An Herbalist's Library: Recipe Books

An Herbalist’s Library

Recipe Books

Diving headfirst into herbalist studies can seem daunting at first, but with the right preparation, you’ll be able to master herbalism in no time! Personally, I find that some supplemental reading, when combined with the Herbal Academy’s exceptional classes, can prove to be extremely useful. My library overflows with countless herbal texts which I have read and loved throughout the course of my herbal education. Because I couldn’t possibly list my entire library in one post, this post will be the first of three (Recipe Books, Herbal Education Books, and Miscellaneous), in order to cover as many books as possible. Below are some of my favorite recipe books, offering thousands of recipes for blending and using essential oils and herbs in the best possible ways (many are available on Kindle as well as hard copy):

  • The Heart of Aromatherapy: An Easy-to-Use Guide for Essential Oils by Andrea Butje (Paperback) - This guide to safe and effective aromatherapy provides over 100 recipes to support skin care, rest and relaxation, respiratory health, digestion, pain relief, meditation and contemplation, and even natural cleaning. Plus, each of the 40 essential oils covered in this book are profiled in-depth, including its unique aroma, uses, and safety tips.

  • French Aromatherapy: Essential Oil Recipes & Usage Guide by Jen O’Sullivan (Paperback) - This comprehensive recipe and usage guide utilizes the French Aromatherapy method: the art of using essential oils that encompasses all methods of use (aromatic, topical, and internal). Containing over 300 recipes to enhance your understanding and usage of essential oils, this guide also teaches proper safety precautions and how to implement essential oils into your entire lifestyle.

  • Essential Oils for Beginners: The Guide to Get Started with Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Althea Press (Paperback) - This easy beginner’s guide teaches you how to expertly blend essential oils to relieve stress, bolster energy, and so much more. With recipes to combat everything from morning sickness to migraines, this book gives you everything you need to master these ancient cures.

  • Essential Oils Natural Remedies: The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing by Althea Press (Paperback) - Another favorite of mine, this reference guide provides a comprehensive reference to herbal healing without the hassle, expense, and frustration that comes with consulting doctors and taking prescription medication. With over 100 recipes for natural alternatives to traditional medicine, practitioners of all levels will learn a lifetime of herbal remedies from how to treat the urge to itch chicken pox with lavender-tea tree salve to soothing away arthritis symptoms with peppermint oil.

  • Naturally Bug-Free: 75 Nontoxic Recipes for Repelling Mosquitoes, Ticks, Fleas, Ants, Moths & Other Pesky Insects by Stephanie L. Tourles (Paperback) - This recipe book offers 75 simple recipes for safe and effective bug repellents you can make at home from all-natural ingredients. For protection from mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting insects, there are sprays, balms, body oils, and tinctures, with scents ranging from eucalyptus to floral, lemon, vanilla, and woodsy spice. The book also includes recipes for pets, such as herbal shampoo, bedding formulas, and flea-and-tick collars and powders, as well as repellents for the home, such as sachets that repel moths, carpet powders that repel fleas and ants, and essential oil repellents to keep your pantry pest-free.

  • Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal by Rosalee de la Forêt (Paperback) - This book was very informative and went way beyond the usual recipe book. This guide will show you how to transform common ingredients into foods and remedies that heal. What were once everyday flavorings will become your personal kitchen apothecary. In addition to offering dozens of inspiring recipes, it examines the history and modern-day use of 29 popular herbs, supporting their healing properties with both scientific studies and in-depth research into herbal energetics.

  • Essential Living, 2nd Edition by Andrea Butje (Paperback) - This guide provides easy-to-follow recipes which teach beginners and experts alike how to create natural, safe products to replace synthetic chemicals and toxic ingredients found in many store brands. With a modest collection of essential oils and tools from around the kitchen, readers will learn how to create cleaning scrubs, natural air fresheners and healthy body products. Neatly organized by room and purpose, these recipes give readers the power to replace unwanted chemicals with handmade, effective, aromatic products.

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