There are two nationally known herbalists that Erin admires and trusts so consequently she has at least one of each of their books. Medicinal Herbs- A beginners Guide by Rosemary Gladstar, copyright 2012. This book is exactly as described and covers the Know, Grow and Use of 33 herb plants that can be used medicinally. We frequently show this book during classes and recommend it to students when they are looking for a good book to add to their library.
The other book is Wild Remedies - How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine by Rosalee De Le Floret and Emily Han, copyright 2020. It is focused on herbs and wild plants through the seasons, which is how we live life. We also have Rosalee’s book Alchemy of Herbs, 2017. Erin had completed a yearlong study with a local herbalist, and had done quite a bit of reading and research on her own before she purchased these books. Sometimes you know a little and want to know a lottal and that’s a good time to invest in a good book or two on a more specific subject.
Keeping updated often means checking for new information and in this day and age it requires research on the internet. We do our share of internet research, too but with some restraint and careful cross reference of several websites, especially those associated with well recognized authors or institutions. However, our research typically begins with a book from our collection and goes from there. We’ve learned a great deal from other people (family, friends and customers), presentations and classes, and of course books. In praise of the Library, library week and books, we encourage everyone to look beyond the internet.
Where to Find Books:
We mentioned the library, and our local library is Fort Vancouver Regional Library. We also have a couple of local bookstores we’d like to recommend:
Literary Leftovers - 813 W Main St #105, Battle Ground, WA; a fantastic family owned bookstore that features mostly used books
Waucoma Books - 212 Oak St, Hood River, OR; another family owned business with a focus on new books, they can also easily order anything they don’t readily have on hand.