Good Reads


These days it seems like everyone is "doing" herbs, and there are capsules and tea bags next to the kitchen sink in millions of homes. Using herbs medicinally can be harmful or helpful depending on one's level of education and experience. The following materials, available in fine bookstores, libraries, and websites, can be invaluable additions to your natural healing library. We have referred to them ourselves for many years.

The * before certain titles indicates a book recommended for fledgling herbalists.

*Tierra, Michael. The Way of Herbs ~ Complete Easy-to-Use Information on Simple Herbal Remedies for Natural Health and Healing. Pocket Books, 1990.


*Riggs, Maribeth. Natural Child Care ~ A Complete Guide to Safe and Effective Herbal Remedies and Holistic Health Strategies for Infants and Children. Harmony Books, 1989.

*Fischer-Rizzi, Susanne. Complete Aromatherapy Handbook ~ Essential Oils for Radiant Health. Sterling Publishing Co. Inc., 1997.

Brill, Steve, and Dean, Evelyn. Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not SO Wild) Places. Hearst Books, 1994.

*Santillo, Humbart. Natural Healing with Herbs ~ The First American System of Herbology, A Complete Manual for the Use of Herbs for Every Dimension of Life. Hohm Press, 1991.

Grieve, M. A Modern Herbal ~ The Medicinal, Culinary, Cosmetic and Economic Properties, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs and Trees and their Modern Scientific Uses Volumes I and II. Dover Publications, Inc., 1971.

Scott, Julian. Natural Medicine for Children ~ Drug-free health care for children from birth to age twelve. A practical,comprehensive guide to herbs, homeopathy, massage and other alternative remedies. Avon Books, 1990.

*Theiss, Barbara and Peter. The Family Herbal ~ A Guide to Natural Health Care for Yourself and your Children from Europe's Leading Herbalists. Healing Arts Press, 1993.

Rose, Jeanne. The Aromatherapy Book ~ Applications and Inhalations. North Atlantic Books, 1992.

Chin, Yeow Wee and Keng, Hsuan. An Illustrated Dictionary of Chinese Medicinal Herbs. CRCS Publications, 1990.

Katz, Richard and Kaminski, Patricia. Flower Essence Repertory ~ A Comprehensive Guide to North American and English Flower Essences for Emotional and Spiritual Well-Being. Earth Spirit, Inc., 1986.

Hoffman, David, and  DeLuca, Diana. An Elders' Herbal ~ Natural Techniques for Promoting Health and Vitality. Healing Arts Press, 1993.

Gladstar, Rosemary. Herbal Healing for Women ~ Simple Home Remedies for Women of All Ages. Touchstone, 1993.

Eisenburg, David and Wright, Thomas Lee. Encounters with Qi ~ Exploring Chinese Medicine. Penguin Books, 1985.

Worwood, Valerian Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. New World Library, 1991.

Laurel, Alicia Bay. Living on the Earth. Vintage Books - A Division of Random House, 1971.

*Balch, James and Phyllis. A Prescription for Nutritional Healing ~ A Practical A-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs and Food Supplements. Avery Publishing Group, Inc., 1990.

Holmes, Peter. The Energetic of Western Herbs ~ An Herbal Reference Integrating Western and Oriental Herbal Medicine Traditions Volumes I and II. NatTrop, 1986.

Weed, Susun. Childbearing Year. Ash Tree Publishing, 1986.

Weed, Susun. Menopausal Years ~ The Wise Woman Way; Alternative Approaches of Women 30-90. Ash Tree Publishing, 1992.

Weed, Susun. Healing Wise. Ash Tree Publishing, 1986.

Stein, Diane. All Women are Healers. The Crossing Press, 1990.

Abehsera, Michael. Our Earth Our Cure. Swan House Publishing Co, 1974.

Mabey, Richard. The New Age Herbalist ~ How to Use Herbs for Healing, Nutrition, Body Care and Relaxation. Collier Books, 1988.

Fratkin, Jake. Chinese Herbal Patent Formulas. Shya Publications, 1986.

Wildwood, Christine. Creative Aromatherapy ~ Blending and mixing essential oils and flower remedies for health and beauty. Thorsons, 1993.

*Samuels, Mike and Bennett, Hal. The Well Body Book. Random House/Bookworks, 1976.

*Hobbs, Christopher. *Ginkgo ~ Elixir of youth. Botanica Press, 1994.

Airola, Paavo. How to Keep Slim and Healthy with Juice Fasting. Health Plus Publishers, 1971.

*Schar, Douglas. The Backyard Medicine Chest ~ A Herbal Primer. Elliott and Clark Publishing, 1995.

Cunningham, Scott. Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Llewellyn Publications, 1994.

*Sarno, John. Healing Back Pain ~ The Mind-Body Connection. Warner Books, 1991.

Masunaga, Shizito and Ohashi, Wataru. Zen Shiatsu ~ How to Harmonize Yin and Yang for Better Health. Japan Publications Inc, 1977.

*Walking Night Bear and Padilla, Stan. Song of Seven Herbs. Gold Circle Productions, 1983.

*Evelyn, The Herbal Medicine Chest. The Crossing Press, 1986.

Stay, Flora Parsa. The Complete Book of Dental Remedies ~ A Resource of Remedies Using Conventional, Nutritional, and Homeopathic Cental Care. Avery Publishing Group, 1996.

Teeguarden, Ron. Chinese Tonic Herbs. Japan Publications, Inc., 1985.

*Kastner, Mark and Burroughs, Hugh. Alternative Healing ~ Discover how Ancient healing arts practiced for over 5000 years and the latest alternative medicine can help fight disease, maintain good health and promote happiness naturally. Halcyon Publishing, 1993.

Meyer, Clarence. Vegetarian Medicines. Meyer Books, 1981.

Kirschner, H.E. Live Food Juices for Vim, Vigor, Vitality, Long Life. HE Kirschner Publications, 1977.

Lifton, Bernice. Bug Busters ~ Poison-Free Pest Control for your House and Garden; Safe and Effective Controls for Common Household and Garden Pests. The Avery Publishing Group, 1991.

Smith, Trevor. An Encyclopedia of Homeopathy ~ A Comprehensive Reference Book and Survey of the Subject from its Beginnings to the Present Day. Insight Editions, 1983.

*Cummings, Stephen and Ullman, Dana. Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicines ~ Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family with Safe and Effective Remedies. Jeremy P. Archer Inc., 1984

*Kloss, John. Back to Eden ~ The Classic Guide to Herbal medicine - Natural Foods and Home Remedies. Woodbridge Press Publishing Company, 1975.

*Foster, Steven and Duke James. Peterson Field Guides: Medicinal Plants. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1990.

*Rose, Jeanne. Jeanne Rose's Kitchen Cosmetics ~ Using Herbs, Fruit and Flowers for Natural Bodycare. North Atlantic Books, 1993.

Brodsky, Greg. From Eden to Aquarius ~ The Book of Natural Healing. Bantam Books, 1974.