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Herb Books, Herbal Information Sources



My favorite sources of herbal plant info. Titles are linked to the Amazon.com site, where a portion of sales ordered from these links will help support our web site. Thank You for your support! ----Karen

Peterson’s Guides: Peterson’s has a book for every nature lover.

A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants : Eastern and Central North America 
Steven Foster and James A. Duke. Color Herb Photos, Line drawings and good descriptions of wild herbs.

A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Eastern and Central North America 
Roger Tory Peterson-   More than 370 edible wild plants, plus 37 poisonous look-alikes, are described here, with 400 drawings and 78 color photographs showing precisely how to recognize each species. Also included are habitat descriptions, lists of plants by season, and preparation instructions for 22 different food uses.

 Field Guide to Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants
Steven Foster/ Roger Caras - Good reading to increase awareness of dangers you may encounter in the wild

Peterson’s Field Guide : Wildflowers of the Eastern and Central North America 

by Margaret McKenny and Roger Tory Peterson.
Grouped by color and by plant characteristics, 1,293 species in 84 families are described and illustrated. Included here are all the flowers you’re most likely to encounter in the eastern and north-central U.S., westward to the Dakotas and southward to North Carolina and Arkansas, as well as the adjacent parts of Canada.

More Field and Herbal Plant Guides

Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide

Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places,Steve Brill: Hearst Books, NY, 1994

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Eastern Region Neiring and Olmstead
Good color photos in this one!

Wildflowers of the Central South Wildflowers of the Central South Thomas E. Hemmerly

Wildflowers of the Southeastern United States
Wilbur H. Duncan, Leonard E. Foote Hundreds of color photos, this is one of my favorites.

The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines Michael Murray N.D.

The Complete Medicinal Herbal
Penelope Ody - A practical guide to the healing properties of more than 250 natural remedies for common ailments. If you only get one herbal, it should be this one. Step by step color photos makes herbal preparation easy to learn.

Herbal Healing for Women Rosemary Gladstar
Simple home remedies for women of all ages. Natural treatments for teenage acne, PMS, morning sickness, hot flashes, uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts. Just reading this one can help you feel better, Rosemary writes on a personal level. I was lucky enough to meet her at the Red Boiling Springs Folk Medicine Festival in 1998, she is a remarkable inspiring woman.

The Herb Book by John Lust
Covers almost 500 medicinal plants, including many native species, as well as recipes for many herbal concoctions. A wealth of information in an inexpensive paperback edition.

Ginseng: How to find, Grow and Use America’s Forest Gold. Kim Derek Pritts
Must have book for anyone with an interest in ginseng. I found this at my local library. Goes into everything you need to know about ginseng, even a buyers list!

Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Vallery and Southern Appalachians - Dennis Horn

Indian Herbology of North America - Alma Hutchens Out of Print, used copies on Amazon.com

PDR of Herbal Medicines

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs

Wildflowers of the Central South Thomas E. Hemmerly


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Prunella Vulgaris is known as heal all, self heal, woundwort because of it's historic use. The purple and white flowers grow on spikes that are shaped somewhat like an upsside down pine cone

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