If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of herbalism, good on you!
This is my list of suggested resources for reference books, herb suppliers and helpful websites.
Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide
This book was my first introduction to the world of herbs and herbalism. It has great basic recipes using common herbs for popular applications, mostly focused on remedies rather than cosmetics. The recipes are not always clear on how much yield you get, but instructions are very clear. Perfect for beginners.
Herbs for Common Ailments - Rosemary Gladstar
Also by Rosemary Gladstar, this little reference book is organised by remedy, and gives flexible guidelines for what herbs to use and how to prepare them. Recipes are flexible, making it great for people who want to experiment and expand their general knowledge.
Another pocket reference, this book focuses on various beauty applications. Recipes are less step-by-step rules, and more choose-your-own adventure, meaning you can tailor the product to suit your skin type, hair colour, etc.
Herbs: River Cottage Handbook No.10 - Nikki Duffy
Finding a cookbook that focuses only on herbs is sometimes a challenge, which is why I love this one. With growing tips and cooking recipes, this handbook highlights the pleasures that herbs can bring to the table. It is British, and so does focus on more cool-climate herbs, not exotics.
Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook - James Green
I flip through this book when I want to be inspired by plants and their uses. It is a bit more advanced than Rosemary's typical publication, and is great for expanding your herbal repertoire. The first chapter will guide your through a foraging field trip for Dandelion - very interactive!
This is the newest edition to my herbal library, and I can't put it down! Organised by herbal flavour group (i.e. sour, salty), each chapter gives a mix of culinary and medicinal recipes using the featured ingredient. The idea being that food should also be medicine. Amen to that!
Australian Herb Suppliers
For when you want to take it to the next level and grow your own!
I am a member of this club, but you don't have to sign up to buy plants and have them shipped to your doorstep. They have a great selection of both live plants and seeds. I've always found them to be reliable and of high quality.
I wish this farm were closer to me so I could visit! They have an excellent selection of medicinal, cosmetic and culinary herbs, including some more rare plants I couldn't find at Diggers. They sell living plants, and also dried herbs.
Please forgive the American focus here. Most Australian websites with the same information require a subscription for access.
Browse dietary supplements and herbal remedies to learn about their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug interactions.
Plants and related materials used in dietary supplements and natural cosmetics.
Read about various herbs - their parts used, collection guidelines, indications and actions.
Note - this page contains some affiliate links, but all resources are genuinely used and recommended by me.