|A Beginning Guide from Rosemary Gladstar|
|Two Volumes from Henriette Kress for the Practical Herbalist!|
Natural Health Magazine calls "Rosemary Gladstar one of the most influential herbalists." I have always heard her name and when I had the chance to buy one of her latest books, Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs, A Beginner's Guide, I did so. The book is divided into four chapters, Chapter 1 Welcome to the Wonderful World of Medicinal Herbs, which talks about what a medicinal herb is, how it is used, the benefits of medicinal herbs and starting a medicinal herb garden. Chapter 2 How to Make Your Own Herbal Remedies talks about making tea, syrups, oils, salves, etc. and dosages and duration. Chapter 3 9 Familiar Herbs & Spices to Grow and Use talks about very common herbs and spices like cinnamon and rosemary and that's why I thought this is something I could do myself. Chapter 4 24 Safe & Effective Herbs to Know, Grow and Use. Again, I don't think there were any on this list that I hadn't heard of, such as chickweed and burdock, but I really don't know the medicinal value and I think I will enjoy learning about them. Well, now I have a little more time to read and learn for next year's season!
The second books I would recommend come from an herbalist in Finland named Henriette Kress called Practical Herbs and Practical Herbs 2. I have always said as always as long as you know the botanical name of the plant you are learning about, you will be able to read anyone's book from anywhere in the world. These books were recommended by my herbal sister, Debs Cook in England. She has never steered me wrong at least herbally speaking! Henriette has basics for making various basic preparations in her first book and then a description of various herbs and some pages called quick helps. Her second book has more recipes, a chapter on energetics whether an herb is hot or cold, dry or moist, a chapter on problems and the last chapter with a different description list of herbs than in the first book. Again, I liked the information I found about heartburn. As I read both of these books in more detail I will comment further. Both of these women grew up with strong herbal backgrounds with family members. I trust their opinions. I was just given the name of a fourth book for you to consider. Just ordered it on BookFinder.com. It is called Herbal Home Remedy Book by Joyce Wardwell. It was recommended by one of our members of Herbaholic's Herbs on Facebook. Always learning something interesting about herbs from them. Ms. Wardwell is an American and Sarah who recommended it to me says she recommends it as a beginning book in all of her workshops. Thanks Sarah! I'll put a photo up on this post when I get my copy!
|My Joyce Wardwell Book Arrived!|