One of the members of The Christian Herbal Facebook Group asked if anyone had a list of books that would be good for new herbalists to read through. I decided to compile a list of books that are both my favorites, my go-to’s, and a few that are on my wishlist (but highly recommended by others).
I am sure this list will be a work-in-progress as I read more and find nuggets of truth sprinkled in the works of many great herbalists. Plan on adding images and descriptions as time allows.
Please feel free to share your favorite books in the comments!
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Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine by David Hoffman
Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine, 2e by Kerry Bone and Simon Mills
Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use by Rosemary Gladstar
Herbal Constituents: Foundations of Phytochemistry by Lisa Ganora
Specific Herbal Actions
Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston
Herbal Medicine for Women
Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, 1e by Aviva Romm
Herbal Medicine for Children
Herbal Healing for Children by Demetria Clark
The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety, 1e by Kerry Bone and Simon Mills
Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition by American Herbal Products Association
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals-, 2e by Robert Tisserand
Herbal Medicine Making
The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual by James Green
Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech
Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification by Thomas Elpel
Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America, Third Edition (Peterson Field Guides) by Stephen Foster and James Duke
Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb
History of Herbal Medicine
Green Pharmacy: The History and Evolution of Western Herbal Medicine by Barbara Griggs