Want to Learn About Herbs? Read these 5 Books Now!

The Best Herbiology Books

Have you always wanted to learn more about natural remedies, improve your health and learn more about nature itself? Then we have the perfect must-read books to add to your reading list - from beginner to advanced! Here they are:

1. The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual by James Green

If you are trying to learn as much as you can for herbs, then this is the ultimate book to start reading. We simply loved how detailed, and filled with information it was. This is certainly not a book that you will read once, because it contains so many helpful herbal remedies to make. If you like to take the next step into the herbal healing journey then this is the right book to pick up.

Most herbalists I know strongly recommend that a student limit her studies to ‘a few select herbs.’ Get to know them well by learning to identify them,... touch, taste, smell, and use them. The energies of thirty to thirty-five herbs will enchant you and keep you sufficiently busy for the following year or two. Distinguished individuals from the remaining myriad herbs that dwell on Earth will, one by one, as situations arise, attract your attention and attach themselves to your initial repertory.
— James Green, The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual

2. Alkaline Herbal Medicine: Reverse Disease and Heal the Electric Body by Aqiyl Aniys

If you’d like to pick up on a herbal healing book that has a different approach, then Alkaline Herbal Medicine is the book to pick up. Based on the research and theories of Dr. Sebi, the basis of this book is using the right dosages of different herbs to reverse the acidity of your body. For each herb, there is a detailed explanation for what it can be used, the dosage and the effect it has on your body. Although it takes on a different approach than other herbal books, this book is still a great, helpful read.

To support the healing process and homeostasis of all the organs and functions in the body, we need to return to a diet centered on the consumption of nonhybrid whole plant foods. This is the foundation for health and healing. To speed healing or to reverse complex diseases, we should also return to using natural alkaline nonhybrid plant herbs.
— Aqiyl Aniys, Alkaline Herbal Medicine: Reverse Disease and Heal the Electric Body

3. Moodtopia: Tame Your Moods, De-Stress, and Find Balance Using Herbal Remedies, Aromatherapy, and More by Sara Chana Silverstein

If you like something fun and enlightening, then this is a must-read! In this practical book, herbs are viewed from a different perspective. In this book, Silverstein explains how each herb affects your mood, and how each herb can help you bring balance to your emotional well-being. But this book doesn’t stop at that. It’s also very well explained how herbs can be combined with aromatherapy, color therapy, feng shui, intuition building and so much more. We absolutely loved this book!

When you feel that first burn of frustration and truly understand that right around the corner, you’ll have an insight that will lead to problem solving, you’ll keep better control of your reactions. If you can honor the emotions as they arise on the right side of the circle and be aware that this is normal and that you’ll soon be able to go through the understanding on the left side, then you’ll become the master of your moods.
— Sara Chana Silverstein, Moodtopia: Tame Your Moods, De-Stress, and Find Balance Using Herbal Remedies, Aromatherapy, and More

4. Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal by De La Foret, Rosalee

If you prefer a guide to everyday herbs that are probably lying around in your kitchen at this moment, then definitely pick up Alchemy of Herbs! In this amazing book, you will get to know how to make your own remedies by using what you already know. Whether you want to boost your immune system or fight off that nasty cold, you probably have something in your kitchen that you never knew it could be used in a different way. We loved this book because it’s so handy, and for every need, you can just go over it and find a solution for improving your health.

Sometimes noticing how an herb affects us is something that takes place over time. Ginger is a nice herb to start with because it has dramatic energetics that can be immediately felt. If you try this tasting exercise with other herbs, know that the effects may be more subtle. It may take consuming frequently over a long period of time to get a solid sense of how it makes you feel.
— De La Foret, Rosalee, Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal

5. The Illustrated Herbiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Bewitching Botanicals by Maia Toll

Now, The Illustrated Herbiary is a book that will simply blow your mind. Beyond teaching you what each herb is good for, this book also compares ancient remedies and dives into a different world of herbs. Each herb in this book is described from a very different perspective, in a way that you would even describe another person. Through each herb, it showcases the world around you and the beauty of nature. In a way, it helps you to see the whole world from a different perspective.

When someone asks, “Do you think this herb will work for me?” two different songs play through my mind. The first is the song of the chemicals, the notes science can see, which clearly say this plant goes with that disease. The other song is more subtle; it’s the song of synchronicity and alignment, the deep sense of harmony and dialogue that happens when a person finds the right Medicine (capital M!) for them in that moment – something mystical, an elixir not only for the body, but for the soul as well.
— Maia Toll, The Illustrated Herbiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Bewitching Botanicals

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