Irish Health + Wellness - My Local Loves this Christmas

I'm back to share my favourite Irish health + wellness businesses with you all...

This first Local Love is my go-to holistic shop in Kildare town which is also available online, Dónall na Gealaí. Although this shop is a relatively new find for me, it has been on the go for 15 years now.

The minute you walk through the doors of Dónall na Gealaí you will be greeted by the aroma of beautiful soy candles, essential oils and handmade bathbombs. It is heavenly. If you're anything like me, you will spend a good hour picking up and examining all of the different crystals, admiring the beautiful trinkets, reading through all the holistic book titles and smelling each of the beautiful candles.

The store runs on a 'soft/no sell' policy meaning they will never push anyone to buy anything.

-"Often a customer will come in not really knowing what they are looking for but we have a natter and a walk around the shop and they may buy something or not or go away to think about something they've seen."

Here are just some of my favourite items from their online store.

If you follow me on IG, I'm sure you have heard me mention this next Local Love of mine a few hundred times by now!😅 Yep, you guessed it, it's Irish owned Greenheart CBD!

At the risk of repeating myself, these Irish grown products are simply life-altering. They contain truly top quality ingredients in each of the different Full Spectrum Homogenised CBD blends, i.e. Hemp Seed blend, Flax Seed blend + Rapeseed blend. Greenheart are involved from seed to shelf when it comes to the production of their products, that's why I completely trust and love each different blend of their CBD oil.

I am so grateful to now be working with this fantastic company and to be able to offer you 20% off your total order by using my discount code AOIFEPR20 at the checkout! :)

My next Local Love is online store Everyday Essentials. This is a new Kildare owned business that stocks a mixture of essential items and self care items. I am a massive fan of the beautiful Jo Browne hand sanitizer that they stock. The added aloe vera and peppermint is so soothing and gentle on the hands.

Here is a taste of the wonderful collection you can find on their site.

My next Local Love is truly, to die for 😍 It is of course The Silk Pillow Case. Ran by two lovely Irish ladies Anna and Aisling, The Silk Pillow Case has quickly accelerated, stocking much more than their classic stunning silk pillowcases. You can now find some beautiful silk sleep masks and face masks on their site.

I am a proud owner of the silk eye mask which I love to wear when I'm unwell and taking a mid-day nap. It really works a treat for 'the ultimate sleep experience', and also feels so gentle on my eyes leaving no crease marks at all!

You can also find some lovely gift sets that include a pillowcase and lavender essential oil. What a perfect gift this would make for your sister or bestie this Christmas!

As many of my followers already know, I am a massive fan of journaling and practicing gratitude. I found both of these practices extremely beneficial after my Cervical Cancer diagnosis last year and also while I was cocooning for 17 weeks during the pandemic.

In particular, I found Irish author Andrea Hayes' 'Mind Body Soul' journal fantastic. I was kindly gifted this by my aunt who is a huge believer in our inner healing powers. Andrea's journal truly echoes this ethos.

This year has been tough on so many people in so many different ways. This journal would be a beautiful and considerate gift to someone you know who may have particularly struggled this year.

The journal can be found in all major book stores and online.

While we're on the topic of journaling, another beautiful journal that you have undoubtedly come across is that of Irish author, Denise Kenny Byrne, 'The Head Plan'.

If you don't already follow Denise on IG, you need to. She and her husband Ciarán have an original love story to tell, one which has taught them many life lessons. Through their earlier struggles they have created a life of resilience and hope. Denise has created 'The Head Plan' in order to help others through the means of guided journaling.

For that extra something special you can also get your initials printed on your journal or perhaps instead, for that someone special this Christmas.

I love the whole ethos and aim of my next Local Love, Modern Botany. Their goal is simply to do better for our bodies and the planet. They have done so through the creation of their magnificent natural deodorant, natural multi-purpose oil and diffusers with natural aromas.

You can purchase the below products from this West-Cork business.

I hope this week's blog was of some more use to you all!

Stay tuned for next week's My Local Loves this Christmas post :)

Happy shopping! Aoife P R

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