Books for the Family Herbalist

by Melissa Vines

When I was a new mom faced with a baby who cried and clung to me almost 24-7 I searched for answers. I became a natural health researcher like my life depended on it because it kind of felt like it did. Not far into my journey I stumbled upon Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes For Vibrant Health. I wept. Someone was speaking my language and showing me a way of life that I had subconsciously been yearning for. I dove in and learned all I could and am forever indebted to Rosemary's teaching. 

Since then my education has expanded and I'm still just as passionate about herbalism and natural living. Below you can find my favorite resources that help support my herbal journey. I'm still constantly learning and always a student.

  • Herbal Recipes For Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar - my copy is over 10 years old and still one of my most treasured possessions, Rosemary has written many fabulous books since but this one will always hold a special place in my heart
  • Back Yard Pharmacy by Rachel Weaver - there are 4 books that Rachel Weaver has written and I own every one, she is a wealth of knowledge of practical family herbalism and has had a long career working within the Amish community, I can not recommend her books to have on hand enough
  • The Modern Herbal Dispensatory by Thomas Easley and Steven Horne - this for those of you wanting to take learning herbs a little more seriously, it is a great overview of herbalism including some nice information on things like flower essences and aromatherapy
  • An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants by Mary Bove - I can't even remember how I stumbled across this book but let me tell you, it is a treasure! Published 20 years ago, the information in it is still just as important and relevant today.
  • Herbal Antibiotics by Stephen Buhner - this book really dives into the scientific research and Buhner's recommendations behind herbs that have antibacterial actions, his expertise is invaluable, I discovered my beloved Cryptolepis through his research and have used it successfully many times in our home