Herbology encompasses two main terms of identification: an herbalist and an herbologist. An herbologist studies herbs and plants, and an herbalist uses them for magical and medicinal benefits. An herbologist can be an herbalist, and an herbalist can be (and likely is) an herbologist. Using these two distinguishing factors, we have two sections of recommendations—one for medicinal and the other general.
We will not be using the term magical or magic here; for some, it is all magic.

Regional / Local books should not be overlooked as useful references to help understand your immediate environment of herbs.


The Gardener’s Handbook of Garden Herbs – Hutchison, Frances – tinyurl.com/1hunic0l

Rodale’s 21st-Century Herbal: A Practical Guide for Healthy Living Using Nature’s Most Powerful Plants – Balick, Michael; Mattern, Vicki; M.D., Andrew Weil – tinyurl.com/hy1btru0

The Complete Book of Herbs – Bremmess, Lesley – tinyurl.com/13lekrqf

The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs – Digest, Editors of Reader’s – tinyurl.com/ka36qe6z

Herbs: Detailed Plant Guide – Ginis, Elizabeth- tinyurl.com/2jx5l5ve

Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs – Press, Rodale – tinyurl.com/1g5wzjnz

Stearn’s Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners – Stearn, William Thomas – tinyurl.com/u5ahqext


The Practical Encyclopedia of Natural Healing – Mark Bricklin – tinyurl.com/nottqgz4

Growing & Using the Healing Herbs – Gaea Weiss, Shandor Weiss – tinyurl.com/yovquown

Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants – Steve Brill, Evelyn Dean – tinyurl.com/bpq5m5rs

Prescription for Herbal Healing – Phyllis A. Balch, Robert Rister – tinyurl.com/1l11zsqz

The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies – Nicole Apelian, Claude Davis – tinyurl.com/lai4k0u2

The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual – James Green, Ajana Green – tinyurl.com/1kzn5qj6

Encyclopedia of Natural Magic – John Michael Greer – tinyurl.com/17qeatua

Magic and Medicine of Plants – Reader’s Digest Association – tinyurl.com/tw1rt1g1