Herbal Medicine

Get Your Electrolytes the Natural Way: Two Recipes

Get Your Electrolytes the Natural Way: Two Recipes

From our friends at WishGarden Herbs With summer at its peak and the sun at its zenith, it’s a great time to do a little thinking about electrolytes. These naturally occurring substances – minerals such as sodium, potassium and chloride – are present in all our body fluids; they are also called ions because...

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The Benefits of Chamomile

The Benefits of Chamomile

From our friends at WishGarden Herbs Chamomile is such a useful and versatile herb that I find it difficult to know where to start when singing its praises. Shall I begin by telling you about its potent anti-inflammatory action or should I focus on its effectiveness as a digestive bitter? Or perhaps, as every...

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Herbal Stress Relief

Herbal Stress Relief

Did you know? There are a variety of herbs that can help boost your body’s natural stress response. Start by keeping calm with herbs like lemon balm, skullcap and passionflower. And if stress becomes chronic and your adrenals become depleted, replenish them with adaptogens like eleuthero and rhodiola. When it comes to stress-fighting herbs,...

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Herbal Spotlight: Umckaloabo

By David Bunting, Herb Pharm Shop all Herb Pharm products > The genus of Pelargonium brings to us a large and diverse number of horticultural and perfumery plants, together with a handful of traditional medicinal herbs. Made up of about 270 species, the largest variety and diversity of Pelargoniums occur in the Cape Provinces of...

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All About Turmeric

By David Bunting, Herb Pharm Shop all Herb Pharm products > Turmeric is probably best known for its spicy flavor and the bold yellow color it gives to curry. Along with coloring foods, it has been used as a dye for both skin and clothing. From some of the earliest records it has also...

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Digestive Products by Herb Pharm

By David Bunting, Herb Pharm Shop all Herb Pharm products > Good digestion is one of the most crucial factors influencing our health. Together with oxygen and water, food provides all of the starting materials for building and maintaining our bodies and minds. And digestion is the body’s gateway for all of the nutrients...

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A Holistic Approach to Stress

A Holistic Approach to Stress

Whether you need just a few extra minutes of calm in your day or more long-term stress relief, Pharmaca offers a variety of different approaches to beating anxiety. And don’t forget—helping your body better cope with stress can go a long way toward optimal health and reducing your risk for chronic conditions like cancer,...

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The Ins and Outs of Immunity-Boosting Herbs

The Ins and Outs of Immunity-Boosting Herbs

Ever wonder what is it about Echinacea that helps fight colds? Or why practitioners often recommend elderberry? Anne Salazar-Dunbar, herbalist and lead practitioner at our La Jolla store, tells us about these immune-boosting herbs. Echinacea Echinacea’s ability to boost the immune system’s performance has been extensively documented over the years. Research suggests that the...

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Back Pain Relief Now

Back Pain Relief Now

Back pain can be debilitating, whether it’s the result of trauma or simply a pulled muscle. But there are natural solutions that can help your body heal, reduce inflammation and offer relief. We spoke with Matthew Becker, herbalist and lead practitioner at our north Boulder store, about what he recommends for customers’ back pain...

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Adaptogens in Focus: Holy Basil

June 7, 2012
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Adaptogens in Focus: Holy Basil

Each time I think about writing a new adaptogen piece I find myself saying, “Oh now this is my favorite adaptogenic herb…” I guess it’s pointless to try and play favorites when they all have their perfect place and time for use, right? That being said, this plant we’ll talk about today—holy basil (Ocimum...

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