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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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Should You Actually Feed a Cold and Starve a Flu?

November 11, 2016

Should You Feed a Cold and Starve a Flu?

Most of us have heard the old adage, “feed a cold and starve a fever.”  But have you wondered whether there is any truth behind the sentiment?  Yale University professor and author of a new study published in the medical journal Cell had that thought.  He wondered whether eating during a cold or flu would impact the immune system’s ability to fight the infection so he and his team of researchers set to work to put the strange saying to the test, not just with cold and flu viruses but other infections as well.

Does Eating Impact the Outcome in Food Poisoning?

First the researchers explored the effects of eating on mice suffering from food poisoning, or the bacterial infecti…

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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 it comes to soothing the nervous system.  Perhaps that is why it has been in use for over two thousand years, when Greek physician Dioscorides recommended feverfew for inflammation.  Since then we’ve learned a lot about feverfew’s many other healing properties and its effects on the nervous system.  Feverfew is an excellent headache and migraine remedy.  If you’ve taken it when you’ve had a migrai…

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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 health.  Here are a few of my favorite Halloween herbs (based on their names) that are great year-round:

Devil’s Claw—With a name like “devil’s claw” pain wouldn’t dare mess with this herb.  And that’s a good thing for anyone suffering from it.  Devil’s claw is one of the most effective pain remedies I’ve used.  It is effective for both joint and muscle pain, making it a good option f…

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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 for a variety of health needs.  Herbs like dandelion, Echinacea, garlic, peppermint, and St. John’s Wort can be grown and used fresh.  All of the following herbs can be used in dried form, ready to make your own herbal medicines and body care products.  I’ve included the scientific names for the herbs since sometimes numerous different plants are sold under the same common name.

Dandeli…

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