Stress & Anxiety

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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Overcoming Holiday Stress

December 22, 2010
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Overcoming Holiday Stress

The holidays are here—and so are the potential headaches from long shopping lines, overbooked party calendars and awkward conversations with distant relatives. If you could use some natural assistance in staying healthy, calm and yes, cheerful this season, Pharmaca has you covered. Yvonne Casaus, herbalist at our Santa Fe location, shared her tips with...

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Easy Tips for a Healthy Holiday

December 12, 2010
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Your holiday list is written. Your menu is already planned. Even your New Year’s Eve babysitter is lined up. But what do you do when the holidays bring an unwelcome surprise, like standstill traffic or last-minute illness, that throws you off balance? Not to worry. Pharmaca is here to help you avoid holiday havoc...

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