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.

Herbal Remedy: Ginger

February 20, 2012
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Herbal Remedy: Ginger

There’s a reason ginger ale has long been the go-to remedy for anyone with an upset stomach: Ginger is an important aid for digestion–and a variety of other health concerns. Ginger (zingiber officinale) is most commonly grown in India, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal and Thailand. A member of the zingiberaceae family, the utilized part...

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Herbal Remedy: Goldenseal

February 1, 2012
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Herbal Remedy: Goldenseal

We often hear about goldenseal in combination with echinacea. But goldenseal is a powerful herb in its own right, useful in treating everything from digestive upset to canker sores.  Goldenseal commonly grows in southeastern Canada and the northeastern United States, and was commonly used by Native American tribes, and later by European settlers, in...

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The Pure Encapsulations Difference

The Pure Encapsulations Difference

If you’ve ever wondered how supplement purity is standardized and tested, Pure Encapsulations offers a precise picture—they produce some of the highest quality hypoallergenic supplements available. Since their inception, they have been an industry leader in manufacturing excellence and quality control, making Pure Encapsulations the choice of more than 36,000 health professionals in the...

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Herbal Remedies: Oil of Oregano

December 16, 2011
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Herbal Remedies: Oil of Oregano

You may already love it for what it adds to Italian meals, but true oregano is a potent herb that, when its oil is extracted, can serve a variety of health needs. Our practitioners often recommend it as a potent immune booster, and it’s also lauded for its antiseptic and antifungal properties, ideal for...

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Nordic Naturals Extends Their Environmental Commitment

Nordic Naturals Extends Their Environmental Commitment

We’re happy to say that one of our best-selling, and most practitioner-recommended brands of omega-3s is now even more eco-friendly. Nordic Naturals just announced that their new headquarters in Watsonville, Calif. earned LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council. Nordic Naturals is already well-known for their commitment to sustainably sourcing their fish...

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Boost Your Exercise Potential with Nature

September 2, 2011
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Boost Your Exercise Potential with Nature

We came across an interesting story from Berkeley Wellness about how “green exercise”—as in exercising in nature—can boost the restorative effects of working out. We’re lucky here in Boulder, Colo., to be surrounded by easy (and beautiful!) places to get into nature and take a breather, and we love that doing so can help...

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Selenium May Ward Off Cancer

Selenium May Ward Off Cancer

Is there a link between the mineral selenium and cancer prevention? It seems this naturally occurring substance may be an effective weapon in the war against cancer. Multiple studies have shown that selenium may be helpful in warding off breast, stomach, prostate, liver, bladder and esophageal cancers. Since many Americans do not get the...

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Studies Show Homeopathics for Ear Infection Superior to Antibiotics

Studies Show Homeopathics for Ear Infection Superior to Antibiotics

Most children, at some point, develop an earache that’s often caused by an infection in the ear canal. Concerned parents then call the child’s pediatrician, and if the doctor does find the child has an ear infection, they’ll usually prescribe an antibiotic medicine. You may, instead, want to try homeopathic remedies for ear infections....

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Tired of Being Tired? Fall Asleep with All-Natural Sleep Aids

Tired of Being Tired? Fall Asleep with All-Natural Sleep Aids

There’s nothing more refreshing and invigorating than waking from a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, sleeping soundly and regularly doesn’t come easily for many people. If you suffer from bouts of insomnia or have trouble staying asleep, you may be one of the millions of people who turn to medications to induce sleep. Unfortunately, there...

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“Natural” vs. “Organic” vs. “Homeopathic” Health and Beauty Products

“Natural” vs. “Organic” vs. “Homeopathic” Health and Beauty Products

You will often see the words “natural” and “organic” used on a variety of health and beauty products, and some people believe these words are interchangeable. Here’s how they’re different.   Let’s first explain what “homeopathic” means when it comes to medicine or products. Simply put, homeopathic remedies come from natural substances such as...

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