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1909873_1078602865519730_4179297857470417922_nCommunity Pharmacy is proud to participate in the Bicycle Benefits Bike Bingo running now through June 12. You can stop in and pick up your Bingo Card (suggested donation $2) or swing by and get your card stamped.

Even better, we have a special gift for any rider who completes a row. Stay in shape and support all your beloved local businesses.

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Allergy Relief for All Budgets

Spring is here, and with it comes gorgeous weather, bright flowers bursting from the once frozen ground, in addition to allergy season. Say goodbye to sneezing, itching, congestion and runny noses because the Community Pharmacy staff has compiled a list of our favorite natural allergy relief remedies accessible for all budgets!

See something you love that you just have to have,or want to learn more about? Give us a call/email, or just come on visit us!

Relief for under $10.00


Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is the first herb many alternative practitioners suggest to their patients who are suffering from allergic reactions, particularly puffy eyes and rhinitis. Nettle leaves are rich in quercetin and other antioxidant bioflavanoids, which help restore balance to the immune response. We have  freeze-dried capsules, tincture, and bulk dried nettles available.




Elderflower–   Elderflower pleases our senses with its whimsical spray of tiny white flowers and intoxicating aroma.  Elderflower has been traditionally used as effective herb for supporting healthy eyes, nose, lungs and sinuses.  What a relief! Another of elderflower’s benefits includes helping maintain some of the body’s natural eliminatory systems.  




image6BioAllers® is a unique brand of products that treats allergy symptoms with homeopathic prepared allergens which work with the immune system to treat allergy symptoms at their source. We carry outdoor allergy, indoor allergy, pet dander allergy, tree pollen allergy, and many more of their products.

Relief For Under $15.00


image1Neti Pot – When inhaled, airborne allergens enter our sinus passages and irritate our delicate mucous membranes, thereby triggering a histamine reaction from our immune system. One or two sinus rinses daily with warm salt water can wash away pollen from nasal passages and soothe swollen and irritated sinuses.


image4Allerblast from Urban Moonshine
***Currently on sale through April!***
 Aller-Blast calls on Reishi mushroom for its outstanding ability to maintain a balanced immune response. It also contains Artichoke leaf whose bitterness is vital for supporting the healthy liver function of eliminating toxins which can add to allergy symptoms. 



Relief For Around $20.00


allergy_alleraid1Oregon’s Wild Harvest Alleraid Alleraid contains freeze-dried nettles, quercetin, N-acetyl Cysteine (NAC), and vitamin A. Research suggests that Quercetin inhibits the production of histamines in the body. Querctin combined with vitamin C boost quercetins anti-inflammatory effects. NAC aids in the ability to break down mucous.  All ingredients possess antioxidant activities.




image3Gaia Allergy Turmeric Supreme ***Currently On Sale through April**

This herbal formula contains Turmeric, Black Pepper, and quercetin, all promote a healthy response to occasional environmental irritants. Quercetin has been studied for its support of occasional normal histamine response. Black Pepper increases absorption and bio-availability of curcumins which help reduce inflammation.

Happy Holidays, Happy Gut – Better Digestion

Digest your best

Many people suffer from everyday digestion problems such as gas, bloating, stomach pain, constipation, heartburn, and fatigue after eating. Here are some ideas to help prevent some of these common digestion issues.

Digestive enzymes are proteins, meaning they are large molecules made up of long chains of smaller molecules called amino acids. Our body produces enzymes in the pancreas and secretes them as needed into the digestive tract. Enzymes break carbohydrates into pieces called monosaccharides, proteins into amino acids, and fats into fatty acids and glycerol. The three main digestive enzymes are amylase, protease and lipase.

Amylase breaks down carbohydrates, including whole grains, white flours, sugars and starchy vegetables. Amylase is found in pancreatic and intestinal juices, but is also found in your saliva. This means that the digestive process of carbohydrates actually begins in the mouth, making chewing your food thoroughly important.

Protease digests protein. The proper digestion of protein is vital. Undigested protein particles can pass through your intestinal wall and end up in your bloodstream. This process is called “leaky gut syndrome” and can cause allergic reactions ranging from fever to abdominal pain. Proper absorption of protein is needed for energy and the rebuilding of muscle and tissue.

Lipase allows your body to properly digest fat, and is found in many foods that contain fat. Choosing the right healthy fats allows your body to burn fat more efficiently. Your body needs the lipase produced in your pancreas and stomach, as well as lipase from food sources, in order to optimally utilize the nutrients from the fat you eat.

Probiotics are living organisms. They are typically bacterial, but there are also some yeast species that function as probiotics. They can assist in vitamin and mineral absorption, alleviate lactose intolerance, and produce vitamin K. They do not, however, break down the food molecules we absorb.

Lactobacillus is one of the most common probiotics. It’s the one you’ll find in yogurt and other fermented foods. Different strains can potentially alleviate diarrhea and may help with people who can’t digest lactose, the sugar in milk.

Bifidobacterium may help ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Bitters people often shy away from bitter foods; however, bitters perform a valuable function. Bitter greens, for instance, stimulate digestion. They prompt the body to release more digestive juices such as hydrochloric acid in the stomach and digestive enzymes from the pancreas. Bitter foods also stimulate the gallbladder to contract and release bile, which helps break fatty foods into small enough particles that enzymes can easily finish breaking them apart for absorption. This is important because fats carry essential fatty acids, such as heart-healthy omega-3s, along with fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K and carotenoids such as beta-carotene.

A bitters formula may be an infusion, tincture, or distillation (usually in some type of spirits) of aromatic herbs, barks, fruits, and roots. Bitters have a range of medicinal qualities, but the primary effect is to improve digestion. This occurs predominantly through enhanced production of digestive enzymes, by nutritive support of the epithelial lining of the GI tract, and by reducing intestinal irritation and inflammation.

Bitter digestive stimulants include angelica, dandelion, burdock, and yarrow. Dandelion is perhaps the most popular digestive aid in this lineup. Juniper is not considered a bitter herb, but its’ aromatic properties increase hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach.

Carminatives soothe the gut wall, ease griping pains and reduce the production of gas in the digestive tract. This is usually due to the presence of volatile oils, which have anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and mildly anti-microbial effect upon the lining of the alimentary canal. Culinary herbs like dill, fennel and ginger not only add taste to foods but also alleviate gas, bloating and indigestion.

Rosemary has been utilized for stomach problems such as dyspepsia, stomach cramps, bloating and constipation. It stimulates circulation, improving blood flow, and has been used as an appetite stimulant.. Rosemary has also traditionally been used for headaches, nervous exhaustion, memory and concentration.

Ginger is a digestive stimulant which increases salivary and gastric secretions. It can be used to reduce flatulence and nausea, cramping of the stomach and bowels, as well as menstrual cramping. It can be used in the treatment of motion sickness, and can also help to reduce morning sickness. The fresh root contains enzymes which enhance digestion.

Antispasmodic herbs reduce muscle tension. Herbs with this action can relieve stomach spasms and intestinal cramps. A warm cup of chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, peppermint, or fennel tea will help to alleviate cramping.

Peppermint is used for digestive problems including heartburn, nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cramps of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract and bile ducts, upset stomach, diarrhea, bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine, and gas. Enteric coated peppermint capsules are used for lower GI cramping.

Chamomile contains fairly strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory constituents.

Community Pharmacy has a vast array of herbs and products for digestive health from companies such as Enzymatic Therapy, Florajen, Megafood and Enzymedica. Come visit either location and speak with one of our many helpful supplement workers!

By Flormaria Erazo Zurita

Cooperator, Community Pharmacy

Edited by Andrea Robinson

Harness the strength of the Tiger!

Ever had an achy back or sore muscles from overworking yourself in the yard or exercising? Looking for relief without long term effects? There are several options from rubs to patches and sprays to give you relief. For slight muscle aches and joints aches try our original Tiger Balm. Camphor and menthol create a cooling and tingling sensation that soothes the pain as well as increasing blood flow to help the area heal faster. Try our Red Extra Strength Tiger Balm when you are in need of a heating sensation. This formula also has the added benefit of clove oil which is both numbing and smells great. Want the benefits of a balm without the worry of getting oil everywhere? No problem, Tiger Balm also comes in a patch that you can wear under clothes and lasts for hours.

When you’re looking for stronger pain relief for deeper muscle aches or back pain try one of our many liniment sprays. An ingredient that you may see in liniments and rubs is capsicum. You may recognize capsicum as chili powder. It causes a hot sensation on the skin and when used in a liniment form, with an alcohol or witch hazel base, the warming sensation penetrates through the skin directly into the muscle. Capsicum contains the chemical capsaicin which stimulates the nerves and then ‘overrides’ the pain signals being transmitted by the nerves.

Liniments are a good choice for deeper muscle pain and for more intense pain. There are many herbs such as Arnica and St. John’s Wort that are also used in conjunction with capsicum or camphor to heal the underlying injury causing pain. The first use of capsicum may cause a short term increase in pain which usually decreases after the first use. As with any natural or chemical treatment, if pain continues to increase or you have any skin reactions, discontinue use immediately.

By Lance Holm.
Edited Flormaria Erazo
Cooperator, Community Pharmacy


Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a cheery orange, sometimes yellow, member of the Asteraceae family that is used for healing burns and wounds, moving lymph, and stimulating bile production. This annual is native to the Mediterranean region yet widely cultivated for its medicinal properties. Its uplifting color makes a great addition to your windowsill or flower garden. The flower petals are a bright and tasty addition to salads. The leaves are also edible, albeit resinous and slightly bitter in taste. In days past it was used as ‘the poor man’s saffron’ as a way to impart color and flavor to some foods, such as soups and rice.

Calendula flowers are used in salves, lotions, and cosmetics for their anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and toning qualities. The flowers are also infused (tea) and tinctured (alcohol extract) to be used internally and topically. Calendula is a key addition to your herbal first-aid kit as it has an affinity for quickly healing burns, cuts and scrapes. It stimulates cell regeneration and inhibits infection and scarring in surface wounds including acne and rashes. It has been used traditionally for stomach ulcers, conjunctivitis, and liver complaints.

Calendula has no known drug interactions or contraindications. Rare allergic reactions are possible in those with a sensitivity to chamomile, feverfew, ragweed, or dandelion pollen. Avoid internal use during early pregnancy due to traditional use as an emmenagogue (uterine stimulant).

Our resident redhead recommends using Calendula for those who have had too much fun in the sun. Combine equal parts rose water, witch hazel extract, aloe vera gel, and strong Calendula infusion (let it cool before combining). Add ~20-30 drops lavender essential oil for each ounce of fluid. Store in a spritzer bottle in the fridge and spray generously and frequently on the skin after excessive sun exposure. This will help cool, tone and rehydrate the skin.

Calendula FlowersBy Andrea Robinson
Cooperator, Community Pharmacy
Edited by Flormaria Erazo

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Chia Seeds!

chiaCh-ch-ch Chia! Remember those old Chia Pet commercials? Who knew back then that I could have been eating those dang seeds instead of making a huge mess in Moms’ kitchen and then waiting an eternity for my tiny Chia Teddy Bear to grow some green fur? Well, unbeknownst to me at the time, Chia has been a staple food source for thousands of years in mesoamerica. High in essential fatty acids, proteins and minerals, Chia can truly be considered a superfood. Other great benefits to this tiny little powerhouse are lower blood pressure in hypertensive individuals, lower serum triglycerides and increased HDL cholesterol and even helping those with Sucrose-induced Insulin Resistance!

Geez! How much of this wonder seed do I need to get these benefits and is it gonna kill my pocketbook? You may ask. Well never fear. Chia seeds are pretty darn inexpensive compared to other superfoods. At the time of writing our bulk herb section has them at $1.60 an ounces (price . A mere pittance and as little as 2 tablespoons a day in a glass of water is enough to get the goods. Chia is also very versatile in a culinary sense. With an almost nonexistent flavor, it’s a great thickening agent for smoothies, makes amazing puddings and breads and can even be sprinkled over your favorite greens or vegetables! And it also looks pretty cute grown out, anthropomorphized and sitting on your windowsill.

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Colloidal Silver!

colloidal-silverColloidal Silver is a useful tool to combat many, if not all, pathogenic infections. The proper use can be discerned by looking at the way it is manufactured. When colloidal silver is manufactured two types of the silver are created: Ionic silver and silver particles. Both have the ability to disrupt pathogens at the cellular level but only one could be considered bioavailable. Ionic silver, when ingested, almost immediately binds to available chloride ions creating silver chloride.

While advantageous in a topical application, this form is orally useless. Silver particles, however, do not bind to chloride ions and will remain in the bloodstream until they come into contact with a pathogen. Most preparations on the market are about 90% ionic silver and 10% silver particles. Only products manufactured by a more refined process can be considered a true colloidal.

Nano-silver is one such true colloidal. In this manufacturing process the silver molecule is reduced to such a degree that its size can only be calculated in billionths of a meter. Yet, this form of silver has the highest particle surface area and why nano-silver can effectively exert their anti-microbial/ anti-pathogenic actions in such dilute quantities as 10 parts per million (ppm).

Neither the ionic or nano-silver products exhibit the toxic aspects that worry some consumers. However, some companies produce a product claiming to be a colloidal silver which is actually known as a silver protein particle solution. They can sometimes be identified by their extremely high ppm count (from 30 to 20,000ppm!!) or by shaking the solution which will foam when agitated. These should be avoided because with extended use these can encourage argyria, a benign condition of the skin where a bluish/ greyish tint manifests.

As with all supplements, always check your labels and ask questions about the product.

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Flawless Face Tips

I’m going to lots of holiday parties and I want my skin to look flawless. Any ideas?

Signed, Festive in Franklin

Dear Festive,
Tis the season for socializing, but dry winter air can really sap the life from your skin. Fortunately I have some recipes that will leave you glowing like a Christmas tree for less than the price of an eggnog latte.
If you have a few minutes and a food processor, you can make this facial mask adapted from Papaya and yogurt help dissolve dull skin, and honey helps retain moisture.
1/2 cup diced papaya
1 tbsp. plain yogurt
1 tsp. honey
Combine ingredients in food processor until smooth. Apply mixture to clean skin and leave on for 8-10 minutes. Rinse, pat dry, and finish with a gentle moisturizer. For an even easier but still effective mask, omit papaya and mix yogurt and honey in a bowl. No food processor required!
I also like this recipe from Spirulina is rich in antioxidants, banana helps moisturize, and lemon juice brightens the skin.
1/2 tsp. spirulina powder
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Whisk ingredients together and apply a thin layer to face. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse with cool water. Don’t use more than the suggested amount of lemon juice, as it can be irritating.
If you’d like to use a facial mask but would rather not make your own, I highly recommend Evan Healy’s Green Tea Clay. This deeply cleansing mask draws impurities to the surface, and the clay stimulates blood flow to leave you looking like you just stepped out of the spa. I also love Even-Tone Brightening Serum by Suki; used regularly, it really works to fade spots, scars, and discolorations.

Get Crafty: Healthful Homemade Holidays

by Day Host-Jablonski

With a few weeks remaining until the holiday season is in full swing, now is a perfect time to create the fresh and fragrant homemade gifts you will bring to this season’s potlucks, parties, and homecomings. It’s a time for gratitude and celebration – of family, food, and good health!

Holiday Party Mocktail Syrups
The complex flavors and digestive benefits of craft cocktails are also an open invitation to those of us who look for nonalcoholic beverages. These flavorful and festive herbal syrups can be brewed in an afternoon. Blended into sparkling water, fruit juices and hot tea or coffee, they transform dull draughts into drinkable delicacies. You may want to make a double batch – every time I bring these to potlucks, I come home with empty bottles!
Rosemary Tangerine Syrup
2 6-inch sprigs of fresh rosemary
2 C water
2 C sugar
zest of 4 tangerines
Add zest and sprigs to water in a non-reactive pot over medium high heat. When water starts boiling, add sugar and stir until dissolved and syrup begins to thicken. Remove from heat, cover, and steep 2 hours. Strain out solids and store in a clean bottle. Makes 1 quart. Try 1-2 tablespoons in a glass of sparkling water.
Rose & Spice Syrup
¼ C cardamom pods (slightly crushed)
2 cinnamon sticks
6 cloves
½ C rose petals
2 C water
2 C sugar
Add spices to water in a non-reactive pot over medium high heat. When water starts boiling, add sugar and stir until dissolved and syrup begins to thicken. Remove from heat, cover, and steep 1 hour. Then add roses and steep another ½ hour. Strain out solids and store in a clean bottle. Makes 1 quart. Try 1-2 tablespoons in a cup of coffee or black tea.

Home Aromatherapy Sprays and Diffusion
Walking into a good-smelling house is always a pleasure, and especially so when the smells remind us of holiday celebrations! These essential oil blends smell beautiful, are antimicrobial to help clear the air during cold & flu season, and inspire good cheer. Each of these recipes makes a milliliter of aromatherapy blend. For diffusion, add 10 drops of your blend to the reservoir of a nebulizer and run 30-60 minutes per room. To make a home scent spray, add 20 drops to 2 ounces of distilled water in a spray bottle made of dark (amber or cobalt) glass.
Deep Breath Aromatherapy Blend
12 drops douglas fir essential oil (eo)
8 drops eucalyptus radiata eo
2 drops peppermint eo
8 drops spike lavender eo
Holiday Health Aromatherapy Blend
4 drops cinnamon leaf eo
8 drops clove bud eo
6 drops oregano eo
10 drops sweet orange eo

Gifts of Glowing Skin
Homemade body care gifts are my favorites to give, as they are the perfect practical luxury – fresh, useful, and custom-created for those you love. Cleansing scrubs are excellent for our dry Midwest winters: nourishing oils keep skin soft, while detoxifying salts and exfoliants polish away dry skin.
Squeaky Clean Scrub
1 C fine sea salt
1/2 C almond oil
1/8 C unscented liquid castile soap
4 drops lemongrass eo
4 drops tea tree eo
Combine salt and oil and mix well. Add soap and essential oils, blending gently to prevent clumping or froth. This scrub is gently antimicrobial, making it perfect for cold & flu season. It rinses cleanly away and is very moisturizing – try it in the shower, or beside the sink as a hand wash. Makes 12 ounces.
Everything Nice Scrub
1 C fine sea salt
1 C sugar
2 T grapeseed oil
3 drops vanilla eo
7 drops lemon eo
2 drops cinnamon eo
1 drop ylang-ylang eo
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Store in a jar with a tight lid to preserve scents. This is a sweetly scented, lightly moisturizing scrub that can be used in the shower or bath. Makes 16 oz. Will keep 6 months in a sealed jar.

Seasonal Perfumes
In addition to smelling fantastic and keeping seasonal bugs at bay, the aromatherapy of essential oils can lift our emotions, boost our confidence and put a smile on our faces. Positive scent associations can help build happy memories and allow us to be more fully present for moments of joy and caring. Wreathe yourself in beautiful scents and carry the holiday spirit with you!
Chocolate Box Perfume Oil
12 drops cocoa absolute eo
10 drops vanilla eo
12 drops cedar eo
12 drops rose geranium eo
6 drops sandalwood eo
8 drops clove eo
2 tsp jojoba oil
This is a sensuous sugar & spice perfume for anyone with a serious sweet tooth. Combine essential oils in a 10 ml glass bottle, preferably one with a roller-ball applicator tip. Fill with jojoba oil, shake well. Let infuse for 3-7 days so scents mature, then apply to pulse points and enjoy!
Woodland Spirit Cologne
2 drops patchouli eo
8 drops atlas cedar wood eo
6 drops douglas fir eo
6 drops wild scotch pine eo
4 drops cinnamon leaf eo
3 T (1 ½ oz) 100 proof vodka
distilled water
This is a fresh and wild spray for men, women, and magical creatures of all kinds. Combine essential oils in a 2 oz (60 ml) dark glass spray bottle. Add vodka, cap tightly and shake, then top off with distilled water. Let infuse 3-7 days for scent to mature. Shake well before spraying onto pulse points.

Happy holidays – may your skin be soft and your home always smell wonderful!

Day Host-Jablonski is a radical perfumer, medicine maker and long-time ingredients nerd. She is grateful for her years of writing for Infused, and to everyone who’s helped her get crafty!

Ginger Root!

how-to-peel-chop-grate-ginger-verticalGinger Root (Zingiber officinale) is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion and is used for wind, colic, irritable bowel, loss of appetite, chills, cold, flu, poor circulation, menstrual cramps, dyspepsia (bloating, heartburn, flatulence), indigestion and gastrointestinal problems such as gas and stomach cramps. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb and there has been much recent interest in its use for joint problems. It has also been indicated for arthritis, fevers, headaches, toothaches, coughs, bronchitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, to ease tendonitis, lower cholesterol and blood-pressure and aid in preventing internal blood clots.

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