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Grow Your Own Backyard Apothacary

Imagine having your very own herbal apothecary … right in your own backyard. Many medicinal herbs grow easily and thrive in Wisconsin, even with our relatively short growing season. With very little time and effort, you can grow plants that will help with basic ailments, like tummy aches, sore throats, summer colds, fevers, PMS and restless sleep. Check out the herbs listed below, and think about

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Tags: Calendula , chamomile , easy-to-grow herbs , herbal remedies , lemon balm

Posted in: Herbs , Natural Home & Garden

How to Use Wild-harvested Herbs in Everyday Cooking

Finally, spring has sprung!  First up in gardens, lawns and fields are some of most nutritious, mineral-dense plants mother nature has to offer.  For the cost of only a few minutes of your time, you can pop outside and harvest enough herbs to create a delicious pasta filling, spring salad or potent herbal vinegar.  And it couldn’t be easier to up your nutrition game by adding handfuls of the

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Posted in: Herbs , Natural Home & Garden , News , Nutrition

May Sales!

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Natural Products for Seasonal Allergy Relief

It took a while for spring to arrive in our neck of the woods, but it’s here now, in all its glory!  Ushered in with the buds, blossoms, and blooms, though, are loads of tree and grass pollens that mean ALLERGIES for all too many Wisconsinites.  For those of you afflicted with runny noses, itchy eyes and incessant sneezing, there are excellent alternatives to pharmaceutical allergy products,

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A Simple Spring Cleanse

By Julie Neitzel As spring arrives, we instinctively want to clean out the accumulated debris of winter to make room for new growth.  Winter has required us to eat heavier foods for warmth but, as the sun gives us more of its heat, spring allows us to burn off the reservoirs of stored energy and transition to a lighter diet.  This often leads folks looking for a way to further “cleanse” their bodi

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DIY Products for Natural Spring Cleaning

Ah, spring.  Finally!  Time to throw open the windows and get the fresh air and energy circulating throughout the house.   It’s also the perfect time for a good spring cleaning.  Whether you’re tackling a top-to-bottom house swabbing or addressing things room-by-room, you can do so with natural, homemade products that are easy, safe, earth-friendly, and that will leave your home smelli

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Posted in: Natural Home & Garden , News

April Sales

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We’re Hiring!

SALES TEAM MEMBER Join our team at Community Pharmacy in Madison and Community Wellness Shop in Middleton and help us continue our 47 year tradition of quality service and wellness. We are an independent worker’s cooperative specializing in herbal and vitamin supplements, homeopathic remedies as well as a prescription pharmacy at our Madison location. We are seeking a retail sales worker/buyer wit

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Herbs for Kids: A Brief Guide

At Community Pharmacy, we field a lot of questions from parents about using herbs and other alternative modalities to support a child’s healing during common childhood ailments. Often the questions hinge on the safety of using herbs in the small, developing bodies of young children. According to herbalist and educator Rosemary Gladstar, children’s bodies respond well to the healing pow

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Herbal Cold Prevention!

It’s that time of year again when cold viruses frequently find their way to Community Pharmacy, accompanied by their sniffling, sneezing, and miserable human hosts. Colds are a huge moneymaker for the drug industry. An estimated 62 million colds per year leave millions of sick people roaming the aisles of pharmacies and grocery stores, desperate for relief. The cold virus, or Rhinovirus (RV),

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Tags: colds , Echinacea , elderberry , elderly , flue , health , immunity , kids , season , wellness , winter

Saving Face: Say Goodbye to Dry Skin, Naturally

Winter in Wisconsin.   There’s so much to love!  But let’s face it —  cold temperatures, brisk winds and dry inside air all reek havoc on our skin.  You can easily come in from a day of snowshoeing or shoveling only to look in the mirror and find a face that’s red, chapped and cracked. Our skin’s natural protection is its acid mantle, a thin layer of oil and perspirat

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Elderberry: Your #1 Herbal Ally This Cold Season!

During these long winter months, supporting your immune system is essential to avoiding the whirlwind of viral illnesses moving around. Many plants can facilitate recovery and help prevent colds and the flu, including elderberries. Historically, Elderberry has played a significant role in European herbalism, most notably for treating colds and the flu. Their use dates back to Pliney the Elder and

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Herbal Teas for Inner Warmth

Winter just doesn’t get much crazier than this! As we contend with the snow, ice, record-breaking temperature fluctuations and arctic wind chills marking this winter season, it’s more important than ever to stay warm, inside and out.  Herbal teas are delicious and effective allies in fighting the cold (and fighting colds and flu!). Did you know that some herbs have warming properties?

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February Sales!

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A Healthy Match!

    Fish Oil + CBD Oil* Working synergistically to support the endocannabinoid system, together, these two products help bring the body into balance. XLEAR Nasal Spray + Neti Stick Xylitol in this nasal spray help breakdown and clear away biofilms that harbor bacteria and viruses. Then, essential oils in the neti stick can do their work, resolving infection and helping you breath easie

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What’s in YOUR Smoothie?

Smoothies are … personal!   Everyone has their favorite go-to recipes depending on their tastes and health goals.   Easy to digest and quick to prepare, smoothies are a great option for snacks or meals on the go.    With a few add-ins, a run-of-the-mill drink can become a tasty, superfood powerhouse that can get you through a big chunk of your day with energy, focus and drive. Community Pharmacy a

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CBD FAQ’s

What it is CBD? CBD is a phytocanabinoid contained in the hemp plant. Most products on the market are actually hemp extracts containing a spectrum of constituents, such as vitamin E, chylorophyll, triterpenes and 50 to over 100 phytocanabinoids, including CBD. Is hemp extract containing CBD legal? Yes, hemp extract containing CBD is legal in all 50 states if the product is made from agricultu

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DECEMBER SALES

Stock up or stuff your stockings with many of our most popular lines All sales run from December 1st to the 31st 2018! CBD 20% Off  Charlotte’s Web (the entire line) 20% Off  CV Sciences/Plus CBD (the entire line) 20% Off  Innessents (all CBD topicals)       ESSENTIAL OILS 20% Off  Pranorom (formerly Veriditas) Essential Oils & Hydrosols     SUPPLEMENTS 20% Off  Nordi

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January’s Herb of the Month: Rose

When is a rose more than a rose? Written by Amy Baker   The rose has been prized for its beauty, perfume and medicinal value for thousands of years. One of the most recognizable flowers, it has long been cherished as a symbol of love and friendship, and is often used by herbalists to support someone experiencing grief and sadness. In terms of healing properties, roses are astringent (tighten

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Gentle Exfoliation!

Dear Sensitive, When done correctly, exfoliation, or the removal of dead cells from the outermost epidermal layer, helps keep pores clear and skin looking fresh and radiant. Unfortunately, many exfoliating products actually do more harm than good. Exfoliation can be done two ways: mechanically, with a scrub that buffs away dead skin cells, or chemically, with a peel or mask that dissolves them. Th

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Pain and Tingling in Your Feet? There may be help.

At Community Pharmacy, we recommend alpha lipoic acid (ALA) to help with peripheral neuropathy.  It has been used for this in Europe for almost thirty years. Alpha lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant found in every cell of the body. This antioxidant effect protects the cells, organs and tissues of the body from “free radical” damage. Free radicals are produced as waste products in t

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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 pancre

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Calendula!

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

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Do you smell that? | Fighting Foot Odor

Have you ever suffered from foot fungus or strange smells coming from your skin or feet? Ever wondered what you can do to defeat the stink and get back to having healthy odorless skin? Look no further!  We have many products to help. Tea tree oil is a common and effective ingredient used to prevent bacterial- and fungal-related odor. We have two great products with tea tree oil that can help treat

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Fueling an Athlete with Herbs and Supplements!

An athlete’s body is not average, so we need to stop treating it like it is! Whether you are burning through 3,000 calories during a long ride or run, swimming, or completing an explosive sprint workout or weight lift, it is vital to ingest the necessary calories and nutrients to optimize performance and reduce recovery time. High soil nutrient deficiency and industrialized meats result in fewer n

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Tags: Adaptogens , Athletics , Exercise , Fueling An Athlete , High Performance , Injury Prevention , Intense , Muscle , Physical

Chia Seeds!

Ch-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

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Colloidal Silver!

Colloidal 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

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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

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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

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Ginger Root!

Ginger 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

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Ask Kitty Magoo: Gentle Exfoliation

Dear Kitty, Is it possible to exfoliate my face gently? Most scrubs and peels are too harsh for my skin. Signed, Sensitive in Seneca Dear Sensitive, When done correctly, exfoliation, or the removal of dead cells from the outermost epidermal layer, helps keep pores clear and skin looking fresh and radiant. Unfortunately, many exfoliating products actually do more harm than good. Exfoliation can be

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Supplement of the Day!

DMAE (2-Dimethylaminoethanol)! Also known as Deanol is a “smart drug” originally used for Alzheimer’s and ADHD treatments. It is sold over the counter as an aid for memory, concentration and energy. And it works for me! I’ve been taking 2 – 351mg tablets every morning for about the last 6 months and I don’t know how I functioned without it for so long. Within an hour of taking my first dose of DMA

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Ask Kitty Magoo: Repel Insects Naturally

Dear Kitty, I’m going camping this weekend. How can I repel insects naturally? Signed, Outdoorsy in Osseo Dear Outdoorsy, There’s a reason people refer to the mosquito as Wisconsin’s state bird. Luckily, my years of living and playing outside in this fine state have afforded me ample opportunity to experiment with natural repellents. Why douse yourself in DEET when there are cleaner (and better s

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Summertime Essentials

by Carole Blemker, R.N., R.D. No matter where summer takes you, be it the backyard or Bahamanian coral reef, be safe and be prepared. Summer is finally here. Beckoning us outdoors to swim, camp, garden, hike, bike and load up with farmers’ market goodies. Not only is it time to ditch jackets and sweaters, it’s also time to stock up on lotions, sprays and remedies for heat and sun. Skin, long hidde

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Summertime Essentials by Carole Blemker, R.N., R.D.

Summer is finally here. Beckoning us outdoors to swim, camp, garden, hike, bike and load up with Farmer’s Market goodies. Not only is it time to ditch jackets and sweaters, it’s also time to stock up on lotions, sprays and remedies for heat and sun. Skin, long hidden and protected under layers of garb, can now come out to play in the sun and surf. But as we all know, there are dangers, such as bit

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Ask Kitty Magoo: DIY Frizz Fighters

Dear Kitty, I love hot weather but the humidity is turning my hair into a giant frizz ball. What can I do? Signed, Messy in Mauston Dear Messy, While summer brings much to enjoy — sunshine, swimming pools, bratwurst — it can really wreak havoc on one’s hair. Speaking as a person whose mane can not be tamed, I sympathize with your humidity-induced predicament. I also have experience in remedying th

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Get a Grip on Anxiety: Effective Natural Solutions

By Michael T. Murray, N.D. More than 20 million Americans suffer from anxiety—medically defined as ”an unpleasant emotional state ranging from mild unease to intense fear.” While fear is a rational response to danger, anxiety usually lacks a clear or realistic cause. If you’ve never experienced anxiety or panic attacks, it’s hard to imagine just how uncomfortable they can be. More than 20 million

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Ask Kitty Magoo: Seasonal Breakout Solutions

Dear Kitty, I’m happy it’s spring but the change in seasons always makes me break out! What can I do? Signed, Oily in Oconomowoc Dear Oily, You’re not alone. I don’t think there’s a single person in the state of Wisconsin who isn’t grateful to put winter behind her, but the transition between seasons can be rough on skin. Oil production is thrown out of wack by the increase in temperature and humi

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Balance Digestion and Beat Sugar Cravings with Bitters

by Guido Masé RH(AHG) Much has been said about the overwhelming rise of cookies and other sweets in our diet. The steady removal of plants, and especially wild, bitter-tasting plants, has received less attention. But without these plants, we are at the mercy of sugar’s addictive power: curbing sweets without any support is asking a lot in this culture. Give a young child the choice between a cooki

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Ask Kitty Magoo: DIY Massage Oil Recipes

Dear Kitty, For Valentine’s Day I’d like to make my own massage oil. Can you suggest something sensual? Signed, Romantic in Rio Dear Romantic, What a fabulous idea! Nothing says romance like a sexy scent, and who doesn’t love a massage? I like this recipe adapted from The Aromatherapy Companion by Victoria H. Edwards because its ingredients have aphrodisiac properties. 2 ounces almond oil 1 ounce

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Revitalize with Maca

Maca is a nutritional powerhouse that serves to increase energy and stamina, boost libido, and more. And it’s delicious! Bryn Cory explains the many benefits of maca and how to incorporate it into your diet. (Maca truffles anyone?) For various reasons, lots of us in the United States have nutritional deficiencies that can lead to diminished energy levels and chronic imbalances. We aren’t always ab

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Presents at Every Price Point

Great gifts under $5, $10, $15, and $25! Under $5 Jingle Zum Spruce Soap Gail Ambrosius Hazelnut Wafers Tru Melange Peace Candle Tin Badger Sleep Balm Ornament Under $10 Spoil Yourself Ocular Siesta Eye Pillow Pacifica Solid Perfume Rishi Cocoa Cabernet Tea Purple Prairie Body Butter Under $15 Colonel Conk Boar Shaving Brush Volta Organics Vanilla & Black Pepper Whipped Shea Lake Champlain Cho

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Ask Kitty Magoo: DIY Gift Recipes

Dear Kitty, I’d like to make gifts for my family this year. Can you suggest some simple recipes? Signed, Crafty in Crivitz Dear Crafty, So glad to hear you’re going the DIY gift route rather than hitting the mall. What’s more thoughtful (or affordable) than a gift made by hand? And these recipes couldn’t be easier. For the tub lover in your life, try these bath bombs adapted from Lauren Cox’s Ecob

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Ask Kitty Magoo: Treating Eczema Naturally

Dear Kitty, I’ve been under a lot of stress and my eczema is flaring up as a result. How can I ease the symptoms? Signed, Inflamed in Iola Dear Inflamed, Sorry to hear about your flare-up. Eczema is a complicated conditions with many causes, and stress is one of biggest contributors. Hopefully you’ll be able to unstress soon, but in the meantime I highly recommend this recipe adapted from Hands-O

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Boning Up to Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Pharmacist Linda Willsey offers information and advice on preventing osteoporosis. by Linda Willsey, PharmD, RPh Ninety-nine percent of the calcium in our bodies is found in our bones, and a small amount of calcium must circulate through other body tissues to keep muscles and nerves functioning well. If your diet doesn’t provide at least 1,000 mg of calcium every day, your body will steal the calc

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Ask Kitty Magoo: Treating Rosacea Naturally

Dear Kitty, My dermatologist told me I have rosacea. What is it, and what can I do to treat it? Signed, Rosy in Rosendale Dear Rosy, According to Susan West Kurz, esthetician and author of Awakening Beauty the Dr. Hauschka Way, “Rosacea is an inflammation of the capillaries within the dermis. The capillaries may become so swollen that they become visible, creating a spidery web of inflamed vessels

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Staff Picks

Community Pharmacy staff share their favorite sun care products.   EveryDay Coconut SPF 15 Daily Face Lotion Ellie exclaims, “This is my new favorite facial sunscreen! It’s moisturizing, lightweight, and provides adequate sun protection for everyday use. The ingredients are so clean you could practically eat them (though I wouldn’t advise it). Plus, the fresh coconut smell makes me feel like

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Alternative Remedies for Seasonal Allergy Relief

After (or instead of) exhausting the seemingly endless number of pharmaceutical allergy products, many people turn to herbal and other remedies to relieve their symptoms.   Between 40 and 50 million Americans suffer from some type of seasonal allergy, defined by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation as a disease of the immune system that causes an overreaction to substances called allergens. This

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Ask Kitty Magoo: Natural Poison Ivy Remedies

Dear Kitty, It seems like I stumble into a patch of poison ivy every year. Can I treat the itch naturally? Signed, Itchy in Iola Dear Itchy, For those of us who spend lots of time outdoors during the summer months, poison ivy is definitely near the top of the “This sucks!” list. Obviously, avoiding the plant (identified by its distinctive three-leaf clusters) is ideal, but it’s good to be prepared

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Ask Kitty Magoo: Prepare to Bare with a DIY Scrub

Dear Kitty, Spring is finally here but my skin is not ready to be shown! Any ideas on how to brighten up? Signed, Dessicated in Door County Dear Dessicated, Boy, can I relate! After a long, Wisconsin winter I’m practically covered in scales. So before I pull out my tank tops and flip flops, I like to give myself a head to toe treatment featuring ingredients you probably already have in your kitche

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Chronic Inflammation: Causes and Treatment

Chronic inflammation does not happen overnight. You don’t treat it with a magic pill or surgery. However, you can start by making a few small diet and lifestyle changes. by Carole Blemker, R.N., R.D. Inflammation has become a buzzword in the current medical lexicon. Prior to the 1980s, inflammation was mostly used to describe a normal acute immune response to infection and/or injury. Cut yourself

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Ask Kitty Magoo: Treat Yourself to a DIY Facial!

Dear Kitty, I’m a single lady who plans to spend Valentine’s Day pampering the heck out of herself! Got any ideas? Signed, Solo in Stetsonville Dear Solo, Good for you! If there’s one thing I believe in, it’s the importance of treating yourself. In my experience, one of the best ways to do this is to give yourself a facial. Sure, you could go to a spa, but it’s more fun (and a lot cheaper) to hav

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Cold (and Flu) Comfort

You were so careful about taking your immune-boosting supplements when your coworker came to work sneezing, but you still caught that relentless cold. Yes, cold and flu season is upon us again. Even though you’re feeling miserable, there are a few things you can do to make yourself more comfortable and perhaps speed your recovery. by Doreen Kunert and Jackie Nikolaus You were so careful about taki

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Ask Kitty Magoo: Chemical-Free Perfumes

Kitty shares recipes for chemical-free perfumes.  Dear Kitty, I want to give my loved ones perfume this year, but most store-bought ones are too stinky! Any recipe ideas for me? Signed, Fragrant in Franklin Dear Fragrant, Not only are store-bought perfumes super stinky, they’re also full of nasty chemicals. Because federal law allows manufacturers to claim fragrances as trade secrets, many ingredi

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Get Crafty: Handmade Holiday Gifts

Make your own gifts this holiday season with a few inexpensive ingredients and these simple recipes. To help you along, all Veriditas essential oils! by Alex Fulton and Day Host-Jablonski Is there a better way to show you care than making a gift by hand? Thoughtful and personal, these items mean far more than any store-bought trinket. Fortunately for those of us feeling the economic pinch in our p

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Ask Kitty Magoo: Pumpkin Pie Facial Mask

Skin going crazy? Kitty suggests a recipe for a pumpkin pie facial mask that’s good enough to eat! Dear Kitty, I love fall, but the change in seasons is causing my face to freak out. Help! Signed, Fluctuating in Florence Dear Fluctuating, Rest assured, you’re not the only one whose skin gets screwy when the seasons change. In order to ease the transition, try whipping up a calming facial mask. I

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Herbal Cold Prevention

It’s that time of year again when cold viruses frequently find their way to Community Pharmacy, accompanied by their sniffling, sneezing, and miserable human hosts. Colds are a huge moneymaker for the drug industry. An estimated 62 million colds per year leave millions of sick people roaming the aisles of pharmacies and grocery stores, desperate for relief. The cold virus, or Rhinovirus (RV), is t

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Ask Kitty Magoo: Natural Acne Remedies

Sweaty weather causing breakouts? Kitty Magoo shares recipes for natural blemish-busters. Dear Kitty, Summer heat and sweat are making me break out! Do you know of any natural acne remedies? Signed, Pimply in Perry Dear Pimply, Great question! It just so happens that I’ve done a lot of research on this subject, as I’ve struggled with breakouts caused by summer weather (Hello, sweaty bangs!) and v

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Dealing with Lyme: A Resource Guide

By Carole Blemker, R.N, R.D., CP Staff Most people who spend time outdoors in woodsy or grassy places within Wisconsin are probably aware of Lyme Disease (LD) and its prevalence in this part of the upper Midwest. Yale University School of Public Health just published an updated LD Human Risk Map, and Wisconsin is definitely the statistical outlier of Midwestern states. In fact, our state has one o

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Ask Kitty Magoo: DIY Dry Shampoo

By Kitty Magoo, CP Advice Columnist Dear Kitty, My hair gets oily in the summer but I don’t always have time to wash it. Help! Signed, Greasy in Grafton Dear Greasy, I hear ya! As someone who enjoys exercise but can’t always shower right after, I’ve struggled to find a way to deal with the sweaty mess that is my post-workout hair. After spending some time on the Internet, I stumbled across the sol

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A Simple Spring Cleanse

By Julie Nietzel, CP Staff As spring arrives, we instinctively want to clean out the accumulated debris of winter to make room for new growth. Winter has required us to eat heavier foods for warmth but, as the sun gives us more of its heat, spring allows us to burn off reservoirs of stored energy and transition to a lighter diet. This often leads folks looking for a way to further “cleanse” their

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Allergy Relief on a Shoestring

Oregon’s Wild Harvest Aller-Aid This company runs a biodynamic, certified organic farm in Oregon, and all their herbs are harvested by hand at peak potency and processed on site. Quercetin is the star of this combo formula, working closely with vitamin C to reduce histamine reactions and inflammation. Freeze-dried nettle and N-Acetyl Cysteine round out a winning cast to ward off your symptoms. $16

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Ask Kitty Magoo: Prepare to Bare!

By Kitty Magoo, CP Advice Columnist Dear Kitty, The weather is finally warmer, but my skin is not ready to be seen! How can I prepare before I bare? Signed, Crusty in Crandon Dear Crusty, As a born-and-raised Wisconsinite, I know all too well how hard the transition to skin-bearing season can be! Lucky for you, I’m something of an expert when it comes to simple and inexpensive ways to prepare to b

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Tags: Ask Kitty Magoo , Bare Skin , Exfoliation , Skin Care