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The latest news, research and events from the world of natural health

Harvest Festival time

Waterford’s annual Harvest Festival will take place across Waterford City on 9-11 September, showcasing Waterford’s rich food heritage, diverse restaurants, eateries and producers. The Giant Harvest Festival Market will traverse Waterford’s wonderful squares and interconnecting streets with an array of unique traders. See the city come to life with special dining events, panel discussions and plenty more. For more info see

Lavender day

Atlantic Aromatics invited health store owners and staff to join them in June for a unique day exploring aromatherapy and essential oils. As well as a guided lavender field visit and distillation demonstration, there were seminars on Aromatherapy for the Seasons of Life with international tutor and clinical aromatherapist Christine Courtney, and sourcing pure essential oils globally with Atlantic Aromatics’ David Kelly.

Menopause support

If you’re going through the menopause you may be suffering in silence, with symptoms that can be physically and mentally debilitating. Issviv is a new community hub that aims to break barriers, support and empower women to thrive and not just survive during this transitional period in their lives. The platform will enable women to seek education, share advice and the opportunity to connect with like-minded people.

Vitamin D and dementia

A first-of-its-kind study from the University of South Australia published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows a direct link between dementia and lack of vitamin D. The current study is based on data from 294,514 participants from the UK Biobank, a comprehensive biomedical database and research resource with in-depth genetic and health information about half a million UK participants.

While there is no official health claim for vitamin D and mental health, the researchers mention that in some populations, up to 17 per cent of dementia cases could be prevented simply by raising people’s vitamin D in the blood to 50 nmol/L, considered the normal level.

There is widespread vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency worldwide. Sun awareness campaigns, indoor living, and other factors contribute to the low vitamin D status in many individuals.

Hormone talk and advice in Tralee with Lorraine Keane

Lorraine Keane, broadcaster and Cleanmarine brand ambassador will be hosting Let’s Talk Hormone Health in the Rose Hotel in Tralee on 6 October.

She will be joined by Dr Mary Ryan and nutritionist Sarah Brereton in association with Horans Healthcare. Tickets are available on

For helpful tips and expert advice log onto to download a free guide The Essential Guide to Female Hormones.

A 90-day study undertaken by the University of Birmingham for Cleanmarine Meno Min found some of the most commonly experienced symptoms by women were greatly improved by taking this natural supplement. Before the study 28% of women reported feeling intense or very intense vaginal dryness and after the 90 days this reduced to just 7%, the total proportion of women reporting either no memory or mild memory difficulties improved by 44%; and 46% of women reported that their mood improved over the course of the 90 days.

Did you know?

Manuka honey acts as an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial aid for sore throats and coughs, and is known worldwide for its unique properties that support respiratory health. Children and adults can benefit from cough syrups such as ForTuss Otosan which includes manuka honey, organic wildflower honey and plant molecular complexes helichrysum, grindelia and plantain extracts that are rich in resins, polysaccharides and flavonoids that coat the throat in a soothing gel. Lemon, orange and myrtle essential oils provide further antibacterial properties.

On-demand breastfeeding course

A new suite of breastfeeding courses covering the early days right through to the end of your breastfeeding journey has been launched by

The first of its kind to be launched in Ireland, this new service allows parents to take courses at their own pace and from the comfort of their own home. Everything expectant parents need to know is now broken down into simple, easy to understand videos so they can feel empowered and confident throughout the breastfeeding journey. was founded by Katie Mugan, who has over twenty years’ experience as a Registered General and Paediatric Nurse.

What’s in season in September & October?

A wealth of vegetables including: aubergine, broad beans, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, kale, marrows, mushrooms, peppers, potatoes, radish, scallions, spinach, swedes, turnips, mint, parsley, sage, thyme, cooking apples. At the end of season: cucumbers, mange tout, tomatoes.

Coming into season: Brussels sprouts, lollo rosso, parsnips and eating apples.

September events

Irish Heart month
1-30 September
Irish Heart Foundation

Waterford Harvest Festival
9-11 September

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