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Essential Oil of the Month: Clove

November 21, 2011
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Essential Oil of the Month: Clove

It’s that time of year, when rich scents like clove, frankincense and ginger show up in everything from your coffee drinks to sweet holiday candles. But these scents aren’t just about evoking warm memories—they also have powerful aromatherapeutic properties. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about clove, our Essential Oil of...

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Muscle Aches? Try Essential Oils for Pain

September 14, 2011
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Muscle Aches? Try Essential Oils for Pain

Aches and pains got you down? If you’ve already run the gamut of prescription and over-the-counter medications, you may want try essential oils for pain and muscle aches. Essential oils, extracted from plants, flowers and trees, have powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic (i.e. pain-relieving) properties. Essential oils also act as a detoxifying agent. Menstrual cramps,...

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Essential Oil of the Month: Tea Tree

Essential Oil of the Month: Tea Tree

Tea tree oil can be found in almost everything these days. It’s taken from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, native to the northeast coast of Australia, and has long been used by Australian aborigines for its healing properties. What it does Tea tree’s antibacterial and antiviral properties make it a healing tool for everything...

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Make your own bug spray

Make your own bug spray

While we love Pharmaca’s all-natural bug repellents (check out Badger’s Anti-Bug Balm or Quantum’s Buzz Away), we also like the idea of making our own insect repellent with a few of our favorite essential oils. According to an article in Whole Living, “Essential oils that have pungent, spicy, or woodsy odors repel insects by...

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Have you heard about Meatless Monday?

Have you heard about Meatless Monday?

A new movement is gaining momentum around the world: It’s called Meatless Monday, and the goal is to bring awareness to our tendency to overconsume animal products. Ultimately, it serves as a way to improve our health and lessen our impact on the environment. According to the campaign: “On average, Americans consume 8 ounces...

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New reasons to keep your sunblock natural

New reasons to keep your sunblock natural

According to a new article in Women’s Health magazine, some common ingredients found in chemical sunscreens could be not only dangerous to your skin, but also to the bodies of water you’re swimming in. “Twenty thousand tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers, divers, and surfers into the oceans every year, eventually affecting marine life,...

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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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Essential Oil of the Month: Rosemary

Essential Oil of the Month: Rosemary

Rosemary is one of those quintessential herbs that add flavor to almost any dish. It’s native to the Mediterranean region, and is a member of the mint family. Maybe that’s why, as an essential oil, it’s known for its ability to revitalize and clarify. What it does Rosemary has been clinically shown to improve...

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Get that garden growing!

Get that garden growing!

Want some pointers on starting your own organic garden? Growing your own food can be one of the most rewarding and environmentally friendly activities we can engage in. Get started now and you’ll have fresh (and local!) veggies on your plate in no time. If you’re new to gardening, check out Whole Living’s Beginner’s...

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New hope for naturally repelling bugs

New hope for naturally repelling bugs

A recent story on NPR profiled a new project being conducted by the CDC to find a natural, non-toxic bug repellant. The good news: Scientists are honing in on a chemical called nootkatone, basically a natural essential oil found in the Alaska yellow cedar trees and citrus fruit like grapefruit. Nootkatone apparently smells citrusy,...

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