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Top 5 Books for Healing Yourself Naturally

Many modern medicines can be traced back to their plant based roots yet natural remedies are often looked down upon as outdated and superstitious but it shouldn’t be so! The chemistry within the plant world is incredibly complex and finally science is beginning to show that a great many plants are still as effective today as they’ve ever been, sometimes outperforming their synthetic counterparts.

Below is a list of what we feel are the top books currently on the market to help you heal yourself and your family naturally:


Herbs for Healthy Living: Recognition, Gathering, Use and Effect by Ute Kunkele & Till R. Lohmeyer

Herbs for healthy living is an extremely informative book covering a VAST array of plants and herbal treatments for an extensive list of common ailments. The majority of plants listed are available wild in Britain or Europe so I'd say it's a doubly useful reference and identification book though a tad heavy to take out into the field with you; what doesn'row wild or that is perhaps rare and protected by law is often still easy enough to source. It's well thought out and you can search for the plants themselves or by ailment with the aid of handy tables.


Grow Your Own Drugs by James Wong

James Wong is a Kew-trained botanist, science writer, TV broadcaster and RHS Ambassador. He has travelled the world compiling a massive knowledge base of medicinal and edible plants, and shares his passion for the science of food and health with all he can. 'Grow Your Own Drugs' is an international best seller, as are some of his other works.

The recipes included are appealing, useful, and very simple to follow using ingredients that anyone can easily obtain or may already have on hand. The book covers a wide range of common ailments and acts as a great introduction to taking control of your health and making your own natural 'drugs'.


20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature's Healing Herbs by Victoria Zak

What if you could switch up your health and well-being starting with your morning cuppa? This book '20,000 secrets of tea' has more than enough information to help you do just that!

Not just a recipe book, Victoria essentially teaches you to create your very own kitchen pharmacy of international herbs and, in case the in depth A-Z isn’t enough, even provides advice on how to create your own blends.


The Nature Doctor: A Manual of Traditional and Complementary Medicine by Dr HCA Vogel

The first British edition of this worldwide bestseller, The Nature Doctor, fully revised and updated, comes complete with comprehensive appendices, offering the reader easy access to wealth of information from the 'father' of natural healing.

You don’t get labelled the ‘father’ of natural healing without knowing your stuff and Dr Vogel’s advice has been successfully employed by lucky readers for many years. Now it’s been updated to continue to help readers in this modern era, where the advice is no less relevant and perhaps even more so. 


Bartram's Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Thomas Bartram

A featured post on natural healing wouldn’t be complete without a quality encyclopedia to refer to and Bartram fills that gap on the reading shelf. 

Containing over 900 entries of general disease conditions and corresponding herbal treatments, this book covers: therapeutic action, 550 monographs of medicinal plants, and the properties of herbs and preparations such as tinctures, liquid extracts, poultices and essential oils.


I hope this guide was helpful to you, let us know what you think of the choices and/or any reading recommendations of your own in the comments below. Wishing our readers good health! 

Sarah is an artist and writer with a lifetime interest in camping and survival techniques.

Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

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