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      I never use a single source, I currently have approx 60 herbal books, 20
      homeopathy books, 15-20 Accupressure/Acupuncture books and 10-12
      aromatherapy & Flower Therapy books.

      My favorites however are:

      Anything by Susan Weed
      Rosemary Gladstar
      Christiane Northrup

      Family Herbal – R. Gladstar
      Healing Wise – S. Weed
      Herbal Healing for Women R. Gladstar
      Herbal Remedies for Mens Health – R. Gladstar
      Wise Woman Herbal for the Child Bearing Years- S. Weed
      Back to Eden – Jethro Kloss
      Prescription for Nutritional Healing (all Editions are excellent) by Keats
      Publishing – this book encompasses vitamins and minerals as well as herbs.
      This is usually the first one I grab when someone has symptoms of illness.

      These are my favorites, but I always, Always, ALWAYS cross-reference at
      least 3 sources before deciding on a therapy.

      I like alot of the Older Herbal books, sometimes you have to really pay
      attention to the wording though. Look at the latin name of the plant/herb.
      For example if a book simply says Echinacea, it is doing you a disservice.

      Which Echinacea? Echinacea Augustifolia Or Echinacea Purpurea or Echinacea
      Pallida ??

      E. angustifolia – is smaller and delicate, grows to 2 ft. Leaves are
      lanceolate with smooth margins. Flower petals do not droop but spread
      outward from the seed-head.

      E. purpurea – grows to 5 ft. A robust plant with many ovate leaves. Leaf
      margins are toothed. Flowers are large with petals drooping towards the
      stem.

      E. pallida – grows to 3 ft. Leaves are lanceolate with smooth margins. The
      color of the flowers vary from purple to white and are drooping.

      There are, of course, several other species of echnicea (Echinacea simulata;
      Echinacea paradoxa; Echinacea tennesseensis; Echinacea laevigata; Echinacea
      sanguinea; Echinacea atrobubens; Echinacea gloriosa), but these are the 3
      most often seen available, and this is only an example. One form is much
      more beneficial than it’s 2 counterparts.

      Also, when cross-referencing, you’ll see that sometimes using the whole
      herb is less effective than using only certain parts of the plant. In some
      cases, it’s only the leaves or the root that carry the properties needed to
      affect the condition your treating.

      HTH,
      Liss

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