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New reasons to keep your sunblock natural

New reasons to keep your sunblock natural

According to a new article in Women’s Health magazine, some common ingredients found in chemical sunscreens could be not only dangerous to your skin, but also to the bodies of water you’re swimming in. “Twenty thousand tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers, divers, and surfers into the oceans every year, eventually affecting marine life,...

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Whooping cough vaccinations now available

Whooping cough vaccinations now available

If you live in California, you probably know that cases of whooping cough have dramatically increased over the last 50 years. Also know as pertussis, whooping cough now affects an estimated 7,800 people in California alone (via Huffington Post). As a result, last year the California legislature enacted a law that requires students in...

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Just say no to white legs

A few months ago, jane iredale came out with a new self-tanner that works to make skin tanner in just a few days: Tantasia. We here at the Pharmaca offices have fallen in love with this good-smelling, non-streaky bronzer that really does add a few shades to our skin (that’s still pale from covering...

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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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