Member Books

In this section of our website we welcome the chance to publicize books that are written (or edited) by  members of the American Herbalists Guild. If you would like to add your book(s) to this page, please send the following items to

  • Book title, author(s), and year of publication
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Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians
Patricia Kyritsi Howell

This concise guide to medicinal plants of the Southern Appalachians includes: botanical descriptions of 45 native plants, historical and current uses in herbal practice, detailed, easy-to-follow medicine making instructions; unique recipes for syrups, liniments, digestive bitters and more. It also includes step-by-step ethical harvesting guidelines, and bloom and harvest calendars.

Medicinal Plants of the World Encyclopedia
Steve Blake, ScD, MH, RH AHG

An e-book in PDF format for all devices, 6634 pages. Carry world-wide knowledge of medical plants with you! Each one of the 164,619 facts in this encyclopedia has a footnote. You are guided by the number of agreeing references.
This may be the largest collection of herbal knowledge in the world, drawn from 54 countries and regions worldwide.

I have often searched through plant medicine books written by clinical medical plant specialists. When several of these experts recommend the same plant to treat a certain health condition, this guides my choice of medical plants. Sometimes
authors from all over the world recommend the same plant for a health condition. I call this cross-cultural agreement. When several authors use the same plant, it is more likely to be effective. I have entered information from hundreds of books into my database. I selected books written by respected practitioners with experience using the plants to treat real people.

Mushroom Essences: Vibrational Healing from the Kingdom Fungi
Robert Rogers (Author), Willoughby Arevalo (Foreword)

In this innovative contribution to the field of energy medicine, experienced mycologist and herbalist Robert Rogers offers an extensive guide to healing a range of physical, emotional, and psychological conditions with mushroom essences. Similar to flower essences, but made under a lunar cycle, mushroom essences work subtly to bring deep healing to the mind and body; they are particularly well suited for working with the “shadow” or unintegrated parts of the psyche. The book is organized as an easy-to-use alphabetical reference, with entries that outline how to create each essence, indications for usage, and healing effects. Along the way, Rogers provides enlivening stories of his personal experience using these remedies in clinical practice. A profound exploration of both the practical and mythopoetic qualities of the mushroom, this is a must-have for anyone interested in plant medicine, mycology, personal healing, or depth psychology.

Naked: Botanical Recipes for Vibrant Skin and Healthy Hair
Elaine Sheff, RH(AHG)

Naked: Botanical Recipes for Vibrant Skin and Healthy Hair by Clinical Herbalist Elaine Sheff includes bountiful information about how to make natural body care products for the body, face, hair and bath. This book is packed with information including charts, pictures and tips for making your own natural recipes. Over 100 ingredients are discussed including herbs, clays, natural colorants, essential oils, natural salts, fixed oils, natural preservatives, butters and natural thickeners. Naked has over 50 recipes that give the reader clear and precise instructions on how to make their own body care products. Explore healthy recipes for the face, skin and hair including lotion, Vitamin C serum, cleansers, body butters, bug repellant, body powder, face toner, bath salts, lip balms, natural lice treatments and much more. These helpful recipes will keep your skin and hair looking and feeling its best, without compromising your health or the health of our beautiful planet. Elaine also gives the reader enough information to get creative and venture out on their own to make their own unique recipes if desired.

Natural Cleaning: Using Herbs, Essential Oils, Baking Soda, and Vinegar to Detox Your House
Erica Kuo

In this book, Erica Kuo teaches you how to use herbs, essential oils, baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice to make natural cleaning products. It is the first book that talks about the concept of "natural cleaning" in Chinese speaking countries.*

*This book is available only in Chinese. 

Natural Medicine: What You Need To Know To Make It Work For You!
Pat O'Brien, CAY, CCH, AADP, AHG

Learn very specific and detailed clinical/practitioner level advice on diagnosing, treating, and reversing disease using herbal medicine and nutrition/diet, how to spot disease patterns including early symptoms that indicate the beginning of the disease process, and one's genetic predisposition towards disease!  Clinical treatment recommendations are covered.

Natural Remedies for the Fall: Preparing for Cold & Flu Season
Elaine Sheff, RH(AHG)

This best selling book, written by herbalist Elaine Sheff, is full of information on natural remedies to enhance immune function, support the respiratory system, and fight off a cold or flu. Learn about proven antimicrobial and antiviral herbs and essential oils. The second half of the book is filled with simple recipes you can make at home. Use these formulas to stock your natural medicine chest with everything you and your family will need to stay healthy this fall and winter!

Natural Therapy for Your Liver
Christopher Hobbs

Natural Therapy for Your Liver offers practical, up-to-date information about effective ways to regain and maintain optimal liver health. As liver disease has skyrocketed to the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, this timely guide is needed more than ever. The book details: clinically tested herbal remedies for a variety of liver-related ailments, from hepatitis C and cirrhosis to acne and PMS; therapeutic liver flushes, cleanses, and other natural methods for maintaining liver health; specific dietary recommendations for ten different liver-related disorders, and much more.

Peterson Field Guide for Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs
Christopher Hobbs & Steven Foster

Christopher is easily the most prolific writer among all herbalists. He is a California state licensed acyupuncturist,skilled in both Western and Chinese herbal medicine. He is also a botanist and scientist. Presently he is a new father of a beautiful son, Orion by his lovely partner, Junko, who is of Japanese descent. Of no small accomplishment, Christopher, together with herbalist, Steven Foster completed the landmark Peterson Field Guide for Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs published by Houghton Mifflin. This is a phenomenally beautiful 443 page book crammed full of some 500 species of herbs with 530 beautiful color photographs. It is ideal to take on a hike through any of the Western states both for both identification as well as traditional usage. 

Planetary Herbology
Michael Tierra

A major work integrating the herbal traditions of the East with those of the West by the bestselling author of "The Way of Herbs." This practical handbook and reference guide is a landmark publication in this field. For unprecedented usefulness in practical applications, the author provides a comprehensive listing of the more than 400 medicinal herbs available in the west, classified according to their chemical constituents, properties and actions, indicated uses and suggested dosages.