Stress & Anxiety

Yoga’s Proven Health Benefits

Here’s some great news about yoga to take with you for the weekend–turns out it’s been clinically shown to be effective in treating a variety of health issues, from stress and depression to back pain. This is the first in a series of educational videos we’ll be posting from members of our Integrative Health...

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Finding Inner Peace During the Holidays

Finding Inner Peace During the Holidays

If the fast pace of the holiday season leaves you feeling more like a zombie than an elf, turn to Pharmaca for ways to help calm your nerves and relax your mind. We’ve even put some of our favorite stress and sleep products on sale this month to make getting help that much easier....

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Merry Meditation

November 30, 2011
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Merry Meditation

Meditating is one of those wonderful gifts that life offers. This holiday season, give yourself just a few minutes of time and the willingness to shift into a calm frame of mind. Cara Phillipo, a naturopathic doctor at Pharmaca in Mill Valley, shares pointers on finding mental peace in the midst of the holiday...

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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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Dr. Low Dog’s Ashwagandha Tonic Tea

Dr. Low Dog’s Ashwagandha Tonic Tea

If you missed Dr. Low Dog’s webinar on Menopause Solutions yesterday, you missed this soothing recipe that’s great for a variety of symptoms of menopause, or just to help you sleep better. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, which Dr. Low Dog says is relaxing, can help with night sweats, mental fog, aches and pains,...

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Ask a Practitioner: What can I do to increase focus and concentration?

We get questions nearly every day via Ask a Practitioner from people with a variety of health concerns. Our practitioners take turns answering these questions, offering advice based on their experience and expertise. Each week we’ll be posting some of these questions with the hopes that our practitioners’ advice can help answer some of...

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Essential Oil of the Month: Lavender

Essential Oil of the Month: Lavender

This month, we’re starting a new tradition of examining a new essential oil to discover more about its healing properties. Since March is Sleep & Stress month, we thought it fitting to take a closer look at the benefits of everyone’s favorite relaxing essential oil: Lavender. Pharmaca offers two different strains: French lavender and...

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Shaking the Winter Blues

Shaking the Winter Blues

If you experience sadness, lethargy or a case of the blues during fall and winter, you’re not alone. Winter depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), affects more than 10 million Americans every year. Symptoms of SAD, which usually begin in October and subside in March, include mild to moderate depression, a feeling of hopelessness,...

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The (healthy) glory of chocolate

February 25, 2011
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The (healthy) glory of chocolate

We just stumbled on this little nugget by John Robbins over at the Huffington Post—we’ve never seen someone lay out the true health benefits of chocolate quite so well. It turns out it’s not just full of antioxidants, it’s also great for your heart, your mood, etc. As Robbins says, “There is in fact...

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Meditation good for heart health

Meditation good for heart health

In doing some research for a new article on the link between stress and heart health, we found this great study on the effects of meditation on the body. The study, done in Thailand in 1991, is an oldie but a goodie: it included 20-something men who either practiced Dhammakaya Buddhist meditation or didn’t....

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