Living foods or raw foods as they are often called, are foods that have not been heated above 43 degrees Celsius.

Raw and living foods are also always vegetarian and vegan/plant based. They are sprouted seeds, nuts, grains, juices of all kinds, fruit, vegetables, herbs and salad leaves, simple ferments, wheatgrass juice, and specially grown year-round salads of baby sunflower and other germinated foods.

These enzyme-packed living foods take the burden off an overloaded system and allow it to recover. The high chlorophyll content of daily green drinks, sprouts, salad greens, and herbs act in two ways: chlorophyll's special action on the blood detoxifies and rejuvenates at the same time. This is the most gentle and thorough way to encourage and support natural healing. Living foods also include sprouted grain breads, dehydrated biscuits, and nourishing raw soups.

The complete living foods way of raw nutrition gives excellent nutrition in a safe and simple way, and at the same time it avoids the toxic results of eating chemicalized and processed foods. The highest quality foods are natural living foods. Amino acids minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, trace elements, oxygen, enzymes and hormones are all present. Foods are always nutrient dense, full of flavour, vibrant, colourful and most importantly great for our health. A 100% living food diet is considered ideal, however, if you limit cooked foods to no more than 20% of your diet. The best cooked foods are steamed vegetables, baked winter squashes and sweet potatoes, and lightly cooked alkalizing grains such as amaranth, millet and quinoa.

I was on holiday in France and had a lot of phlegm and sinus congestion over there. After flying home my ears felt blocked and wouldn't pop. My doctor gave me antibiotics for a couple of weeks, but they didn't work. He sent me to a specialist who was going to operate and unblock them. My wife suggested I see Ciara. Ciara told me to cut out dairy and wheat and gave me herbs to drink. My ears popped after a few days and the paint went. I cancelled the operation and I've been feeling great ever since.

- BW, Malahide

I've been treated by Ciara in her Apothecary over the last 5 months for eczema that broke out on my face after having cleared up for a year through changing my diet. I was quite stressed and Ciara took as much care of my emotional as well as physical symptoms. She advise me on diet, prescribed herbs and was very supportive. My skin has completely cleared up.

- Sarah, Greystones

Oh my god they're fab! I have been taking two every night and they are absolutely brilliant! It's worked like a trick, have been doing all the other bit you recommended too and it's completely sorted out the bloating and distension and constipation. It's made a massive difference, I only realised this morning actually that my stomach hasn't been distended in tha past few days in a row which is practically unheard of. Thank you so much, they are amazing.

- K O'Reilly, Westmeath

We had been trying for three years to conceive and I had started taking clomid a few months beforehand to which I reacted to. A friend recommended I have a consultation with Ciara. Within four months I was pregnant and had a healthy baby boy!

When we decided to try for baby number two, we conceived within two months of starting on Ciara's herbal medicines. I cannot recommend her enough, the herbs are easy to take and inexpensive. Thanks to Ciara we have a happy healthy family.

- Helen, Louth