Herbal Medicine for Beginners is a helpful step by step guide for the beginning herbalist, utilizing 35 essential herbs and providing over 100 herbal formulations for common uses. Written in tandem by Katja Swift and Ryn Midura, herbalists and teachers who co-founded the CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, this excellent beginner’s guide has something for herbalists of all levels.
The book is organized in a simple to follow format. Part one addresses herbal energetics, single herbs vs. blends, sourcing quality botanicals, essential tools for making herbal formulas, explanation of different types of herbal preparations and how to make them, pros and cons of different herbal preparations, and how to work safely with herbal remedies.
Part two contains 35 profiles of herbs that are common in most areas of the United States and easy to find in commerce. Each herbal profile includes qualities, taste, actions, part of the plant used, common preparations, and important considerations.
Part three covers common uses in alphabetical order and provides different herbal allies and formulations. It also includes a useful glossary and resources section.