For me, Rosemary Gladstar made it “click” – the importance of digging into the world of herbalism. I love her book “Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family” – it contains just about every recipe needed for just about every common ailment. Perfect for those who DIY. She is also a co-founder of the Traditional Medicinals organic tea company. For the times you need some wonderfully effective herbal tea fast off the shelf, try it!
I am beyond honored that the fabulous and wise Brigitte Mars served as my both my teacher in western herbalism and as host for an apprenticeship educating me on nutrition and lifestyle coaching. With her many books, it’s real hard to choose a favorite, but I have to say: “The Country Almanac of Home Remedies: Time-Tested & Almost Forgotten Wisdom for Treating Hundreds of Common Ailments, Aches & Pains Quickly and Naturally” is a priceless guide. It goes into herbal remedies, but when life brings distress, the restoration is holistic. Do explore her library – so many gems!
Stephen Harrod Buhner
Buhner addresses fascinating, detrimental illnesses and the poetry of plants through his books. Treasured books on herbal antibiotics, hepatitis C and the Liver, testosterone, lyme disease, bartonella, and mycoplasma, along with several books reflecting on the language of plants, and the plants’ sacred teachings. A poetic essential! Enjoy “The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth“
Susun S. Weed
Influential with feminine intuition, Susun S. Weed offers the wise woman tradition’s approach to women’s health. She addresses and brings valuable remedies to the ailments of reproductive organs, makes breast health easy to understand, menopause smoother and advice for the childbearing year with several of her books. Simply, “Healing Wise” is my favorite – detailing traditions of healing and focusing on seven common western herbs and their energetics.
My school books were written by Peter Holmes, who was a teacher to the founder of my herb school. His materia medica books have been beyond helpful in my herbal studies, helping me better integrate plant energetics with western plants as Chinese plants have had associations with for thousands of years. These books are an herbalist’s ally for life in helping discover the plant that’s just right! We used “The Energetics of Western Herbs Vol. 1 & 2” and “Jade Remedies Vol. 1 & 2“
The book Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica by Bensky, Clavey and Stoger? Consider this one the Bible for Chinese herbs!
MayWay – for wholesale Chinese herbal needs
“Mayway is a family business that has been importing and distributing traditional Chinese medicine since 1969. From our humble beginnings as a small herb shop in San Francisco Chinatown, we have grown to become a respected industry leader. We have been at the forefront of raising the quality standards of herbal products within our industry for decades, and are conscientious in our sourcing of herbs and in the manufacturing of our products. A commitment to providing high quality products is our top priority. We believe that through ensuring the exceptional quality of our products we are able to promote better health in individuals, help strengthen the businesses of our customers, and help support the industry as a whole.”
Mountain Rose Herbs – certified organic and wholesale, for western herbal needs
“Since 1987 Mountain Rose Herbs has been known for its uncompromising commitment to organic agriculture and steadfast focus on the pure aesthetics and freshness of botanical products.Throughout all of these magnificent and developmental years we have always put an emphasis on conducting business in an ethical, responsible, clear, and ecological way; hoping to pave a medium for other blossoming green companies. During this time we have always found it in our nature to purport the advantages of organic agriculture, fund non profit organizations, contribute our time to numerous social and environmental groups, stay involved in community action campaigns, and develop cultivation programs for endangered botanicals. Yet, in the midst of these exciting and sometimes tumultuous times, we have always guaranteed our customers the absolute best in quality organic herbal products at very competitive prices.”
Starwest Botanicals – organic and bulk, for western herbal needs
“We believe in offering the best value to our customers for their herbal purchases and, because we directly source our products from around the world and process them in-house, we can deliver on that belief. We also stand behind our products with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. I know it’s easy to make a claim that you’re committed to something; but, just like I showed those herbal stores years ago, we deliver on our commitments. Today you have a choice – you can buy mediocre herbs and spices from the many storefronts that have sprung up on the internet, or you can buy higher quality herbs and spices from a company that you can trust. We’re sure you’ll see the same superior quality in our products that store owners saw more than 30 years ago.”
Dragon Herbs – Chinese tonic herbal formulas and superfoods
“We at Dragon Herbs know that radiant health is the result of good living and a healthy lifestyle. As a team, we are dedicated to aiding and guiding you on your path to radiant health, and to building a better world as a result. With our tonic bar, complimentary herbal consultations,and over 1000 herbal formulations made from the finest quality herbs in the world, we are sure that we can be your principle wellness center, serving the many needs you may have in order to achieve radiant health.”
Appalachian Valley Natural Products – for quality essential oils
“If you’re looking for claims of the “finest and only pure and unadulterated oils in the world” you won’t find any such hype on this website. No company can honestly make such claims and we refuse to resort to dishonest marketing to sell our products. We have high quality, pure oils – but so do a lot of other honest and reliable sellers of essential oils. Our essential oils are straight from the still. They have not been tampered with or “engineered” in any manner. All Anatolian Treasures™ oils, except our peppermint and spearmint, are distilled from organic or wild-grown aromatic plants.”
Green Hope Farm – for angelic flower essences
“In partnership with the wonderful Angels and Elementals of Green Hope Farm, we make Flower Essences from the organic Flowers of fruit trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, herbs, and vegetables on the farm. We have spent over two decades working in cooperation with the Angels and Elementals of Green Hope Farm to create gardens of great light, healing power, and beauty. The high vibrations of the gardens result in Flowers that have particularly high vibrations. This is intentional since these higher vibration Flowers make for better, higher vibration Flower Essences that in turn, are better able to dis-illusion us and guide us to a place of greater light.”