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!
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!
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.
Beauty 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.
Medical 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.
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!"
Sacred & 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!
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"
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!
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."