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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Learning About Herbs

One of my favorite things to study is herbalism. I love the manuals, the field guides, the recipes. I have several books lined up on my bookshelf, all of which I consult regularly for personal use, as well as for information for sharing with you.

But one thing I go back to again and again is a set of podcasts on Herbal Ed's website. Herbal Ed (Ed Smith) is the guy behind the popular Herb Pharm extracts you see in many health food stores. (You know, the fascinating little brown bottles all lined up and labeled in orange.) I wanted to share the podcasts with you because if you're really looking for some great herb information from a talented teacher, this is the place to go.

To listen, go to Herbal Ed's homepage and click the Education tab on the top. Then knock yourself out! But make sure you have a notebook and a pen handy - there's a lot you'll want to remember!

(Note: This is not a paid posting. I just like the guy and his product a whole heap. Ed, if you're out there, feel free to send samples!)


Laura said...

Can you reccommend any especially good books about herbs and their uses? I've been searching for a good one... or two!


Jane O' said...

Thanks for leading me to Ed's podcast. I've never been to that site.
Laura, The Herb Bible by Peter McHoy and Pamela Westland is great for learning how to grow and use herbs. And I especially like The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal By David Hoffmann. This one is good for medicinal herbs and vitamins.

Michelle Constantinescu said...

And Laura, if you've never been there, Jane Marie has a beautiful herb blog - I guess she's too modest to tell you! It's at

My favorite herb book, FAVORITE, is The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook by James Green. I haven't even finished reading it yet because it's really a manual, and I want to take my time to understand it. Love it! Jane Marie, I really need an Herb Bible. I've been eyeballing it for a long time!