These days it seems like what’s old is new again. Or in the case of herbal medicine, it’s what was discovered thousands of years ago is finally making its way to the forefront of natural health. It’s more commonplace these days to go visit a naturopath or Chinese medicine doctor when you sick as well as visiting your regular doctor. And most of these revolutionary ‘discoveries’ like turmeric, kombucha, sauerkraut, adaptogens and most other popular health foods at present have roots in what most would consider the caveman times.
Of course, you should always speak to a healthcare professional before you start treating any form of sickness, but for everyday ailments, there are heaps of little brews that you can make yourself at home. I know what you are thinking, but making home remedies and tinctures aren’t just reserved for witches. And no, you won’t turn into a frog.
So, if you want to start brewing your own remedies witchcraft style, these books have everything you need to get your herb game on.
The Garden Apothecary by Reece Carter
This book from the self-confessed ‘herb nerd’ Reece Carter, contains all of the tips and how-tos for a herbal medicine beginner with some great recipes as well.
Healing with Wholefoods by Paul Pitchford
Healing with Wholefoods brings together both traditional Asian medical knowledge with current research in Western Medicine to bring a unique approach to health. Perfect for learning all about natural healing.
Herbarium by Caz Hildebrand
Need to brush up on your herbal history? Herbarium is the book for you. It explores the histories and uses of 100 different herbs with gorgeous illustrations to match.
Herbal Manufacturing: How to Make Medicine from Plants by Jenny Adams
Whether it is obtaining herbs or how to prepare them correctly, this book contains all of the information you need to start making your own herb remedies.
The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook by James Green
This book is perfect for the home remedy enthusiast, with recipes using herbs that you can grow in your own backyard.
If you seriously want to up your herb game then why not grab yourself a copy of the latest British Herbal Pharmacopoeia? Not exactly light reading, but hey there is a heap of information in there.