Herbal Medicine and Food

de Bairacli Levy, Juliette.  Common Herbs for Natural Health. American ed. New York: Schoken Books, 1974.

von Bingen, Hildegard. Hildegard von Bingen’s Physica: The Complete English Translation of Her Classic Work on Health and Healing. Translated from the Latin by Priscilla Throop. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 1998.

Buhner, Stephen Harrod. The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2002.

Dalton, David. Stars of the Meadow: Medicinal Herbs as Flower Essences. Great Barrington, MA: Lindisfarne Books, 2006.

Dawson, Adele G. Herbs: Partners In Life. Rochester, VT. Healing Arts Press. 2000.

Densmore, Francis. How Indians Use Wild Plants for Food, Medicine and Crafts. Formerly titled Uses of Plants by the Chippewa Indians. First edition, 1926. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1974.

Duke, James. Handbook of Northeastern Indian Medicinal Plants. Lincoln, MA: Quaterman Publications, Inc., 1986.

Erichsen-Brown, Charlotte. Medicinal and Other Uses of North American Plants: A Historical Survey with Special Reference to the Eastern Tribes. New York: Dover Publications, 1989.

Felter, H.W., The Eclectic Materia Medica, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics. Sandy, OR: Eclectic Medical Publications. 1985 reprint of  the 1922 edition. Available at

Garran, Thomas Avery. Western Herbs According to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2008.

Gladstar, Rosemary. Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2012.

Grieve, Maude. A Modern Herbal. (2 volumes) New York, NY: Dover Publications, 1971.

Haas, Dr. Elson M., Staying Healthy With the Seasons. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 1981.

Hoffman, David.  Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Lad, Vasant, and Frawley, David.  The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine. Santa Fe, NM: Lotus Press, 1986.

Lappe, Anna. Diet for a Hot Planet. New York, NY: Bloomsbury USA, 2010. and

McBride, Kami. The Herbal Kitchen. San Francisco, CA: Conari Press, 2010.

McIntyre, Anne. The Complete Floral Healer. New York NY: Sterling Publishing Co. Inc., 2002.

The Complete Woman’s Herbal. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1994.

Herbal Treatment of Children: Western and Ayurvedic Perspectives. (2005). London: Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann, 2005.

Dispensing With Tradition. Self published with Michelle Boudin, 2012. Available through Avena Botanicals.

Mills, Simon. Out of the Earth: The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1991.

Mills S, Bone K.. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. London: Churchill Livingstone, 1999.

Mitchell, William A., ND. Plant Medicine: Using the Teachings of Dr. John Bastyr. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2003.

Mojay, Gabriel. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. London, UK: Gaia Books Limited, 2000.

Montgomery, Pam. Plant Spirit Healing: A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness. Rochester, VT: Bear & Company, 2008.

Pelikan, Wilhelm. Healing Plants: Insights through Spiritual Science. Vol. 1. German ed., 1988. Translated by A. R. Meuss. Spring Valley, NY: Mercury Press, 1997.

Pitchford, Paul. Healing With Whole Foods. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1993.

Pollan, Micheal. In Defense of Food. New York, NY: The Penguin Press, 2008.

Pole, Sebastian. Ayurvedic Medicine. London: Churchill Livingstone, 2006.

Priest, A. W., and L. R. Priest. Herbal Medication: A Clinical and Dispensary Handbook. London: L. N. Fowler & Co., Ltd., 1982. 

Reichstein, Gail. Wood Becomes Water: Chinese Medicine in Everyday Life. New York, NY: Kodansha USA, Inc., 1998.

Romm, Aviva.  Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health. St Louis, Missouri: Churchill Livingstone, 2010.

Rosenfarb, Andy. Healing Your Eyes with Chinese Medicine. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007.

Soule Deb. The Woman’s Handbook of Healing Herbs. New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing. 1995. 4th edition 2011.

Tierra, Lesley.  Healing With the Herbs of Life. Berkeley, CA: Crossing Press, 2003.

Tiwari, Maya. Living Ahismsa Diet: Nourishing Love and Life. New York,

NY: Mother Om Media, 2011.

Treben, Maria. Health Through God’s Pharmacy. English translation. Steyr: Wilhelm Ennsthaler, 1984.

Trickey, Ruth. Women, Hormones & the Menstrual Cycle. Victoria, Australia: Melbourne Holistic Health Group, 2011.

Weiss, Dr. Rudolf Fritz. Herbal Medicine. Translation. Beaconsfield, England: Beaconsfield, 1988.

Welch, Dr. Claudia. Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life. Cambridge, MA: De Capo Press, 2011.

Wood, Matthew. The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to the Old World Medicinal Plants. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2008. 

— The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to the New World Medicinal Plants. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2009.

The Book of Herbal Wisdom. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1997.

Winston, David, and Maimes, Steven.  Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2007.

Winston, David, and Kuhn Merrily.  Herbal Therapy and Supplements. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2001.

Yance, Donald.  Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer. Chicago, IL: Keats Publishing, 1999.

Yarema, Thomas, Daniel Rhoda and Chef Johnny Brannigan. Eat. Taste. Heal: An Ayruvedic Guidebook and Cookbook for Modern Living. Kappa, HI: Five Elements Press, 2006.

Herbal Internet Resources

American Botanical Council

American Herb Association  Lists herbal schools, seminars, and correspondence courses offered in the United States.

American Herbalists Guild

Bastyr University Herbal Medicine Center

Henriette’s Home Page

Medical Herbalism

Micheal Moore’s home page

Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine

United Plant Saver’s A nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and cultivation of endangered North American medicinal plants. A worthy organization to join.




Herb Research Foundation

Journal of the American Herbalists Guild

Medical Herbalism

Plant Healer Magazine: A Journal of Traditional Herbalism

United Plant Savers



Each of these films is very special and worth sharing in your community and gifting to your community library and health care center.

Herbal Aide

Juliette of the Herbs

Numen: The Healing Power of Plants

Biodynamic Resources

Berrevoets, Erik. Wisdom of the Bees: Principles of Biodynamic Beekeeping. Great Barrington, MA: Steiner Books, 2009.

Bockemuhl, Jochen and Kari Jarvinen. Extraordinary Plant Qualities for Biodynamics.

Edinburgh, Scotland: Floris Books, 2006.

Gunther, Hauk. Toward Saving the Honeybee. The Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, 2002.

Lovel, Hugh. A Biodynamic Farm. Austin, TX: Acres U.S.A., 2000.

Masson, Pierre. A Biodynamic Manual.  Edinburgh, Scotland: Floris Books, 2011.
A book I refer to often.

Pogacnik, Marko. Nature Spirits & Elemental Beings. Forres, Scotland: Findhorn Press, 2009. A book I refer to often.

Pfeiffer, Ehrenfried. Pfeiffer’s Introduction to Biodynamics. Edinburgh, Scotland: Floris Books, 2011.
Using the Biodynamic Compost Preparations and Sprays in Garden, Orchard, and Farm. Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, 2002.

Proctor, Peter. Grasp The Nettle: Making Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Work. Auckland, NZ: Random House, 1997. A good basic book.

Schilthuis, Willy. Biodynamic Agriculture. Edinburgh, Scotland: Floris Books, 2003.

Smith, Richard Thornton. Cosmos, Earth and Nutrition: The Biodynamic Approach to Agriculture. Forest Row, UK: Sophia Books, 2009.  A book I refer to often.

Stella Natura.  (yearly biodynamic planting calendar) Published by Camphill Village, Kimberton, PA.

Steiner, Rudolf. Agriculture. Translated from German by Catherine E. Creeger and Malcolm Gardner. Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, 1993.

Steiner, Rudolf.  Rudolf Steiner Agriculture: An Introductory Reader. Forest Row, UK: Sophia Books, 2009.

Steiner, Rudolf. What Is Biodynamics? A Way to Heal and Revitalize the Earth. Great Barrington, MA: Steiner Books, 2005.

Storl, Wolf., Culture and Horticulture: A Philosophy of Gardening. 1979. A classic that is still available and worth reading.

Wright, Hilary., Biodynamic Gardening: For Health and Taste. Edinburgh, Scotland: Floris Books, 2009. Beautiful photographs. A good book for someone completely new to biodynamics.

Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association,

Josephine Porter Institute

Steiner Books


Capon, Brian. Botany for Gardeners. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 1990

Cech Richo. The Medicinal Herb Grower. Williams, OR: A Horizon Herbs Publication. 2009.
Growing At-Risk Medicinal Plants

Coleman, Eliot. Four-Season Harvest. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 1999.

Conrad, Ross. Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007

Damrosch, Barbara., The Garden Primer. New York NY: Workman Publishing, 2008.

Foster, Steven. Herbal Emissaries.

Gershuny, Grace and Joseph Smillie. The Soul of Soil. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing, 1999.

Grut, Jenny and Sonja Linden. The Healing Fields: Working with Psychotherapy and Nature to Rebuild Shattered Lives. London: Frances Lincoln, 2007.

Hemenway, Toby., Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Co., 2001.

Henderson, Elizabeth and Robyn Van En. Sharing the Harvest: A Guide to Community-Supported Agriculture. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 1999.

Ingram, Dr. Elaine. Compost Tea Brewing Manual. Available at
Visit www. for more information about Dr. Ingram’s research.

Johnson, Wendy. Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate:  At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World. New York, NY: A Bantam Book, 2008.

Logan, William Bryant. Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth. New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 1995.

Klindienst, Patricia. The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2006.

Klocek, Dennis. Climate: Soul of the Earth. Great Barrington, MA: Lindisfarne Books, 2011.
Sacred Agriculture. 2013.

Moss, Nan with David Corbin. Weather Shamanism: Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements. Rochester, VT: Bear & Company, 2008.

Nabhan, Gary Paul. Enduring Seeds. Berkeley, CA: North Point Press, 1989.

Phillips, Micheal. The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011.

Ray, Janisse. The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012.

Schaefer, Peg. The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011.

Seronde, Adele. Our Sacred Garden. Sedona, AZ: Sanctuary Publications, 2010.

Shapiro, Howard Yana and John Harrison. Gardening for the Future of the Earth. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 2000.

Shiva, Vandana. Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development. Brooklyn, NY and Boston, MA: South End Press, 1988, 2010.
Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis, 2008.

Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace, 2005.

–Water Wars, 2002.

–Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, 2000.

–Bio Piracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge, 1997.

Monocultures of the Mind, 1995.

Wilfong, Cheryl. The Meditative Gardener: Cultivating Mindfulness of Body, Feelings, and Mind. Putney, VT: Heart Path Press, L3C, 2010.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)

MOFGA publishes an excellent quarterly newspaper and sponsors the annual Common Ground Fair.

Native Seeds/SEARCH

Northeast Organic Farming Association  (NOFA)

The Orion Society  This journal includes poetry, science, and provocative writing and photographs about diverse topics that affect all of us.

Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply

Slow Food USA


Buchmann, Stephen L., and Nabhan, Gary Paul. The Forgotten Pollinators. Washington, DC: Island Press, 1996.

Canadian Bidiversity Institute. Creating habitat in school grounds.

Bill Hilton, Jr., Executive Director of the Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, leads educational trips to Costa Rica, Belize, and Nicaragua, focused on the ruby-throated hummingbird. To learn more about Bill’s work with hummingbirds and other educational outreach initiatives visit

Journey North. Information on migrating wildlife, including monarch butterflies, and ways to participate in the seasonal tracking program.

Monarch Watch. An educational outreach program that promotes the conservation of monarch butterflies and education activities about the fall migration.

Nabhan, Gary Paul. Cross-Pollinations: The Marriage of Science and Poetry. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 2004.

National Academy of Science. Status of Pollinators in North America. Washington, DC.: The National Academies Press, 2007.

NatureServe. An online encyclopedia of information on more than 70,000 plants, animals, and ecosystems in the United States and Canada, including documentation on the status of rare and endangered species.

O’Toole, Christopher and Anthony Raw. Bees of the World. New York, NY: Facts on File, Inc., 1999. This book is filled with color photographs and line drawing and presents comprehensive information of bee species from around the world.

Pesticide Action Network North America. Works to replace pesticide use with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives.

Pollinator Partnership. Founder of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. Made up of conservation groups, universities, and government agencies from Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

Roth, Sally. Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds to Your Backyard. Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2001.

The Xerces Society Guide. Attracting Native Pollinators. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2011. An excellent book.

The Xerces Society, dedicated to North America’s native pollinators, is a worthy nonprofit conservation organization to support. Founded in 1971, the society protects insects and other invertebrates through advocacy, education, policy development and research projects aimed at protecting and managing critical habitat.

Meditation and Spiritual Inspiration

Adyashanti. Falling into Grace: Insights on the End of Suffering. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, 2011.
True Meditation, 2006.

The Way of Liberation. 2012.

Brach, Tara. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 2003.
True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart.  2012.

Carpenter, Judith Perry. Peacework Quilt: 365 Meditative Offerings. Rockland, Maine: Seafire Press, 2009.

Chodron, Pema. Comfortable With Uncertainty. Boston, MA: Shambala, 2002.
Pema has written many helpful books for westerners.

Hanh, Thich Nhat. The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1987. A very special teacher who has many books that are worth reading and contemplating including:
The Energy of Prayer: How to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press. 2006

–Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child. 2010.

–Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm. New York, NY: Harper One. 2012.

Halifax, Joan. Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death. Boston, MA: Shambala, 2009.

Klocek, Dennis. Seeking Spirit Vision. Fair Oaks, CA: Rudolf Steiner College Press, 1998.
The Seers Handbook. Great Barrington, MA: Steiner Books, 2005.

Sacred Agriculture. 2013.

Kornfield, Jack. A Path With Heart. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1993.
The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace. 2002.

Macy, Joanna and John Seed. Thinking Like a Mountain: Towards a Council of All Beings. Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers, 1988.

Salzberg, Sharon. The Force of Kindness. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, Inc., 2005.
Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience. New York: NY: Riverhead Books, 2002.

Schmidt, Amy. Knee Deep in Grace: The Extraordinary Life and Teaching of Dipa Ma. Lake Junaluska, NC: Present Perfect Books, 2003.

Steiner, Rudolf. The Healing Process: Spirit, Nature, and Our Bodies. Great Barrington, MA: Steiner Books, 2010.