Books for Getting Started with Herbs and Homeopathy

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I’ve been meaning to share a list of “getting started” books on herbs, herbalism and homeopathy.  As I live in a small apartment, and have limited book-shelf space despite my desire to the contrary, I try to keep my books pared down to the must-haves.

Here are some of my must-have herbal books for the beginner/getting started set:

Herbs and Herbalism

Grow It, Heal It  This is a lovely little book that covers everything you’d need to know about how to grow herbs, prepare and store them, and how to use them for what ails you.

Healing with the Herbs of Life  I don’t know what I would do without this book!  The breakdown for all of the different symptoms for the different types of colds, and how to treat them, is alone worth the purchase of this book.  This book is comprehensive, and blends Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western herbalism and Ayurvedic medicine, utilizing the best remedies for the situation.

Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs Rosemary Gladstar is the herbal fairy godmother of Western herbalism, and this beginner’s book is a must have for those getting started with herbs.

Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth  This book lists herbs and their chemical constituents, formulas and combinations for a wide range of ailments, and covers preparation methods.

The Book of Herbal Wisdom I have been spending a good deal of time with Matthew Wood’s works, and love his approach to Western herbalism.

The Way of Herbs  This was my very first herbal book, and the one that helped to set me on the path to doing what I am doing now.  It covers Western herbs, Ayurvedic herbs and Chinese herbs.

Naturally Healthy Babies and Children While I do not have children of my own, I do love them and love being able to help whenever possible.  Aviva Romm is my go-to herbal guide for babies and children, she is an MD and a herbalist.

There are tons of resources on the internet, which is both a blessing and a curse!  One reference site that I regularly point people to is Jim McDonald’s site:   Jim is a great herbalist, and offers a wide list of links, resources, and articles.



Homeopathy at Home book and Helios homeopathic kit.  I have used this kit of homeopathic remedies for a few years and love it.  And, I refer to the Homeopathy at Home book to find the right remedy for the situation.