The Newest Old Thing: Essential Oils

Essential Oils are the newest old thing on the Wellness and Health care Horizon. The volatile liquids, steam distilled from various parts of a variety of plants are considered to be Essential Oils. Chemical, they are lipid soluble, small molecules that can be easily absorbed thru the ski, inhaled or taken orally in some instances. They are powerful antioxidants so they inhibit free radical formation; help with oxidative stress, destroy harmful bacteria, viruses and fungus, as well as influence moods, improve sleep and relaxation. Pretty amazing stuff, right?

Essential Oils were the main stay of medicinal compounds in Biblical times and the Romans and the Greeks were avid users of these oils also.

Today, Essential Oils are seeing a resurgence in use because we are looking for safer and kinder ways to address many of our medical problems.

Some Essential oils can be used “neat” or undiluted directly on the skin, but most need to be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil before being applied topically. Besides direct topical application, on the area of concern, Essential oils can be used in a compress, as an additive to massage oils and in bath salts.

Diffusing or inhaling is a very popular way to incorporate Essential oils into your system. An ultrasonic diffuser can disperse oxygenated essential oil molecules that will remain in the air for several hours.

Most of these oils can also be taken internally; swallowed in a capsule or mixed an beverage such as tea or added to cooked food at the end of the cooking process. Too much heat can alter the chemical makeup of the oil and change the metabolic effects of this oil.

Most Essential Oils are approved for internal use and are considered Generally Recognized as Safe. (GRAS) But some like Birch and Cedarwood oils should not be used internally.

Some of the major uses for Essential oils:

Soothing – > Lavender

Invigorating – > Peppermint

Anti-infective – > Lemongrass

Antifungal – > Tea Tree

Anti-inflammatory – > Clove

To name just a few.   So stop by and see our selection of Essential Oils and let us talk about what you are interested in.

30 Years and Going Strong

Longevity in business says a lot, especially for a locally owned business in a small town.

Rebecca prides herself in the business she and her husband, Phil, bought in 1985. Salem Apothecary has had its ups and downs, but it is known as a permanent fixture on the Salem town square. It is the go-to pharmacy for many residents, the go-to lunch place for many employees on the square and a destination stop for out-of-town visitors.

Apothecary Frong 1985

The Apothecary the first year it was owned by the Marshalls.

One of the neatest facts about the location of the store, is that it has housed a pharmacy for more than 100 years. If the walls could talk, oh the stories it would tell of how the pharmacy world has changed over the years.

Rebecca said in her 30 years, the biggest change has not only been the computers, but also insurance and how things are paid for. While customers used to pay for their medication themselves, more is paid by insurance than ever before.

Many Salem High School graduates have memories of working as Soda Jerks at the soda fountain. From making hand dipped milkshakes to old-fashion vanilla Cokes, customers and employees alike have their favorite treat they order at the counter.

Rebecca said she has had more than 50 employees over the years and every one of them have signed “The Wall” on the third floor. Some of the earliest signatures date back to the early 1900s. It is fun to go up and read them.

With the store in full swing, there are no signs of slowing down any time soon. Rebecca enjoys her job, the work she does for the community and the atmosphere a small town pharmacy and soda fountain bring.

If you are ever in Salem, stop in and say hi and check out a piece of living history at Salem Apothecary.

Get the best Medicare plan for your needs

Medicare Part D, every year the plans change and it can be so confusing for everyone.

That’s one of the many reasons Rebecca takes the time to talk to seniors about their plans. She can sit down with each person individually and look at plan comparisons to find the one that fits your health needs and saves you money.

“Plan comparisons can save people up to $600 a year, depending on the medications they are taking,” she said.

Many seniors stay where they are because they don’t realize they can change or they don’t want the hassle of having to compare the plans themselves. That’s where this free service, offered by Rebecca, comes in handy.

Rebecca will run a plan comparison based on your medications, plus premiums for the year. Together, you can find the best plan for you.

Changes may be made to plans between October 15 and December 7.

Call 812-883-4500 to make your appointment with Rebecca today.

Control your cholesterol the natural way

Do you know your numbers? You’re never too young to have your cholesterol checked and get your base numbers.

Ideally, your total cholesterol should be less than 200. Your LDL, or the bad cholesterol, should be 130 or lower and your HDL, or good cholesterol, should be over 50. It is also important for your triglycerides to be less than 200.

Rebecca says the most important thing for people to remember is that while it’s good to know your numbers, the best way to prevent heart disease is to keep everything in balance.

It’s important to keep your cholesterol in check, but it’s also important to exercise every day, eat a healthy diet and take supplements your body needs to keep you healthy.


One of the supplements Rebecca recommends is fish oil, which contains omega-3 fatty acids. But it’s important to remember not all fish oils are created equally. You must take a fish oil that has been purified and, unfortunately, those are usually a little more expensive, but you know for sure you are getting the oils that will best help your body.

Other supplements include a multivitamin with minerals, a good vitamin B complex and vitamin D3.

Recent studies suggest that low levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of heart attack and early death. A daily dose of 2,000-5,000 units of vitamin D3 is often helpful to maintain adequate vitamin D levels.

Berberine, coenzyme Q10, red yeast rice, magnesium, hawthorn and arginine are also helpful agents in keeping a heart healthy. Co Q10 is well established as a protective and supportive supplement for the heart. Red yeast rice is a useful option for lowering cholesterol at a dose of 600 mg twice a day and magnesium can help the heart relax while serving as a calcium channel blocker.

In addition to supplements, a healthy diet is also necessary. Oatmeal, olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, nuts and fish can all help keep your heart healthy.


Exercising and changing your diet will help reduce weight, which also helps your heart health and reduces LDL numbers and increases HDL numbers.

For more information on how to keep your cholesterol in check naturally, come talk to Rebecca and she what she recommends for you.

Help your body fight off cold and flu season naturally

Have you ever wondered why a viral infection takes out three members of a family of five, but the other two members don’t get the virus? Or grandmother is put to bed by a cold that everyone else hardly feels?

It all has to do with your own immune system; your natural body defense system. If that defense system is in good shape, it is fighting and expelling viruses and bad bacteria every day.

Unfortunately, most of us don’t have a good, healthy immune system. Why? Because the things that throw this system out of balance are numerous: stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, lack of exercise and many prescription drugs.

There are two main things you and your family can begin to do now to strengthen your immune systems before the cold and flu season begins. One is to incorporate healthy, daily habits into your routine such as eating healthy, practicing good sleep habits and following a reasonable exercise program. These are all important aspects of building a healthy immune system.

The second is to infuse your body with daily nutrients that help keep your immune system strong throughout the year.


Probiotics are an important addition to everyone’s system. Eating yogurt is good, but most of us don’t follow a diet that contains the right amount of fiber, protein, fruits and vegetables. Every round of antibiotic medication, bouts of nausea and diarrhea, as well as many other mediations, deplete our intestinal systems of the necessary good bacteria that digests our food, absorbs our nutrients and fights off the bad bacteria. Our intestinal system is the body’s second line of defense against infection after the skin. A daily intake of a multi-culture probiotic is a great idea for all ages of family members.

Vitamin A

We typically think about Vitamin A and how it relates to night-blindness or healthy skin, but the fact is Vitamin A is vital to our ability to fight off infections. When people are deficient in that nutrient, they are more prone to being ill. Our immune response depends on Vitamin A. Beta-Carotene is a “pro-Vitamin A” which means that while it can turn into Vitamin A in the body, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will. You need the potent effects of true Vitamin A when you supplement.


Vitamin C

Another important nutrient intake for all ages is Vitamin C. Vitamin C reduces the severity of colds and flu and, if taken regularly, can reduce the incidents of colds by as much as 50%. Five hundred milligrams per day is a reasonable preventative dose and then increasing to three times that at the onset of cold symptoms can reduce the length of time you deal with the cold.


Elderberry Extract is one of the best botanicals for boosting the immune system. Both the berries and the flowers contain powerful antioxidants, as well as having anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. As with all nutritional supplements, you need to use a brand with quality processing procedures for obtaining the elderberry extract. Good quality elderberry extract disrupts viruses and restores the body’s ability to fight off infection.

Other supplements

Also, don’t forget about your magnesium, Vitamin D and zinc. These are all important nutrients for keeping the immune system healthy and fighting off infection and all kinds of viruses, including shingles.

Vitamin D has been getting a lot of attention because of bone development and cancer prevention, but it is also a must for the immune system. D-3 is the most absorbable Vitamin D and those deficient in D-3 are more susceptible to flus, allergies and respiratory ailments.

Magnesium, a mineral used for cellular energy. Muscle strength is also necessary for the bronchial system to run smoothly.

Zinc is important to keep the immune system running smoothly, too. Zinc is an immune system modulator, which means it helps out when the system is at risk of infection and otherwise helps the immune system stay healthy.

These are simple things you and your whole family can do and nutrients you can take to help keep your immune system strong. A strong immune system will keep you healthy and happy thru out the cold and flu season.

Come and talk to Rebecca to see what would be the best plan of action for you and your family as cold and flu season approaches.

Essential oils get rid of lice

There has been a lot of talk recently about “super lice” or lice that is resistant to over-the-counter remedies.

Rebecca is here to tell you, this is nothing new. Lice has been somewhat resistant since the late 1990s. And that’s why she has been compounding her own all-natural cure for lice for years. It’s made completely from essential oils that smother the nits.

Not only does it work effectively, but it is healthier for the child because there are no chemicals like the remedies found in over-the-counter options and prescriptions.

A new medication was recently put out on the market that claims it will get rid of the lice without having to comb the nits out. You apply it, leave for 10 minutes and rinse. While this does sound easy, it may not solve the problem.

Rebecca feels that smothering the lice with the oils and combing them out is still the most efficient way to remove lice.

“The oils coat the hair strands and smother the lice,” she said. “There really is no way for lice to be resistant to the essential oils. And using the comb ensures that the nits are out of the hair.”

If you would like more information, call and talk to Rebecca at 812-883-4500.

Health items to include in college care packages

Do you have a student who is preparing to head to college for the first time or heading back after summer break?

Have you been shopping to make sure they have everything they need for their dorm or their apartment? Food, bedding, toiletry items, etc.?

How about vitamins, medicine and other over-the-counter items they may need while away at school?

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Most people don’t think about the “not-so-fun” items that all college students need.

Rebecca says it’s important to remember daily vitamins and supplements, too. And here is what she would recommend:

  • Vitamin C – Helps to build a healthy immune system
  • Vitamin B Complex – Helps with energy
  • Vitamin B lozenges – Helps with stamina
  • Probiotics – Helps maintain a healthy gut
  • Fish oil – Good for antioxidants

In addition to supplements, she suggests keeping an antibiotic ointment, Band-Aids and a bottle of Ibuprophen on hand.

Rebecca would also recommend Viraclear, a liquid medicine you can take in the early stages of a cold to help ease the symptoms.

We hope everyone has a great experience heading to college this fall and stays healthy and happy!