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Back to Nature, Cavan town

This issue owner Christine McGuinness, manager Brid Byrne and store assistant Kathryn Debrun review a rosehip skin oil, energy booster, sleeping aid and vitamin D spray.

Store open Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 6pm, Friday 9am to 6.30pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm.

1. GUT SUPPORT

Kathryn says: “My go-to product is GI Natural powder from Nature’s Plus. I was having loads of trouble with bloating and my tummy feeling upset. I take it now first thing every single morning in apple juice about 20 minutes before I eat or drink anything else and it sets my tummy up for the day. Sometimes I take it again in the evening if I know I'm going to over indulge. Wouldn’t be without it now.”

2. VITAMIN D SPRAY

Bríd says: “I find the BetterYou Vitamin D3 Oral Spray so convenient. It's a handy spray inside the mouth once a day. I leave it beside my bed, spray and go. A definite go-to product for me, especially with the Irish climate.”

3. SKIN OIL

Christine says: “Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant is the best product I’ve tried in many years. I’ve used it since it first came on the market, and find that I get lots of compliments on my skin. It has a really light texture and is excellent for fine lines. I also use it during the day, making sure to put my factor over it.”

4. SLEEPING AID

Kathryn says: “I’ve never really experienced problems sleeping, but I found during lockdown it was taking me ages to get to sleep. My head was racing. So I started taking two tablets of Melissa Dream about a half hour before bed every night and within two nights my sleep was much improved. In the mornings I woke up feeling rested and refreshed. I did this for about three weeks until I got back to myself.”

5. ENERGY BOOSTER

Bríd says: “I’ve been a big fan of Revive Zest Active since it first came out. I love it for the massive kick of energy it gives. Any day I feel I need an extra boost or have a lot on, I mix up a glass. It has a blend of vitamins, amino acids and beta glucans, which boost my immune system, and gives fantastic mental focus.”

6. IMMUNE BOOSTER

Christine says: “I find Dr. Wolz Zell Oxygen Immunkomplex to be an excellent product, giving me the immune boost I need and a great kick of energy during the last few months. It acts very quickly in my body and gives me great confidence that my immune system is strong during the current crisis.”

The Healthy Way, Leixlip, Co Kildare

This issue owner Helena O’Loughlin, shop manager Pat Neavyn, and shop assistants Tina Ahern and Louise Cruise review a palm-free soap, daily body lotion, rose face cream, multivitamin and probiotic.

Store open Monday to Saturday 9.30am-6pm.

1. PROBIOTIC COMPLEX

Helena says: “I can’t live without TerraNova Probiotic Complex with Prebiotics. Having suffered with irritable bowel issues for most of my life I was pleasantly surprised at the effects this supplement had. I originally took it to help restore intestinal flora after taking antibiotics. It has made a huge difference to my life - what I had lived with for so long has virtually gone.”

2. ROSE FACE CREAM

Pat says: “Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream is so nurturing and protective of your skin. It helps to restore moisture to dehydrated skin, and you feel like you have a wonderful protective barrier against the elements. I would recommend to anyone with dry or sensitive skin, in particular with redness or broken veins as it has a calming effect in these.”

3. COQ10

Tina says: “There is heart disease in my family and my consultant recommended that I take COQ10 along with my aspirin, so I chose one from Pharmanord. My energy Levels have increased, giving me the opportunity to do more exercise which I love.”

4. PALM-FREE SOAP

Helena says: “My favourite product in the shop is Palm Free Irish Handmade Soap. Washing hands has never been nicer. You get lots of lovely soft lather that you feel is massaging your hands and making them really soft and smooth. There are beautiful natural oils in all different fragrances. My favourite is the lavender.”

5. DAILY BODY LOTION

Tina says: “Dead Sea Spa Magik Body Lotion is a superb moisturiser for the body that leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and soft. It is free from parabens and has certified organic ingredients obtained from the Dead Sea.”

6. MULTIVITAMIN

Louise says: “TerraNova Living Multivitamin Complex is a really good all-round multivitamin – it contains super greens, super berries, a high level of antioxidants and has no preservatives or bulking agents.”

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