Anyone know a good book an herbalism?

Question by Beo: Anyone know a good book an herbalism?
I’m trying to learn a bit more about herbology/herbalism but the vast majority of what I find on the internet is greatly biased by pharmaceutical companies. I know St. John’s Wort is a good treatment for depression and that feverfew and I think skullcap are good for migraines, but I’d like to know more than just those two things.

A book would be better than a website but any info is appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Best answer:

Answer by Beau.Gus
Herbalism is mostly bogus…think about it, if it wasn’t, the pharmaceutical companies you think so little of would all have gone out of business. The only reason they can “get away with” the prices they charge is that their products are tested and actually work. Most “herbal remedies” work on the principle that most things go away on their own in a few days, and if the user believes “nettle tea” or “essence of holly bush” will help and takes it, that’s where they put the credit when their body fixes itself.

Don’t fool yourself…

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  1. Aside from botany books, the best one I’ve seen that lists the benefits of not only herbs, but also supplements would be “Prescription for Nutritional Healing”. It’s a very extensive book (about the size of a large phone book), so it has a LOT of information in it, plus it’s not too expensive (usually less than $ 30-40, depending on where you get it). Good luck and I hope I helped!

    [edit]: Regarding Beau Gus’s post, many of the pharmaceuticals were designed and based on various herbs because of how well they work. Statin drugs were based on Red Yeast Rice, Aspirin was based on White Willow Bark, and those are just two of the most well known ones (there are some in virtually every category of effect on the body, too). They were made because those nutrients had such well known benefits over the course of hundreds/thousands of years of usage. Sorry to burst your bubble.

  2. These books are great resources and the collection would be a well rounded starter library for alternative medicine:

    Healing with Whole Foods~Paul Pitchford–A bible of good nutrition!

    Flower Essence Repertory~Katz & Kaminski

    The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook~Green

    Out of the Earth~Mills–Classic Western Herbal

    The Yoga of Herbs~Frawley & Lad–Ayurvedic Medicine

    Los Remedios~Moore–Desert Southwest and Central American Herbs

    Seven Herbs~Wood–Native American Spirit Healing

    The Art of Aromatherapy~Tisserand

    Between Heaven and Earth~Beinfield & Korngold–Chinese Medicine

    The Complete Guide to Homeopathy~Lockie & Geddes

    Perscription for Nutritional Healing is great for vitamin references

    The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm & Stable~Levy–if you are an animal lover

    The EcoHerbalist Fieldbook~Tilford–If you’re into wildcrafting

    …and yes, Penelopy Ody’s Complete Medicinal Herbal is very easy to use with great information!