Apothecary was an early name applied to persons who prepared and sold various and sundry substances for medical use. The apothecary procured, mixed, evaluated medications. The role of apothecary underwent many changes over the centuries. Once associated with the supernatural and alchemy, the apothecary evolvedinto a leading health care practitioner whose field of expertise ranged from science to treated patients directly. Over time, the traditional apothecary was replaced by the pharmacist.
From Medieval Gardens and Herbalism .... "Two of my favourites - Nutmeg & Cinnamon. The most talked about benefits of cinnamon relates to type 2 diabetes. A study published in the journal Diabetes Care found that half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day significantly reduces blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.