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 minerals, botanical substances or other sources that are not man-made. The goal of homeopathy is to put the body back into homeostasis (its naturally balanced state) without using harsh chemicals or man-made drugs.
Homeopathic medicines and remedies stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms. Practicing homeopaths believe that all physical disease has an emotional component, and take the whole being into account–a holistic approach to healing that has gained popularity in recent years.
Health and beauty products like those in the Dr. Hauschka line are created on the homeopathic principle of “like cures like.” This philosophy takes a wide range of natural substances and notes the symptoms they bring about in healthy people. Matching these substances to the individual and the symptoms they are experiencing encourages their own healing energy to return them to good health.
Now let’s discuss “natural” and “organic.” While these words are often used synonymously, there are significant differences between organic products and natural products. If a product has “natural” on the label, it was produced by nature but is not necessarily “organic.” Natural beauty products may contain ingredients that are not 100% organic, and there are no regulations regarding use of the word “natural” as there are with the word “organic.” Natural products can contain chemicals, while organic products cannot. Organic strictly refers to product ingredients grown without pesticides, chemicals or artificial fertilizers.
An organic product must have between 95-100% chemical-free ingredients, while a natural product usually is 50-70% chemical free. A label that reads “certified organic” means 95% of ingredients are organic while “made with organic ingredients” means at least 70% of ingredients are organic. (Read more about organic certifications from our friends at Juice Beauty.) If you have questions regarding natural products vs. organic products, a Pharmaca representative will be happy to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Pharmaca carries a full line of homeopathic remedies and natural and organic personal care products. From dental care to hair removal, Pharmaca has the natural and organic products you need to maintain optimal health and wellbeing.