An Bhean Feasa – Continuing the Story…

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When I opened my shop I knew a little about herbs, homeopathy and supplements but I had to learn more in order to help my customers.  I followed the I.A.H.S. training, (Irish Association of Health Stores), and completed all the training that the supplement and herbal companies provided.  I studied and researched and then I trained to become a Kinesiologist and once I received my Diploma in 2008  I began to work healing people.

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I tried all the health foods that I stocked and our diet, which had always been based around fresh vegetarian produce became organic and expanded.

I had made my own bread from time to time and now we only eat home made bread.  I had grown a few spuds before but now we grow as much of our own fruit and veg and herbs as we can and we got ourselves a poly tunnel so that we could grow even more.

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I searched for teachers who could help me get the most from our herbs and I began making herbal medicine from our own herbs and from wild plants growing near by.

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I discovered blogs that inspired me to become more self-sufficient and more frugal minded and more creative.  I began to knit again and to make soap, body care and household cleaners. (I will be running a workshop on these topics later this year.)  Yesterday we made our own sea salt.  It is SO easy.  We collected a pan of water from the sea side – from the wild Atlantic and sat it on the range and let it boil away.

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A couple of hours later we have enough salt for a week or two and it cost us nothing because the range is on anyway, providing heat and for cooking.

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The more self sufficient we become the more satisfying life is. It also leads to a closer relationship with Nature.  The childhood urge to know Nature, to be connected to Nature came to the fore and that awakened a need for a spiritual connection.  My spirituality was not to be confined within a church – no thank you – but outdoors.  My temple is to be found outside near trees, on a hill, by the sea.

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I suppose what I am trying to say is, that by following a dream to own and run a health shop, that dream took us further than I ever imagined.  We are on an adventure now and we don’t know where we’ll end up.