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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD

International Best-Selling & 20-Time Book Author

Blog posts : "herbology"

The Proven Remedy that Fights 6 Kinds of Cancer

March 16, 2017

Myrrh resin essential oil has been found in research to have anti-cancer properties.

Myrrh—the resin from the small, thorny myrrh tree—has an ancient history of use as incense, in meditation rituals, as well in medicinal use for many ailments, from fighting infections to healing skin conditions.  Modern research is proving what the ancients seem to have known:  that myrrh is pot…

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4 Reasons to Love Lavender Essential Oil

February 16, 2017

Lavender essential oil is very soothing.

I visited an organic lavender farm a few summers ago. About a half a mile down the road I knew I was close as I could smell the fragrance wafting through the air. The rolling hillside was full of stunning, silvery-green and purple lavender plants. While I’ve never been to France, I imagined this is what the French countryside must look and smell like. I felt immediately transported to a peaceful place. How much was linked to the actual aromatic effects of lavender or the natural beauty of it in this lovely environment, I’ll never know. Either way, it was an experience to remember.

While lavender is an obvious visual and olfactory indulgence, its value goes far beyond these sensory…

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5 Great Herbs to Soothe Your Nerves

November 4, 2016

Discover 5 Herbs that Soothe Your Nerves--from best-selling author of BE YOUR OWN HERBALIST & 60 SECONDS TO SLIM, Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook

Are your nerves frazzled?  Are you feeling stressed out?  Or, are you suffering from migraines or neuropathy pain?  Show your nerves some love with these soothing herbs:

 

Feverfew for Migraines and Headaches

This delicate flowering plant contains potent medicine, particularly when …

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4 Halloween Herbs for Year-Round Health

October 31, 2016

Halloween herbs for year-round health

“Double, double toil and trouble.  Fire burn and cauldron bubble,” chanted the witches of Shakespeare’s Macbeth as they added ingredients to their brew.  While an eye of newt and tongue of frog may not interest you there are a few other herbs that are fitting for both Halloween and great …

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6 Super-Healing Herbal Medicines to Start Using Now

October 27, 2016

Echinacea is a powerful immune-boosting herb

There are thousands of herbs, many with proven medicinal properties, and many still left unexplored by scientists.  It is difficult to choose only six herbs to keep at home because there are so many amazing medicinal herbs, but the following help ensure that you have a fairly well-rounded stash …

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The Spice that Kills Breast Cancer Stem Cells

July 28, 2016

Research shows that ginger kills breast cancer stem cells.

Who doesn’t love ginger cookies or spice cake?  The signature ginger flavor adds a delightful taste to almost anything to which it is added.  But taste is not the only reason to love this amazing spice.  Not only is ginger a delicious addition to food, it is also one of the best natural med…

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Is an Anti-Cancer Wonder Drug Growing on Your Front Lawn?

July 5, 2015

If you walk past my home you’ll know if from the dandelions that grow rampant on the front lawn.  While neighbors continue to douse the yellow flowers with pesticides, like Monsanto’s Round-Up, which have been shown to cause cancer, I prefer to let the resilient and prevalent flowers grow.  That…

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The Little-Known Herb that Combats Allergies

May 25, 2015

The herb perilla has been scientifically proven to aid allergies

It’s that time of year again:  the season of itchy eyes, sneezing, runny noses, and breathing troubles for anyone who suffers from allergies.  While it is tempting to run for the decongestants and anti-histamines and lock yourself indoors, Mother Nature offers help in the form of a little-known …

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The Mushroom that Shows Great Promise against Cancer

April 28, 2015

When we think of cancer in our Western world, we tend to think of harsh chemicals or toxic radiation as the treatments.  But promising new research published in the journal Phytomedicine suggests that we might want to give serious consideration to the humble mushroom cordyceps that quietly rears it…

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The Herb that Alleviates Menstrual Cramps Better than Advil or Motrin

April 15, 2015

Research shows fennel seeds help PMS pain

Every woman who has ever experienced painful menstrual cramps knows the importance of pain relief.  For some women cramps can be mild while others experience debilitating pain that can affect their ability to work, attend school, and participate in athletics or social activities.  Dysmenorrhea—t…

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The Surprising Natural Remedy for Allergies

April 10, 2015

Probiotics can help alleviate allergy symptoms.

Aaaa-choo.  It’s that time of year again for allergy sufferers.  You may be surprised to learn that probiotics are among the best natural remedies for allergies.  If you’re hooked on antihistamines, decongestants, and desensitization shots you might be inclined to think there is little value in …

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The Herb that Relieves Pain Better than Prescription Medication

March 10, 2015

Turmeric has potent anti-pain propertiesHere’s some exciting news for pain sufferers:  new research shows that an herbal extract is more effective than acetaminophen (Tylenol) or nimesulide—a potent prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) at alleviating pain. 

The study reported in the Journal of Pain R…

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The Spice that Boosts Memory in Just One Hour

February 24, 2015

Research shows curcumin boosts memory in one hour.Now there’s one more reason to enjoy your favorite curry dish.  Turmeric, a spice commonly found in many Indian curry dishes, has been found to improve memory and cognition in as little as one hour.

While conducting the research for my upcoming book 60 Seconds to Boost Your Brain Power

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15 Natural Options for Depression

May 15, 2012

Everyone feels down at some point, usually as a reaction to difficult circumstances but clinical depression goes far beyond that.  In such cases, a person experiences a prolonged sadness that is out of proportion with the apparent cause. The physical and psychological symptoms affect a person’s …

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