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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Love Your Lips

Want a side-by-side comparison of what’s in a natural lip product vs. a synthetic one? Check out the ingredients in Juice Beauty’s Reflecting Lip Gloss or ZuZu Luxe’s Lipstick (available on their website). Ingredients of many common drugstore brands can only be found at EWG’s cosmeticsdatabase.com. If you’re concerned about what you’re putting on...

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More Ideas for Natural Allergy Relief

May 14, 2012
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If you’re suffering from allergies, here’s some natural advice to take to heart. Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, MD, offers her suggestions for lessening your body’s histamine response and easing your allergy symptoms (including nettles!). This video is part of a series of educational videos we’ll be posting from members of our Integrative Health Advisory...

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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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Yoga’s Proven Health Benefits

Here’s some great news about yoga to take with you for the weekend–turns out it’s been clinically shown to be effective in treating a variety of health issues, from stress and depression to back pain. This is the first in a series of educational videos we’ll be posting from members of our Integrative Health...

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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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