Recipe: Nettle & Amaranth Calcium Soup
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Recipe: Nettle & Amaranth Calcium Soup

Amaranth is a complete protein as it contains all the amino acids. Both amaranth & nettles are high in calcium. Nettles are also rich in iron and have natural antihistamine properties. If you are one of the 1 in 5 Irish people suffer from hay fever this soup will improve your symptoms. The combination with other important ingredients is nourishing for the whole musculature & nervous system. Note: When nettles have gone to seed half the quantity as the seed (excellent adrenal tonic) is quite stimulating and the minerals in the nettles more concentrated.

Herbs: The Power of the Dandelion
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Herbs: The Power of the Dandelion

The Dandelion has always been a flower I feel very connected to. I remember using it on warts as children and the funny names given to it. I mostly like it for its stunning colour. This year was a great year for Dandelions they were bigger, brighter and more beautiful then I can ever remember. They have been part of my juicing regime for many years now, which is how I discovered their power in clearing up blemished skin. A few days of juicing the leaves of dandelion and you will see a noticeable improvement with any skin condition. A cleaner iris picture is also evident.

Recipe: Raw Coconut Cheesecake
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Recipe: Raw Coconut Cheesecake

Add one tablespoon of vanilla essence and mix well with a spoon.
Transfer to a blender and add remaining ingredients and blend until a smooth consistency. Should be something like custard. Measurement for the sweetener should be added according to taste. So add in blend and taste and continue to add until happy.
Spoon this mixture onto the base and place in the fridge for a minimum of two hours.
Sprinkle with desiccated coconut and /or cocoa nibs
Can also make two layers above base one without cocoa and a thin layer with the chocolate finish
Sit back and enjoy with a cup of peppermint tea.

Musing on Mindfulness
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Musing on Mindfulness

Mindfulness seems to be the new buzzword popping up everywhere, Schools, Hospitals and local community centres. Mindfulness is a translation from the Sanskrit word Sati, meaning to be in the moment and aware of the present. It seems a contradiction that the translation was interpreted as mindfulness as opposed to mindlessness or perhaps Embodied Living might be better again. To be practising present moment awareness in any scenario, all our senses need to be engaged.

Recipe: Raw Brownie Squares
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Recipe: Raw Brownie Squares

This yummy energy booster has a high protein content, balances hormones and feeds the nervous system and skin with healthy fats and B Vitamins. It Contains walnuts, hazel nuts, coconut flour, maca powder, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, cinnamon and small amount of raisins.

Yoga is More Than Exercise
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Yoga is More Than Exercise

Yoga is not just an exercise.
It is so much more than that. There are so many physiological changes going on as we move and breathe in unison. The steady rhythmical breath is the key to joining the mind, emotions to action.
Yoga Postures without observation of the breath is not yoga. It is therefore very important that we have a good understanding of the character of our breath and of breathing techniques from the onset of yoga practise.

Breathe, Move, and Meditate with Siobhán Shinnors
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Breathe, Move, and Meditate with Siobhán Shinnors

A yoga practise increases vitality when it is reflecting our current needs, whether this is to cope with an injury or support a stressful period, an athlete looking to improve performance or a student undergoing exams. On completion of a beginners yoga course with Siobhán Shinnors (YogaHerbalist), a student will have enough knowledge to do a routine of core postures correctly and safely and begin the journey of practising yoga intuitively.