I spent a fun morning talking about herbs with some local moms today. 🌿
Below you can find my favorite herb books with the reasons why I like the them. Maybe you’ll find something to add to your bookshelf. (Note: Links are affiliate links.)
(Books are not listed in any particular order.)
Basic Book Resources:
1. Nutritional Herbology by Mark Pedersen, https://amzn.to/3EnyQfV
Has nutritional profiles for each herb.
2. Prescription for Herbal Healing, by Phyllis Balch, https://amzn.to/3g1gBVf
Complete. Very good at listing possible cautions and contraindications.
3. Northeast Medicinal Plants, https://amzn.to/3TCcPiO
Very good on listing plants that grow in this area, as well and when and how to ID, harvest, and the remedies best suited for each plant.
4. Botany in a Day, https://amzn.to/3hFKc6X
Best book for learning plant ID and plant families.
5. Homegrown Herbs, by Hartung, https://amzn.to/3TAMD8a
Best book for growing and using medicinal herbs yourself. Excellent charts for growing and harvesting.
6. The Herbal Apothecary, https://amzn.to/3E3SFbV
This is excellent at giving you the personality of each herb and helping you get to know the plants.
7. Wild Remedies by Rosalee de la Floret, https://amzn.to/3TxQFyh
Good for wildcrafting basics.
8. Alchemy of Herbs, https://amzn.to/3UxMN1z
Anything by Rosalee is well done. I find the herb profiles on her website useful and have found some of her podcasts to be interesting.
9. Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs,https://amzn.to/3UBgfni
Very basic. Good for beginners who don’t know where to start. Has some good basic recipes.
10. The Herbal Kitchen, https://amzn.to/3WYgOJp
Good for using herbs medicinally in your kitchen as food. Also good basics for making infused oils.
11. The Healing Garden, https://amzn.to/3E3jxZw
This book is newer to me. It includes some herbs that my other books do not have listed that I wanted to study. I haven’t delved too deeply into it but it is a lovely book.
These are more technical and get into the more medical side is using herbs.
1. Practical Herbalism by Fritchey, https://amzn.to/3Adn46l
2. Modern Herbal Dispensatory by Easley, https://amzn.to/3WVAmhv
3. Materia Medica of Western Herbs by Carole Fisher, https://amzn.to/3g5eZtt
1. The Big Book of Homemade Products by Jan Berry, https://amzn.to/3hAxPJu
This is her newer book. I had the older one with me. It is excellent as are herb books on soapmaking.
2. Fermented Vegetables by Shockey, https://amzn.to/3G8fzl3
Anything by the Shockeys is good. I also have their books on Vinegars and Firey Ferments.
Exploring Creation with Botany by Apologia, https://amzn.to/3Gc9UdK
Good intro to basic Botany.
Elementary Botany Class:
This is a link to my online Botany class which includes learning to ID plants by plant family.
Last but not least, write your own book…
Keep your own notes on each herb and ailment you study by creating your own book. I use an old address book that has alphabetical sections. I write the name of the herb or ailment alphabetically and make notes of what I learn about it.