Friday, April 25, 2014

{Herbal Learning Guide} Building Your Medicinal Herb Reference Library

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To start out our Herbal Learning Guide, I'm posting a list of references to use for your research. Many of these books are suggested by Rosemary Gladstar and other practicing herbalists. I have come to the realization that there are many books on herbs that were written by authors who simply read other herbal references. I use Rosemary's list as a guide to find true herbalist that have authored books - true practicing herbalists (past or present) who live their life with plants, work with them, and who write from their own experiences and observations not by simply reading other reference materials. She recommends using at least THREE good herbal reference books to learn about herbs.



These are some of the books that she recommends most often for beginner/intermediate herbalists which will give sincere accurate information and are written by an herbal practitioner. A lot of these books are old, and some are a lot harder to find than others. Good luck!

The books she most commonly recommends:
1. The Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman, 1983, Findhorn Press, Scotland
2. The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra, 1990, Simon & Schuster, NY
3. The Family Herbal by Barbara and Peter Theiss, 1980, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT
4. A Modern Herbal by Mrs. Maude Grieve, 1971, Dover Publications, NY (2 volume set)
5. The Complete Medicinal Herbal by Penelope Ody, 1993, Dorling Kindersley, NY
6. The School of Natural Healing by Dr. John Christopher, 1976 - Make sure to get this edition or older as the newer ones were revised by his children and a lot of his formulas have been changed by them.
7. Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss
8. Herbal Medicine by Dr. Rudolf Fritz Weiss
9.The Medicinal Plants of the Mountain Southwest by Michael Moore (or any book by Michael Moore)
10. The How to Herb Book by Velma Keith and Monteen Gordon
11. Herbs: Partners in Life by Adele Dawson, 1992, Inner Traditions
12. The Herbs of Life by Lesley Tierra, 1992
13. Plant Spirit Medicine by Eliot Cowen, 1995
14. Sacred Plant Medicine by Stehpen Buhner, 1996
15. The Illustrated Herbal Encyclopedia by Kathi Keville, 1992
16. The Illustrated Herbal Handbook by Juliette de Bairacli Levy, 1982
17. The New Age Herbalist by Richard Mabey, 1988
18. Kings American Dispensatory by Harvey W. Felter, 1983
19. Herbs and Things by Jeanne Rose
20. New Green Pharmacy by Barbara Griggs, 1997

Herb Books Especially For Women:
21. Herbal Healing for Woman by Rosemary Gladstar, 1993
22. The Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Years by Susan Weed
23. Natural Child Care by Maribeth Riggs
24. The Herbal for Mother and Child by Anne McIntryre, 1992

Here are some online references that I have found:
25. A Modern Herbal by Mrs. Maude Grieve online (https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/mgmh.htm)
26. Christopher Hobbs Herbal Database (http://christopherhobbs.com/database/)


Rosemary reminds us that it is easy to get confused and even frustrated by the different viewpoints presented by different herbalists on the same herb. That is why it is important to use at least three reference books - to give students a more expanded version of each plant. A plant may do one thing for one person but something different for another one. Ultimately, what is most important and valid for you, is YOUR own personal information and experience of the plant.

I hope you enjoy the guide that I am posting. Follow along and have some fun learning about the plants that God put on this earth to help mankind. And keep me posted (by commenting on the posts) of your progress! Make sure to check out Rosemary Gladstar's correspondence course - The Science and Art of Herbology.

33 comments :

  1. I am looking forward to reading your posts on herbs and what you are learning about them. That teacher gave a lot of reference books-I may check into one or two of them.

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  2. Wow, that's a nice list of reference books. I am looking forward to reading more about what you're learning.

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  3. I have been learning about more herbal remedies being that doctors and medicine are not helping. I will be looking into this list.

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  4. I healed myself using herbs and a strict diet so I am no stranger to herbs. Now, my Hubs is getting in on the act. I remember him saying he will NEVER eat like I eat. Now he is eating just like me. he even takes my herbs now and again.

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  5. Great resource!! I want to build a small medicinal herb garden in our back yard for emergencies.

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  6. I want to start my own herbal medicinal garden in the backyard for emergencies soon.

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  7. I am certainly interested in reading your posts. I have a small herb garden in my backyard.

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  8. This looks like a great list of resources. So much to read! ( and so little time).

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  9. I will have to keep checking in to see what else you have to say about the different herbs. I love using them and it would be great to see which ones I should use more.

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  10. When traditional medicines didn't work for an ongoing issue I have, I turned to herbs too. They have been a tremendous help. I can't wait to see what more you are learning about!

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  11. We started a garden at work and I wanted to have some herbs. This will be a good guide to help me figure out what to plant.

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  12. I am very excited to follow along! I know just about nothing about herbs let alone an herb garden!

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  13. I should really learn more from my parents since they use herbs for medicinal purposes as part of our Chinese tradition :)

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  14. There seems to be so much herbs can do what a wonderful list of reference books I shall definitely look into them x

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  15. I think it is so important to learn about the medicinal elements of herbs. Natural is definitely the way to go, especially with all the toxic things that we are exposed to regularly.

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  16. I learned so much from your post I didnt realize there was that much to learn about herbs!

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  17. Herbs are SOOOO powerful and I like to use them instead of pharmaceutic ... What a great list, thanks for sharing, I know I will learn a lot here and will come back over and over to check out some new info on Herbs as well.

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  18. Fantastic info here!! I pinned this so I have it as a reference for future use!!

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  19. My mother believes in the power of herb healing. This is a lot of resources. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I have always been intrigued by the medicinal way of using herbs to heal. I look forward to reading more.

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  21. Wow! Thank you for all of the resources! That is an amazing list and I look forward to learning more. I have had a lot of interest in learning more about how to use herbs medicially, but didn't know where to start!

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  22. Herbs can be great at healing -but as was stated not everyone reacts to a single herb the exact same way. After reading as much as you can try just a tiny bit to make sure it is not going to affect you adversely.

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  23. sounds liek a great guide, I love holistic methods for healing and health.

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  24. Great recommendations! I need to check some of these out. I'm always interested in learning more about herbs!

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  25. Thank You For The Great List Of Herbal Books Will Have To Check Them Out!!

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  26. Hmm, I'll have to read into this more. Sounds interesting. I like the idea of growing my own herbs!

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  27. Fantastic list of resources for medical herbs. Thank you for providing this!

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  28. Wow this is an amazing post.. We here in India, always try home remedies using herbs :)

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  29. That is an excellent list of resources to get us started! I still have you bookmarked and can't wait for what's to come :)

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  30. This looks like a great list. Will have to check them out. Amber N.

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  31. Thanks for the great reference list of books to check out. I use some herbal techniques to battle my hypothyroidism and PCOS. I refuse to take antibiotics and many OTC meds and have found myself to be healthier using herbs and vitamins.

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  32. Someone I know of is participating in the A-Z blog challenge right now, and she is doing herbs for her theme. So many herbs, so many great uses for them!

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  33. Great tips! I love herbs and I love books. What a great way to mix too passions!

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