as part of their educational sessions around India.”

3. COLD PREVENTION

Tania says: “I love Bee Prepared Max strength. I have my whole family on it. The brilliant combination of ingredients help support the immune system, without overstimulating it. My motto is definitely prevention is better than cure.”

4. SHAMPOO BAR

Marion says: “I have reduced my shower product stash to just one bar – The Soap Room Shampoo and Conditioning Bar. It is creamy and moisturising on the skin and contains just enough clay to remove the oil from my normal to greasy hair.”

5. CURE PACK

Tania says: “Dr Wolz Zell Ozygen Immunokomplex is a firm favourite of mine. I took it about 18 months ago to overcome a virus that I had been suffering from for three weeks. Within a couple of days I was back to my healthy self. I haven’t been sick a day since, not even a sniffle!”

6. DIGESTIVE HELP

Shirley says: “A Vogel Molkosan is great for the stomach and IBS sufferers. We have constant feedback from customers who report happy digestive outcomes as well as improvements in skin conditions. It provides l+lactic acid rich whey sourced from Swiss organic milk which balances the stomach acid and encourages the proliferation of good gut bacteria. An ancient approach to modern ailments.”

7. SUPER TONIC

Marion says: “Higher Nature B-Vital is a smashing supplement that offers support for a busy lifestyle. It contains B vitamins and vitamin C that support the nervous and immune systems as well as a little dash of ginseng for energy and stress relief.”

8. ORGANIC CIDER

Tania says: “Highbank Drivers Cider from Highbank Orchards in Kilkenny is a killer apple juice – second to none. It looks like cider, tastes like cider and it’s not sweet like a lot of sickly sweet fizzy drinks. Cheers to Drivers cider.”

Nature's Gold, Rathcoole

This issue store manager Janice Ziegler, nutritional therapist and assistant manager Sarah Deegan and sales assistant and homeopath Hilke Luthe review a probiotic, a fish oil, make-up remover, a stain remover and pumpernickel bread

1. STAIN REMOVER

Janice says: “I love Sonett Stain Remover Spray. It is suitable for both generic and delicate laundry and it works really well, removing any harder stains with just a couple of sprays.”

2. PUMPERNICKLE BREAD

Hilke says: “I love Biona’s Pumpernickel Bread. It keeps me going from breakfast to lunch without craving a snack in between. It is very filling and wholesome.”

3. HERBAL TONIC

Janice says: “Livana Herbal Tonic is a combination of honey, propolis and thyme with vitamins. I take it at the first onset of a sore throat and feel it really lifts some of the discomfort straight away. I use it for colds and flus, as well as for chest issues.”

4. MAGNESIUM POWDER

Sarah says: “Terra Nova Smooth Mag Powder really helps with sleep. With ingredients such as montmorency cherry, P-5-P and magnesium, it is tailored to help you wind down at night. Mix with some plant-based milk for a relaxing drink that will help you get a great night’s sleep. Excellent stuff!”

5. PROBIOTIC CAPSULES

Janice says: “Solgar Ultibio 20 probiotic capsules are extremely effective, with a very soothing effect on the digestive tract.”

6. CLEANSING BALM

Sarah says: “Trilogy’s Make-up Be Gone Cleansing Balm contains all natural ingredients, and massaging a small amount into the face will lift even heavy make-up off like magic! Use with the face cloth provided for best results.”

7. HOT DRINK

Hilke says: “A. Vogel Echinaforce Hot Drink is very easy to make and tastes really good. I find it really soothing when I have a cold.”

8. FISH OIL LIQUID

Sarah says: “I take Eskimo Fish Oil Liquid daily. It provides omega 3 fatty acids which are beneficial for the heart, brain, skin and immune system. It is a really pure oil that is easy to take straight from the spoon, even if you’re not a lover of fish oils! It is suitable for ages one and up, so it can benefit the whole family.”

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