We’d like to help you navigate the seas of herbal literature and help you find a good book. All books are independently reviewed with our personal thoughts and opinions – sometimes through years of experience. We are continuously updating this list with content, so please keep checking back. Our books are listed in alphabetical order by title.
A Modern Herbal: Volume 1 (A-H) & 2 (I-Z) by Mrs. M. Grieve
I thought I’d start off the Herb Geek bookshelf with a tried and true classic: A Modern Herbal Volume 1, A-H and Volume 2: I-Z by Mrs. M. Grieve. This comprehensive two volume book set is an absolute staple for every herbalist’s library. First published in 1931, much of this information was compiled during the 20th century; a time when much of scientific medicine was still derived from plants. The depth of information offered in these books comes from years of research, practical experience, and functional application. The wide variety of plants featured in these books range from obscure plants (such as Hellebore) that are now outside the scope of modern herbalism, to ordinary plants (such as cucumber) that are so common we no longer even consider them medicine. Continue Reading
Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech
One sunny California morning, an excited gaggle of herb students sat around the communal barn classroom at the California School of Herbal Studies, chatting freely and anticipating the day’s instruction on materia medica. Students quickly shuffled in and out of the common room hurrying to finish preparing their morning cup of herbal tea in time for class to start. There might have been a conversation about the merits of using Blood Root for treating abnormal skin growths, or an animated description of a medicine making experiment gone awry. As usual I sat at the front and center of the class eagerly awaiting for the day to begin, pen poised for note taking, and clipboard firmly planted on my lap. In front of me sat Richo Cech with an armload of his recently published book Making Plant Medicine, and a bag full of the most potent Berberis roots I’ve ever tasted, patiently waiting for us all to settle down. The year was 2000. Continue Reading
Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy by Simon Mills & Kerry Bone
The publication of this book in 2000 was a real game changer for North American herbal medicine – finally there was a manual for science-based herbal therapeutics; one which took into account and respected traditional approaches to healing, and one which brought western herbal therapeutics to the forefront of alternative healing modalities. Shortly after the publication of this book, co-author Simon Mills partnered up with Tai Sophia Institute to create North America’s very first graduate degree program in herbal medicine – a Masters of Science no less!