My affinity for herbalism is connected to culinary, medicinal and magickal uses. Ayurveda has been my foundation for my culinary and medicinal theoretical practice. I’m building on that with Western herbalism. It makes since because I currently live in the United States. For magick, I include herbs in my ceremonies for the eight pagan sabbats.
Much of the information in the herbalism resources below is for curative care, but there is information for nutritive and preventative care. As a home herbalist, my approach to herbalism is for nutritive and preventative care.
The Gift of Healing Herbs by Robin Rose Bennett
Herbal Remedies for Women by Amanda McQuade Crawford
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
Yoga & Ayurveda by David Frawley
Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar
Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide by Rosemary Gladstar
Herbal Healing for Women by Rosemary Gladstar
Moosewood Restaurant Kitchen Garden by David Hirsch
Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss
Ayurvedic Cooking for Self Healing by Usha Lad and Vasant Lad
The Herbalist’s Way by Nancy & Michael Phillips
Wise Woman Herbal Healing Wise by Susun S. Weed
Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun S. Weed
New Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way by Susun S. Weed
My acupuncturist shared this simple bath salt recipe with me years ago because I needed to relax more. It worked.
Relaxing Bath Salts
1 Cup Epson salt
1 Cup baking soda
16 drops lavender essential oil
Run bath water and add bath salts. Sit in bath for fifteen to twenty minutes. Repeat often when necessary.