Book Reviews

Ashlee's Reviews

Book Organic Bodycare Recipes by Stephanie Tourles
If you are interested in creating your own bath and body products, this is a fabulous book to explore! There are tons of easy to follow recipes- from head (Herbal Hair Wash) to toes (Cornmeal Foot Scrub) and everything in between (Cold & Flu Bath Oil, Cocoa Butter Lotion, Elder Flower Toner and much more!) For hands on instruction and other ideas, come to the Lotion Making Class on February 17th and the Kitchen Cosmetics Class on March 18th!

Book Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief by David Winston and Steven Maimes
"A great book for those who are interested in this important class of herbs. The authors do a thorough jog of covering historical as well as contemporary use of adaptogens. The book has a great section (Materia Medica) for the herbs, as well as discussion about stress, the immune system, the nervous system and more."

Book The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird
This is a classic book that looks into the world of plant and human connection. It explores the spirit and science of nature-human communication as well as plant to plant communication. This incredible book changed the way I look at plants!



Christina's Reviews


Book The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm
This is definitely a must read for the holistically minded new mama. Romm covers a lot of ground from posture, to herbs and nutrition to your changing family dynamics; as a mother of three and midwife of years, she has a lot of valuable wisdom to share.

Book The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra
This foundational herbal text is a wonderful book that opens the reader to the world of Ayurvedic, Chinese, Native American and European healing traditions. It includes chapters on diagnosis and therapeutic strategies, kitchen medicines and diet. This is a great overview of holistic health concepts for the newcomer to herbal medicine.

BookBeauty by Nature by Brigitte Mars (a Boulder native!)
This book has it all! Mars goes in-depth on a variety of topics ranging from skin and hair to breath and natural fragrance oils. She offers many simple body care recipes in each section and provides a clear picture of appropriate herbal and nutritional treatments. Mars is speaking to all humans with this very holistic book, men and babies included. My favorite part is the first chapter entitled: A Beautiful State of Mind by Nature.

BookMedical Herbalism by David Hoffman
A very thorough review of the science and practice of herbal medicine. In this indispensable reference Hoffman covers pharmacology, constituents, herbal actions, formulation and preparation and 12 chapters on treatment approaches for specific body systems. When I am looking for reliable formulas and well-researched safety protocols, I reach for this book.

Deanna's Reviews


Book The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook by James Green
"A must have for anyone interested in making their own herbal preparations! This book covers everything- gardening, harvesting, teas, tinctures, oils, honeys, syrups... this list goes on! James Green pairs great education with his entertaining personality! Awesome book!"

BookSacred & Herbal Healing Beers by Stephen Harrod Buhner
This is a wonderfully educational book! Stephen describes traditional recipes for beers, ales and meads using a variety of herbs. In addition to recipes and "how to" info Stephen also infuses historical and cultural information on a variety of the herbs used in the recipes. A fascinating glimpse into the variety of ways to use herbs for healing!


Faith's Reviews


Book Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
Whatever happened to "food is the best medicine"? In this densely packed reference guide, Pitchford takes you back to the foundational approach to healing... nutrition. Using the framework of Asian healing traditions, he teaches us how to stay healthy and heal the body using simple, basic whole foods."

Book Plants of the Rocky Mountains by Linda Kershaw, Andy MacKinnon & Jim Pojar
This is a must-have field guide if you are interested in identifying plants in this area. It is comprehensive, covering trees, wildflowers, grasses, lichens and more. The pictures are wonderful and the keys are simple and easy to use. A great addition to any botanical library. Come to the shop to check out our whole assortment of field guides, many of which are on sale now!


Katie's Reviews


Book The Earthwise Herbal: A complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plantsby Matthew Wood
"A brilliant new herbal geared toward serious students of Western herbal medicine. Matthew has richly researched and presented the material in an easy to reference fashion. The "tissue states" and "specific indications" that he presents for each herb are indispensable and taken from his 25+ years of clinical experience"

Book Aromatherapy — A Complete Guide to the Healing Art 2nd edition by Kathi Keville & Mindy Green
This amazing, completely revised edition is a must have for any aromatherapy enthusiast or practitioner. It includes comprehensive Materia Medica, methods of extraction, preparations, applications, therapeutics, chemistry and body care sections as well as indispensable charts and recipes. This is the first book I go to for any aromatherapy reference every time!

Book Plant Spirit Healing by Pam Montgomery
This book is an excellent view into the world of plant spirit intelligence and how anyone can align with their sacred knowledge through sensory and energetic communication. Pam presents solid, understandable, step by step ways to build these relationships as well as the therapeutic aspects of some special plants. For more hand on information on this subject check out our Introduction to Plant Communication Class on April 15th!

Book Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel
An indispensable guide to user friendly plant identification! This book truly lives up to its name as it presents each plant family and subfamily in layman's terms using detailed sketched and keywords. A bonus at the back of the book is an excellent section on the medicinal constituents of the plants. Also includes a great index of both scientific and common names.


Rebecca's Reviews


Book Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West by Michael Moore
"This is a required text for anyone studying Herbal Medicine in our area. Easy to read and use, Michael Moore gives clear information on the appearance, habitat, collecting, ecologic status, primary constituents, preparations and medicinal uses of our wonderful local plants. His writing is really funny too. I've had my copy for over a decade now, and still use it regularly."