Be your Own Herbalist

- Essential herbs for health, beauty, and cooking -

by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM

Subjects: LCSH: Herbs—Therapeutic use. | Cooking (Herbs) | Self-care, Health. | BISAC: HEALTH & FITNESS / Herbal Medications. | COOKING Specific Ingredients Herbs, Spices, Condiments. | GARDENING Herbs. | COOKING Health & Healing / General.
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 304 p
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 2016 by Michelle Schoffro Cook 

About the Author
Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM, DHS, ROHP, is the author of
eighteen health books, including the international bestsellers 60 Seconds
to Slim, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.
Her books have been translated into many languages, including Spanish, Greek,
Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, and Russian. She holds advanced degrees in natural
health, holistic and orthomolecular nutrition, and traditional natural medicine,
and has twenty-five years of experience in the field. Dr. Cook is a boardcertified
doctor of natural medicine who has received the Doctor of 
Humanitarian Services designation from the World Organization of Natural
Medicine and a World-Leading Intellectual Award for her contribution to natural
medicine. She is a regular blogger for and Visit

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As clinical herbalists and founders of the Harmonic Arts Botanical
Dispensary, we find Michelle Schoffro Cook’s book to be in alignment
with what we are facilitating in our company and practice: teaching people to be
their own herbalists. This concept appeals to us in many ways: It takes the power
of healing away from external entities and puts it back into the hands of each
unique being to create their own story of health. It fosters the confidence to trust
the body’s innate wisdom in working with the therapeutic properties that plants
have to offer. Most important, it allows the body to work within the natural
scope of what Mother Nature intended, thus limiting the need for man-made,
isolated chemical compounds in the form of pharmaceuticals and highly
concentrated extracts. Foreign to the body’s natural systems, these can create
harmful side effects and addictive patterns.

We view the path of wellness as a way for each person to create their own
adventure and design their unique lifestyle. Once a person is empowered with
natural health knowledge and information, they can decipher what the best
possible health choice is in any given moment. In a world full of health trends, it
can be difficult to sort out what is what. Going back to basics and looking at
what has healed people time and again throughout history and across a multitude
of indigenous cultures brings tried-and-tested validity. By comparison, our
modern allopathic medicine system is very young and limited in scope.
There is an important place for both herbal and modern medicine in the
world. In this book, Dr. Cook clearly demonstrates the complementary nature of
plants as health allies. Through our lifelong journeys of understanding health and
wellness, we have come to recognize that what comes from the earth
harmoniously aligns with our bodies, also of the earth.

In Be Your Own Herbalist, Dr. Cook not only explores traditional uses of
herbs but also gives credence to current applications, skillfully weaving
traditional herbalism with proven modern scientific methods. She offers up-todate,
scientifically validated findings of successful uses of plant medicine.
This book focuses on thirty-one medicinal plants that can be found across
multiple bioregions and are readily available fresh or dried in health-food stores
and other markets. Knowing these plants intimately is more useful than being
superficially acquainted with the larger spectrum of plant medicine. This book
guides you in exploring these thirty-one great plants in a multifaceted way,
giving you the opportunity to build with each one the kind of relationship you’d
have with a dear friend. It also allows you to work with the plants from the
outside in, preparing the herbs in a myriad of ways, from creating body-care
products that introduce the plant’s properties to the frontlines of your system to
cooking them and letting food be your medicine. Fun and varied herbal
concoctions let you play in the kitchen and discover your favorite ways of
creating wellness for yourself and loved ones.

The clear, simple, and direct communication style in which this book is
written allows for a gentle, welcoming entry point into the realm of herbalism. It
confers the sense that a nurturing, supportive figure is holding your hand as you
learn to work with herbs. Dr. Cook does a great job of breaking herbalism down
into tangible steps that allow you to start playing with plants confidently, right
away. You don’t have to be an expert to be an at-home, practical herbalist, and
this book will show you how. We are delighted to introduce such a fine work
that puts the power back into the people’s hands, allowing them to maintain
good health and vitality and cultivate longevity. We welcome you through the
doors of herbalism, as you embark on an exciting, purposeful journey into the
world of plant medicine. As Dr. Cook inspires you to live a healthy, balanced,
whole life, may you also do the same for those in your life. Viva the herbal revolution!
—Angela and Yarrow Willard, clinical herbalists and cofounders of the
Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Table of Contents
PART 1: Everything You Need to Get Started
Chapter 1: Your Guide to Being Your Own Herbalist
Chapter 2: Using Herbs: Know Your Infusions from Your Decoctions
PART 2: Discovering Nature’s Herbal Wonders
Chapter 3: Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Chapter 4: Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Chapter 5: Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile, Matricaria chamomilla,
Matricaria recutita)
Chapter 6: Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
Chapter 7: Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
Chapter 8: Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Chapter 9: Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia)
Chapter 10: Elecampane (Inula helenium)
Chapter 11: Feverfew (Tanacetum spp.)
Chapter 12: Garlic (Allium sativum)
Chapter 13: Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Chapter 14: Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
Chapter 15: Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Chapter 16: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Chapter 17: Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Chapter 18: Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Chapter 19: Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
Chapter 20: Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Chapter 21: Nettles (Urtica dioica)
Chapter 22: Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Chapter 23: Parsley (Petroselinum sativum)
Chapter 24: Peppermint (Mentha X piperita)
Chapter 25: Plantain (Plantago major)
Chapter 26: Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Chapter 27: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Chapter 28: Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Chapter 29: St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Chapter 30: Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus, Artemisia dracunculoides)
Chapter 31: Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Chapter 32: Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Chapter 33: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Appendix: A Word to the Wise about Mainstream Herbal Reporting
About the Author

Be your own herbalist - Essential herbs for health, beauty, and cooking
First printing, April 2016
Printed in Canada on 100% postconsumer-waste recycled paper

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