Revitalize the Right Way at Community Pharmacy

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Photo by Lesia Witkowsky
by Lindsey LaBelle, Staff Writer
Once winter finally gives up and spring arrives, Madison students pack up their salt-encrusted winter boots, whip out their Sperrys and head to the terrace for a pitcher or two (or four). The excitement and activity that comes with the changing season can cause many of us to forget about one very important thing: spring-cleaning.

At Community Pharmacy, spring-cleaning means rejuvenation and a lighter, cleaner lifestyle.

On the corner of State and Gilman Street, Community Pharmacy believes that wellness comes from taking care of the body inside and out with cruelty-free, chemical-free and herb-based products. With two Walgreen’s stores within walking distance, some students don’t utilize or even know about this wellness resource, but it has been offering the Madison community a way to achieve wellness that a drug store cannot for over 30 years.

The Community Pharmacy staff has over 100 years of collective experience with the ever-changing world of alternative medicine. They provide visitors with a vast selection of beauty, wellness and, because of spring fever, sexual health products.

Community Pharmacy is ready for the season and has an array of nourishment for dry skin, frizzy hair, ways to cleanse your diet after months of comfort food, and methods of preventing (or soothing) hay fever. College students especially benefit from their holistic approach to health because the store offers personalized care, and not to mention, it comes at a price that a student can stomach.

The pharmacy’s stocked shelves can be daunting for a first-time customer; however, the employees are poised and ready to answer questions, and excited to share their favorite picks for spring with the Madison student in mind.


For the student in need:

Pure Ionic Fizz: A small package dissolves in water to relieve the chronic headaches, nervousness, insomnia, and anxiety that accompany finals week… and most other weeks, for that matter.

Herbal concentration supplements (because you shouldn’t be taking your roommate’s prescriptions): Place a few drops of Four Elements Focus Formula onto the tongue for a safe way to increase blood flow to the brain to increase memory, recall and overall concentration.

As finals loom, Asian Kitchen and Starbucks aren’t going to give you the energy and immunity you need. Tera’s Whey is a local protein company that carries supplements that are easy to add to a smoothie. The clean white jars demand attention with a fist-sized blueberry on the front.


Spring Allergies:

While many of us are excited to see the trees bud, congestion often comes with the new foliage. Bi Yan Pian is the pharmacy’s most popular allergy supplement. It alleviates allergy symptoms and isn’t hard on the body like Sudafed.

They also offer local bee pollen supplements. But why would you willingly expose yourself to the allergens that drive you nuts? Gradual, small-dose exposure can actually desensitize you to the things that make you sneeze uncontrollably during lecture.



The pharmacy has to place special orders because employees and patrons can’t get enough evanhealy products. The line is touted for its attention to sensitive skin, imbalances and acne control. Evanhealy’s tea tree gel facial cleanser and green tea clay mask are in constant demand. They also have tons of mineral-free and cruelty-free cosmetics.

Giovanni Smooth as Silk shampoo and conditioner will rejuvenate winter-damaged hair and reduce frizz without weighing down your locks. They have many products from the line in bulk so you can test a little bit of everything.


Sexual Health

Community Pharmacy is all about safe and enjoyable sex, with countless natural lubricants, condoms and also a line of natural edible products. The in-store experts often put together gift packages based on the customer or couple’s desires.


Inspired? Get started with a simple spring cleanse. Stop by Community Pharmacy between 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday or between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday.