When I first started learning about herbs, the internet was my main source of information, but as I continued to learn and grow as an herbalist, I began to find myself purchasing written books from well-known herbalists.
The reason was because I wanted all of their wisdom in one, easy to access collection. The internet and its multitude of blogs is a relatively new thing, but herbal teachers have been sharing their wisdom with others for years in person, in workshops, or in books. Sure I’ve taken a good bit of online courses from herbalists over the years, but the more I learn and increase my herbal knowledge, the more I find myself looking to books for information or to double-check myself.
Today I’m sharing 7 herbal books for beginners with you. These were some of the first books I every bough myself to learn more about using herbs for myself and my family from.
This has to be one of the best comprehensive herbal books for beginners that I know of. Rosemary Gladstar is an amazing herbalist, one of my personal favorites, and she has such a great way of teaching practical, valuable information. This book is a great starter book as it has detailed information on how to make herbal remedies, info about common ailments and herbs, as well as a ton of effective herbal remedies.
These books are both written by James A. Duke, Ph.D who was one of the top botanists for the US Department of Agriculture and has over 30 years of experience working with medicinal plants. The Green Pharmacy is a reference where you can find ailments and the herbs known to help with them and The Green Pharmacy Handbook has information on specific herbs. These are great books for beginners, and I use The Green Pharmacy Handbook ALL. THE. TIME to find out safety and dosing info on specific herbs.
These two books are by Stephen Harrod Buhner, and they teach about two of the most asked about topics when it comes to using herbs for common ailments… bacterial and viral infections. I remember when I first got Herbal Antibiotics. I made a list of herbs to order so I’d have them on hand when I needed them, and I can honestly say these herbs have come in handy… especially with little ones in the house. I should also add in here that none of my children have ever been on antibiotics except for Uriah when he got cellulitis in his leg at 11 months old and my herbal skills were not enough for me to handle that by myself at that point. Since then, I’ve increased my knowledge in this specific area and I feel pretty confident in handling common infections.
This book by Stephanie Tourles isn’t necessarily going to teach you about using herbs for their medicinal properties, but it will help you learn how to use them for healthy, beautiful skin (for yourself and your children). This was the book that began to inspire me to make my own skincare products for myself, and I can’t tell you how glad I am that I made that decision. This is a must have if you’re looking to save money on organic, natural skincare products or if you’re looking to get rid of the toxic skincare products in your home.
The How To Herb Book was the very first herbal book I ever bought. Not only does it teach about individual herbs, but also about other nutrients the body needs to be healthy as well. It also has sections for pregnancy and children as well as a section that teaches you how to make herbal preparations and a section that features specific remedies. The only downside to this book is that there are no measurements to the remedies. It simply states what herbs to use in combination for specific ailments.