- Hedgerow Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal (2008)
This is a great book that introduces you to herbs that are common to the UK.
- Holistic Herbal: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies by David Hoffmann (1990)
David Hoffman is a great herbalist and this book is a very good introduction to using herbs.
- Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Thomas Bartram (1998)
This quick reference guide is in alphabetical order which makes it easy to access.
- A Modern Herbal by Maude Grieve, C.F. Leyel and Mrs. C. F. Leyel (1996)
This was compiled in 1930, it covers the medicinal use of many plants, including their interesting historical uses.
- The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual by James Green (2000)
I love this book – an in depth introduction into how to make your own medicines; from tinctures to creams.
- Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification by Thomas J Elpel (2004)
This is a brilliant book to introduce you to botany. He groups the herbs into families, introducing some of their general patterns.
- The Wild Flower Key (Revised Edition) – How to identify wild plants, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland by Francis Rose and Clare O’Reilly (Author updated edition) (2006)
This was first published about 30 years ago and is the best guide to plant identification using plant identification keys and coloured drawings.