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 (Past & Present). 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
  • A link (internet or postal address) to where the book can be obtained
  • A cover of the book in .JPEG or TIFF format

Making Tinctures: Determining Formulas, Benefits, Safety, Dosage
Thyme Wisper

Formulas,  benefits, safety issues, and dosing information are provided for 69 formulas. Details are given for how to derive formulas for those herbs of which you cannot find a formula anywhere else or need to select between contradictory formulas that you have found. Sources are given for determining the benefits, safety issues and dosing information for the tinctures of your derived formulas, as well as, how to determine the dosage if no source is available. The determination of the proper dosage for a child is explained in detail. Other forms of tinctures, for example, glycerites and acetous tinctures, are also described, as well as why they may or may not be the best form of tincture to use for some herbs.

Medical Herbalism
David Hoffmann

By the author of The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal. Medical Herbalism contains comprehensive information concerning the identification and use of medicinal plants by chemical structure and physiological effect, the art and science of making herbal medicine, the limitations and potential of viewing herbs chemically, and the challenge to current research paradigms posed by complex plant medicines. It also includes information on toxicology and contraindications, the issues involved in determining dosage and formulation types for an individual, guides to the different measurement systems and conversion tables, and the pros and cons of both industrial and traditional techniques. With additional sections devoted to the principles of green medicine, the history of Western Herbalism, the variety of other medical modalities using medicinal plants, an extensive resource directory, and a discussion of treatments organized by body system, Medical Herbalism is the comprehensive textbook all students and practitioners of clinical herbalism need to develop their healing practices. 

Medicinal Mushrooms of Western North America
Robert Rogers & J. Duane Sept
Medicinal Mushrooms: The Human Clinical Trials
Rober Dale Rogers, RH(AHG)
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.