Recommended Reading ~

Maria’s Favorite Herbals

Also check out Henriette Kress' recommended reading.

Which author or book do I recommend most? Well, that depends on what your needs are, if you want more on a specific topic (gardening, women’s health…) and your taste (readable, quick reference, scientific, folk…)...

 

But, if I were to recommend just four herbals 
for the average layperson’s bookshelf, they’d be...


* Andrew Chevallier’s Herbal Medicine (new edition now available!)


* Sharol Tiglner’s Herbal Medicine (some parts of old edition available online)


* Julie Bruton-Seal & Matthew Seal's Backyard Medicine


* Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide




* And of course my book

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But why stop there??

For the Beginner-Intermediate Level

* Andrew Chevallier, Herbal Medicine 


* Sharol Tiglner’s Herbal Medicine


* Julie Bruton-Seal & Matthew Seal, Backyard Medicine


* Rosemary Gladstar, Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal
  OR Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health (2008 softcover version)


* Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide


* Henriette Kress’ Practical Herbs Vol 1 & 2


* Steven Horne & Thomas Easley's The Modern Herbal Dispensatory

* Allan Tillotson, The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook oneearthherbs.squarespace.com


* James Duke, The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook


* Christopher Hobbs, Medicinal Mushrooms
 (and many other great books)

* David Hoffmann, The Herbal Handbook


* D. Hoffmann, The Holistic Herbal


* Rob McCaleb, The Encyclopedia of Popular Herbs


* Michael Moore, Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West www.swsbm.com

* M. Moore, Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West


* Lesley Tierra, Healing with the Herbs of Life 


* Michael Tierra, Planetary Herbology or The Way of Herbs


* Matthew Wood, The Book of Herbal Wisdom 


* David Winston, Adaptogens (topic specific - stress, vitality)

 




Localvore Herbalism:


Using Wild - and Sometimes Cultivated - Herbs in NH

(Not all herbs covered in these books are “local” to NH,  but many are.)

* Julie Bruton-Seal & Matthew Seal, Backyard Medicine


* Michael Moore, Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West www.swsbm.com

* Arthur Haines, Ancestral Plants Volumes 1 & 2


* Patricia Turcotte, The New England Herb Gardener


* Matthew Wood, The Book of Herbal Wisdom


* M. Wood, The Earthwise Herbal: New World Plants


* Maud Grieve, A Modern Herbal Vol. I & II  www.botanical.com

* Guido Mase, Wild Medicine Solution




 

Science-Based Herbals & Reference Books

* David Hoffmann, Medical Herbalism


* Simon Mills & Kerry Bone, Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy 





* Rob McCaleb, The Encyclopedia of Popular Herbs 


* Mark Blumenthal, The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs

* Mark Blumenthal,  Expanded German Commission E Handbook



* American Herbal Products Association Botanical Safety Handbook
 (safety data only)

* David Winston, Herbal Therapy & Supplements

* PDR of Herbal Medicines

* Mayo Clinic Family Health Book
 (not herbal)

* Mosby’s Nursing Drug Reference
 (not herbal, for drug side effects and interactions)

* Michael Murray, Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine


* Michael Murray, Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements


* PDR of Nutritional Supplements

 

Older/Historic Herbals

* Maud Grieve, A Modern Herbal Vol. I & II  www.botanical.com

* Rudolph Weiss, Weiss’s Herbal Medicine, Classic Edition


* Many classic herbal texts are available for free on www.swsbm.com  and www.henriettesherbal.com in PDF format.

 

 

Medicinal Mushrooms


* Greg Marley, Mushrooms for Health (approachable, NE mushrooms)


* Robert Rogers, Fungal Pharmacy
 (huge and amazing guide)

* Christopher Hobbs, Medicinal Mushrooms
 (new edition coming soon)

* Paul Stamets - various books


(David Wichland at Wichland Woods in Keene doesn’t have a book, but he grows great mushrooms and teaches classes. His speciality is growing mushrooms in the landscape, and he sells equipment and teaches classes on this.)

 

Field Guides & Botany Books

Also check out 7Song (a guru of herb ID/botany)’s recommended books/resources here



And while NO website or app is complete for ID, this is one of the best: https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org

WILDFLOWERS:


* Lawrence Newcomb, Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide - The BEST field guide for our area (organized by flower shape and leaf arrangement NOT by bloom color, great mostly B&W illustrations, includes distinctive flowering trees and shrubs, which most other wildflower guides do not include, Latin names are very out of date)

* Marilyn J. Dwelley’s New England-specific guides
 (easy to use, organized by color and then by plant family, which is pretty cool, alas, terrible illustrations)

* Peterson’s Wildflowers (organized by color, expansive, but slow to flip through, ok illustrations)


* Audubon Wildflower Guide
 (organized by color, good photos)

* Clemants & Gracie’s Wildflowers in the Field and Forest (Northeastern US) (organized by color, up to date, great info and Latin names, but oddly hard to use, not great photos, includes distribution maps color coded by bloom season)

* Ted Elliman & New England Wildflower Society's Wildflowers of New England (well organized by color, then flower shape and leaf arrangement, photos not always great representations, up to date Latin names)

TREES:

* Sibley Guide to Trees (entire US) tricky b/c the range is so big, but includes distribution maps and great multifaceted illustrations of leaves, tree structure, flowers, fruits... exemplary for this. No shrubs, though.

* National Audubon Field Guide to Trees (Eastern)


* Peterson’s Eastern Trees (personal fave)


*  Dwelley’s Trees and Shrubs of New England



HERBS IN COMMERCE

* Wendy Applequist, The Identification of Medicinal Plants 



Botany & Natural History


* Thomas J. Elpel, Botany in a Day - general understanding of plant families & medicines


* Marc Williams, Botany Everyday http://www.botanyeveryday.com (online classes, FB group)

* GoBotany by the New England Wildflower Society https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org

* Stokes Guide to Nature in Winter

 

Foraging & Wild Foods

* Ancestral Plants Volumes 1 & 2 by Arthur Haines


* Any book by Samuel Thayer,  particularly Nature’s Garden - see excerpts online

* Any book by Euel Gibbons, particularly Stalking the Wild Asparagus


*  Other good authors: Steve Brill, John Kallas...


*  Peterson’s guide to Edible Wild Plants as backup only!



 

Mom, Baby & Child Herbals

* Mary Bove, ND, An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants

* Aviva Jill Romm, Naturally Healthy Babies and Children

* A.J. Romm, Natural Health After Birth

* A.J. Romm, The Natural Pregnancy Book

* Rosemary Gladstar, Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal

* Sheila Humphrey, The Nursing Mother’s Herbal

* Colleen Dodt, Natural Baby Care

* Andrea Candee & David Andrusia, Gentle Healing for Baby and Child. Pocket Books


* Janet Zand, et al.,Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child

 

Discover Herbs & Nature with Children

* A Kid’s Herb Book by Lesley Tierra 


* Walking the World in Wonder by Ellen Evert Hopman 

* Song of the Seven Herbs by Waling Night Bear & Stan Padilla 


* Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell


* Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

* Visit the Children & Nature Network at www.cnaturenet.org to find a movement in your community.


 

Herbal Gardening

* Christopher Hobbs & Leslie Gardner, Grow It, Heal It


* Tammi Hartung, Growing 101 Herbs that Heal

* Tammi Hartung, Homegrown Herbs

* Jekka McVicar, The Complete Herb Book

* Peg Schafer, The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm

* Jeff & Melanie Carpenter, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer


* Richo Chech, Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs


* Patrick Lima, Herbs: The Complete Gardener’s Guide

* Patricia Turcotte, The New England Herb Gardener


* Shatoiya & Richard de la Tour, The Herbalist’s Garden


* Marietta Marshall Marcin, Herbal Tea Gardens

 

Cooking with Herbs


* Jekka McVicar, Jekka’s Herb Cookbook


* Jerry Traunfeld, The Herbfarm Cookbook


* J. Traunfeld, The Herbal Kitchen


* Susan Belsinger, Many books, Visit www.SusanBelsinger.com

* Jim Long, Many books, Visit www.LongCreekHerbs.com*

 

Natural & Herbal Body Care


* Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health

* Donna Maria, Making Aromatherapy Creams and Lotions


* Janice Cox, Natural Beauty at Home and other books

* Greta Breedlove, The Herbal Home Spa


* Dina Falconi, Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair


* Also visit www.makeyourowncosmetics.com

* For essential oil info visit www.oshadhiusa.com and www.auracacia.com

You Can’t Go Wrong

with almost any book, class, article, blog, or lecture by...

 

Rosita Arvigo

Paul Bergner

Juliet Blankespoor

Mark Blumenthal

Mary Bove

Stephen Harrod Buhner

Richo Cech


Rosalee de la Foret*

James Duke

Thomas Easley*

Steven Foster

Margi Flint

Cascade Anderson Geller

Kate Gilday*

Rosemary Gladstar*

James Green

Mindy Green

Christopher Hobbs*

David Hoffmann*

Steven Horne

Kathi Keville

Henriette Kress*

Dr. Tierona Low Dog*

Guido Mase
*

Rob McCaleb

Anne McIntyre


Jim McDonald*

Amanda McQuade Crawford

Michael Moore*

Michael Murray

Nancy & Michael Phillips

Aviva Jill Romm
*

Kiva Rose*

Deb Soule*

Paul Stamets

Lesley Tierra

Michael Tierra

Sharol Tilgner*

Allan Tillotson

Susun Weed

Dr Andrew Weil*

David Winston*

Matthew Wood

 

*personal favorites

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