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.

“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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Natural treatments for canker sores and cold sores

Canker sores are painful, open sores in the mouth that are white or yellow and surrounded by a bright red area. The exact cause of canker sores is not known, but stress and tissue injuries have been known to lead to the development of these often-embarrassing sores. A niacin deficiency may also contribute to...

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Ask a Practitioner: How can I naturally lower my cholesterol?

We get questions nearly every day via Ask a Practitioner from people with a variety of health concerns. Our practitioners take turns answering these questions, offering advice based on their experience and expertise. Every now and then we post some of these questions with the hopes that our practitioners’ advice can help answer some...

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Men’s Supplement All-Stars

Men’s Supplement All-Stars

Every man is unique, but there are a few common concerns that span lifestyles and generations. Sarah Cook, naturopathic doctor at our Los Gatos, Calif., store explores some universal issues–and offers some helpful suggestions–to help keep you or the man in your life on track. Men’s Supplement All-Stars Can help.* Zinc Fish Oils L-Arginine...

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Fish Oil or Flax?

Fish Oil or Flax?

The average American gets only half the daily amount of omega-3 fatty acids recommended by the World Health Organization. These promoters of heart health and brain function are sometimes called essential fatty acids because they must be obtained from dietary sources or nutritional supplements. We asked Clare Bauermeister, ND, of Pharmaca in West Seattle...

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Products we love: Muscle Remedy Massage Oil

Products we love: Muscle Remedy Massage Oil

This year Pharmaca began formulating our own line of massage oils and lotions. They’re filled with pure essential oils that make massage a warm, aromatherapeutic experience. We especially love our Muscle Remedy Massage Oil because it’s great for soothing tired muscles. A combination of camphor, juniper, rosemary and sweet birch oil make for a...

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Cayenne pepper may aid in weight loss

Cayenne pepper may aid in weight loss

Long used for a variety of purposes in Chinese, Japanese and Ayurvedic medicine, cayenne pepper has now been shown to act as an appetite suppressant and to burn calories. A recent study in the journal Physiology & Behavior explained how capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot peppers can help reduce hunger and encourage calorie...

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Identify your nutrient deficiencies

One of the perks of having so many expert practitioners around is being able to take advantage of their knowledge. Awhile ago, Cat Pantaleo, an herbalist and nutritionist at our downtown Boulder store, led a workshop for the office on nutrient deficiencies. She brought with her this handy worksheet that shows common health issues...

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Ask a Practitioner: I need gluten-free cold remedies!

Ask a Practitioner: I need gluten-free cold remedies!

We get questions nearly every day via Ask a Practitioner from people with a variety of health concerns. Our practitioners take turns answering these questions, offering advice based on their experience and expertise. Each week we’ll be posting some of these questions with the hopes that our practitioners’ advice can help answer some of...

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ChildLife Essentials: Liquid Health

ChildLife Essentials: Liquid Health

Your kids will love the taste of these nutrient-packed liquid vitamins, and you’ll love the fact that they’ll keep them active, healthy and happy. ChildLife offers a complete line of nutritional supplements designed specifically for infants and children. Their formulations are based on the clinical expertise of ChildLife’s founder, Dr. Murray Clarke. Dr. Clarke,...

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