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Herbal Education Books

We have searched the horizon in pursuit of fine books and educational tools that encourage and foster herbal living. Each and every offering was handpicked as a staff favorite and we wholeheartedly recommended them to you.

A Kids Herb Book

  • By Lesley Tierra, 2009 (softcover, 264 pages)

An excellent book for introducing children to the world of herbs, author Lesley Tierra has created a one-of-a-kind treasure for kids and parents alike. A Kid's Herb Book includes whimsical illustrations and stories that encourage children to become involved in caring about themselves at an early age.

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A Modern Herbal (two volumes)

  • By Mrs. Grieve, 2015 (softcover, 902 pages)

A Modern Herbal is the contemporary version of the medieval herbal encyclopedia Herbal. It is as rich in scientific fact and folklore as its predecessors and is equally as comprehensive in coverage. Author Mrs. Grieve has expanded upon this wealth of botanical knowledge covering more than 800 varieties of plants, and includes methods of cultivation, chemical constituencies, and preparations.

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Body into Balance

  • By Maria Noel Groves, 2016 (softcover, 336 pages)

Many common concerns can be evidence of deeper imbalances in your body. Learning how to read these clues is important in maintaining optimal health. With Body into Balance, herbalist and author Maria Noël Groves guides readers on how to read body signals and support wellness with herbal remedies and other natural treatments.

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Breverton’s Complete Herbal

  • By Terry Breverton, 2011 (hardcover, 383 pages)

Author Terry Breverton compiles more than 350 years of herbal wisdom in Breverton’s Complete Herbal. This modern reworking of Nicholas Culpeper’s 1653 book The English Physician and Complete Herbal, alphabetically details over 250 herbs and spices including new botanicals not featured in Culpeper’s original text.

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DIY Bitters

  • By Guido Mase & Jovial King, 2016 (hardcover, 208 pages)

Authors Guido Mase and Jovial King take readers through the process of making bitters at home using beautiful instructional photographs and botanical illustrations in the book DIY Bitter. Used since the Middle Ages, bitters are traditionally taken before or after a meal and can help stimulate and promote healthy digestion.

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Dr. Kidd's Herbal Cat Care

  • By Randy Kidd, D.V.M., 2000 (softcover, 201 pages)

In this comprehensive cat care guide Dr. Kidd’s Herbal Cat Care, holistic veterinarian Randy Kidd offers information on gentle, chemical-free alternatives for preventative care as well as immediate health problems.

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Dr. Kidd's Herbal Dog Care

  • By Randy Kidd, D.V.M., 2000 (softcover, 203 pages)

In this comprehensive dog care guide Dr. Kidd’s Herbal Dog Care, holistic veterinarian Randy Kidd offers information on gentle, chemical-free alternatives for preventative care as well as immediate health concerns.

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Herbal ABC's

  • By Dr. Sharol Marie Tilgner, 2018 (softcover, 440 pages)

This indispensable book includes information on physiology and is organized by organ systems of the body. Naturopathic physician, long time herbalist, and farmer Dr. Sharol Tilgner, created Herbal ABC’s The Foundation of Herbal Medicine out of the desire to make teachings from her private classes available to the public.

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Herbal Antivirals

  • By Stephen Harrod Buhner, 2013 (softcover, 408 pages)
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Herbal Antivirals teaches readers ways to build immunity and protect yourself with broad-spectrum herbal preparations. Author Stephen Harrod Buhner expertly profiles the plants that have proven to be most effective in strengthening the immune system.

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Herbal Medicine for Beginners

  • By Katja Swift and Ryn Midura, 2018 (softcover, 235 pages)

Herbal Medicine for Beginners is a helpful step by step guide for budding herbalist, utilizing 35 essential herbs and providing over 100 herbal formulations for common uses. Authors Katja Swift and Ryn Midura provide an array of simple-to-follow recipes in this excellent beginner’s guide.

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Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth

  • By Sharol Tilgner ND, 2020 (softcover, 472 pages)

Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth by Sharol Tilgner, contains detailed information on 190 valuable herbs, including: specific indications, general uses, constituents, and contraindications organized by body system. This is her newly updated third edition.

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Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health

  • By Rosemary Gladstar, 2008 (softcover, 400 pages)

Promoting health and radiant beauty with 175 recipes, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar provides time-tested natural therapies and herbal remedies that are easy to use. She guides readers every step of the way, from the growing and ecologically-sound harvesting of herbs, to basic preparations and applications.

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Herbs for Common Ailments

  • By Rosemary Gladstar, 2014 (softcover, 124 pages)

Herbs for Common Ailments is an informative guide by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar that profiles more than 50 herbs and how they are used in simple to make recipes for a variety of illnesses. These recipes address common ailments such as burns, bruises, headaches, congestion, along with other minor wounds.

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Herbs for Stress & Anxiety

  • By Rosemary Gladstar, 2014 (softcover, 123 pages)

With Herbs for Stress & Anxiety renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar explains exactly what is needed to address modern maladies by supporting a healthy central nervous system. She profiles 21 herbs that have been traditionally used to support a lifestyle that minimizes worry and maximizes harmony.

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Making Plant Medicine

  • By Richo Cech, 2016 (softcover, 334 pages)

Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech is all about using herbs and traditional herbalist techniques to create remedies. Originally published over 15 years ago, this book has become a preferred resource for learning to make herbal tinctures, teas, syrups, oils, and salves.

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Materia Medica

  • By Jesse Wolf Hardin, 2017 (softcover, 504 pages)

With Materia Medica author Jesse Wolf Hardin provides an excellent collection of plant profiles and essays by some of the most renowned and respected contemporary herbalists. Featuring contributions from such herbal luminaries as Phyllis Light, 7Song, Sean Donahue, Susan Leopold, and many more, this collection of knowledge has been repurposed and expanded as a resource for practitioners.

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Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide

  • By Rosemary Gladstar, 2012 (softcover, 224 pages)

Author Rosemary Gladstar offers a fresh introduction to growing and using 33 of her favorite herbs in Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide. This book is complete with easy-to-follow recipes for brewing restorative teas, blending salves, and making tinctures, oils, and syrups.

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Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West

  • By Michael Moore, 2003 (softcover, 359 pages)

Renowned herbalist and teacher Michael Moore presents a one-of-a-kind guide covering over 300 species of plants ranging from Baja California to Southeast Alaska with Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West. Featuring both native and introduced species within the region, this attractive book features maps, line drawings, and color photographs.

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Power of the Seed

  • By Susan M. Parker, 2014 (softcover, 321 pages)

Power of the Seed: Your Guide to Oils for Health and Beauty is an incredible reference guide to the world of carrier oils. Herbalist and author Susan M. Parker thoughtfully details the history, usage, and structure of over 90 carrier oils. This book offers extensive profiles, DIY recipes, as well as suggested uses for each oil.

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The Illustrated Herbiary

  • By Maia Toll, 2018 (hardcover, 176 pages)

The Illustrated Herbiary inspires readers to explore the personalities of our favorite herbs. Herbalist and author Maia Toll presents a beautifully illustrated book that includes 36 cards to guide readers through meditative self-reflection. This book profiles the history and symbolism to each herb and invites all to explore their presence in our own daily lives.

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The Modern Herbal Dispensatory

  • By Thomas Easley and Steven Horne, 2016 (softcover, 362 pages)

The Modern Herbal Dispensatory by Thomas Easley and Steven Horne includes details on 250 different botanicals providing everything from harvesting to uses. Readers who appreciate the health-giving properties of herbal preparations but are discouraged by the high price of commercial products can now make their own for a fraction of the cost.

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The Woman's Herbal Apothecary

  • By JJ Pursell, 2018 (softcover, 256 pages)

Engaging and empowering, The Woman’s Herbal Apothecary by naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist JJ Purcell is a valuable selfcare tool. Written to be inclusive of all women as well all those who don’t fall within the gender binary, this book contains 200 recipes and covers the full spectrum of women’s concerns and major life stages.

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