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The Best Herbal Books for Gardeners

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It seems that growing food leads to an interest in growing medicinal herbs. Or the use of medicinal herbs leads to a desire to grow one’s own. Either way, growing and using herbs can be a blissfully simple and yet complicated process, thankfully there’s no shortage of herbal books to help us along the way.

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How to Grow Medicinal Herbs

There is nothing at all wrong with buying herbs from other gardeners or trusted supply houses. However, if you already love growing vegetables or flowers consider adding a medicinal herb garden in available space.

Like growing your own tomatoes, growing your own herbal remedies is immensely satisfying. It also means you can be assured of quality, methods, and more.

Some herbs, like mint or oregano are incredibly easy to grow and even easier to find. Other herbs are over-harvested and at risk in the wild. It is for these reasons that growing herbs ourselves is even more vital.

Growing herbs isn’t always covered in most traditional gardening books. This is why it’s important to seek out herbal books specifically on growing medicinal herbs so that we can grow the best quality remedies.

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Herbal Tea Gardens

Herbal Tea Gardens by Marietta Marshall Marcin is a wealth of information and garden plans. The book contains a compendium of herbs from A-Z that includes information on growing and caring for herbs as well as medicinal uses and how to brew tea from them. There’s plenty of fun historical information included for each herb.

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For gardeners who like to be organized, this book includes plans for tea gardens based on need, headache relief or tummy care for example. The plans also include gardens for wet or dry areas and more.

This is a great basic book in that it covers common herbs like mint and basil as well as things

The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion

The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion by Amy K. Fewell covers everything from planning an herb garden to using it for food and medicine. You’ll learn how decide what to plant based on your family’s needs, how to start seeds, care for the plants, and make use of all that herbal abundance.

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There’s information on making tinctures, soap, body products, and food from the savory to the sweet.

Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs

Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs by Richo Cech is an A-Z guide for growing herbs that are at-risk for a variety of factors, like over-harvesting or habitat reduction. Each herb is presented with current wild growing range in the United States, as well as information on cultivation (from seed, cuttings, and roots), life cycle, yield information and general plant care.

The book Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs sitting on a table with seed packets and loose seeds.

The book also generally covers harvesting and medicines made from the plants.

Growing at-risk herbs might be a more intermediate to advanced gardening project. Though this book is presented in clear, concise fashion so only basic skills are needed. If an at-risk herb is necessary for your family’s health or if you want to make them available in your local area in a sustainable manner, this is the book for you.

How to Use Medicinal Herbs

Just like having a few good cookbooks is necessary to help us use up our vegetable garden abundance. A few good herbal books full of home remedies, body products, and more is prudent.

Healing Herbal Infusions

Healing Herbal Infusions by Colleen Codekas makes herbal remedy making easy by showing us all it starts with something as simple as sticking herbs into some kind liquid and letting it all sit. Of course, it’s a bit more involved than that, but honestly if you can put dried herbs in a jar and cover it with something (water, vodka, oil, etc.) you’re on your way to making something healing for your body.

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With projects as simple as a cup of tea to as involved as tinctures, balms, and more this book is sure to help you through cold and flu season, stress, sore muscles and most every other everyday kind of ailment.

101 Easy Homemade Products

101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health, & Home by Jan Berry will teach you not only how to make healing oxymels, amazing soaps, and soothing lip balms but also disinfecting cleaning sprays for your kitchen using homegrown herbs.

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This is a fun and simple book but also one that is full of practical and powerful uses for all those homegrown herbs.

Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health

Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health is simply a must own for herb users and herb gardeners. This is simply backed with basic how-to information on making basic herbal medicines like teas, poultices, salves, and more.

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There’s a wealth of information on herbs themselves from what they treat, parts used, and more. Even if a person only used this section it would be worth owning. However, there’s so much in-depth info and recipes in the chapters for body care, for women at all stages of life from puberty to menopause, children, men, special care for the elderly and more.

A few good herbal books can truly make the difference in not only the quality of homegrown herbs but also the herbal remedies created. You won’t regret having these resources within arm’s reach.

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Friday 8th of March 2019

It’s nice to be able to narrow down to a good stack of herbal books that are easy to refer to. Thanks for the book recommendations! May I suggest a book I like. Healing Herbal Teas by Sarah Farr. Good for those who like tea.

Kathie Lapcevic

Saturday 9th of March 2019

I'll be sure to check that book out - thanks!


Wednesday 6th of March 2019

Thank you so much for this list. My best friend has recently purchased the homestead of her dreams and will be moving there soon. I want to mail her some books for her new journey and these are exactly what i was looking for. Thank you!

Kathie Lapcevic

Thursday 7th of March 2019

I'm so glad to know this list was helpful and what a sweet friend you are!