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.