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Looking for advice on natural wellbeing? Your local independent health stores can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This issue we speak to Teresa Callaghan of Healthy Beings in Strokestown, Co Roscommon

Independent health store advice on keeping healthy during your summer staycation

As most of us will be choosing a staycation this year due to the current global situation, it is more important than ever to maintain good overall mental wellbeing and this can be achieved by spending as much time as possible outdoors. For some this can be quite challenging, especially those that suffer from hay fever or seasonal allergies, but luckily there are some great remedies available to combat or reduce symptoms. Here at Healthy Beings our local honey is in big demand as eating locally-produced honey may induce some tolerance to local pollen. Acupressure armbands are also very popular and effective.

Vitamin D

We are all advised now to boost our immunity with vitamin D supplements, not forgetting we can super boost our vitamin D intake from spending time outdoors in the sun while also being mindful of the damaging effects of UV rays.

Sun protection

There are many non-toxic and chemical-free sunscreens available which are also suitable for those with sensitive skin or other skin conditions. Not to forget aloe vera gel with its anti inflammatory properties, which is great for use on dry, irritated and sun exposed skin.

Repelling insects

Mosquitos, midges and other insects can make summer pretty miserable for some people who end up with sore, itchy red weals. Many essential oils can be used as insect repellents including citronella, cinnamon leaf, geranium and lavender. A number of non-toxic insect repellents are available at Healthy Beings.

  • Neem and citronella oils are natural insect repellents and you can buy a skin-friendly spray. Citronella can also be burnt in candles and oil burners.
  • Lavender essential oil when applied undiluted to bites can take away the discomfort.
  • Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries to treat many medical conditions, from infections to blood glucose problems. Dabbing a little on an itchy bite can reduce stinging and burning sensations. It can also act as a natural disinfectant if the area becomes irritated from scratching.

Summer tummy

When travelling a number of environmental changes can affect gut balance, potentially resulting in traveller’s diarrhoea. Most experts agree that to provide maximum benefit, it is useful to start taking friendly bacteria, known as probiotics, which are beneficial to both gut health and immunity. Ginger is also good for travel sickness and nausea. Try a tea or capsules.

What’s What and Who’s Who at Healthy Beings

Teresa Callaghan, owner-manager of Healthy Beings in Strokestown, Co Roscommon opened the store in October 2008. “Having had two young daughters natural health care was always a way of life,” says Teresa. “I studied alternative and complementary healthcare prior to opening the store. I attended many conferences and numerous health shows and also completed a start your own business course.

“Strokestown was definitely a great town to open my business to provide a much-needed service to the local and surrounding townlands. I have noticed that the younger generations are becoming more health conscious and environmentally aware.

“We have a wide variety of stock in Healthy Beings from our local honey, to an extended selection of supplements along with eco-friendly cosmetics and cleaning products.

“Our chilled area offers an array of vegetarian and vegan offerings as well as dairy-free products, yogurts, cheese and hummus. There are also many options for those suffering with food intolerances.

“I also stock many Irish products and a large collection of gifts, salt lamps and much more. There’s something for everyone in Healthy Beings and we were delighted to win the Pat Curran Award for Excellence in Customer Service at the Vitality health show in the RDS last year.”

VISIT: Healthy Beings, Elphin Street, Strokestown, Co Roscommon
SPEAK TO: Owner-manager Teresa Callaghan

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