Books – Recommended Reading
• Pacific State Wildflowers – A Peterson Field Guide
• Pacific Coast Tree Finder by Tom Watts
• National Audubon Society Field Guide to Trees Western Region
• Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West by Gregory Tilford
• Common Edible and Useful Plants of the West by Muriel Sweet
• Edible Wild Plants – Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate by John Kallas, PhD
• Herbal Kitchen by Kami McBride. Chock full of great recipes for cordials, herbed salts, herbal drinks, honeys, pestos… and more!
• Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee de la Forêt. Dozens of recipes and good information on herbs.
• Herbal Recipes and Medicinal Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar – great books for beginners with a basic herbal primer and recipes!
• Body Into Balance by Maria Noel Groves – a great introduction to herbal medicine and nutrition.
• Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West and Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West by Michael Moore – Highly recommended! Includes information on plant identification, habitat, collection, constituents and medicinal uses of our native medicinal plants. Contains information you won’t find anywhere else, written with great warmth and humor.
• Healing Wise by Susun Weed – For people who are interested in the philosophy of the Wise Woman Traditions of Western Herbalism. Susun provides a unique voice of woman-centered herbalism, grounded in compassion, ritual and using common herbs that nourish.
• Herbal Healing for Women by Rosemary Gladstar – A great book for herbal strategies for women’s reproductive healthcare. (I recommend anything written by Rosemary Gladstar!)
• The Book of Herbal Wisdom and/or The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism by Matthew Wood – Matt teaches about the deeper wisdom of plant medicine and writes about more esoteric topics such as doctrine of signatures and herbal energetics. His perspective is unique.
• A Modern Herbal by Mrs. Grieves (volume 1 and 2) – originally published in 1931, this is a classic treatise on herbal medicine as practiced through the ages.
• Planetary Herbology by Michael Tierra.
• The Herb Book by John Lust. Covers a little of everything from a material medica of 500 different herbs, to some basic vitamins and minerals, to dye plants, as well as some herbal formulas for specific conditions.