Herbs are plants loved by gardeners all over the world. Appreciated for their beauty, scent, taste and medicinal value, herbs are discovered by a new generation of enthusiasts. Many people are interested in the potential of herbs to be used to promote health in a natural way.
Thanks to the wealth of information published on herbs for healing, it is now even easier to study herbal medicine at home. These are some books that should accompany every crate of home herbal medicines. They are some of my personal favorites and I think they will also be some of yours.
Herbs for the health and healing of Kathi Keville
This book is often the first one bought by people interested in using herbs for healing – and for good reason. This volume is thoroughly studied and draws on the author’s experience of over thirty years of study and practice of herbal medicine. This practical and practical guide will help you understand how the human body can benefit from herbal remedies and provides you with the practical skills you need to start using these remedies in your home.
The book is organized according to the body system. Each section lists health problems related to that system and then provides a series of potential treatments. The documented health problems range from disorders common to chronic diseases; specific concerns for children, adults and the elderly are also discussed. Although other books on the market focus specifically on the health problems of women, children or the elderly, this volume includes the health of the whole family.
Herbs for health and healing is a manual that is easy to use and highly informative. You can start using information immediately inside it. Readers interested in the science of herbal medicine may be dissatisfied with the lack of specific data even if general users will find much to love about this book.
Michael Tierra’s herbal route
This is another book that many new herbalists are looking for quickly. Tierra has written extensively on herbal medicine and published accompanying volumes focusing on Chinese herbal medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. This book examines the global traditions of herbalism, but focuses particularly on European and American traditions.
People wishing to learn more about the many ways to prepare herbs for healing will find this book particularly useful. Several chapters are devoted to discussing how herbs can be used at home, how to correctly identify a health problem and create effective herbal formulas. This volume cleverly combines the art and science of modern herbalism.
Unfortunately, the most recent edition of this book was published in 1998. The research cited by the author is now considered dated and therefore may not satisfy all readers. Some readers do not like the mystical position of the author while others find it a refreshing approach to the topic of health. This book is a good introduction to the other herbalist titles of Tierra, which delve into the plants used in other global healing traditions.
The Complete Medicinal Herbal by Penelope Ody
This book is destined to become the favorite of families. The volume consists mainly of color photographs illustrating dozens of medicinal plants, roots and bark. You can see at a glance which parts of a plant can be used and how those parts should be prepared for maximum effect.
Another useful feature is the chapter that focuses on the different methods of preparing the remedy. The step by step guidelines are illustrated with color photographs, so they are easy to follow. You will also find information on how to build your herbal first aid kit.
Although this volume is attractive, many herbalists believe that more informative books are available. Because the pages of the book are dominated by detailed images, the number of herbs covered is less than what you might find in a volume of similar size. That said, the exceptional photographs featured on almost every page make this reference guide exceptional for people learning to identify different herbs. People interested in growing their own herb garden will find this book useful.
Rosemary Gladstar’s medicinal herbs: a Rosemary Gladstar beginner’s guide
This excellent volume focuses on the cultivation, collection and storage of herbs and therefore the use of these herbs in the preparation of home remedies. Although this book is less focused on the medical plan, so some of the other books on this list, it is a must for people interested primarily in the practical information needed to effectively use herbs for healing.
Readers will appreciate the numerous photographs and illustrations in the book. The author provides valuable step by step instructions for creating tonics, ointments, dyes and other essential preparations. These preparations can go straight to work.
This book focuses on thirty-three healing herbs. Compared to other books on herbalism this number is rather low; however, there is more than enough information in this volume to satisfy the herbalist novices. This is definitely a book that you will come back to again and again.
Medical herbal medicine: the principles and practices of herbal medicine by David Hoffmann
Readers who really want to know the science behind phytotherapy will appreciate this book. This is an excellent volume for researchers and for people who just want to learn more about the technical side of herbal medicine.
Medical herbal medicine enters the chemical compounds that make up the natural medicine found inside plants and presents information in a format that is easy to understand. Every body system is examined in detail without losing a fundamentally holistic approach to medicine.
People who are primarily interested in growing herbs at home and developing simple natural remedies for common ailments can be frustrated by the technical nature of this volume. It does not contain recipes for tinctures or herbal teas and therefore it is not likely to be a guide for the practice of herbal first aid. On the other hand, serious students of herbal medicine and people who pursue formal training as herbalists will find this book priceless. This is also an excellent guide for people studying herbal medicine as part of interdisciplinary medicine.