The stack of books piled at my bedside is rather large, mostly because I never broke the habit of reading a few books at a time. My love of reading began in early childhood, and thankfully served me well throughout my years of medical school. Time and time again, I am asked for recommendations for books on herbalism, traditional living, and healing, to which I give the same answer: the best books are the ones that speak to you.
However, there are some tried and true classics that inspire me: authors who share personal stories that help us to build our own understanding of the world and what is around us. Below is a round up of books that get us excited about nature, expand our understanding of health, and teach us in ways we never thought possible.
TO HELP YOU IDENTIFY PLANTS: Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb
TO CONNECT YOU WITH ANCESTRAL NUTRITION: Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
TO WALK YOU THROUGH MEDICINE MAKING: Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth by Tilgner
TO EXPAND YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF HEALTH: Inflamed by Rupa Marya, Raj Patel, et al.
TO ORIENT YOU TO THE BEAUTY OF PLANT EARTH: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer