While there are many books on the herbs, probably running into thousands, your need of herbs can shortlist the books you need most. A list of books that interest one individual may not interest others, but if one knows what herbs one is searching for, the requirement will suffice and cater to the search. The list of books will automatically build up based on one’s motivation and enthusiasm. Also, the need to know more about them may increase depending upon one’s expertise, interest and curiosity.
My advice to the herb lovers would be to go outdoors, venture into your herb garden and grow those herbs that you want to use in cooking or prepare medicines if you love gardening.
There isn’t a single “Must Have” list for all but once you know and grow them, you will fall in love with these non woody plants.
Do not reject a book because it is cheap, it might perhaps conclude your search and include what you are eventually seeking for. Do not also ignore a book which is highly priced, you might be surprised how little you know about herbs.
Before purchasing a book, please take the time to go through the contents and the reviews; you would definitely get the value for the money you have invested in.
Best Books on Herbs
Here is a list of books on herbs that will increase your expertise.
Medicinal Herbs -The best usage of herbs is medicinal, though we know that many herbs find their way into the kitchen because of their rich flavor and taste. People from generations have used herbs for first aid emergency needs. There are always alternative therapies that can combat ailments and minor injuries. These books should help you identify the herbs that can be used for medicine minus the side effects.
Culinary herbs – Don’t limit your cooking with just 3 or 4 herbs. There are so many herbs that need to be discovered and impart unique taste to the food we eat. They improve the texture and flavour of food, they carry the essential nutrients and anti-oxidants for the body.
Herbs for Beauty – Organic and natural products have always tried to keep the highlights and benefits of using herbs for potions, face creams, oils, herbal soap and bath. Herbs are also used in beauty products for their unique aromas.There is so much to herbs than cooking and using them for as medicines. Herb facials and scrubs do wonders to the skin, they can be used for making natural deodorants and perfumes.
Starting an Herb garden – whatever your interest in herbs has led you to this page, starting a home herb garden is the best way to have fresh herbs. Whether you want to use them in your dishes or any other purpose, there is nothing as good as herbs straight from your herb garden.
Foraging the Wild Herbs – Do not discard the herbs that grow in your backyard without you actually growing them. Many local herbs and plants are edible; your wild foraging can bring out the best in woods which is untouched and pure, devoid of pesticides and toxins. If you love camping and are an adventurer, you will have to survive in nature with its vast supply albeit not all edible. The cultivated food we eat today was once a wild plant. Identifying, harvesting and preparing food in forest requires knowledge and experience. You might not want end up eating poisonous mushrooms that grow in wilderness. In addition; there is a code of conduct for foraging the wild plants and herbs, to keep the natural balance you should leave the one third of the plant to sprout again in the next season.
Herbs for Pets– There are literally hundreds of herbal medicines that go unexplored and unused due to our ignorance. These herbal remedies can treat common maladies with ease and patience. herbalists use the holistic approach of treating the pets who are unable to communicate their pain and suffering. A gem of these herbs can be used to cure the ailments.
Encyclopedia of Herbs – If you are interested in studying, researching about herbs; you might want to cover as many herbs as possible. Obviously you do not want to restrict yourself to the common herbs, you are in search of exotic, rare herbs that are hidden from the people and want to identify and use them for academic purposes.
How to Make Herbal Salves, Tinctures etc.? – Preparing your own herbal ointments, tinctures and salves can be exciting. Once you get comfortable with the procedures, you can prepare your own decoctions without the need of buying. What’s more, you can also control the concentration and quality of the products.
Natural Healing Herbs – Perhaps you are interested in the knowledge of alternative therapies and natural healing. Discover how Chinese use their herbs for various requirements. Ayurveda also prescribes and recommends the use of healing herbs.
Herbalism – Do not shut yourself from the world of possibilities, you will learn how herbalism was prevalent in ancient traditions, how Romans and Egyptians used the knowledge of herbs in practical ways.
Herbs for Spirituality –
Gardening – If you are going to kick start your herb garden, you might be venturing in a new adventure altogether. Learn about garden designs, companion plants, gardener’s tool list and many other aspects of gardening.
Herbs for Tea – Besides having the advantage of avoiding caffeine in coffee, herbal teas are a wonderful way of refreshing you with natural, gentle and safe remedies. There is more to tea that than just brewing, you come to know what tea is good, how was the herb used and the properties of herbs. Herbal teas can be used for bath in external usage, eye washes and beauty supplements. There are many ways to prepare the tea, other than boiling water. You can make the tea by infusing the herbs in cold water in sun or even moonlight. Herbal teas offer exciting flavours and aromas, they can be exceptional beverages.
Rainforest Herbs –
Organic gardening – if you are interested in using natural and organic methods for growing herbs, these books will show you how to do it with organic farming and natural composts.
Grandma Bison’s Garden
Edible Perennial Gardening
The Organic Gardeners Handbook
The Permaculture Garden
The Alternative Kitchen Garden
The New Food Garden
Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition
The Resilient Gard
How to Make a Forest Garden