10 Best herbal medicine books to Read in 2020

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Herbal medicines are getting more popular day by day. People all over the world have realized that allopathic medicines which act fast to symptomatic treatment but potentially harm a lot as they mostly contain factory-made chemical compounds. But herbal medicines are totally natural plant compound. Herbal medicines are prepared from leaves, roots, fruits, and flowers. Today many modern medicines are plant-based constituents. These plant-based modern medicines are isolated single-molecule chemical compounds. Research has shown that whole-plant constituents are more effective than a single-molecule compound. I also urge my friends, relatives, patients to go for herbal medicines.

1.Herbal Antivirals: Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections

Viral infections are increasing day by day. SARS, flu, dengue fever, coronavirus have created chaos all over the world. If you want to make your immunity strong and if you want to prevent infection then herbal medicines are a great way to do so. Vaccines do protect us from a few viruses, but there are numerous viruses whose vaccines have not been discovered yet. The writer of this book is a well-known writer on herbal medicine. Some of his books are Herbal Antivirals, Herbal Antibiotics, Herbs for Hepatitis C and the Liver, Sacred Plant Medicine, The Lost Language of Plants, The Secret Teachings of Plants, and Ensouling Language.

What you will learn from this book– About different medicinal herbs and their properties, how to prepare them as medicine and how to use them for consumption.

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2.The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide

The medicine prepared from herbs which are commercially sold is expensive. We can prepare those commercial herbal medicines at home at a fraction of a price. The co-author Thomas Easley is a professional herbalist and member of the American Herbalists Guild and co-author Steven Horne is a professional member and former president of the American Herbalists Guild. This book with colored photographs shows step by step process to prepare herbal medicine in form of fresh, bulk dried herbs, capsules, extracts in water, alcohol, glycerin, vinegar, and oil, and even preparations like essential oils and flower essences.

What you will learn from this book– After reading this book you will be able to prepare herbal medicines at home in different forms like fresh, dries, capsules. Also, the authors have emphasized on single herb medicine preparation.

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3.Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal

Rosalee de la Forêt is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. She has written this book to help people to treat common diseases with herbs that we find in our home. She has covered many remedies for problems like cold, scrapes, headache, digestive issues, stressful day, or sleepless nights. In this book Alchemy of herbs, you will find simple recipes to treat common diseases with ingredients that we keep in our kitchen. Such simple herbal preparation examples are Ginger Lemon Tea for cold and flu symptoms, Cayenne Salve to relieve sore muscles, Cardamom Chocolate Mousse Cake for heart health, A glass of Spiced Cold Brew Coffee as a powerful antioxidant.

What you will learn from this book– After reading this book you will be an expert on home remedies for common diseases. She has not covered uncommon herbs in her book.

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4.Herbal Medicine for Beginners: Your Guide to Healing Common Ailments with 35 Medicinal Herbs

KATJA SWIFT AND RYN MIDURA are both herbalists and they have co-founded “CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism”. The authors are experts in herbalism and you can find their expertness in the book. The book mentions very common herbs found in the US and shows how to prepare herbal medicine from them. This book mentions more than 100 herbal preparations for ailments.

What you will learn from this book– You will learn common herbal preparations with common herbs found in the US. This book also emphasizes on quality of herbs, cons fo using a particular botanical.

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5.The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual

The author JAMES GREEN is the founder of Simplers Botanical Company and one of the founding members of the American Herbalists Guild. “The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook”, through this book he wants that every home adopts the culture of cultivating herbal medicine.

What you will learn from this book– In this book you will find about creating a herbal medicine garden, harvesting medicines, and preparing different formulations.

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6.Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use

Author Rosemary Gladstar has experience of 20 years as a healer, teacher, visionary, and organizer of herbal events. This book is my favorite book on herbal medicine. After reading this book you will be able to prepare healing tinctures, oils, and creams at home with herbs. Also, you will learn to treat common ailments.

What you will learn from this book– This book advises on growing, harvesting, preparing, and using herbs.

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7.Encyclopedia Of Herbal Medicine

This book may not be for you if you are searching for a book, especially for herbal preparations. With colorful images and illustrations Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine covers a lot of herbal plants and the history of herbal medicines.

What you will learn from this book– Encyclopedia Of Herbal Medicine is for you if you just want to scratch the knowledge of medicinal herbs.

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8.Herbal Medicine Natural Remedies: 150 Herbal Remedies to Heal Common Ailments

In this book, you will find about 150 herbal remedies to teat 75 ailments with common herbs. The author ANNE KENNEDY is an expert in natural health, gardening, and sustainability topics. Some of her books are The Portable Essential Oils (2016), Essential Oils Natural Remedies (2015), and Essential Oils for Beginners (2013).

What you will learn from this book– After reading this book you will be able to prepare simple formulations at home without any difficulty. Though this book is not for the advanced herbalists.

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9.Practical Herbal Medicine Handbook: Your Quick Reference Guide to Healing Herbs & Remedies

This book is written by New York Times bestseller( Essential Oils for Beginners) Author Althea Press. Through this book, she tried to give information on more than 100 everyday herbal remedies.

What you will learn from this book- After reading “Guide to Healing Herbs & Remedies” you will learn step-by-step techniques for buying, making, and growing herbal medicine. This book covers the health benefits of the 44 most common and effective healing herbs.

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10.Herbal Medicine for Beginners: Your Guide to Healing Common Ailments with 35 Medicinal Herbs

This book is a beginner book for someone who wants to explore herbal medicine. It has many formulations that are easy to remember and use when needed. Know common herbs to treat common ailments. The book is written in a simple way so that a beginner can get interested in this subject.

What you will learn from this book– this book is for beginners and you can expect to learn basic herbal remedies with common 35 herbs.

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These are the best herbal medicine books I came across. There are numerous books written by experts, doctors, herbalists on the importance of herbal medicine. There will be always room to learn more about herbal medicine. Start from today, read a book and try to prepare common formulations at home.

Also Read: 10 Best Ayurveda Books for Beginners

About Dr. Ankurman Handique 16 Articles
A registered Ayurveda Practitioner. Loves to spread the knowledge of this Ancient Medical Science. He completed his degree BAMS(Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) from Govt. Ayurvedic College, Guwahati, Assam, India

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