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If you’re under the weather and are looking for alternative remedies to relieve your symptoms, turn to Pharmaca’s Project Wellness blog for the best in natural remedies. We offer great information on the cutting-edge research that can tell you which natural remedies ease sniffles and sneezes, relieve pain or soothe muscles aches. We even serve as a homeopathic remedy guide, helping you navigate through the often-confusing world of homeopathy. From spotlights on herbal formulas to information about natural health and beauty products, we’ll be your resource for all of the natural and alternative remedies that can help you feel better faster.

What Do You Know About Echinacea?

September 25, 2011
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What Do You Know About Echinacea?

Echinacea has become a go-to herb for boosting immunity and is now a staple in many people’s medicine cabinets. But do you know just how long it’s been around? Archeological digs show that Native Americans used echinacea for more than four centuries to treat wounds and infections and as a general cure-all. At other...

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Cloud B Products and Better Sleep for Baby

September 20, 2011
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Cloud B Products and Better Sleep for Baby

Proper sleep is essential for a healthy, developing child. Discover Cloud B’s soothing products, which are specially designed to help children sleep better. Created in conjunction with a certified board of pediatricians, Cloud B’s products help soothe the senses by creating a peaceful environment and ease a child’s fear of the dark—perfect companions for...

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Vitamin D Deficient? You May be Prone to Muscle Injury and Alzheimer’s

September 19, 2011
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Vitamin D Deficient? You May be Prone to Muscle Injury and Alzheimer’s

Add stronger muscles to the ever-growing list of reasons to take vitamin D. Scientists recently discovered that a lack of vitamin D could result in muscle injuries in athletes; another group of scientists found that vitamin D can help to remove plaques in the brain that have long been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, a...

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Magnesium Supplement: Hot Flash Relief

September 16, 2011
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Magnesium Supplement: Hot Flash Relief

Good news from researchers about reducing the symptoms of menopause, even if you’re a breast cancer survivor: Magnesium can reduce hot flashes caused by breast cancer drugs. A recent study published in Natural Standard shows that breast cancer patients taking magnesium supplements experienced fewer hot flashes per week than women not taking the supplement....

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Muscle Aches? Try Essential Oils for Pain

September 14, 2011
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Muscle Aches? Try Essential Oils for Pain

Aches and pains got you down? If you’ve already run the gamut of prescription and over-the-counter medications, you may want try essential oils for pain and muscle aches. Essential oils, extracted from plants, flowers and trees, have powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic (i.e. pain-relieving) properties. Essential oils also act as a detoxifying agent. Menstrual cramps,...

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The Link Between Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

The Link Between Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

The adrenals are a key player in our stress responses, kicking into high gear when we get stressed out. To find out more about ways to support your adrenal glands, we spoke with Cari-Lynn Debie, herbalist at Mill Valley, and Paul Clark, herbalist from our Sonoma store, about the best herbs for helping to...

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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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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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Which Sleep Supplement is Right For Me?

Which Sleep Supplement is Right For Me?

Losing sleep isn’t something to casually ignore–too little sleep can cause all kinds of health issues, from poor work performance to inability to lose weight to some chronic diseases. If you’re confused about which ingredients do what, here’s some information about common elements in our most popular sleep formulas. 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP): In the body...

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