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Hello Antlerstockers!  I decided to be fancy and post my book and resource recommendations here rather than trying to generate a handout for you all.  This way we can share ideas and add to this as we think of things.  Thanks for coming by!

Edited to add:  The salve we made today is Rosemary Gladstar’s St. John’s Wort-Comfrey-Calendula Salve.  Don’t forget to label your tin!!

This is a collection of some of the books and websites that I have used in my explorations with basic and simple herbalism.  The most important thing is to learn for yourself and just start somewhere.  I’m not a doctor nor any kind of healthcare practitioner and therefore can’t give any medical advice.  But these are resources I used while I was teaching myself.


Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family by Rosemary Gladstar


Hands On Healing Remedies: 150 Recipes for Herbal Balms, Salves, Oils, Liniments, and Other Topical Therapies by Stephanie L. Tourles


Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin and a Vibrant Self by Stephanie Tourles


Homegrown Herbs: A Complete Guide to Growing, Using, and Enjoying More than 100 Herbs by Tammi Hartung with a Foreword by Rosemary Gladstar


The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual by James Green



Places to Buy Supplies:

For high-quality herbs, anything you could think of:  Mountain Rose Herbs, https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/

For basic herbs, and especially for pre-mixed herbs; a really great place to start out if you don’t want to buy bags of different ingredients:  The Bulk Herb Store.  I find this site more approachable and less overwhelming.  They also have bundles and kits for beginners.  http://www.bulkherbstore.com/

For tins, bottles, jars, and containers for all your concoctions: Specialty Bottle  http://www.specialtybottle.com/  Mountain Rose and Bulk Herb Store both carry some containers, but you pay a lot more because it’s not their main thing.  For more choices and better prices, I go to Specialty Bottle.

For soap-making: Bramble Berry Soap Making Supplies.  They even sell lye via mail-order, although you have to sign a release and send it to them before they’ll actually send it to you.  http://www.brambleberry.com/