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Stroke survivor, herbalist, and wine lover.

What the Marijuana Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know: 14 CBD Plants Listed

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The marijuana industry has been known to have the exclusivity of CBD among their high priced products for quite some time. When the endocannabinoid system was discovered in 1992, the surge of medical marijuana happened across the world. They’d like for you to continue to believe that marijuana is exclusive to CBD healing, but that isn’t the truth.

The industry of marijuana has frequently interchanged the words marijuana and hemp, to the point where the two seemed to be the same plant. Most believe the two plants are the same plant, however they are not. Even mainstream reporters for CBS, ABC, and CNN are not painting a clear picture for consumers.

Hemp and marijuana are from the same family of plants, like chihuahuas and dobermans are from the same canine family. However it would be misleading to sell a chihuahua as a doberman just because they are in the same family. This is what is happening with hemp and marijuana. It is extremely misleading to refer to marijuana as harmless hemp, when they are not remotely the same plant. Each plant’s compounds can be compared to each other, however they are not concurrent or produce the same percentages.

Hemp is a plant with high CBD levels and extremely low THC levels. THC is the compound that makes a person feel high. Studies show that large amounts of CBD counteract the high feeling of THC, which is why the super strains of medical marijuana were bred to lower the CBD ratio and increase the THC ratio. The medical marijuana industry’s goal is to create the best high, which is not possible with large amounts of CBD because of the counteractive effects of CBD on THC.

In the last year, the surge of CBD products has skyrocketed with the emergence of hemp. The medical marijuana industry claims they have the only real CBD products while downgrading hemp as not effective. That is also, not true. The hemp industry’s niche is that their CBD products do not have THC, unlike medical marijuana.

What the Marijuana Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

The endocannabinoid system can be activated and maintained by other plants, all of which are perfectly legal. You can purchase CBD products in your health food and grocery stores right now. You don’t need a special license, get a prescription, or jump through hoops to get the benefits of CBD immediately.

Here is the list of plants that can help you achieve the same goal as medical marijuana without the hassle.

1. Hemp. Hemp is the highest source of CBD that communicates with receptors in the endocannabinoid system. However, expensive hemp oil products (although convenient) are not the only method of delivery. Hemp hearts, hemp protein, hemp oil for cooking (should be in the refrigerated section of your health store), and hemp seeds all carry CBD benefits and can be purchased here.

Hemp does have trace amounts of THC, so if you are screened regularly for drug testing, take the same precautions you would as you do with poppy seeds. Poppy seeds have been known to create a false positive on drug screening for opiates. Although it is unlikely that hemp would trigger a false positive, it always best to be safe. There are Pure CBD oil sources with all THC removed. You can purchase them here.

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2. Echinacea. Echinacea contains compounds that feed the endocannabinoid system like a cannabinoid. These compounds are known as NAA’s and interact with the CB2 receptors.

Echinacea can be purchased here and found in any health food store and in most grocery stores as a supplement or tea. Avoid echinacea tincture or extract (unless its alcohol free). Echinacea is most soluble in water based herbal preparations like tea or capsules.

3. Oxeye Plants. Also known as Heliopsis helianthoides, the oxeye plant mimics echinacea with many of the same compounds, interacting with the CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system.

Not to be confused with Ox-Eye Daisies. I couldn’t find a place to purchase a supplement but I did find lots of seeds to purchase and grow your own!

4. Electric Daisy. Also known as the toothache plant, the electric daisy also acts on the CB2 receptors.

Electric Daisy has been known in the herbal world as a natural pain killer and powerful anti-inflammatory.

You can purchase electric daisy here.

5. Helichrysum umbraculigerum. Known to have compounds very similar to CBG, this plant has recently been compared to hemp for its attributes. It has been used in remedies for mood stabilizing and as a natural anti-depressant.

You can purchase helichrysum here. Just a note of caution, please do not use essential oils internally. This is a very dangerous practice and can cause toxicity.

6. Liverwort. Suspected to act on the CB1 receptors, liverwort is non-psychoactive. It has been used for centuries in gallbladder, liver, and bladder herbal remedies.

You can purchase liverwort powder here.

7. Chocolate. Raw cacao has been known by many marijuana smokers to help deliver a stronger, longer high. However, cacao on its own has many benefits. In 1996, a study done in San Diego found that the compounds in chocolate act like cannabinoids and engage all the receptors.

Milk chocolate will not do the trick. This is in reference to dark chocolate, raw cacao, and unsweetened chocolate.

8. Black Pepper. Black pepper contains a large amount of terpenes called BCP. BCP functions a lot like a cannabinoid in that it also engages the CB2 receptor.

Black pepper is easy to purchase and available worldwide.  I like to add black pepper to my Fire Cider Recipe for it’s health boosting power.

9. Maca. Maca enzymes called called N-benzylamines have been shown to tone the endocannabinoid system and provide a boost.

You can purchase Maca here, or look for it in your health food store.

10. Black Truffles. Black truffles have been touted and studied by the Italians as having a large amount of AEA, a compound that effects the CB1 receptor of the endocannabinoid system.

You can purchase Black Truffle products in your specialty grocery store, or online.

11. Rosemary. Rosemary is rich in terpene BCP which engages the CB2 receptors.

Rosemary is readily available throughout the world and can easily be found locally or online. You can purchase high quality rosemary here or grow it yourself!

12. Kava. Kava has a compound called yangonin, which interacts with the CB1 receptor. Kava has been used for anxiety, stress, and pain relief because of its incredible effect on the central nervous system.

You can purchase Kava here, or look for it in your health food store.

13. Flax. Flax seed has recently been reported to produce CBD, just like hemp and marijuana. Unlike hemp, no trace of THC is found.

Flax is found commonly throughout the world. A note of caution, flax oil in stores is rancid. Flax is not a stable oil, which is why it is found in the refrigerated section of the stores. When purchasing flax, buy the whole seed and grind it yourself in a coffee grinder designated for your flax supplements. Even the ground flax is unstable and is usually rancid.

To guarantee your flax is fresh, grow it yourself! It is an easy plant to grow and the flowers are beautiful. The entire plant is medicinal and can be juiced and eaten.

14. Chinese Rhododendron. Chinese Rhododendron contains cannabinoid like compounds called CBCs. CBCs also engage the endocannabinoid system.

I searched everywhere for a Chinese Rhododendron supplement with no luck. If you find one, please let me know.

BONUS: This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention carrots and broccoli. Both vegetables are currently being studied because compounds in both plant families are seemingly engaging the endocannabinoid system, specifically both the CB1 and CB2 receptors.

So perhaps eating your veggies really will make you happy!

References:

https://sensiseeds.com/en/blog/did-you-know-that-other-plants-produce-cannabinoids-too/

https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/cpb/59/11/59_11_1409/_pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22706678

http://herb.co/2016/03/29/non-marijuana-plants-contain-cannabinoids/

http://herb.co/2016/10/12/plants-contain-healing-cannabinoids/

https://medicinal-foods.com/5-edible-plants-containing-cannabinoids/

Scientists Find New Sources of Plant Cannabinoids Other than Medical Marijuana?

Immune Boosting Magic: Fire Cider Recipe

Beauty is power.

This is a traditional herbal remedy used for colds and flu. I always make my fire cider ahead of time to have it one hand, because it takes a bit to set up. Use it as a preventative and double it up if a virus does latch on.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of grated ginger root
1/2 cup of grated horseradish
1 onion, chopped and diced
10 cloves of garlic, crushed or minced
2 cayenne peppers, chopped (or 4 Tablespoons of dried cayenne)
1 lemon (chopped, peel and all)
1 orange (chopped, peel and all)
Springs of fresh rosemary (or 3 Tablespoons dried)
1 inch of fresh turmeric chopped (or 2 Tablespoons dried)
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw Honey

Prepare all of the ingredients and add them to a quart sized jar. Cover the ingredients with apple cider vinegar. (Metal and vinegar do not mix, so cover your metal components with a plastic wrap or parchment, or just use BPA free plastic lids.) Shake daily for a minimum of 2 weeks. I personally like to let mine go for 3-4 weeks.

Use cheesecloth to strain. Sweeten your liquid with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of raw honey. Store, and enjoy!

Sometimes, I also like to change it up and add: Thyme, Rosehips, Ginseng, Grapefruit, Schizandra berries, Astragalus, Fresh Parsley, Burdock, Fresh Oregano, or Peppercorns. Look around in your cupboards and get creative!

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19 Vegetables That Grow in Freezing or Almost Freezing Temperatures

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Growing my own food is one of the most rewarding and satisfying things I’ve ever done. There is nothing like harvesting a yield and feeding the family with what was grown.

Many gardeners stop planting with their Spring & Summer crops, however there are plenty of vegetables that can be grown throughout the winter in the South (and in cold frames in the North).

If this is your first time growing in the Fall, this will help you understand the growing habits of these foods.

1. Beets

An all-time favorite winter hardy plant.  They mature quickly and don’t require much attention.  Very easy to grow.  Although beets grow well during warm weather, the seedlings are established more easily under cool, moist conditions. SHOP all BEET SEEDS

2. Broccoli

Broccoli plants thrive in cool temperatures, they have been known to survive temperatures as low as 28 F. SHOP all BROCCOLI SEEDS

3. Brussels Sprouts

The plant will withstand frost and can be harvested until a hard freeze strikes. The best-quality sprouts are produced during sunny days with light frosts at night. SHOP all BRUSSELS SPROUTS

4. Cabbage

Cabbage can withstand frost down to 20 degrees or even 15 degrees F. SHOP all CABBAGE SEEDS

5. Carrots

Carrots can survive temperatures as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit, but prolonged periods of cold results in long, pale roots. SHOP all CARROT SEEDS

6. Cauliflower

Cauliflower can survive temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. SHOP all CAULIFLOWER SEEDS

7. Celery

Celery tolerates light frost only. SHOP all CELERY SEEDS

8. Collards

Collard greens are the most cold-resistant of any plant in the cold-hardy Brassica family. Collards can withstand winter temps. down to 5 F. and they usually come through the cold even more flavorful. SHOP all COLLARD GREENS SEEDS

9. Green Onions

Onions are as hardy as they come. Frosts, freezing temperatures, and snow will not kill them. SHOP all ONION SEEDS

10. Leafy Lettuces

Frost damage on leafy vegetables doesn’t render the plant inedible like a disease. You can harvest non-damage parts by cutting away brown areas and edges that are frost damaged and save just the leaf parts that are uninjured and your plant will continue to grow.  SHOP all LEAFY GREENS AND LETTUCE SEEDS

11. Kale

Snow can protect plants from the extreme cold so that they stay in the garden longer. Kale is one of these plants! Very cold-hardy. SHOP all KALE SEEDS

12. Leeks

Leeks are very cold-tolerant, most likely to survive plunges to 0 °F. SHOP all LEEK SEEDS

13. Mustard

When spent days under the cover of snow they have been known to emerge in perfect condition once the snow melts.  SHOP all MUSTARD SEEDS

14. Parsnips

Parsnips are generally tolerant to 0 °F and will sweeten in flavor if hit with a light frost or two. SHOP all PARSNIP SEEDS 

15. Radishes

Radishes thrive in the cooler weather when frost can be a threat to other crops. Radishes have a crisp crunch when grown in the Fall and Winter, unlike the woody texture that can happen in the the summer. They can survive hard freezes as well.  SHOP all RADISH SEEDS

16. Rutabagas

When exposed to light frost, rutabagas can actually taste sweeter. To extend the harvest season & protect the crops from heavier frosts, just add a thick layer of straw. SHOP all RUTABAGA SEEDS

17. Spinach

Grows slowly through the winter but will always bounce back in early spring. SHOP all SPINACH SEEDS

18. Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is very cold-tolerant, & can survive dips to 15 °F without any protection. SHOP all SWISS CHARD SEEDS

19. Turnips

Turnips lose much of their spiciness and accumulate sugar when they mature in cold weather. SHOP all TURNIP SEEDS
If you enjoyed this list, make sure to check out our Pinterest Boards. We share an incredible amount of gardening, herb, and plant medicine information there.

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Learn How to Use Alfalfa as Herbal Medicine

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Alfalfa is one of my staple herbs that I use in my every day life. Every morning I make a teapot of my Herbal Multivitamin Recipe for myself and my kids. Alfalfa is a main ingredient because of all of its incredible vitamin and mineral presence. There is a reason the Arabs nicknamed alfalfa as the “King of Food”.

In our Herbal Mentoring Class, we are studying alfalfa this week. Our members are learning how to grow alfalfa, harvest alfalfa, and use alfalfa as herbal medicine.

Herbal Mentoring no longer accepts new members for our yearly membership, but you can still learn all about alfalfa. Each Herbal Mentoring Lesson is available on our storefront and will soon be available for the kindle on Amazon.

If you want to learn alfalfa skin benefits and the health benefits of alfalfa, this is a great option for you.

Are you looking for an online herbalist course, or wanting to learn herbal medicine at home? We have an incredible, family friendly beginner’s course on the menu above. You’ll be learning how to make herbal medicine quickly and effectively.

Are These 40 Herbs Dangerous? Adverse Effects Reported!

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It is the common misbelief that just because a plant or herb is natural, that it is safe. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Each herb has contraindications and warnings associated with it. Browse this list and understand that not every herb is safe for everyone. If you want to use herbal remedies, enroll in a course that teaches you the synergy and contraindications of herbs.

We want everyone to be safe, happy, and of course healthy. This list is to educate you, not scare you. If you find that you use one of these herbs on a regular basis, ask your herbalist to help you find a plant remedy that is more suitable for your needs. If you are the DIY’er, check my list of recommended reading after the list.

  1. Aconite: Heart palpitations and arrhythmias, hypotension, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, respiratory system paralysis, death.
  2. Aloe Vera: abdominal pain, diarrhea, potentially carcinogenic, with others can potentiate cardiac glycosides and antiarrhythmic agents
  3. Areca Nut (Betel Nut): deterioration of psychosis in patients with preexisting psychiatric disorders”; known carcinogen contributing to cancer of the mouth, pharynx, esophagus and stomach when chewed.
  4. Bitter Orange: ‘Fainting, arrhythmia, heart attack, stroke, death.
  5. Broom: Uterotonic properties, nausea vomiting, and diarrhea, contraindicated for pregnancy and breast feeding
  6. Buckthorn Bark and Berry: abdominal pain, diarrhea, potentially carcinogenic, with others can potentiate cardiac glycosides and antiarrhythmic agents
  7. Cascara Sagrada Bark: “abdominal pain, diarrhea, potentially carcinogenic, with others can potentiate cardiac glycosides and antiarrhythmic agents
  8. Chaparral: Liver damage, kidney problems, Hypotension in cancer patients
  9. Coltsfoot: Liver damage, cancer
  10. Comfrey: Liver damage and cancer
  11. Country Mallow: Heart attack, heart arrhythmia, stroke, death
  12. Dan Shen: Potentiates warfarin activity, leading to excessive anticoagulation and bleeding
  13. Dong Quai: May induce uterine contractions; contraindicated when pregnant or nursing
  14. European Mistletoe: Toxic to cardio and central nervous systems, gastrointestinal bleeding
  15. Ephedra: Agitation and palpitations, “hypertension, irregular heart rate, insomnia, nervousness, tremors and seizures, paranoid psychoses, heart attacks, strokes, and death”, kidney stones
  16. Germander: Liver damage
  17. Ginger: May alter bleeding time
  18. Gingko: Bleeding
  19. American Ginseng: Hypertensive and chronotropic activities, may increase digoxin levels”, diarrhea, itching, insomnia, headaches, nervousness, rapid heartbeat, hypertension or hypotension, breast tenderness, vaginal bleeding. Very rarely Stevens–Johnson syndrome, liver damage, severe allergy has been reported. May lower blood sugar excessively in combination with diabetes medication. Contains a chemical linked to possible birth defects. May worsen hormone sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids. Insomnia.
  20. Goldenseal: Uterotonic
  21. Greater Celandine: Liver damage
  22. Guarana: Agitation and insomnia
  23. Guar Gum: Obstruction of gastrointestinal tract
  24. Gugulipid (myrrh and guggal): Headache, nausea, hiccups, diminished efficacy of other cardiovascular drugs including diltiazem and propranolol.
  25. Hawthorn: Potentiates digitalis activity, increases coronary dilation effects of theophylline, caffeine, papaverine, sodium nitrate, adenosine and epinephrine, increase barbiturate-induced sleeping times.
  26. Horse Chestnut: Liver toxicity, allergic reaction, anaphylaxis
  27. Kava: Potentates CNS sedatives, chronic use might cause a reversible dry skin condition
  28. Khat: Chronic liver dysfunction
  29. Licorice Root: Hypokalemia, hypertension, arrhythmias, edema
  30. Lobelia: Toxicity, rapid heartbeat, hypotension, coma, death
  31. Milk Thistle: Mild laxative, allergy
  32. Pennyroyal: Liver damage
  33. Peony: May slow clotting; contraindicated for people with bleeding disorders and before and after surgery. May induce uterine contractions; contraindicated when pregnant or nursing.
  34. Safrole (sassafras): Liver damage
  35. Saw Palmetto: “rare and mild gastrointestinal upset, headaches, diarrhea, gynecomastia, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, ventricular rupture and death in one patient.
  36. Senna: “abdominal pain, diarrhea, potentially carcinogenic, with others can potentiate cardiac glycosides and antiarrhythmic agents”, liver damage.
  37. St. John’s Wort: Photosensitization, GI disturbances, “allergic reactions, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, dry mouth
  38. Valerian: “drowsiness, GI upset, headache, palpitations, insomnia”, oversedation, overstimulation
  39. Vasambu: Vomiting and nausea
  40. Yohimbe: rapid heart rate, hypertension, hypotension, heart problems, death

Plants Are My Medicine Presents-

My Recommended Reading List:

The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety
The Way of Herbs
Botanical Safety Handbook

Learn Herbs
Tea, Infusion, & Juice Recipes (my ebook on Kindle, free to unlimited subscribers)

Learn more about herbs and their actions in our Beginner’s herbal course for only $65 (Introductory Price)!

References:

  1.  Talalay, P.; Talalay, P. (2001). “The importance of using scientific principles in the development of medicinal agents from plants”. Academic Medicine76 (3): 238–247. PMID 11242573doi:10.1097/00001888-200103000-00010.
  2.  Eisenberg, D. M. (1997). “Advising patients who seek alternative medical therapies”. Annals of Internal Medicine127 (1): 61–69. PMID 9214254doi:10.7326/0003-4819-127-1-199707010-00010.
  3. Elvin-Lewis, M. (2001). “Should we be concerned about herbal remedies”. Journal of Ethnopharmacology75 (2–3): 141–164. PMID 11297844doi:10.1016/S0378-8741(00)00394-9.
  4.  “Dangerous Supplements: Twelve Supplements You Should Avoid”Consumer Reports Magazine. September 2010.
  5.  Ernst, E. (1998). “Harmless herbs? A review of the recent literature”. The American Journal of Medicine104 (2): 170–178. PMID 9528737doi:10.1016/S0002-9343(97)00397-5.
  6.  “Betel chewing causes cancer”. SciDev.
  7.  “Natural Does Not Mean Safe”. Slate Magazine. 2012.
  8. “Aristolochic Acid: FDA Concerned About Botanical Products, Including Dietary Supplements, Containing Aristolochic Acid”. FDA. 2001.
  9. Daniele, C.; Dahamna, S.; Firuzi, O.; Sekfali, N.; Saso, L.; Mazzanti, G. (2005). “Atractylis gummifera L. Poisoning: An ethnopharmacological review”. Journal of Ethnopharmacology97(2): 175–181. PMID 15707749doi:10.1016/j.jep.2004.11.025.
  10. Saper, RB; Phillips, RS; Sehgal, A; Khouri, N; Davis, RB; Paquin, J; Thuppil, V; Kales, SN (27 August 2008). “Lead, mercury, and arsenic in US- and Indian-manufactured Ayurvedic medicines sold via the Internet”JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association300 (8): 915–23. PMC 2755247Freely accessiblePMID 18728265doi:10.1001/jama.300.8.915.
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  17. Norton, Scott A.; Ruze, Patricia (1994-07-01). “Kava dermopathy”Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology31 (1): 89–97. PMID 8021378doi:10.1016/S0190-9622(94)70142-3.
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  19.  “Vasambu”. Tamilnadu.com. 1 April 2013. Archived from the original on 22 May 2016.

The Ultimate 52 Plant Based Proteins for Plant Based Eating

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“Let thy food by thy medicine, and thy medicine by thy food.” ~Hippocrates

After you’ve watched the movie What The Health, (streams on Netflix), you may be inclined to go vegan. Vegan is a great choice for some and not a sustainable choice for everyone.

Regardless of your choice to be fully vegan or not, eating a vegan meal a couple times a week is a healthy choice. But where do you begin? There is a crazy misconception about going vegan that one will not get enough protein. Here are some plant based proteins to give you an idea of just how easy it is to get enough for your daily value.

Beans

Soybeans 29g
Lentils 18g
White Beans 17g
Adzuki Beans 17g
Split Peas 16g
Black Beans 15g
Garbanzo Beans 15g
Kidney Beans 15g
Lima 15g
Black Eye’d Peas 14g
Mung Beans 14g
Pinto Beans 14g

Nuts & Seeds

Chia Seed 12g
Hemp Seed 10g
Flax Seed 8g
Sunflower seed 8g
Almonds 7 g
Pumpkin Seeds 7g
Sesame Seeds 7g
Pistachios 6g
Walnuts 5g
Cashews 4g
Pine Nuts 4g

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Grains

Triticale 25g
Millet 8g
Amaranth 7g
Oats 7g
Wild Rice 7g
Rye 7g
Wheat 6g
Barley 5g
Brown Rice 5g
Quinoa 5g
Spelt 5g

Vegetables

Peas 9g
Potatoes with skin 5g
Mushrooms 5g
Corn 5g
Artichoke 4g
Avocado 4g
Brussel Sprouts 4g
Broccoli 4g
Collard Greens 4g
Fennel 3g
Sweet Potato 3g
Swiss Chard 3g
Kale 2.5g
Asparagus 2g
Beets 2g
Cauliflower 2g
Carrots 2g
Green Beans 2g

As you can see, protein can be easily met without much trying, so can iron and all the other minerals. The only vitamin that should be supplemented when going completely vegan is B12.

When you look at the biggest animals living on Earth, they are all herbivores, eating exclusively plants. They graze at their leisure and they don’t cook their foods to unrecognizable forms. Here are a couple of my favorite cookbooks for vegan meals:

Vegan Cookbook for Beginners
Forks Over Knives
The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook
The No Meat Athlete Cookbook

Whole, plant based food movements are growing quickly. Peruse some of our plant based recipes and learn how easy it is to incorporate plant based eating. (And watch your energy soar!)

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15 Best Herb Titles for Your Home Herbal Library

Books

I am not just a plant addict.
I am a book addict. A big one.

I am that person who you’ll find rummaging through Goodwill and other thrift stores, hoping to find a lost treasure. Especially an herbal lost treasure.

The most common question I am asked is: What is your favorite herb book?

I can tell you it isn’t anything by Rosemary Gladstar. (Sorry Rosemary, you aren’t my cup of tea. I find your methods outdated and overly complicated for no reason.)

Most herb books are just lifeless or so full of stoic, outdated recipes. Rare does the author even seem like they’ve worked with the herb, let alone even touched one. Listed below are my absolute favorite books that I refer to time and time, again. I treasure the authors and I’m happy to introduce them to you.

Healing Wise: (Wise Woman Herbal) by Susan Weed. Susan is probably one of the biggest influences on my own herbal roots besides my Grandmother. Her books are written in a lovely manner, as if you were sitting next to her. The information in every book she’s ever written is just spot on. Anything by her is a lovely addition to your herbal library.

Native American Medicinal Plants by Daniel Moerman. This book is the epitome of herbal history. It is an anthropological treasure of information for anyone who wants to understand how herbs were used in the past to see how they are now used. It is most interesting to witness herbs that we are told are *dangerous* to use were once used often and successfully.

Native American Ethnobotany by Daniel Moerman. The author lists 4000 plants and some 44,000 uses in Native American culture. It is a treasure. Sometimes I just find myself getting lost in it kind of like you get lost on Facebook. Except with this book, you learn something ~and~ avoid drama. (ha!)

Fermentation for Beginners by Drake Press. You may be asking yourself why this is here since it’s not an herb book, but you must understand: Total health begins in the gut. Until you know how to ferment your own foods and reach proper gut health levels, you’ll never have total health.

Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism by Donald Yance. Adaptogens are the magic herbs that are still not fully understood. Knowing and utilizing two or three adaptogenic herbs in your regimen can add incredible health and healing.

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A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions by Alan Gaby. This is probably the book I have used the most. I always double check contraindications before I recommend or even mention an herb to someone in my family or a client. This needs to be in every library. People who teach herbs NEED to teach contraindications or they shouldn’t be teaching. It is irresponsible to leave out such important information.

A Peterson Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs by Christopher Hobbs. If foraging is something you want to add to your herbal skills, then this is the book you’ll wear out. Take it with you on hikes and identify all the medicine around you. (Here’s the Eastern and Central Version)

Medical Herbalism by David Hoffman. If you ever decide to take a clinical course of herbal medicine, this is one of the text books that you’ll get to know very well. It is an incredible source of information and inspiration.

Herbal Antibiotics by Stephan Buhner. I still have the first edition and use it still today. To help yourself heal through any infection, this is the guide you want.

Herbal Antivirals by Stephan Buhner. I bought this one simply because there aren’t many books based on antivirals. In fact, most people believe there is nothing we can do for viruses, except let them run their course. I’m telling you, that is simply not the case. Get familiar with a few anti-virals (even coconut oil is one), and you’ll have a powerful apothecary.

The Earthwise Herbal Volumes I and II by Matthew Wood. Matthew Wood is an old friend to my library. I have seen him lecture. Every book he has written is a treasure but these two stand out as the best.

Planetary Herbology by Michael Tierra. There is no doubt that Michael and Leslie Tierra are herbal masters (if there were such a thing). They have both dedicated their lives to teaching herbs and this book is a wonderful, wonderful text on energetics of plants. If you ever wonder why plants do what they do, this is the book for you.

And my all time favorite book on plants:
The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins. If you haven’t read this book, it is simply a must read. This book has changed people’s perspective of plants since 1989. It will not disappoint.

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