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.

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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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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