[permaculture] Favorite Herb Books

Primal Parent primalparent at hotmail.com
Sat Jun 16 00:05:36 EDT 2007


we found 'the herbal medicine makers handbook: a home manual' by james green 
so amazing that we bought it new (the first non-used book in seven years so 
that should tell you something). absolutely love it.


>From: yarrow at sfo.com
>Reply-To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
>To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Subject: Re: [permaculture] Favorite Herb Books
>Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 15:30:38 -0700
>
>What is your great book? What, specifically, do you need to know?
>What part of the world are you in?
>
>For medicinal uses, my favorite is Michael Moore's books, Medicinal
>Plants of the Pacific West, the revised edition of ...of the Mountain
>West, and his older books), particularly if you're on the U.S. west
>coast and interested in weedy and native plants. He also has a
>website that has detailed technical information on dosages,
>preparations, and indications -- a valuable resource for professional
>herbalists. (Google herbal moore.) Another favorite is Kathi
>Keville's Herbs for Health and Healing. She's also a pro but has more
>of a kitchen-garden style. I turn to her book for ideas on what to
>use or grow, then improvise based on what I have available. The
>widely available books by James Duke (or his database on the web) are
>also authoritative sources, but seem more geared to buying a product
>than to growing your own.
>
>As a quick reference, I like Lesley Bremness, The Complete Book of
>Herbs, because it's fairly comprehensive but not too big and heavy,
>has a nice layout, is easy to use, and has proven reliable so far.
>This is where I turn to see how big something will get, or for ideas
>on what else to do with the harvest. Steven Foster's Herbal
>Renaissance is my favorite book on growing herbs. He's also a
>reliable source on uses of herbs, a good mix of practical information
>on growing and using and interesting notes on folk uses and the
>latest research.
>
>The first herb books I had were John Lust's The Herb Book and Maude
>Grieve's A Modern Herbal (which are also good references). I was
>puzzled by the long lists of conditions that each herb could cure,
>and wondered if herbs could do anything at all. I studied botanical
>medicine with Moore, attended regional herb conferences for several
>years, and have shelves of books on herbs, and what nearly all the
>herbalists say is use what you have. Some herbalists say to start
>with, say, 10 herbs and learn all you can about them, and chances are
>you will be able to use them for more than 90 percent of your needs.
>I use my nose to guide me. One herbalist described getting to know an
>herb by taking a bath in it while drinking the same herb as tea --
>spending a day or a week focusing on one herb at a time and paying
>attention to its effects and qualities.
>
>For dyes, see Rita Buchanan's A Weaver's Garden.
>
>For landscape uses, look for Rob Proctor and David Macke, Herbs in
>the Garden: The Art of Intermingling.
>
>Some of the herb magazines regularly feature articles on every aspect
>of herbs. The Herb Companion has tons of recipes and some articles
>online; Herb Quarterly has only a few online articles.
>
>At 9:12 AM -0400 6/11/07, Sharon Gordon wrote:
> >I've been reading a great herb book which has some detailed info on
> >the particular herbs.  I'd like to learn about more different herbs
> >though and more specifics on using them.  Does anyone have
> >recommendations?  In addition to growing information,  I am
> >interested in cooking uses, medical uses, and other useful functions
> >such as making dyes or ways herbs can be used in the garden.
> >
> >The PFAF site is helpful in listing more ways plants can be used.
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