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Trusted Books of our Herbalist Practitioner Members

LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning ModeratorManitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,761 admin

I would like this thread to be available to our Certified Natural Health Practioner members only, so that we have a solid list of books & authors to easily reference as we build our library.

There are so many resources that claim to be safe & trustworthy, yet may not be. It is easy to be fooled and so, we need to be very careful. This subcategory was suggested with safety in mind.

*TGN is not necessarily endorsing any of the suggestions to follow, but is making them available for your consideration.*

Thank you in advance for your contributions. We all appreciate you and your willingness to share your knowledge & resources with us. 🌱


  • toreytorey Posts: 2,751 admin

    The following books are ones that I have in my library or ones that I am familiar with. I look forward to lists that others are recommending, particularly those on Ayurvedic medicine or TCM. And aromatherapists with their recommendations, too. Any suggestions on holistic nutrition books?

    Historical Books:

    Historical books are lovely to have in a library to see where our foundations lie, but not necessarily books to be using as a daily reference.

    King’s American Dispensatory.  John King, Harvey Felter

    You can get a reproduction of this19th century volume at Amazon. An online version is available at: https://www.henriettes-herb.com/eclectic/kings/index.html

    Culpepper’s Complete Herbal. Nicholas Culpepper

    A listing of over 400 herbs. Almost 400 years old.

    Gerard’s Herball (aka The General Historie of Plantes). John Gerard

    400 years old.


    Elders. Some First Nations have published books on traditional medicines and plant uses. These are some of the most valuable books in my library. Check with a local Nation to see if they have published anything.

    Dr. Nancy J. Turner. Dr. Turner has spent over 50 years with First Nations of the Pacific Northwest. She is one of the foremost ethnobotanists in North America, having written over 20 books. All are excellent reference works as well as insight into the local cultures.

    Aboriginal Plant Use in the Northern Boreal Forest. R. Marles, C. Clavelle, L. Monteleone, N. Tays, D. Burns.

    Many of these plants grow further south. Very useful book.

    Earth Medicine – Earth Food. Michael Weiner

    Written over 50 years ago but still a valuable reference.

    Plant Identification & Botany:

    Botany in a Day. Thomas J. Elpel

    Suggested or required reading in many herbal courses or colleges. This should be in every herbalist’s library.

    Lone Pine Publishing.

    This publishing company has books for many of the individual Provinces and States. 4 different ones for my Province. These are the books that herbalists and botanists I know, carry in the field. Very detailed info and good pics. Check with a local bookstore to see if they have one specific to your area.

    Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West.

    Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West.

    Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West. Michael Moore.

    Michael is a very experienced herbalist. These are more than just plant identification guides; includes medicinal uses and preparations.

    Know Your Poisonous Plants. Wilma James

    Perilous Charmers: Poisonous Plants of the Pacific Northwest. Mary Jones

    Herbalists and foragers should be very aware of poisonous plants, particularly those that might be mistaken for medicinal or edible plants. The above two are ones that I have in my library but there are others in print. Find one specifically suited to your area.

    Herbals & Materia Medicas:

    A Modern Herbal. Maude Grieve

    A two volume set, written prior to many pharmaceuticals and antibiotics. This is a standard that most herbalists will have in their libraries. It can also be accessed in its entirety at: www.botanical.com Keep in mind that this is an old reference.

    The Boreal Herbal – Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North. Beverly Gray

    Great for those who live in more northern latitudes but this book has plants that everyone should be familiar with.

    Alchemy of Herbs.

    Wild Remedies. Rosalee de la Foret.

    Both are excellent books. Clear instructions and recipes for medicines, skin care and food. Rosalee is an experienced herbalist. Excellent books for a beginner but valuable for an experienced herbalist. .

    Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide. Rosemary Gladstar.

    An excellent introduction to herbal medicine.

    Prescriptions for Herbal Healing. Phyllis Balch

    Another book that is on the suggested or required reading list for herbal schools. Lists over 200 herbs.

    Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing. Phyllis Balch.

    A good companion book for the above book. Suggested/required reading for Holistic Nutrition schools.

    Medicinal Mushrooms:

    Mycelium Running. Paul Stamets

    Medicinal mushroom information but so much more. Paul has done a great deal of research into the connection of other plants to mushrooms and possible environmental uses.

    The Fungal Pharmacy. Robert Dale Rogers

    Robert is a botanist and clinical herbalist. This is the most comprehensive book I have seen on medicinal mushrooms. Very well researched. Talks about the use of mushroom essences and homeopathic remedies as well.

    Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing and Culture. Christopher Hobbs

    Chris is a very experienced herbalist with exceptional knowledge on the subject of medicinal mushrooms.

    Medicine Making:

    The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual. James Green

    This book is on the suggested or required reading list for several herbal courses and colleges. One of the best on herbal medicine making.


    Herbs for Pets. Gregory Tilford, Mary Wulff

    Not all human herbs are good for pets. This book does a good job at offering solutions for common pet ailments, conditions or injuries.

  • toreytorey Posts: 2,751 admin

    I was just reminded of a couple of other very good books for herbalists to have in their library.

    The Drunken Botanist. Amy Stewart.

    Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation. Stephen Harrod Buhner.

  • NarjissMomOf3NarjissMomOf3 Posts: 113 ✭✭✭

    Awesome!! Thank you

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