Thursday, April 30, 2009

Apotheca Outpost in Hayes Valley Open in May

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And we're officially open for business back in the old neighborhood!

I'm so excited to be moving back to Hayes Valley. I worked there so happily for a number of years. I'm happy to find out what's new and what's the same, and to become reacquainted with Octavia Green, the amazing coffee at Blue Bottle, and those tasty, tasty frjtz at Frjtz.

To make an appointment, go here and be sure to choose Hayes Valley when the option comes up. I look forward to seeing you in our cozy new digs!

All the best,

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Easy and Fun- "The Single Best Thing You Can Do for Your Health"

According to the TV doctors over at, the "single best thing you can do for your health" is a daily 30-minute walk. We'd add that what's good for health is also good for beauty.

The docs write about walking that,

More is better. What’s true for love and vacation (unfortunately not for chocolate or pinot noir) is also true for walking. Get as much as you can.

You can read the rest of the article here.

And while you're at it, it's not too late to sign up for the San Francisco AIDS Walk. Apotheca has donated two gift certificates (one for massage and one for a facial) for the event organizers to give to two of its top participants.

Feel good and do good? Sounds beautiful to us.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Support New Traditions and Win a Facial at Apotheca

We're supporting New Traditions, a wonderful public (!) creative arts elementary school in the Western Addition. They are having their annual online auction of some really great stuff, and we've donated a Signature Facial Treatment.

To bid on our facial at (opening bid is 50% off!) or any of the dozens of other really fantastic items up for auction (an 11-class pass to Yoga Tree and a Bay Area tour in a 4-seater airplane are standouts) visit the auction web site HERE.

Happy bidding!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Study Says Topical Ellagic Acid Saves Skin


Using a topical application of the antioxidant ellagic acid, researchers at Hallym University in the Republic of Korea markedly prevented collagen destruction and inflammatory response – major causes of wrinkles -- in both human skin cells and the sensitive skin of hairless mice following continuing exposure to UV-B, the sun's skin-damaging ultraviolet radioactive rays.

The study only talks about topical application, though we know that what we eat has a profound effect on the health and beauty of the skin. Food sources of ellagic acid include raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, walnuts, pecans, and pomegranates. With summer around the corner and a bounty of fresh fruits coming into the farmer's markets, now is a great time to discover what ellagic acid foods can do to improve your skin.