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Chi Detox Patches

We all carry toxins around in our body. They accumulate as we live: nasties like environmental poisons, chemicals we breathe in or ingest, waste products from foods all get stored in our body tissue. Chi Detox Patches are a unique, non-invasive way to help detox the whole body. Each patch contains a unique formula of highly purified powder extract of a blend of herbs and minerals used in Chinese Medicine. They target the reflex points under our feet, which have 62 acupuncture points.

Simply apply them at night. When you remove the patches in the morning, you can see the changes: their colour will show you that they have absorbed sweat from your feet over night.

Enjoy a free pair of Chi socks with every purchase – while stocks last!

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Pain Relief

Botanical Syrup the solution to a stubborn cough

Irish Botanica Botanical Syrup has helped many to find relief for the first time from a stubborn cough


Irish Botanica Botanical Syrup is a cough remedy that I told you about last year. Many of you who tried it found it amazing and got relief for the first time from a stubborn cough. But, unfortunately, the suppliers ran out of stock and left many of you disappointed that you couldn’t try it for yourself. Nobody could have predicted the demand. The good news is that it’s back in stock and your local health store should be able to order it in for you.

Botanical Syrup was developed by Medicinal Herbalist David Foley. Botanical Syrup contains herbs which can help ease all stubborn and difficult to shift coughs, clear congestion, decrease mucus, and relieve the symptoms of asthma, hay fever, and bronchitis. What’s great about the blend is that as well as the herbs to treat coughs it also contains Vitamin C, Liquorice and Ginseng which are included for their immune supporting properties and also their ability to relieve the effects of stress on the body.

It’s a fantastic combination of herbs which work well together including White Horehound which can decrease and thin the mucus in the bronchial tubes and lungs.

Mullein is used to help clear congestion and phlegm. Plantain eases sore throats, coughs, and bronchitis. It protects and strengthens the lining of the throat and lungs. Cinnamon is included for its mild antiseptic properties. Ginseng will help your body cope with stress and at the same time it will support immune function helping you to stay well. Aniseed helps clear mucus from the airways, and adds the flavour to the mix. Liquorice will help to reduce dryness and has an anti-spasmodic effect helping to ease a cough.

Last year I had amazing feedback from people all around the country. Many of you also told your friends and family about how effective it was. I would say that approx. 8 out of 10 people who tried it got relief from a stubborn cough. So I’m happy to remind you of it so you can see if it can help you too. Remember to check with your doctor if you’re on medication.

If you too have a stubborn cough then it might be worth your while trying this remedy, Botanical Syrup, it’s a fantastic Irish made product

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Diet and Lifestyle

Cleanmarine® For Women – 60 Caps

Cleanmarine For Women is a unique all-in-one Omega 3, Phytonutrient and Vitamin blend designed specifically to offer nutritional support to women from 15 – 40 years. 

Each Cleanmarine For Women capsule is packed with Omega-3 with Phospholipids, Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and D3, as well as Rosemary Extract and Soy Isoflavones. With Vitamin B6 helping to regulate hormonal activity, supporting energy production and reducing tiredness and fatigue and Vitamin B2 to help maintain normal skin. This synergistic formula is ideal for women who want to feel and look good every day.

Did you know that 98% of our customers would recommend Cleanmarine For Women to a friend?

Free delivery in Ireland

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Is it all in my head?

Many of the symptoms we experience with IBD are invisible – joint pain and fatigue being the major players that spring to my mind! Low levels of iron, B12, and Vitamin D, plus the emotional impact such as anxiety, PTSD and depression are all invisible too, but we feel them, don’t we?

Living with lower abdominal pain

I began experiencing lower, right-sided abdominal pain in 2012, which got progressively worse over time. I had mentioned it frequently during my appointments with my IBD nurse, but it never seemed of interest. One time, when I had pushed the issue, she said: “It may just something you may have to live with.”

I would have found that much more acceptable if it had been investigated and there was nothing to be seen, but it wasn’t, so I continued taking painkillers every day to function and tried to accept that this may be my life now.

Do the doctors and nurses not believe me?

The lack of interest in my reported symptoms left me feeling deflated. I didn’t want a life on painkillers. When the pain had got worse, I had gone on to stronger painkillers, so when I reported that I had also started vomiting, my IBD nurse said that the painkillers were probably the cause. I kept wondering if they weren’t investigating because they did not believe me. Did they think it was all in my head? Was it?

In 2014, after multiple medication failures for pouchitis, I was due to start Infliximab, but I had to have a pouchoscopy to verify active disease before I could start it. That pouchoscopy was particularly traumatic. I usually tolerated them pretty well, but this one had been different. The pain was unreal. I remember giving myself a good bash in the face with the gas and air mouthpiece as I wiped a tear from my eye because it had literally made my eyes water! During that pouchoscopy, a stricture had been identified where my j-pouch joined my small intestine, which was too narrow for the camera to pass through.

This all led to emergency surgery

Further testing led to the discovery of two strictures (narrowing’s in the intestine); one small and one long, right next to each other. A week later I was under the knife as the surgeon felt emergency surgery was necessary.

It turned out that the short one had been an abscess and the long one had been a twist in my intestine. After the surgery, the surgeon had said that he couldn’t understand how I was still walking around in such a state, but the truth was, by that time, I really had started to believe that maybe it was all in my head.

If you believe that something isn’t right, it probably isn’t

It sounds weird to say that it’s lucky that I had chronic pouchitis, but that’s how I feel. How much longer would the pain and vomiting have gone undiagnosed if I hadn’t needed that pouchoscopy to get Infliximab? It’s not something I even want to think about!

So, my story may not be about the most common issues we have with IBD (I have a fair few of those as well), but reaching a point where you actually begin to believe that it may all be in your head is not so uncommon.

The moral of the story? Be your own advocate! You are the only one that really knows what your “normal” feels like, so if you believe that something isn’t right, push for investigations. I will certainly never just leave it ever again!

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