Tips and treats from the team at Organico Bantry

Posted on: 8th March, 2016

Category: Health

Contributor: Hannah Dare

As many of you already know, we have a wonderful team here in Organico. Constantly learning, ever curious, and enthusiastically testing all our products, our experienced staff are the backbone of our business. This month I decided to ask everyone for their favourite healthcare or skincare tips — or to tell me all about something they are passionate about. Here are a selection of the tips I got, from natural skincare to raw desserts. Enjoy!

Catherine Weld loves Trilogy natural skincare: “My favourite moisturiser is the Trilogy Balancing Face Lotion, which contains Rosapene, ginkgo and green tea. I put it on morning and evening after washing my face; it is light and soothing and suits my skin, which has been much more settled since I started using it. The pump dispenser means that it is easy to use the small amount that is needed, and a 100ml bottle lasts for months. The size is also convenient for travelling abroad meaning that I can keep up the routine when I’m away, which I love, as it is probably when my skin is most vulnerable’. Catherine writes our monthly newsletter — if you would like to get it you an email and she will sign you up! See the end of this article for the email address.

Christine Meadows recommends L-Theanine to help people get on top of exam stress and stress in general. “Last year a friend told me her daughter was very stressed about her leaving certificate exams. Her mother felt helpless and came in to Organico asking for advice. I suggested L-Theanine, an amino acid extracted from green tea, which is safe and non-habit forming and excellent for promoting calm while helping concentration. Within a week my friend noticed her daughter was much calmer, and within two weeks her daughter commented on it herself. She got her first choice and is now studying Accountancy!” Christine is a trained nutritional therapist and has worked in our shop for the last seven years, and you are all welcome to come and ask Christine about any health issue for which you would like nutritional advice.

Ceri Williams is passionate about cheese and wine. “Recently we got in a new Raw cheese from Frank in Fermoy, our raw milk supplier. It’s called St Gall, and is a mature raw cheese with a strong but subtle tang, combined with a smooth creamy texture that leaves your tastebuds tingling. The wine I’m most excited about right now is a new Italian Boire Pino Grigio that we just got in from Mary Pawle Wines, our organic wine supplier, which is both fresh and fruity, crisp and smooth. I took it to our staff Party last week in Gubbeen and everyone loved it! We have asked Mary for a special deal to encourage people to try it out, so for the next while we will be able to offer a 10 per cent discount on the Pino Grigio. Come and try it!” Ceri has worked in the shop for five years, and is passionate about cheese and wine so if you have any questions about our cheese counter or our organic wines come and ask her!

Helen Tobin is another Trilogy girl. “Since hitting my thirties I’ve noticed a lot of changes in my skin — dehydration, the first few lines — so I am always on the lookout for that extra something special and especially at this time of year. This month I have been using Trilogy’s Nutrient Plus Serum and I absolutely love it. Serums are water based so your skin benefits from a high concentration of active ingredients in tiny molecules, which pass through the skin easily. This all-natural serum makes my skin feel dry and a little tight immediately — that’s the ingredients’ working. I have really noticed my skin is in better condition so I can definitely recommend it, especially as a booster when your skin feels a little tired.” Helen trained in beauty therapy and has had a strong interest in natural health and natural beauty for years, and luckily for us she has just recently joined us in Organico.

In the Cafe, Santhe Tanner is passionate about Revive Active for a very good reason — “I have had no migraines since I started taking Revive regularly’. Revive Active is a high potency food supplement formulated by a cardiologist, which is an excellent energiser and is great for your circulation, which is why it may be useful for preventing migraines. Santhe also works as a Lomi Lomi massage therapist — if you enjoy deep tissue massage, I can really recommend her treatments. Liana French gets very excited about coconut oil — for everything! She uses coconut oil for cooking, she adds it to her morning coffee, and uses it as a cleanser and as a body butter. If you have never tried a bulletproof coffee, do call in the next time you’re in Bantry – it’s surprisingly delicious. We are going to miss Liana when she heads off to Canada in May but we wish her excitement and adventures in her new life.

And finally here is a recipe I am looking forward to trying out! Dee Cotter is passionate about making raw treats and decided to share her favourite recipe so you can make your own at home. Dee told me “Because I love chocolate but really want to stay away from refined sugar, I often make my own. Eating food as close to nature intended is important to me, as is taste experience, so raw, whole and unrefined is always my aim, whether for weekday dinners or delectable treats”.

Dee’s homemade raw chocolate balls

Base Ingredients

• Two dessert spoons of raw Virgin coconut oil

• One and a half dessert spoons of raw honey

• Three dessert spoons of raw cacao powder or cocoa.

To keep it all raw and full of enzymes I just mash these ingredients together in a bowl until smooth and you have your base – now the fun begins!


I always put a few pinches of sea salt in, sometimes even coarse salt for surprising salt explosions that only enhance the sweet richness of the honey, while balancing the bitterness of the cocoa. Sour cherries, gogi berries, pumpkin seeds, muesli, and nuts are all good additions. If you want to get more adventurous, crack some almonds and dry toast them in a pan with a little honey drizzled over while still hot makes praline-like crunch when cooled, add this to your chocolate mix. Nice flavours include vanilla essence, essential oil of orange, or spirits (brandy being my fave!).

Once you’ve created your own chocolate signature style, you can cool in fridge to make it firm and then either roll your mixture into balls and toss in cocoa or roll it out between parchment paper and pop it in fridge/freezer before breaking into shards. Keeps in an airtight box for about two weeks. Dee has only recently joined our team in Organico but brings to her role a wealth of experience in using and working with natural foods — she previously worked in Hudson’s in Ballydehob.

Rachel and I are starting our cookery mornings again on March 19; the morning includes scones and coffee on arrival, a demo and then a delicious (and healthy!) lunch. We’ll introduce you to some of our favorite dishes, mostly plant-based, full of natural, healthy ingredients and packed with flavour. We’ll demonstrate a super healthy drink, a delicious soup, and a nutritious main dish along with a few salads/side dishes and a raw dessert. The cost is €45 including lunch and places are limited, so do give us a call if you would like to come along. If you would like to sign up to our monthly newsletter please email Catherine on and you will get all our news including details for the demos.

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