Collins Nature Guides: Wild Flowers of Britain and Europe by Lippert and Podlech
Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Thomas Bartram
Neal’s Yard Remedies: Cook, Brew and Blend Your Own Herbs
Grow Your Own Drugs by James Wong
Bartram’s Encyclopedia is really handy for a quick reference when you need to brush up on a certain herb or condition. It gives you a rough idea on the topic you’re looking up without going into too much depth and overwhelming a budding Herbalist novice.
If you’re picking your own plants to use in remedies, it is very important you know what you’re actually picking! Many plants have similar attributes and one that may have great medicinal value may have a similar looking cousin that may be toxic. Nature guides such as this one are pocket-sized and perfect for tagging along on your nature walk so you can identify the plants around you.
Neal’s Yard Remedies and Grow Your Own Drugs are quite similar in format but both very useful books to have around. Both books are split into two halves, the first being a section dedicated to infograms about specific herbs (what they look like, properties and their uses) and the other half for recipes to make your own remedies at home such as teas and balms for cosmetic use or for mild ailments.
These books are some of my favourites and are the perfect starters if you’re interested in becoming a Herbalist yourself or are just interested in the topic!
(As always please be careful when treating yourself, I would always recommend you see a professional Medical Herbalist if you have any serious complaints.)
My name is Helen Davison and I'm a NIMH registered practising Medical Herbalist based in Ramsbottom, Lancashire. I've had a keen interest in herbal remedies since my early teens and would experiment creating my own balms and bath bombs using natural ingredients, which prompted me in discovering and pursuing a career in Western Herbal Medicine.