Text books

A list of text books for educational purposes

This list is by no means exhaustive, but covers some of the key modern herbalism text books.

1. The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants, Matthew Wood

This is very detailed and I am really impressed. There is a lot of detail from the Eclectics. Comes as a two part series, I highly recommend both.

Wood, Matthew. The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants. North Atlantic Books, 2009.

2. Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief, Winston and Maimes.

Very good coverage of the key adaptogenic tonic herbs from the East, but also includes the nervines and nootropics. Pretty key book in modern herbalism.

Winston, David, and Steven Maimes. Adaptogens: herbs for strength, stamina, and stress relief. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co, 2007.

3. Christopher, John. School of Natural Healing.

This is available for free online here. Dr. Christopher was highly influential. Although some of his ideas are outdated, for example, fecal matter accumulating in the bowel.

4. Body into Balance. Maria, Groves.

This book is great, it works as a DIY herbalism book more than anything else I have seen, but also suited for any kind of student of herbalism really.

Groves, Maria. Body into Balance. Storey Publishing, 2016.

5. Holistic Herbal, David Hoffman

A strong Western herbalism book, with details of actions, affinities, formulas, conditions, and dosage information.

Hoffman, David. Holistic herbal. Element Books, 1988.

6. Herbal Therapy and Supplements: A Scientific and Traditional Approach, Merrily and Winston.

This is a very good pocket size dictionary of many different herbs, it has detailed safety information and also a good formulas section in the back.

Kuhn, Merrily A., and David Winston. Winston & Kuhn’s Herbal Therapy and Supplements: A Scientific and Traditional Approach. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012.

7. The Detox Miracle Sourcebook. Morse, Robert.

This is available for free here. Note, I do necessarily agree with all the material in this book, but it is free and includes some good formula and details about anatomy, and so on.