Discover classic books to guide you as you learn about Western Herbalism, aromatherapy, Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, healthy cooking and so much more.
Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief
By David Winston & Steven Maimes
Beginning with a history of the use of adaptogens, including in Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and Russian medicine, this book examines how these herbal remedies work and why they are so effective at combating stress-induced illness and ailments. The extensive Materia Medica includes monographs on 25 adaptogens, including eleuthero, ginseng, rhodiola, schisandra, ashwagandha, shatavari, reishi, and holy basil, as well as complementary nervines, restorative tonics, and nootropic herbs, such as milky oats, astragalus, St. John’s wort, and ginkgo. Each monograph presents the latest scientific research and details the origin, traditional and clinical uses, actions, properties, preparation, and dosage for each herb. The book also includes guidance on adaptogenic remedies for our animal companions.
Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal
By Rosalee De La Foret
Alchemy of Herbs will show you how to transform common ingredients into foods and remedies that heal. What were once everyday flavorings will become your personal kitchen apothecary. Imagine being prepared for that next cold, scrape, headache, digestive issue, stressful day, or sleepless night with simple ingredients from your cupboard. With the guidance of herbalist Rosalee de la Forêt, you’ll understand how to match the properties of each plant to your own unique needs, for a truly personalized approach to health for you and your family. In addition to offering dozens of recipes, Rosalee examines the history and modern-day use of 29 popular herbs, supporting their healing properties with both scientific studies and in-depth research into herbal energetics.
Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide: Essential Ayurvedic Principles and Practices to Balance and Heal Naturally
By Susan Weis-Bohlen
Ayurveda is a profound science with wisdom spanning so wide that it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin. Designed with the newcomer in mind, Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide presents a concise overview of Ayurveda that covers its historical roots, concepts, and various healing methods. This book includes a 3-week Ayurveda plan for beginners to introduce Ayurvedic concepts into one’s lifestyle gently and practically. It covers a wide range of Ayurveda techniques such as recipes, yoga, aromatherapy, meditation, seasonal cleanses, and other restorative practices to incorporate into your everyday life.
The Ayurveda Bible: The Definitive Guide to Ayurvedic Healing
By Anne McIntyre
The Ayurveda Bible is a comprehensive guide that explores the ancient Indian healing system, from its origins in Vedic scriptures to Ayurveda as practiced today. The book covers the three prime qualities of Ayurveda and how to assess a person’s Ayurvedic constitution. It describes the relationship between food and a person’s constitution and the role of preventative health. A full chapter is dedicated to Ayurvedic diagnosis and treatment. It covers the causes and stages of disease, the principles of Ayurvedic treatment, detoxification, treatment of the doshas and dhatus, and Ayurveda and the mind. The Ayurveda Bible also contains a comprehensive and practical directory of Ayurvedic herbs, traditional preparations and formulas. Indispensable for the practitioner and ideal for the novice, this is a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested Ayurveda.
The Big Book of Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health and Home: Easy, All-Natural DIY Projects Using Herbs, Flowers and Other Plants
By Jan Berry
Kick toxic, synthetic skin care products and cleaners and bring the healing joy of nature into your life with these simple, customizable recipes. In this new and expanded edition of 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home, Jan Berry adds 50 brand new recipes for a total of 151 in all, making this beloved book a complete and versatile resource. You’ll learn how to make your own skin care and hair care products, health remedies and household cleaners. All of the recipes are easy to make and use commonly found herbs, flowers, oils and other natural ingredients.
Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care
By Maria Noel Groves
Headaches, indigestion, fatigue, allergies, anxiety, eczema, high blood pressure, and other conditions are clues to a deeper imbalance in your body, and learning to read those clues is a key step in maintaining optimal health. Herbalist Maria Noël Groves shows you how to read your body’s signals and support your own wellness with herbal remedies and other natural treatments. You’ll learn how each of your major body systems — respiratory, digestive, immune, nervous, memory, reproductive, circulatory, and more — optimally functions, and how to use natural remedies to nourish and repair problem areas, restore lost vitality, support your body as a whole, and prevent future problems. Groves includes in-depth instructions, with step-by-step photographs, for making your own herbal remedies.
Chinese Herbal Medicine for Beginners: Over 100 Remedies for Wellness and Balance
By Carrie Chauhan
Chinese herbal medicine is a system of assessing and diagnosing the underlying causes of illnesses that has been refined over thousands of years. Discover the principles of Chinese herbal medicine with a helpful primer on the systems that make up our bodies and what illness factors can cause imbalances. Includes a 100+ beginner-friendly recipes and remedies for a diverse range of disharmonies, like blood deficiencies, back pain, anxiety, diabetes, colds and flus, insomnia, and more. It also includes a herbal glossary with 35 in-depth profiles of affordable, accessible herbs―each including the herb’s healing properties, temperature, and treatment category. For beginners and seasoned herbalists alike so you can confidently, and quickly, make soothing remedies of your own.
The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies: Based on the Timeless Wisdom of India’s 5,000-Year-Old Medical System
By Vasant Lad
Based on the ancient healing tradition from India, The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies offers natural alternatives to conventional medicines with practical advice and easy-to-follow instructions. This is an invaluable guide to treating common ailments and chronic problems with strategies tailored to your personal needs based on your dosha or constitution. Dr. Lad explains why certain imbalances often result in illness and how to restore your body to natural order. You’ll learn which traditional Ayurvedic remedies — herbal teas and formulas, essential oils, meditation, yoga — offer relief from a variety of conditions, such as cold and flu symptoms, headaches, toothaches, sore throats, high cholesterol, vision problems, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Lad also shows you how to use diet and specific Ayurvedic techniques to prevent future illness and to promote healthy.
The Complete Book of Essentials Oils and Aromatherapy, Completely Revised and Expanded
By Valerie Ann Worwood
An essential oils book classic for 25 years, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy is a necessary resource for anyone interested in alternative approaches to healing and lifestyle. This new edition contains more than 800 easy-to-follow recipes for essential oil treatments from Valerie Ann Worwood. Explore the multitude of benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy:In her clear and positive voice, Worwood provides tools to address a variety of health issues, including specific advice for children, women, men, and seniors. This aromatherapy book also covers self-defense against microbes and contaminants, emotional challenges, care for the home and workplace, and applications for athletes, dancers, travelers, cooks, gardeners, and animal lovers. Worwood also offers us her expertise in the use of essential oils in beauty and spa treatments, plus profiles of 125 essential oils, 37 carrier oils, and more.
The Herbal Apothecary: 100 Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Them
By JJ Pursell
Start your path to natural wellness with the safe, trusted advice found in The Herbal Apothecary. With the guidance of naturopath JJ Pursell, you will learn how to safely create your own remedies using plants you know and love. Incorporating traditional wisdom and scientific information, The Herbal Apothecary provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to plant-based medicine. It features profiles of the 100 of the most important medicinal plants that include information on medicinal uses, identification and cultivation, and recipes for common concerns. Additional information includes step-by-step instructions for making herbal teas, tinctures, compresses, salves, and more. This comprehensive guide includes treatments for men, women, and children that address a variety of concerns including muscle strain, the flu, the common cold, insomnia, anxiety, and much more.
Herbal Healing for Women
By Rosemary Gladstar
For centuries women have turned to herbs to cope with a wide variety of health problems and conditions. Comprehensive and easy-to-use, Herbal Healing for Women explains how to create herbal home remedies—including teas, tinctures, salves, and ointments—for the common disorders that arise in the different cycles of a woman’s life, from menstruation to menopause. Rosemary Gladstar, knows as the godmother of modern herbalism, teaches how herbs can be used to treat the symptoms of conditions such as acne, PMS, morning sickness, hot flashes, yeast infections, and more.
The Herbal Kitchen: Bring Lasting Health to You and Your Family with 50 Easy-To-Find Common Herbs and Over 250 Recipes
By Kami McBride
The Herbal Kitchen will help you recognize the extraordinary pharmacy that probably already exists in your own kitchen. Using dried and fresh herbs in your cooking boosts your intake of vitamins and minerals, improves digestion, strengthens immunity, and increases energy. With 50 easy-to-find herbs and spices, information and tips for preparing, storing, and using them, and over 250 simple, flavorful recipes, it will empower you to care for your health. Whether you are already familiar with herbs or are just starting out on the herbal path, Kami McBride offers recipes for everyone to connect you to the earth, help treat common ailments, promote restful sleep, relaxation, and more.
Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth
By Dr. Sharol Marie Tilgner
A complete handbook for the herbal practitioner, Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth contains the most up-to-date, detailed information on 192 valuable herbs including, dosage, specific indications, general uses, active constituents, and contraindications. The book also contains instructions on how to make tinctures, elixirs, suppositories, compresses, capsules, gruels, glycerites, oils, poultices and salves for all the most common ailments as well as some uncommon ailments. This one book will give you important information you need to know about harvesting, storage, preparation of herbal products, preparation of formulas, and clinical use of the most valuable herbs known to practitioners. For those new to herbal terminology, definitions of the words specific to herbal medicine are provided. A book that will quickly become your most trusted herbal reference source of information.
The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Growing, Preserving, and Using Herbs
By Amy K. Fewell
The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion is a beautiful guide for the modern day homesteader. From learning how to incorporate herbs and essential oils around your home, to learning how to enhance your family’s health and well-being, this book is the go-to guide for those wishing to live a more natural homesteading lifestyle. This book takes readers through the basics of herbalism, including the different types of herbs and the uses for them around the homestead. It also breaks down how herbs are used in tinctures, salves, essential oils, and infused oils. Better yet, if you’re a homesteader with livestock, you’ll learn how to maintain their health holistically as well. With an array of beautiful photos and easy to read terminology, just about any homesteader, new or seasoned, can learn from The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion, and finally feel comfortable incorporating the many wonderful qualities of herbs around their homes.
Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places
By Steve Brill & Evelyn Dean
This book shows readers how to find and prepare more than 500 different plants for nutrition and better health. More than 260 detailed line drawings help readers identify a wide range of plants — many of which are suited for cooking by following the more than 30 recipes included in this book. There are literally hundreds of plants readily available underfoot waiting to be harvested and used either as food or as a potential therapeutic. This book is both a field guide to nature’s bounty and a source of intriguing information about the plants that surround us.
Making Plant Medicine
By Richo Cech
This is a modern medicine making book with roots in original herbalism designed for every medicinal herb gardener to cultivate in the home garden and used in family health care. The book covers drying and processing herbs, making tinctures the easy way, the mathematics of tincturing and solubility factors, basic formulas for fresh and dry tinctures, vinegar extracts, glycerites, herbal succi and syrups teas, decoctions, herbal oils, salves and creams poultices, compresses and soaks. Additionally, it also features over 100 herbs that are readily cultivated in North America. This section includes conservation status, parts used, specific formulas, practical uses, dosages, contraindications and an overview of alternate species. Original, amusing and absolutely useful.
Master Recipes from the Herbal Apothecary: 375 Tinctures, Salves, Teas, Capsules, Oils, and Washes for Whole-Body Health and Wellness
By JJ Pursell
JJ Pursell, the bestselling author of The Herbal Apothecary, is back with a complete, one-stop resource for herbal remedies that heal and nurture the whole family. Master Recipes from the Herbal Apothecary offers safe, trusted natural remedies written by a board-certified naturopathic physician. It starts with master recipes for tinctures, salves, teas, capsules, oils, washes, and more. Once you understand how to make these basic formulations, you can access the more than 375 specific recipes that address a range of health concerns from the common cold and headaches to insomnia and digestive issues. Comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and beautifully packaged, Master Recipes from the Herbal Apothecary will become your go-to guide for sustained health and wellness.
The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide
By Thomas Easley & Steven Horne
This comprehensive, full-color guide provides detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for making and using approximately 250 herbal medicines at home. Herbalists Thomas Easley and Steven Horne tell you everything you need to know about harvesting, preparing, and administering herbs in many different forms, including fresh, bulk dried herbs, capsules, extracts in water, alcohol, glycerin, vinegar and oil, and even preparations like essential oils and flower essences. The book also covers topical applications of herbs as salves, lotions, poultices, tooth powders, ear drops, and more, and includes an extensive chapter on herbal hydrotherapy. The Modern Herbal Dispensary explains why different preparations of the same herb will obtain better results, lays out the principles of herbal formulation and provides instructions on how to prepare single herbs.
The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-To-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle
By Jennifer McGruther
The traditional foods movement is a fad-free approach to cooking that emphasizes nutrient-dense, real food, and values quality, environment, and community over the convenience of processed, additive-laden products. Based on the research of Weston A. Price, who studied the diets of indigenous peoples to understand the relationship between nutrition and health, a traditional foods diet avoids processed ingredients, but allows meat, animal fat, and grains. It embraces cultured dairy, such as kefir and yogurt, fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kombucha, and organ meats that are packed with vitamins and minerals. It also celebrates locally grown foods. By choosing ingredients from nearby sources, you create a stronger connection to your food, and have a better understanding what you’re eating and how it was produced.
Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats
By Sally Fallon & Mary G. Enig
This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Sally Fallon dispels the myths of the low-fat fad in this practical guide to a can-do diet that is both nutritious and delicious. Topics include the health benefits of traditional fats and oils; dangers of vegetarianism; problems with modern soy foods; health benefits of sauces and gravies; proper preparation of whole grain products; pros and cons of milk consumption; easy-to-prepare enzyme enriched condiments and beverages; and appropriate diets for babies and children.
Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self
By Stephanie Tourles
Discover the joys of all-natural body care. Stephanie Tourles shows you how to use fruit, flowers, herbs, and minerals to craft healthy products that promote radiant skin, strong nails, shiny hair, and an elevated mood. Pamper yourself from head to toe with products like Strawberry Cleanser, Pineapple Sunflower Scrub, and Almond Rose Body Lotion. Gentle on your skin and free of harsh chemicals found in commercial products, you’ll want to indulge yourself over and over with these luxuriously aromatic bath blends, face masks, and body scrubs.
Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 120 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness
By Scott Kloos
In Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants, Scott Kloos is your trusted guide to finding, identifying, harvesting, and using 120 of the region’s most powerful wild plants. You’ll learn how to safely and ethically forage, and how to use wild plants in herbal medicines including teas, tinctures, and salves. Plant profiles include clear, color photographs, identification tips, medicinal uses and herbal preparations, and harvesting suggestions. Lists of what to forage for each season makes the guide useful year-round. Thorough, comprehensive, and safe, this is a must-have for foragers, naturalists, and herbalists in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and northern California.
Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family
By Rosemary Gladstar
Promote vibrant health and radiant beauty, soothe everyday ailments, and ease persistent stress with these simple, natural cures for everything from dry skin and infant colic to cold symptoms and insomnia. Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar provides 175 proven therapies and herbal remedies that are easy to prepare and safe enough for children. Offering a potent and effective alternative to commercial pharmaceuticals, Gladstar will inspire you to nurture yourself and those you love with nature’s healing herbs.
Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use
By Rosemary Gladstar
Widely recognized as the godmother of modern herbalism, Rosemary Gladstar is renowned worldwide for her inspired teaching and trustworthy knowledge of healing herbs. With Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, Gladstar offers a fresh introduction for a new generation of gardeners and natural health and self-sufficiency enthusiasts. 33 of the most common and versatile healing plants are profiled in depth to get the budding herbalist off on the right foot. Readers will learn how to grow, harvest, prepare, and use each herb. Step-by-step instructions explain how to prepare herbal teas, salves, syrups, tinctures, oils, and liniments to stock the home medicine chest for common ailments.
What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen – 100 Seasonal Recipes
By Divya Alter
This indispensable kitchen companion brings the ancient art of delicious healthy cooking to Western palettes. Drawing on her many years of vegetarian cooking, catering, and teaching, Alter explains how to create flavorful meals with seasonal ingredients by applying Ayurvedic principles. With food combinations, methods of preparation, and healing spices customized for individual needs, this is an inspirational guide to achieving optimal health through personalized cooking. This book features 100 recipes for breakfasts, soups, salads, main dishes, one-pot meals, treats, and beverages in three seasonal-based chapters. It includes an ingredient guide along with recipes for staples such as cultured ghee, fresh cheese, yogurt, nondairy milk alternatives, dressings, chutneys, and spice blends.
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing
By Christiane Northrup M.D.
Emphasizing the body’s innate wisdom and ability to heal, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom covers the entire range of women’s health—from the first menstrual period through menopause. It includes updated information on pregnancy, labor, and birth, sexuality, nutrition, hormone replacement therapy, treating fibroids, avoiding hysterectomy, and maintaining breast and menstrual health. Fully updated to include the very latest treatment innovations and research data, and reflecting today’s woman’s proactive involvement in her own health care, this edition will help women enjoy vibrant health with far fewer medical interventions. Filled with dramatic case histories, this book combines new technologies with natural remedies and the miraculous healing powers within the body itself.
The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine
By Ted Kaptchuk
The Web That Has No Weaver is a classic, comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of Chinese medicine. This invaluable resource has earned its place as the foremost authority in synthesizing Western and Eastern healing practices. Yin and yang, dampness and wind, the use of acupuncture and herbal medicine to regain harmony and balance are explained. The book is both accessible and scholarly and also incorporates the viewpoint of modern science.
The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine
By David Frawley & Vasant Lad
The Yoga of Herbs offers a detailed explanation and classification of herbs, using the ancient system of Ayurveda. More than 270 herbs are listed, with 108 herbs explained in detail. Included are many of the most commonly used western herbs with a profound Ayurvedic perspective. Important Chinese and special Ayurvedic herbs are introduced. Beautiful diagrams and charts, as well as detailed glossaries, appendices and index are included.