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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 readying, when combined with the Herbal Academy’s exceptional courses, 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 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 hundreds 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 and Kindle) – 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. *disclaimer: always consult your healthcare provider before ingesting essential oils, as most do not recommend it*
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 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.
Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal by Rosalee de la Forêt (Paperback, Kindle and Spiral-bound) – This book was very information 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.
This is simply a condensed list of my favorite herbal recipe books. For more recommendations, feel free to message me!
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