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Top Herbal Books for Beginners

Every time I receive an email asking me for a list of my favorite herb books, I glance over at my library and wonder how I could narrow down my list of recommendations a bit. Those of you who still prefer hard copies of books can probably identify with me. When it comes to learning about herbs and essential oils (and anything else related to holistic health), the wish list of books is unending and the collection seems to be ever growing. I have managed to select a few of my absolute favorites for you, though. These books are the ones I would wrap up in brown paper with a pretty string and a sprig of lavender and gift to every beginner if I could. They're all excellent and enjoyable to read - a great place to start when you want to learn more about using herbs.

Note: Rosemary Gladstar's books will always be at the top of my list for beginning herbalists or home remedy makers. She writes about our herb friends in such an easy-to-understand, approachable way and makes them so accessible to those who may feel that this new field of study is a bit daunting. If you aren't quite sure where to start, begin with one of her books.

Are you ready to start building your herbal library? I would recommend starting with a selection of books from the list below (click on the pictures of the book covers to purchase):

One of the first herb books I bought for myself and still one of my very favorites.

One of the first herb books I bought for myself and still one of my very favorites.

I love Matthew's approach to herbs. One of the most influential teachers!

I love Matthew's approach to herbs. One of the most influential teachers!

Brigitte's books are all wonderful, but this one is perfect for beginners. So much value packed into this one!

Brigitte's books are all wonderful, but this one is perfect for beginners. So much value packed into this one!

If you're into DIY products, this one is for you! The most beautiful book of recipes I've ever seen. (I interviewed the author in the December 2016 issue of the magazine.)

If you're into DIY products, this one is for you! The most beautiful book of recipes I've ever seen. (I interviewed the author in the December 2016 issue of the magazine.)

A unique approach for an herb book. Includes info for growing your own too!

A unique approach for an herb book. Includes info for growing your own too!

This one is in my list of top 5 favorite herb books. Such a valuable book for women!

This one is in my list of top 5 favorite herb books. Such a valuable book for women!

A sweet little easy read - quick and to the point, with enough info to get you started.

A sweet little easy read - quick and to the point, with enough info to get you started.

Everyone can make use of this one. It's beautiful and full of lovely recipes.

Everyone can make use of this one. It's beautiful and full of lovely recipes.

Not necessarily an "herb book," but one that is really helpful when just starting to learn about how the Ayurvedic approach works.

Not necessarily an "herb book," but one that is really helpful when just starting to learn about how the Ayurvedic approach works.

The way the material in this book is organized thrills my soul. Well-presented and an excellent resource.

The way the material in this book is organized thrills my soul. Well-presented and an excellent resource.

One of the most holistic herb books I've ever come across. Includes nutritional info too.

One of the most holistic herb books I've ever come across. Includes nutritional info too.

One of the newer additions to my own library. This has quickly become a favorite of mine and would be a great resource for any beginner.

One of the newer additions to my own library. This has quickly become a favorite of mine and would be a great resource for any beginner.

Includes herb profiles as well as specific remedies and theory.

Includes herb profiles as well as specific remedies and theory.

A wonderful starting point for learning about adaptogenic herbs.

A wonderful starting point for learning about adaptogenic herbs.

Another sweet easy read. I think of this series as "pocket books" - packed with info, but not drawn out.

Another sweet easy read. I think of this series as "pocket books" - packed with info, but not drawn out.

A classic - great for everyone who wants to learn to make their own herbal preparations.

A classic - great for everyone who wants to learn to make their own herbal preparations.

Recipes, profiles and organized charts from the iconic Jeanne Rose.

Recipes, profiles and organized charts from the iconic Jeanne Rose.

Which books would you add to this list? Leave a comment below to let me know.

Much love,
Erin



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