Top 5 Herbal Reference Books

Top 5 Herbal Reference Books

Debs Cook
Debs Cook

December 18th, 2007, 9:18 am #1

Hello everyone

I'm compiling a list of books that I can add to the new ‘Bookshelf’ page. I have a few recent additions but I want to add some books that members simply couldn’t do without, or think are must haves for the herbal bookshelf, be them reference guides or books they turn to time after time for pure pleasure.

Could people please list there 5 favourite herb books that they think should be in the list. I’ll then take the 5 most popular titles and add them to the Members recommendations section.

If anybody would like to review any herb books then please do so and email them to me. And if any book publishers of herb books are reading this, please send the details of your up and coming herb books for review.

Debs :)
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Jeanne de Rosemond
Jeanne de Rosemond

December 19th, 2007, 8:08 pm #2

I have been looking at my bookshelf to see which books I turn to time and again and here is my list
1) The Complete book of Herbs by Lesley Bremness
2)The Complete Medicinal Herbal by Penelope Ody
3)Herbal Remedies by Christopher Hedley and Non Shaw
4)The Household Herbal by Christopher Robbins
5)For 5th place cannot decide between any of the books by either Christina Stapley or Jekka McVicar
It will be interesting to see the other choices.
Thanks for all your hard work Debs, hope the Forum goes from strength to strength.

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kate
kate

December 19th, 2007, 11:05 pm #3

I'm not a member, but have been posting from time to time...

In no particular order (and this list would change over time):

1. Common Herbs for Natural Health by Juliette de Bairacli Levy

2. Healing Wise by Susun Weed

3. The Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman

4. The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine by Simon Mills

5. Weeds Heal by Isla Burgess
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December 20th, 2007, 8:51 am #4

Hello everyone

I'm compiling a list of books that I can add to the new ‘Bookshelf’ page. I have a few recent additions but I want to add some books that members simply couldn’t do without, or think are must haves for the herbal bookshelf, be them reference guides or books they turn to time after time for pure pleasure.

Could people please list there 5 favourite herb books that they think should be in the list. I’ll then take the 5 most popular titles and add them to the Members recommendations section.

If anybody would like to review any herb books then please do so and email them to me. And if any book publishers of herb books are reading this, please send the details of your up and coming herb books for review.

Debs :)
<FONT face=verdana,geneva,arial,sans-serif size=2>Hi Jeanne and Kate <IMG height=14 src="http://www.network54.com/images/happy.gif" width=14>

Thank you for your kind comments about the forum, I to hope that it will continue to go from strength to strength, the best way to do that is for people to use it to post herbal questions and anecdotes and to discuss items in the media for example. I'm certain if more people contribute it will become busier around these parts.

Kate - It doesn't matter if you're not a herb society member as far as this forum is concerned, to contribute the only thing required aside from a computer lol, is a love of herbs. I look forward to many more posts from you and Jeanne and others.

Interesting choice of books from you both by the way, it occured to me as I started this thread, I should of posted mine top 5, I have to confess choosing 5 turned out to be harder than I thought. Like Kate my choices change depending on what I'm wanting to know. Currently I'm reading books by Hilda Leyel and some historical books on the history of herbals. Books I think should be on everyone's shelf or should I say would recommend are:-

1) The Green Pharmacy - Dr James A. Duke
2) Jekka's Complete Herb Book - Jekka McVicar (The new revised copy as it contains more herbs!)
3) Encyclopedia Of Herbs & Their Uses - Deni Bown
4) Encyclopedia Of Herbal Medicine - Andrew Chevallier
5) The Encyclopedia Of Essential Oils - Julia Lawless

But I also use:-

6) The Complete Book Of Herbs - Lesley Bremness
7) The Complete Medicinal Herbal - Penelope Ody
8) Herbal Remedies - Christopher Hedley & Non Shaw
9) A Modern Herbal - Mrs M. Grieve
10) The Green Witch - Barbara Griggs

That was a struggle, it was really hard to narrow the list down, I tried to include something that would cover identification, gardening, medicine, home use and cooking. The essential oils book may seem like an odd choice, but I believe that essential oils have as much a place in the world of herbs being plant based as tinctures, teas and tisanes. I look forward to other peoples posts and if you have more than 5 feel free to list them, as I said, I'll pick the top 5 for the recommended by forum members section.

Debs</FONT>

Herb Society Webmistress
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December 20th, 2007, 12:38 pm #5

Hi Debs

Choosing just five herb books is almost an impossible task and I've been tearing my hair out (not literally!)trying to think what to include!

I guess the ones I go back to time and time again are

David Hoffman, The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal
Non Shaw, Herbal Medicine : A Step-by-Step-Guide
Non Shaw, Herbalism: An Illustrated Guide
Susan Lavender & Anne Franklin, Herbcraft:A Guide to the Shamanic and Ritual Uses of Herbs
Matthew Wood, The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines

but, two other books I wouldn't be without at the moment are

Susan Weed's New Menapause Years the Wise Woman Way
Stephen Buhner's Vital Man: Keys to Lifelong Vitality and Wellness for Men

I have a whole bookcase of other herb books including Deni Brown's Encyclopaedia and Jecca McVicar's book, both of which are excellent, but I don't look at them that often.

I think it would also be helpful to have a list of good quality online medical herbalism discussion forums such as Henriette Kress' medical herbalism email list and the Herbwifery Forum that Rebecca Hartman of Crabapple Herbs hosts. Then there are the online blogs and personal websites run by practicing herbalists(whether qualified or self taught) which are springing up everywhere. I thoroughly recommend Kiva Rose's blog, Jim McDonald's site, Rebecca Hartman's The Herbwife's Kitchen as well as those run by the big names - Paul Bergner, Michael Moore, Susun Weed, Rosemary Gladstar, Howie Bernstein and many more.

I was just thinking that it's a shame there are so few discussion forums and blogs based in the UK (I don't know of any apart from this one and I believe there is a practitioner's email list run by the NIMH, but I don't have access to that) but most of those mentioned above have people from all over the world, despite the fact that one is hosted in Finland and the other in the US and they feel like real global communities.

I know some of these site are listed on the links page, but I think it would be helpful to sort them out so people really know where to go and what to expect.

Not of course that you need any more work at the moment!!!

Many thanks for all you're doing!

Sarah

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Linda harrold
Linda harrold

December 20th, 2007, 3:18 pm #6

Like everyone else,I found it hard to choose just 5 books.My five all pertain to the medical aspects of herbalism,but given that I am a medical herbalist,that`s not surprising!
Potters New Cyclopaedia of Botanical Drugs

British Herbal Pharmacopoeia BHM

Bartram`s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine

The Complete Woman`s Herbal Anne McIntyre

And finally,I can`t decide wether to choose Penelope Oddy`s book or Leslie Bremness.

Linda

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kate
kate

December 24th, 2007, 12:21 am #7

Hi Debs

Choosing just five herb books is almost an impossible task and I've been tearing my hair out (not literally!)trying to think what to include!

I guess the ones I go back to time and time again are

David Hoffman, The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal
Non Shaw, Herbal Medicine : A Step-by-Step-Guide
Non Shaw, Herbalism: An Illustrated Guide
Susan Lavender & Anne Franklin, Herbcraft:A Guide to the Shamanic and Ritual Uses of Herbs
Matthew Wood, The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines

but, two other books I wouldn't be without at the moment are

Susan Weed's New Menapause Years the Wise Woman Way
Stephen Buhner's Vital Man: Keys to Lifelong Vitality and Wellness for Men

I have a whole bookcase of other herb books including Deni Brown's Encyclopaedia and Jecca McVicar's book, both of which are excellent, but I don't look at them that often.

I think it would also be helpful to have a list of good quality online medical herbalism discussion forums such as Henriette Kress' medical herbalism email list and the Herbwifery Forum that Rebecca Hartman of Crabapple Herbs hosts. Then there are the online blogs and personal websites run by practicing herbalists(whether qualified or self taught) which are springing up everywhere. I thoroughly recommend Kiva Rose's blog, Jim McDonald's site, Rebecca Hartman's The Herbwife's Kitchen as well as those run by the big names - Paul Bergner, Michael Moore, Susun Weed, Rosemary Gladstar, Howie Bernstein and many more.

I was just thinking that it's a shame there are so few discussion forums and blogs based in the UK (I don't know of any apart from this one and I believe there is a practitioner's email list run by the NIMH, but I don't have access to that) but most of those mentioned above have people from all over the world, despite the fact that one is hosted in Finland and the other in the US and they feel like real global communities.

I know some of these site are listed on the links page, but I think it would be helpful to sort them out so people really know where to go and what to expect.

Not of course that you need any more work at the moment!!!

Many thanks for all you're doing!

Sarah
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I was just thinking that it's a shame there are so few discussion forums and blogs based in the UK (I don't know of any apart from this one and I believe there is a practitioner's email list run by the NIMH, but I don't have access to that) but most of those mentioned above have people from all over the world, despite the fact that one is hosted in Finland and the other in the US and they feel like real global communities.
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Sarah, I feel that as well. I'm in New Zealand, and have been reading the US blogs, forums and websites, and Henriettes, but really miss a UK perspective in the blogsphere. The US traditions seem significantly different to the UK ones, and the UK ones seem more directly related to NZ (historically and botanically). I've always wondered why there is no UK herbal blog culture (apart from this forum).


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December 24th, 2007, 12:23 am #8

<FONT face=verdana,geneva,arial,sans-serif size=2>Hi Jeanne and Kate <IMG height=14 src="http://www.network54.com/images/happy.gif" width=14>

Thank you for your kind comments about the forum, I to hope that it will continue to go from strength to strength, the best way to do that is for people to use it to post herbal questions and anecdotes and to discuss items in the media for example. I'm certain if more people contribute it will become busier around these parts.

Kate - It doesn't matter if you're not a herb society member as far as this forum is concerned, to contribute the only thing required aside from a computer lol, is a love of herbs. I look forward to many more posts from you and Jeanne and others.

Interesting choice of books from you both by the way, it occured to me as I started this thread, I should of posted mine top 5, I have to confess choosing 5 turned out to be harder than I thought. Like Kate my choices change depending on what I'm wanting to know. Currently I'm reading books by Hilda Leyel and some historical books on the history of herbals. Books I think should be on everyone's shelf or should I say would recommend are:-

1) The Green Pharmacy - Dr James A. Duke
2) Jekka's Complete Herb Book - Jekka McVicar (The new revised copy as it contains more herbs!)
3) Encyclopedia Of Herbs & Their Uses - Deni Bown
4) Encyclopedia Of Herbal Medicine - Andrew Chevallier
5) The Encyclopedia Of Essential Oils - Julia Lawless

But I also use:-

6) The Complete Book Of Herbs - Lesley Bremness
7) The Complete Medicinal Herbal - Penelope Ody
8) Herbal Remedies - Christopher Hedley & Non Shaw
9) A Modern Herbal - Mrs M. Grieve
10) The Green Witch - Barbara Griggs

That was a struggle, it was really hard to narrow the list down, I tried to include something that would cover identification, gardening, medicine, home use and cooking. The essential oils book may seem like an odd choice, but I believe that essential oils have as much a place in the world of herbs being plant based as tinctures, teas and tisanes. I look forward to other peoples posts and if you have more than 5 feel free to list them, as I said, I'll pick the top 5 for the recommended by forum members section.

Debs</FONT>

Herb Society Webmistress
Debs, thanks for your welcome. I look forward to the list you come up with :-)
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December 26th, 2007, 4:51 pm #9


<FONT face=verdana,geneva,arial,sans-serif size=2>You're welcome Kate I'm hoping a few more people will post their top 5 books, hopefully in the new year we'll get a few more people posting.</FONT>

<FONT face=verdana,geneva,arial,sans-serif size=2><EM><<Sarah, I feel that as well. I'm in New Zealand, and have been reading the US blogs, forums and websites, and Henriettes, but really miss a UK perspective in the blogsphere. The US traditions seem significantly different to the UK ones, and the UK ones seem more directly related to NZ (historically and botanically). I've always wondered why there is no UK herbal blog culture (apart from this forum).>>

</EM>I agree that there should be more of a UK herb forum/blog culture, which is why I'm hoping we can get more people to post on here. It is curious that there are so few&nbsp;UK herb websites, same can be said about herb groups, in the USA for example almost every state seems to have at least 1 herb group, club or society, here it isn't something that we see much of. </FONT>

<FONT face=Verdana size=2>I'd like to see more postings and information on the historic uses of herbs and traditional folk medicine in the UK and more people swapping stories, it worries me that a lot of our herbal heritage is being forgotten. It would be nice to add more of that kind of information to the site, but has been said before, it will only happen if people post. </FONT>

<FONT face=Verdana size=2>Sarah - Whilst I'm working on the revamping the existing pages I've gathered all the UK sites and all the USA sites together, currently everything is mixed up together. I will try and organise the links into forums/blogs and things like plan suppliers/nurseries etc. if I can't do it before the re-launch I will add it to the list of improvements to make. If anybody has any links they'd like to see on the HS links page them please email them to me.</FONT>

<FONT face=Verdana size=2>Debs</FONT>
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linda harrold
linda harrold

December 27th, 2007, 8:06 am #10

Hi Debs,
I`m very interested in the historical use of herbs and have had some experience in this area.I live in Wimborne Minster,Dorset and in the late 1990`s joined a historical re enactment group based in the town,called the Wimborne Militia.We set ourselves in the late1700`s at the time of the Monmouth rebellion as that time frame fitted in well with the known history of the town.There was a wealth of experience within the group as a number of the members already belonged to The Sealed knot and the English Civil War ass.As in the real world I was a medical herbalist,it fell to me to become the expert on the use of herbs---even though I knew nothing relating to the history then,but with some intensive cramming, I soon gathered a lot of knowledge,and it became a passion of mine.

In the town,at the back of the Town hall,there was some derelict land and the council decided that as a mark of respect for the Queen`s Jubilee in 2000,to turn it into a garden.To cut a long story short,the Militia applied to turn it into a 17th century physic garden and was allowed to do so.My husband and I had the excitment of being responsible for designing the the planting of the garden(the hard landscaping already having been done by the council before they had agreed our proposal ).We were really pleased to have the initial planting out ceremony performed by Sir Bob Geldorf and the official opening ceremony was performed by the Count and Countess of Wessex.The garden,although relativly small,is open to the public free of charge all the time.
Sadly,just over a year ago,i left the Militia and my stewardship of the garden as i didn`t have the time to continue looking after the garden virtually on my own as well as working full time and having a family.The good news is that the Militia found a gentleman who was a keen a gardener and was retired ,to accept responsibility for the upkeep,so the garden is now in a pristine condition,although some of the aspects of the historical aspects of the herbs are not quite to the for front.If you click onto wimborne minster town council, you can see some picttures of the garden.The miitia also have a web site with photos of the garden and some reenactment pictures.Don`t have the full details,but go through wessex garrisons at msn groups.

Although having left the Militia my passion for the historical aspects of herbs is undiminished and I`m really pleased that I have been approached by a museum,asking me to work with them in the new year.

regards
Linda
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