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Balance Your Skin With Oils from Nature

Balance Your Skin With Oils from Nature

For most of us with oily, sensitive or acne-prone skin, oil has long been a no-no in our skin care regimens. Turns out that school of thought may have been wrong. Natural oils can actually help maintain our skin’s all-important moisture balance, and keep us from drying out or feeling too oily. “Your skin’s...

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Proper prescription drug disposal

Proper prescription drug disposal

Still confused about what to do with your unused prescriptions? Experts recommend different disposal methods for different meds, depending on their danger to humans or pets in the household. The best option: Find a drug take-back program in your area. Start by contacting the trash and recycling program of your city or county government,...

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Fish Oil or Flax?

Fish Oil or Flax?

The average American gets only half the daily amount of omega-3 fatty acids recommended by the World Health Organization. These promoters of heart health and brain function are sometimes called essential fatty acids because they must be obtained from dietary sources or nutritional supplements. We asked Clare Bauermeister, ND, of Pharmaca in West Seattle...

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Practitioner of the Month: Karin D, Wellness Counselor

Practitioner of the Month: Karin D, Wellness Counselor

Because Pharmaca stores are staffed with such unique practitioners–from acupuncturists to herbalists to naturopaths, every once in awhile we like to highlight one who is particularly great at their job. Our practitioner of the month is Karin D., wellness counselor and assistant manager at our store in south Boulder, Colo. Says Leslie, store manager...

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Products we love: Muscle Remedy Massage Oil

Products we love: Muscle Remedy Massage Oil

This year Pharmaca began formulating our own line of massage oils and lotions. They’re filled with pure essential oils that make massage a warm, aromatherapeutic experience. We especially love our Muscle Remedy Massage Oil because it’s great for soothing tired muscles. A combination of camphor, juniper, rosemary and sweet birch oil make for a...

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Cayenne pepper may aid in weight loss

Cayenne pepper may aid in weight loss

Long used for a variety of purposes in Chinese, Japanese and Ayurvedic medicine, cayenne pepper has now been shown to act as an appetite suppressant and to burn calories. A recent study in the journal Physiology & Behavior explained how capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot peppers can help reduce hunger and encourage calorie...

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Essential Oil of the Month: Rosemary

Essential Oil of the Month: Rosemary

Rosemary is one of those quintessential herbs that add flavor to almost any dish. It’s native to the Mediterranean region, and is a member of the mint family. Maybe that’s why, as an essential oil, it’s known for its ability to revitalize and clarify. What it does Rosemary has been clinically shown to improve...

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Why We Love jane iredale Cosmetics

With all of the cosmetic choices available today, it’s nearly impossible to decipher which ones work well and are good for your skin. That’s why we love jane iredale—THE SKIN CARE MAKEUP, and why so many of our team members have made the switch. Here, they talk about their favorite jane iredale products, and...

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Identify your nutrient deficiencies

One of the perks of having so many expert practitioners around is being able to take advantage of their knowledge. Awhile ago, Cat Pantaleo, an herbalist and nutritionist at our downtown Boulder store, led a workshop for the office on nutrient deficiencies. She brought with her this handy worksheet that shows common health issues...

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Boost Your Skin Health from the Inside Out

Boost Your Skin Health from the Inside Out

From our friends at Pure Encapsulations There are a number of different nutrients that provide key building blocks to support skin elasticity and hydration, healthy hair, and nail strength and thickness. Vitamin C, zinc, copper, manganese and silica are integral collagen and keratin cofactors, promoting skin elasticity. Vitamin C also supports skin resiliency and...

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