Herbal Resources for Beginners

Lynx Family by Guenther Dengler


Herbal Blogs: compiled by Rosalee de la Foret of Methow Valley Herbs

Herbal Schools: compiled by Mountain Rose Herbs

You can also read this advice from the AHG {here} on how to choose a school.  The internet is a fascinating resource, and if you search “herbal school in my neck of the woods” you will find a few local herbalists offering hands-on classes locally.

Herbal Conferences: thoroughly compiled of the US & Canada

Find yourself a Local Herbalist to consult with through the American Herbalist’s Guild

National & Regional Herbal Organizations:

United Plant Savers’ mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.”

American Herbalist’s Guild was founded in 1989 as a non-profit, educational organization to represent the goals and voices of herbalists specializing in the medicinal use of plants. Our primary goal is to promote a high level of professionalism and education in the study and practice of therapeutic herbalism.”

Northeast Herbal Association’s mission is to create a strong community of herbalists in the northeast by providing opportunities for networking, collaboration, herbal education, community outreach, and reintegration with the green world.”

Northeast Organic Farmer’s Association Each of the seven state chapters comprising the Northeast Organic Farming Association provides educational conferences, workshops, farm tours and printed materials to educate farmers, gardeners, consumers and land care professionals.”

My favorite Herbal Authors:

–          Andrew Chevallier “is an experienced medical herbalist, healer and author of books on botanical medicine. He practices in Norfolk and London. He specialises in treating chronic health problems and ill-health related to aging.”

–          Rosemary Gladstar “is a pioneer in the herbal movement and has been called the ‘godmother of American Herbalism’. She began over 35 years ago developing herbal formulas”.

–          Juliette de Bariacli Levy “is a world-renowned herbalist, author, breeder of Afghan hounds, friend of the Gypsies, traveller in search of herbal wisdom, and the pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine.”

–          Susun Weed “is dedicated to the Wise Woman tradition, I help women to learn the oldest ways of healing – together we are rediscovering the green witch/healer in each of us.”

–          Dr. James A Duke, “PhD, Ethnobotanist,  PhD in Botany (UNC, Chapel Hill; Phi Beta Kappa; Distinguished Alumnus), served  3 years with Missouri Botanical Garden,  7 years with Battelle Memorial Institute in Panama, Colombia and Columbus Ohio, as an ecologist; and 27 years as economic botanist, with USDA in Beltsville, MD.”

–          Guido Masé “is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator, and garden steward specializing in holistic Western herbalism, though his approach is eclectic and draws upon many influences.”

–          Pam Montgomery “has organized the Green Nations Gathering, Spirit Healing Conference and the Healing With Flowers Conference. She teaches workshops internationally on herbal medicine, Plant Spirit Healing, and spiritual ecology.”

–          Eliot Cowan, “author of Plant Spirit Medicine and a fully initiated Tsauirrikame (shaman) in the Huichol tradition, rediscovered the ancient practice of using plant spirits for healing.”

–          Jethro Kloss “was born in April 1863 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and later lived in St. Peter, MN, where he died in 1946. Kloss was a Seventh Day Adventist, a religious denomination that is known (at least in the holistic health community) for it’s emphasis on holistic health, wellness, vegetarianism and ‘clean’ living.”

–          Nicholas Culpeper “was an herbalist who followed the classical medical precepts of Hippocrates and Galen.  A medical populist, Culpeper’s mission was to put medicine and natural healing back into the hands of the people.”

–          Stephen Buhner “is an Earth poet and the award-winning author of fifteen books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine.”

–          Andrew Pengelly is “a well-known lecturer on many aspects of medicinal herbs and authored the classic reference text “The Constituents of Medicinal Plants”, which is now in its 2nd edition.”

–          Matthew Wood “A Real Live Herbalist, has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. In a period when many authors and lecturers are merely “arm-chair herbalists” who offer theories and opinions based on book learning, and others have turned to the exotic traditions of India or China, he has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism.”

–          Patricia Kaminsky & Richard Katz “are married and professional partners who have co-directed the Flower Essence Society since 1980. Through the Society they have organized and inspired many educational, research, and publishing efforts throughout the world.”

–          Ed Smith, aka Herbal Ed, “has been working as a medical herbalist for over 25 years and is an internationally known teacher and lecturer on herbs and herbal healthcare. In his constant search for herbal knowledge, Ed travels frequently throughout the world seeking out medicinal herbs and knowledge of their health-promoting powers.  He also co-founded the Herb Pharm with Sara Katz.”

–          Nancy & Michael Philips “Our family farm is nestled in a picturesque valley surrounded by mountains and a babbling brook. The bountiful gardens, organic orchard, meadows and woods provide us with a deep sense of peace and well being.”

–          Wildman Steve Brill – the ultimate urban forager

(If you want to see almost every book out there, check out Rosalee’s list)

Trustworthy websites to search a Plant’s Medicinal Actions:

Maude Grieve’s book “A Modern Herbal” has gone electric, and can be found in its entirety at Botanical.com

Mountain Rose Herbs has plant profiles on pretty much all of the medicinal herbs they sell in bulk.  I’ve only ever found them by searching “Mountain Rose Herbs plant profile _______ ” and fill in the blank with the herb you’re seeking.  Here’s their plant profile on Holy Basil, or Tulsi.

Richo Cech’s Horizon Herbs website, where he sells medicinal herb seeds & starts which he grows himself in Williams, OR can be a useful resource.  Use the search bar and enter the plant you’re interested in.  If he sells the seeds (which he probably does) there will be information about how to use it medicinally.

The Herb Pharm also has a list of links, and their blog and educational videos are of the highest quality.

I thought it would be fun to keep a running list of new sites I find that I can’t keep to myself:

The Herbgeeks – drooling…I may have to just read the whole thing.

7song’s list of handouts for the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine – A true gentleman, a true wildgreenman.

A list of links from reader Lisa Allen, the AstroHerbalist ~

Numen, The Healing Power of Plants (the film) also has a blog, which I have been thoroughly enjoying.

White Yarrow  You’re also more than welcome to email me your questions

by using the “Ask Herbaloo” contact form.


May you knowingly find your herbal path

May the plants speak clearly to guide you

Cordially,   Herbaloo


6 thoughts on “Herbal Resources for Beginners

  1. This is a wonderful, comprehensive list of herbal resources! Thanks so much for compiling it in one place. I recently downloaded Steve Brill’s Wild Edibles iphone app, which I’m looking forward to using on my next hike.

    • Hello Herban, Thank you!! I am delighted to share info as such, since I get a lot of these questions on a regular basis 😀 Also, if you have any additional links, or would like your own link posted, let me know and I will add them. Have a wonderful day ~ Herbaloo

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