Saturday, April 15, 2017

My Favorite Books for Learning about Herbs, Herbal Remedies and Essential Oils

If you've been reading A Working Pantry very long you'll know that I keep a portion of the medicinal part of my pantry stocked with herbs and essential oils. I am learning how to use them through reading and research.  I have by the process of weeding through several books, found some that suit my style of learning ... which means they are easy to read and understand.  

Since I've recently been asked what my favorite herbal and essential oil books are again, I thought I would share the ones I use the most.

These are my absolute favorites and the ones I find myself going back to time after time.

Alchemy of Herbs is the latest addition to my library and thus far, I am finding it easy to use and understand.

Update:  I had Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails on my bookshelf but had not dived into it yet, but yesterday when a reader suggested it I went and pulled it from the shelf.  I now know why I purchased it, it is full of suggestions and ways to help treat specific illnesses using essential oils.  This book will join the others listed above as my 'go-to' resources when needed.  Thank you Allegra for your suggestion!

What are your favorite go-to herb and essential oil books?

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  1. Thank you for sharing these, Patsy. My "herbal" has for the longest time been just a collection of tried and tested tips I learned from my mum, which kinda boils down to sage for sore throats,elderberry and echinacea for colds, camomile, valerian and hops for stress, mint for stomach upsets, St John's Wort infused oil for topical pain relief, lavender for headaches, ginger for nausea, aloe vera for burns and sunburn, witch hazel for skin. When you're young, that's just about all you need to get by. But for me now, I feel the need to learn a bit more !

    I have recently added this book to my library:

    It lists just about any ailment or disease you can think of, from acne to yellow fever, and essential oil treatments for it, both topical and oral, which can be either used in conjuction with modern medicine, or as a fallback when you can't get to the doctor. My next prep step is to collect all the essential oils we are most likely to need.

    1. Allegra, I have that book but have not used it. You have inspired me to change that!


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