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Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Keep Babies Healthier

Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Keep Babies Healthier

A study conducted by a researcher in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University has found that women who take fish oil supplements during pregnancy may boost their baby’s immune system and help protect them against colds during the first few months of their lives. Mothers who were given DHA (docosahexaenoic acid),...

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Vitamin D and Skin Cancer: What’s the Link?

Vitamin D and Skin Cancer: What’s the Link?

It seems as though vitamin d and skin have been getting lots of press lately and for good reason. Vitamin D is known to have a variety of health benefits. Here are a few:   Helps the intestine absorb nutrients such as calcium; good absorption of nutrients builds strong bones and a strong immune...

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How to Catch More Zzzzs

How to Catch More Zzzzs

Everyone’s got advice on how to fall asleep quicker. But what if you’ve tried the warm milk, the boring book and the comfy mattress? When sleep problems are keeping you from waking up fresh faced, take comfort in sleep solutions from Pharmaca. Here are a few common sleep problems, addressed by Kate Brainard, ND....

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Getting Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night

Getting Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night

Getting your little one to sleep can be one of the biggest challenges of parenting, but there are a few ways to tackle those challenges. We caught up with Jamie Doughty, a naturopathic doctor and midwife at Pharmaca in Portland, to discuss some common sleep issues and solutions. Maintaining healthy sleep patterns is one...

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“Natural” vs. “Organic” vs. “Homeopathic” Health and Beauty Products

“Natural” vs. “Organic” vs. “Homeopathic” Health and Beauty Products

You will often see the words “natural” and “organic” used on a variety of health and beauty products, and some people believe these words are interchangeable. Here’s how they’re different.   Let’s first explain what “homeopathic” means when it comes to medicine or products. Simply put, homeopathic remedies come from natural substances such as...

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ZuZu Luxe: Creating a simple summer look

ZuZu Luxe: Creating a simple summer look

Our friends at ZuZu Luxe love to offer tips for creating unique looks using their makeup. And we love that their cosmetics blend soothing, all-natural ingredients such as spring water, herbs, vitamins and exotic essential oils with sophisticated, fresh colors. Here’s a few simple steps to creating the perfect summer look for daytime: Start...

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Natural treatments for canker sores and cold sores

Canker sores are painful, open sores in the mouth that are white or yellow and surrounded by a bright red area. The exact cause of canker sores is not known, but stress and tissue injuries have been known to lead to the development of these often-embarrassing sores. A niacin deficiency may also contribute to...

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Essential Oil of the Month: Tea Tree

Essential Oil of the Month: Tea Tree

Tea tree oil can be found in almost everything these days. It’s taken from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, native to the northeast coast of Australia, and has long been used by Australian aborigines for its healing properties. What it does Tea tree’s antibacterial and antiviral properties make it a healing tool for everything...

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Make your own bug spray

Make your own bug spray

While we love Pharmaca’s all-natural bug repellents (check out Badger’s Anti-Bug Balm or Quantum’s Buzz Away), we also like the idea of making our own insect repellent with a few of our favorite essential oils. According to an article in Whole Living, “Essential oils that have pungent, spicy, or woodsy odors repel insects by...

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High praise for mineral sunscreen

High praise for mineral sunscreen

The question just seems to keep coming up–how do I choose which sunscreen is right for me? Are there mineral sunscreens that won’t turn my skin white? In a recent article in Boulder’s Daily Camera newspaper, Camille Capone, an esthetician at our North Boulder store, helped suss out what’s best. “Mineral sunscreens actually create...

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