Niamh O’Connell is a qualified holistic nutritionist based in Dublin, Ireland.
Niamh gained her Bachelor of Arts (International) (Hons) in UCD, graduating in 2000. Niamh is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian so international clients are catered for.
In her 20s Niamh realised the link between diet, fitness and health and began to change her diet and approach to treating illness in herself. This was consolidated with her Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle coaching with the Institute of Health Sciences, Dublin. She is a fully-accredited member of the Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners and is bound by their code of ethics and practice.
Maintaining professional standards and CPD by attendance at seminars and conferences in the fields of functional medicine, nutritional therapy and healthcare. Niamh has been invited to speak to the medical profession at this year’s Raynaud’s and Scleroderma 2017 conference about autoimmune disease and diet.
A mother of three and a breastfeeding and birth peer supporter, Niamh was an active member of La Leche League from 2012 and the The Home Birth Association of Ireland from 2008. Her experience of natural term breastfeeding led to her being interviewed on “Four Live” on TV3 in January 2012 to raise awareness of this topic. She set up the Friends of Breastfeeding Dublin 8 peer-to-peer support group which hosts fortnightly meetings in Newmarket Square.
Her interest in home birth led her to be nominated as a service user on the HSE’s National Implementation Steering Group for Home Birth services in 2016. She is a member of the organic Dublin Food Co-op and volunteers on their administration team. She is a freelance nutrition writer for the health and fitness industry. Niamh recognises the importance of peer support in mothering so she hosts a monthly women’s Moon circle (Red Tent) in Dublin 8.
Niamh has trained in herbalism since 2011, notably with Fiann O’Nuallain, Vivienne Campbell, Diann Fletcher Jones and uses it to treat her own family. She holds a certificate in Curanderismo (the traditional Mexican healing) from the University of New Mexico.
Niamh uses her unique holistic approach to support her husband with his Ulcerative Colitis, as well as control her own psoriatic arthritis. Niamh made the ethical choice to follow a vegetarian diet in 1990 and continues to this day.
In the last 14 years since embarking on a more natural lifestyle Niamh has not used painkillers or antibiotics. She has supported herself through three pregnancies and births with natural medicines and herbal remedies. This includes shrinking an ovarian cyst and avoiding a cystectomy, curing a urinary tract infection, candida, mastitis, toothache, controlling cold sores and she has most recently healed her pelvic organ prolapse with a combination of natural therapies including dietary changes.
Niamh believes mental health is paramount and she understands the link between diet and mood, finally having reached a place of inner peace after a decade of self-discovery and talk therapies.
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