Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Herbal Learning Books, Personal Library Recommendations

This list is for all the DIYers that love to learn about herbs on their own. If you love to use herbs for your own healing and family ailments, this list of books is exactly what you are looking for! I will keep adding to the list as I remember other great books to add. If you have a book to add, feel free to leave a comment.

Best Herb Books Ever

Medical Herbalism: Out of all the books that you will come across, this is THE book to have and know.

Herbal Antibiotics: Make sure to not mistake for it's illusory competitor by the same title. You want the book by Stephan Buhner not Mary Jones.

Making Tinctures, Beyond the Folk Method: This book is for serious tincture makers who want the most out of their medicine. 

The Secret Life of Plants: Be ready to have your entire world view change after reading this book about how plants are reactive to our emotions and intentions!

Braiding Sweetgrass: Learn how to see and use plants as Native Americans view and used them throughout history.

Native American Medicine Plants: See what plants natives used and which ones are considered to be toxic in today's view. Very interesting.

Native American Ethnobotany: I find this author to be one of my greatest influences when it comes to how to use herbs and plants. Instead of lacing his books with political opinions, he keeps them straight and to the point. This is a gem of a book.

Southwest Medicinal Plants: For those that reside in the southwest part of the USA, this is a great guide to what plants to use that grow locally.

Botany in a Day: Learn how to classify the plants and identify what is growing around you.

Ayurveda: Beginner's Guide: Herbalism and natural healing concepts are not complete without understanding Ayurvedic principles.

The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants: If you want to make medicine from plants growing around you or learn to forage for plants, this is the book that will help you do it safely and effectively.



Healing Wise: (Wise Woman Herbal) by Susan Weed. Susan is probably one of the biggest influences on my own herbal roots besides my Grandmother. Her books are written in a lovely manner, as if you were sitting next to her. The information in every book she’s ever written is just spot on. Anything by her is a lovely addition to your herbal library.

Fermentation for Beginners by Drake Press. You may be asking yourself why this is here since it’s not an herb book, but you must understand: Total health begins in the gut. Until you know how to ferment your own foods and reach proper gut health levels, you’ll never have total health.

Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism by Donald Yance. Adaptogens are the magic herbs that are still not fully understood. Knowing and utilizing two or three adaptogenic herbs in your regimen can add incredible health and healing.


A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions by Alan Gaby. This is probably the book I have used the most. I always double check contraindications before I recommend or even mention an herb to someone in my family or a client. This needs to be in every library. People who teach herbs NEED to teach contraindications or they shouldn’t be teaching. It is irresponsible to leave out such important information.

A Peterson Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs by Christopher Hobbs. If foraging is something you want to add to your herbal skills, then this is the book you’ll wear out. Take it with you on hikes and identify all the medicine around you. (Here’s the Eastern and Central Version)

Herbal Antivirals by Stephan Buhner. I bought this one simply because there aren’t many books based on antivirals. In fact, most people believe there is nothing we can do for viruses, except let them run their course. I’m telling you, that is simply not the case. Get familiar with a few anti-virals (even coconut oil is one), and you’ll have a powerful apothecary.

The Earthwise Herbal Volumes I and II by Matthew Wood. Matthew Wood is an old friend to my library. I have seen him lecture. Every book he has written is a treasure but these two stand out as the best.

Planetary Herbology by Michael Tierra. There is no doubt that Michael and Leslie Tierra are herbal masters (if there were such a thing). They have both dedicated their lives to teaching herbs and this book is a wonderful, wonderful text on energetics of plants. If you ever wonder why plants do what they do, this is the book for you.

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