Here is a reading list from some of my favorite herbalists. I always recommend that it is not only interesting but important to get to know the very plants you are attracted to learning about and possibly using. Educating yourself is one of the most inspiring and empowering things you can do, to learn. All of these herbalists have similarities in the way they navigate though their herbal experiences but as you read further they all have so many different perspectives and have a variety of imperative information to share from their own experiences and they are all different, mindful and magical as the plants are alive within all of us. So, also I'd like to share this, if you are going out foraging (wildcrafting) or simply going out in your front yard learning about a special weed or cultivated plant, please use at least 3 different field guides to help you along, I will include some in this list and in the world there are so many more, visit your bookstore, it is so satisfying, there is nothing like sinking into an isle or couch of a bookstore in which hours can get lost and you can bond with books in a much more tangible way then you can on line.
Herbal Healing for Women---Rosemary Gladstar
Herbal Recipes-Vibrant Health---Rosemary Gladstar
Medicinal Herbs-A Beginners Guide---Rosemary Gladstar
Herbs for Anxiety and Stress---Rosemary Gladstar
The New Holistic Herbal---David Hoffman
Foundation of Health-Healing with Herbs and Food---Christopher Hobbs
The Book of Herbal Wisdom---Matthew Wood
The Healing Wise---Susun Weed
The Menopausal Years---Susun Weed
The Childbearing Years---Susun Weed
Breast Cancer, Breast Health---Susun Weed
Down There-Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way---Susun Weed
The Energetics of Western Herbs Vol 1 and 2---Peter Holmes
The Gift of Healing Herbs--Robin Bennet
The Roots of Healing, A Women's Book of Herbs--Deb Soule
Great Field Guides---
Newcombs wildflower guide
Peterson wildflower Field guides
Peterson Field guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs
Foraging and Feasting-A Field Guide and Wildwood Cookbook---Dina Falconi
Wild Flowers of Cape Cod--Harold R. Hinds and Wilfred A. Hathaway
The Audubon Society Guides to Wildflowers
Books on Flower Essences---
Stars of the Meadow, Medicinal Herbs as Flower Essences---David Dalton *** one of my favorites!
Flower Essence Society---Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz
Flower Power---Anne McIntyre
Flower Essences---by-Gurudas Forward by Gabriel Cousins, M.D.
Flower Essences, An Illustrated Guide---Carol Rudd
Flower Remedies Handbook, Emotional Healing & Growth with Bach & Other Flower Essences---Donna Cunningham
Century for Virgo Rock Rose for Pisces-More than 400 Flower Essences for your Zodiac Path---Debbie Sellwood
This is only a small but reliable list to start on, make your books your friends and get familiar with them, keep them in your backpack, in your car or anywhere you can quickly access them believe me you'll appreciate having them nearby. Great green explorations to you, respect and love the plants, they are powerful and to greatly respect each and everyone of them is absolutely necessary, NEVER taste anything you don't know! Learn about the plants you love.
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