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.

The Healthy Benefits of Omega-3s

The Healthy Benefits of Omega-3s

The reported health benefits of omega-3s keep piling up—from boosting heart health to improving memory and concentration. Omega-3s are considered “essential” fatty acids because our body needs them for a variety of bodily functions. Since we can’t make them on our own, however, we must get them through diet or supplementation. The two main...

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Your Homeopathic First Aid Kit

Your Homeopathic First Aid Kit

Heading into the great outdoors for some summer fun? Pack along a different kind of first aid kit, filled with homeopathic remedies that can help soothe the whole family. We got advice from Peter Borregard, homeopath and lead practitioner at our Berkeley store, and Karin DiGiacomo, German Heilpraktiker at our south Boulder store, about...

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What Do Those Expiration Dates Mean, Anyway?

July 12, 2012
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What Do Those Expiration Dates Mean, Anyway?

Chances are you’ve got a few bottles of expired medicine lying around the house. So what happens when you’re in dire need of some cold medicine and the only package you’ve got is two years old? Here’s how expiration dates work. Prescriptions and OTC drugs   In 1979, a law was passed that mandated...

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Coconut: Packed with Healthy Benefits

Coconut: Packed with Healthy Benefits

What is this nut that’s so hard to crack? Coconut is cropping up everywhere these days—coconut water, coconut flour, shredded coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut cream. When I was a young girl we’d shake them to check for water inside (an indication of a good coconut, according to my mom). The next task...

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The Scoop on Vitamins

The Scoop on Vitamins

Ever wonder exactly how and why we need vitamins in our diet? Here’s a little primer on how vitamins function in our bodies.  Put plainly, a vitamin is an organic compound essential for life. It is essential because it cannot be created in the body, and must be obtained through food for the body to stay alive....

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A Day in the Life of a Pro Triathlete

A Day in the Life of a Pro Triathlete

By Allen Gardner Allen is in his second year as a professional triathlete and trains out of Boulder, Colo. Pharmaca recently agreed to sponsor Allen, 26, who competes in 12-14 triathlons around the country each year. You can hear him speak next month at our North Broadway and Table Mesa stores in Boulder (check...

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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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Healthy Hydration for Hot Summer Days

Healthy Hydration for Hot Summer Days

Good hydration isn’t just about drinking lots of water—especially when you’re out in the hot summer sun. Even if you get your requisite 64 oz of water a day, exercising in the heat require the right minerals and electrolytes to keep your body moving. To determine whether you’re dehydrated, the simplest rule of thumb...

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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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