Herbal reading/ resources

Projects/ resources/ learning/ online links:

Herbs for Depression, Eight herbalists share strategies. Eight herbalists explore plant medicines for psycho-emotional support.

Herbs for Trauma Recovery & Resistance, podcast episode from Commonwealth herbs.

Herbal Support for Stress and Trauma, Part 1: Nervines from Ancestral Apothecary; School of Herbal, Folk and Indigenous Medicine.

Herbs for Mental and Emotional Health from the American Herbalists Guild, gives some indepth herbal suggestions.

Radical Herbalism: UK gathering and network making the connections between social justice and holistic/herbal medicine. Workshops, talks, projects, resources, network. Also city wide events.

Scottish Radical Herbalism Network: Inspiring network in Scotland connecting up projects, practitioners and growers, also making the links between progressive social change and holistic and herbal medicine. The network holds gathering and events that are rural and in the cities; workshops, talks etc.

Herbalists Without Borders: UK based network of practitioners and projects offering solidarity and herbal medicine support to migrants and people in the asylum process.

Herbal unity: Glasgow (Scotland) based herbal medicine project in solidarity with and supporting folks in the immigration system.

Solidarity Apothecary: Amazing UK based project aiming to materially support revolutionary struggles and communities with plant medicines to strengthen collective autonomy, self-defence and resilience to climate change, capitalism and state violence.

Queering Herbalism blog: “Brown. Queer. Herbalism”. Blog by Toi, exploring herbalism in the context of anti-oppression work and social justice.

Queering Herbalism document: “a compilation of articles about our ancestors, our legacy and our on-going resistance to colonization and the forced severance between the land, our People, plant medicine and healing knowledge” by Toi of Queering Herbalism (see above).

Herbs for Transgender folks by Kara Sigler

The Herbarium: Historical blog for transitional herbalists in times of transition. Loads of great articles about practical medicine making, ethics, legislation around herbal medicine in the UK and more.

School of Intuitive Herbalism: UK based short courses, immersions and apprenticeships to practitioner level in intuitive herbalism.

The Plant Medicine School: Ireland based (with Scottish and English outreach schools) to study herbalism through short courses, or to community herbalism or practitioner level.

Grass Roots Remedies: Totally inspiring Edinburgh (Scotland) based co-op; offering a free/donation based clinic, running great workshops, courses, herb walks, politicised herbalism in practise!

Herbalista: Altanta (USA) and Dublin (Ireland) based project that has a herb bus and herb cart taking free clinics to the street homeless, also runs health fairs for the community. Website houses great resources!

Seven Song: Great resources from inspiring US herbalist who runs a free clinic in Upstate New York

Henriette Kress: One of the oldest and largest herbal information sites on the web.

Jim Mcdonald: US herbalist. Website offers lots more links to resources!

Elisabeth Brooke, UK based, magical herbalism, herbal astrology; courses, consultations, books.

Sensory solutions: UK based, sensory herbalism, courses and apprenticeships.

Herbal Books (mostly about what gets called ‘Western’ Herbal Medicine):

Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Medicinal Herbs – Thomas Bartram.

Jekka’s Complete Herbal – Jekka McVicar.

A Woman’s Book of Herbs – Elizabeth Brook

The New Holistic Herbal – David Hoffmann.

Potters Herbal Cyclopaedia – Elisabeth. M.Williamson

The Yoga of Herbs. An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine – Dr.David Frawley and Dr.Vasant Lad.

The Way of Herbs – Michael Tierra.

Adaptogens – Winston and Maimes.

Herbal remedies. A practical beginner’s guide to making effective remedies in the kitchen – Christopher Hedley and Non Shaw.

Medicinal Herbs. A Beginners Guide – Rosemary Gladstar.

Hedgerow Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies – Julie Bruton-Seal & Matthew Seal

A Modern Herbal – Mrs Grieves.

Culpeper’s The Complete Herbal – Nicholas Culpeper.

The Book of Herbal Wisdom. Using plants as Medicines – Matthew Wood.

The Earthwise Herbal – Matthew Wood.

The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine – Simon.Y. Mills

Tree Medicine,Tree Magic – Ellen Evert Hopman.

Tree Wisdom.The definitive guidebook to the Myth, Folklore and Healing Power of Trees – Jacqueline Memory Paterson.

Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs – Rosemary Gladstar.

The Wise Woman Herbal Healing Wise – Susun S.Weed.

The Scots Herbal.The Plant Lore of Scotland – Tess Darwin.

Touch Me,Touch-me-not.Women, Plants and Healing – Shodhini.

Wild Apothecary: Reclaiming Plant Medicine for All – Amaia Dadachanji with Claudia Manchanda.

The Fragrant Pharmacy. A Complete Guide to Aromatherapy and Essential oils – Valerie Ann Worwood.

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils – Julia Lawless

Aromatherapy an A-Z – Patricia Davis.

Related reading:

New Green Pharmacy.The Story of Western Herbal Medicine – Barbara Griggs.

Healing Threads.Traditional Medicines of the Highlands and Islands – Mary Beith.

52 Flowers that Shook my World – Charlotte DuCann.

Caliban and the Witch – Sylvia Federici.

Braiding Sweetgrass – Robin Wall Kimmerer.