Mairead, Terena and the practitioners at New Leaf are building a blog to guide you, entertain you and give you ideas to benefit your health and well-being. We all hope that you enjoy the entries here and come back again and again to see how the blog is developing. Your comments are welcome and we will try to respond to any comments and questions that you might have.

Products and tips to keep viruses at bay

frostToday was the first really heavy frost and the autumn season has brought with it some nasty viruses. We have heard of several cases of glandular fever, the virus that causes glandular fever is known as Epstein-Barr virus, there’s been hand foot and mouth virus spreading round local schools and nurseries and there has also been a viral chest infection that has been causing many people to feel unwell. We have heard of a few cases of Shingles, Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the dormant chicken pox virus due to reduced immunity / stress.

Natural Remedies for Fatigue


One of the most common complaints that we hear from our customers at the moment is fatigue. Fatigue and disturbed sleep patterns are often the result of stress. Some people are suffering from shorter term periods of activity and stress, such as students taking exams, whilst other people with a busy lifestyle such as carers or teachers might have longer term stress in their lives. There’s a lot of recommendations here but please come in and have a chat about your own unique lifestyle and we will help you to select the best products for you.


New Creative Writing Workshop begins April 2016

creative writing workshopsThis April and May, New Leaf, will host creative writing workshops in Kanturk and Charleville.

The primary aim of the workshops will be to provide a non-rigid forum where persons involved in creative writing may present their work ( or not present if they so wish) in an atmosphere of constructive encouragement.

FREE Taster session: Tai Chi and Mantra Meditation – March 2016


FREE Taster Session:

Tue 1st March, 7.30pm

Wed 2nd March, 7.30pm

Book: 063 30015/029 51922

This Spring, New Leaf, is delighted to present a series of classes which combine the ancient disciplines of Ta’i Chi and Mantra Meditation. These evening classes start in March and take place at 7:30pm on Tuesdays in Kanturk and Wednesdays in Charleville and run for a six week period for €65.

It has long been understood, even since ancient times, that we accumulate stress and anxiety in both mind and body. Over time both mind and body become reservoirs for stress and anxiety. We store them in our systems where they have a detrimental effect on both physical and emotional well-being. We need to develop techniques for cleansing mind and body of these toxic elements.


DNA Testing for weight loss and well being – now available at New Leaf


Discover your Genetic Profile

There are so many diets out there – giving up carbs, only consuming soups or juices, cutting out sugar etc. But there is no one definitive diet that suits everybody, because everybody is different. Our qualified expert nutritionist Shay Kearney is now offering DNA testing in Kanturk and Charleville. The test is used to generate unique dietary plans to suit the individual. DNA testing used in this fashion was originally developed and used in the training regime of Olympian athletes and is very effective and scientifically based.

What is CLA 24/7? How can it help with Weight Loss?

cla247-squareTIME FOR TONING

CLA 24/7 is a supplement that has been tailored to support toning and fat burning in females. It combines the three most effective compounds for fat burning and energy production – CLA, green tea extract, and L-Carnitine

Forget skinny, 2016 is the year for strong and athletic women. Undoubtedly, you’ve heard the horror stories: strength training makes girls bulky, it’s bad for your joints, and once you have muscle, you can’t stop exercising or it will all turn to fat. It’s the biggest myth in the fitness industry, and it feeds into stereotypes that are keeping so many women from achieving their dream body. Times have changed and there are an increasing amount of females stepping away from the aerobics class and towards the weights. CLA 24/7 is a supplement that has been tailored to support toning and fat burning in females.

Hazelnut and Courgette Loaf

hazelnutsThis is an absolutely delicious nut roast which would be perfect for a vegetarian or vegan Christmas dinner. It is a recipe from an old, now out of print, Sarah Brown Cookbook. Sometimes the tried and tested ones are the best!

Personalised Gift Box Selections for Men

christmas-presentsOur personalised gift-boxes are always very popular with customers in Kanturk and Charleville and we are now offering them to online customers. Just select your budget and let us know something about the recipient. Delivery is free to Irish addresses for orders over €50. A personal gift message can be included.

It can be difficult to buy for men so we have put together a few selections to inspire you.

Win a Dr Mahers Christmas Gift Set

facebook competititionWe are delighted to be able to offer you the opportunity to win a Dr Mahers Christmas Gift set.

At New Leaf we love Dr Mahers products and we know you will too. You may have read the recent blog that we did about these products.

What is “Synergistic Nutrition”? The Terranova product range – 100% vegan

terranova nutrition

Here at New Leaf we demand the highest standards from our suppliers. One company that we have been very impressed with recently is Terranova. We have had a lot of positive feedback from customers as to the effectiveness of the supplements. Terranova Supplements are unusual as they contain a unique combination of plant extracts to help your body to absorb the nutrients. They are also 100% vegan so vegetarians, vegans and everyone else can enjoy the benefits safe in the knowledge that no animal products or testing are involved in their production.

Have you tried Doctor Mahers 100% natural skin care?


This week’s blog is to let you know about a new range of Irish skin care products that we are stocking in our health shops in Kanturk and Charleville, and which are also available in our online shop. We are all completely blown away by how wonderful our skin is as a result of using Doctor Mahers skin care this is the result of our in shop tests.


Should you take Turmeric supplements? What are the benefits of Turmeric?


Turmeric is a spice that has been used for many thousands of years and is particularly associated with Indian cookery. It is a root that looks much like ginger but which has a distinct bright yellow colour. In Ireland we generally purchase it as a powder. Turmeric is thought by some people to be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence.

Make your own Palm Oil Free Digestive Biscuits Recipe

When was the last time you looked at the ingredients on the biscuits in the supermarket?

I told my daughter about the effect that palm oil is having on the planet and now every time we are in the biscuit aisle we go on a hunt for a packet of biscuits that does not contain palm oil – we call it the palm oil challenge. It is really hard to find a packet!


Healthier Christmas Cake

gluten free christmas cake
I thought it would be good to look for some delicious and different healthier Christmas cake recipes that you can bake at home.

It’s Virus Season – here are some tips to make (and keep) you well


We have had a lot of customers (and some staff) suffering from a virulent virus that is doing the rounds. It begins with a slight sore throat and then (depending on the sufferer) it can travel to the chest, stomach or ears. So these are some tips to help you avoid catching it and to get you well again.


Two mountains in a day for Animal Magic rescue

carrauntoohilSome time ago my good friend Geraldine Hollywood, Viridian Nutrition Territory Manager for Ireland, and I were talking about how to raise funds for some charities that we support. More…

Good Digestion Naturally

avogelimage-digestionWe often deal with customers who are suffering from digestive problems and there are some easy ways to treat problems which can be really effective. Sometimes digestive problems manifest themselves as bad skin not just as indigestion or bowel problems. We often see that in children.

Understanding how your digestive system operates is really important.  The first stage is often forgotten – your digestive process begins when you smell the food. More…

Please nominate us for this Award

goodhealthnaturallyRetailer of the Year Awards 2014. The Naturally Good Health Retailer of the Year Awards recognise the independent retailers who have gone that extra mile for you or your family’s health and well-being. Click here to nominate us!

Mairead climbs for Animal Magic Rescue Centre


New Leaf owner Mairead O’Keeffe has been so moved by the remarkable work of the Animal Magic Rescue Centre in Killmallock that she is taking on a personal challenge to fundraise for them. Mairead will be climbing two of Ireland’s highest mountains in a single day. More…

Sports Nutrition – Fit for Life – Part 5: Understanding Low GL Diets

patsUnderstanding the concept of Giomatic Load in food can help an individual to regulate their intake.