Herbs & Supplements

Not sure which natural health and beauty products are right for you? Turn to the experts at Pharmaca for advice on the best natural products out there. Take a look around our natural product news to find out more about popular ingredients to look for—and which ones to avoid—in your natural beauty products. Our Project Wellness blog offers specialized advice and suggestions on natural beauty that can help you look your best and fill your medicine cabinet with only the cleanest, most effective natural health and beauty products. From expert advice from our estheticians to makeup tips from our favorite brands, Pharmaca is your one-stop shop for the best information on natural beauty products and natural product news.

Aching for Arnica

Aching for Arnica

Ah, summer weekends. They can be filled with exciting activities, but also with the potential for sprained ankles and bruised knees. Get ahead of the game with Arnica, one of the most common ingredients in pain-relieving homeopathic remedies. What is Arnica? Arnica (full name: Arnica montana) grows naturally in Europe, the northern U.S., Canada...

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Shape up with better sports nutrition

June 11, 2012
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Shape up with better sports nutrition

Proper nutrition is vital for athletes at all stages of activity. Whether you’re already heavy into a routine or just getting started, congratulations! Activity can benefit you mentally, physically and emotionally. Here are some nutrition and supplementation recommendations to keep your body feeling strong and healthy throughout your workouts. Nutrition Since athletes use more...

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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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Adaptogens in Focus: Cordyceps

May 27, 2012
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Adaptogens in Focus: Cordyceps

A few years back I took a trip to Nepal, and spent nearly a month hiking through the Annapurna mountain range. It was absolutely breathtaking scenery, to say the least—miles of trails on which we rarely saw other people. Other than a daily dose of donkeys and porters, our encounters were limited to local...

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Omegas, Sea Buckthorn & Vitamins, Oh My! Our Favorite Beauty Supplements

Omegas, Sea Buckthorn & Vitamins, Oh My! Our Favorite Beauty Supplements

It’s no secret that good nutrition, proper hydration and a great cleansing regimen can make a huge difference in the health of your skin. But what about supplements? Here are a few our practitioners love. New Chapter Wholemega Essential fatty acids are key to healthy, moisturized skin. Omega 3s and 6s help reduce inflammation,...

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Adaptogens in Focus: Rhodiola

May 18, 2012
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Adaptogens in Focus: Rhodiola

On nearly every continent, there are plants that contain particular substances and chemicals capable of altering the human physiological and emotional reaction to stress. Known for thousands of years and utilized by cultures around the globe, these healing herbs and fungi—what we now call adaptogens—convey a resistance to chemical, physical and psycho-emotional stressors when...

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Natural Relief for Yeast Infections and Candida

May 12, 2012
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Natural Relief for Yeast Infections and Candida

Experts think that more than 100 million Americans suffer from yeast overgrowth, commonly called candida. Women often experience it as a vaginal yeast infection, and it’s one of the most common reasons women go to the doctor. It’s also one of the most common health complaints we see at Pharmaca. Yeast overgrowth occurs when...

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Herbal Remedy: Nettle (Stinging Nettle)

May 4, 2012
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Herbal Remedy: Nettle (Stinging Nettle)

Hopefully you haven’t had many real life encounters with nettle (Urtica Dioica)—also called “stinging nettle,” it grows in temperate climates and its stinging hairs and leaves can cause nasty hives. The hives, formally called urticaria, produce pale red, itchy, raised bumps (in fact, the Latin root of Urtica is uro meaning, “I burn”). The...

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Expert Advice on Sports Nutrition

Expert Advice on Sports Nutrition

Ever wonder what a professional triathlete eats for breakfast? Chocolate chip pancakes, it turns out (among a few other things). Allen Gardner, in his second year as a professional triathlete, trains out of Boulder, Colo. Pharmaca recently agreed to sponsor Allen, 26, who competes in 12-14 triathlons around the country each year. We caught...

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Herbal Remedy: Turmeric

April 10, 2012
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Herbal Remedy: Turmeric

Even if you’ve never taken turmeric as a supplement, there’s a good chance you’ve tasted it; it’s a common spice and kitchen staple used in almost all Indian dishes, as well as many Thai and Persian foods. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) grows mainly in southern and southeast Asia and is known for its brilliant deep...

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