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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Your Skin Care Ingredient Glossary

Your Skin Care Ingredient Glossary

Ever wonder exactly what a peptide is? Or what’s so great about argan oil? Here, we demystify a few of the most common skin care ingredients that promise to smooth, firm and plump. (And check back soon-we’ll continue to update our skin care ingredient glossary as we learn about new exciting ingredients.) Aloe Vera...

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The Difference Between Synthetic and Bioidentical Hormones

The Difference Between Synthetic and Bioidentical Hormones

By guest author, Mark Stengler, Naturopathic Doctor Known as “The Natural Physician” to his patients, readers and audiences across North America, Mark Stengler is a licensed naturopathic physician, author and lecturer with expertise in nutrition, herbal therapy, vitamin therapy, homeopathy, natural hormone replacement and integrated medicine. The term “bioidentical hormones” refers to hormones that...

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FDA’s New Sunscreen Rules About to Go Into Effect

FDA’s New Sunscreen Rules About to Go Into Effect

The FDA’s new sunscreen labeling regulations take effect this summer. Announced last year, FDA is hoping this labeling overhaul will help users make more informed decisions about choosing the right sun protection. (Here’s a link to FDA’s answers to frequently asked questions on the topic.) Here’s a round up of the changes we’ll be...

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New Sun Care Products at Pharmaca

New Sun Care Products at Pharmaca

We’ve just added a few new sun care products we think you’re going to love. Here’s a little about some of our favorites. Best for: Backyard Gatherings Badger SPF 30+ Anti-Bug Sunscreen Badger’s well-loved sun care line now includes the handy addition of bug repellant! This new formula includes bug-repelling essential oils like citronella,...

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