Herbal Medicine for Beginners Book and Giveaway


My friends Katja Swift and Ryn Midura have written a book and I am happy to add it to my list of resources on my website!

Part herbal, part formulatory and part instructional, Herbal Medicine for Beginners is a great book for beginners of all ages! This book is a perfect companion for those who want to get started in herbalism but just don’t know where to begin.

I love that it covers 35 common herbs: Angelica, Ashwagandha, Betony, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Dandelion, Elder, Elecampane, Fennel, Garlic, Ginger, Goldenrod, Kelp, Licorice, Linden, Marshmallow, Meadowsweet, Milk Thistle, Mullein, Nettle, Peppermint, Pine, Plantain, Rose, Sage, Self-Heal, Solomon’s Seal, St. John’s Wort, Thyme, Tulsi, Uva-Ursi, Wild Lettuce and Yarrow, in an easy to understand manner and sets you up to be able to work effectively with all 35 herbs over the course of the book.

Not only does this book give a great overview of 35 commonly found herbs but it also gives great suggestions for combining herbs for a variety of common ailments and will give any beginner a great starting point for learning to incorporate herbs into their daily lives.

This book will teach you how to choose the best herbs for your body based on your body type and lifestyle and how to use them appropriately.

I decided to put this book to the test and handed it over to my 13 year old daughter and she put it to good use, using it as a supplement to learning about our upcoming herb for June, Wild Lettuce.

She found the book to be easy to follow with concise information that makes sense and recipes that are straight forward, easy to make and taste good too.

And while this book is simple enough for my 13 year old to understand, beginner adult herbalists will also find it to be a useful gem in their herbal library.

About this book

Herbal Medicine for Beginners is your everyday reference for common ailments using 35 popular herbs.

You don’t need to buy hundreds of hard-to-find herbs to start your journey with herbal medicine. Herbal Medicine for Beginners shows you how to use a few important herbs to promote the body’s ability to fight infection and heal naturally.

Herbal Medicine for Beginners shows herbalists-in-training how to use a limited number of versatile, medicinal herbs to craft herbal remedies for common ailments. From allergies to fevers to headaches, beginners will gain the essential knowledge they need to blossom into natural healers and practice herbal medicine.

Herbal Medicine for Beginners teaches you how to use herbs as preventative and restorative medicine with:

  • Herbal Medicine 101 provides step-by-step instruction on how to shop for, make, and apply herbal medicine effectively
  • Profiles on Popular Herbs teach you how to choose the right herbs for your herbal medicine collection
  • 100 Herbal Remedies for Common Ailments with easy-to-follow instructions to safely make remedies at home

Learn how to detox with dandelion, beat stress with linden, soothe burns with marshmallow and much more with remedies for common ailments in Herbal Medicine for Beginners.

About Katja and Ryn

Katja is an herbalist and teacher working to help adults, children, and families rebuild their relationships with their bodies and with their own ability to heal.

By teaching people how to understand what’s going on in their bodies, to eat real food, and work with medicinal plants, she helps them to reestablish their connectivity to the earth, to themselves, and to one another.

Katja likes words like educate and choice, hike and campfire, music and art. Also, enough, plain speech, and integrity. She abhors the way in which the phrases “I can’t” and “I have to” are overused in our culture.

Katja chooses to practice in Boston (as opposed to greener, wilder places) because city folks need plants, too. The dandelions come to live in cracks in the sidewalks just to be close to us: teaching in a city means that more people can recognize them in gratitude instead of trying to be rid of the weeds. She homeschools her twelve-year-old daughter Amber, who makes a very good pot of tea, loves dogs, and enjoys helping in the school and clinic.

Some of Katja’s favorite teas include Tulsi, Wood Betony, & Rose petals, Nettle and Friends, and Chai for a Busy Day.

Ryn found plant medicine as a path to deeper engagement with the balances and rhythms in body, mind, and environment. He’s become good friends with the soft and savory leaves of sage, the flexing knuckles of solomon’s seal, and the salamander living inside ginger.

Ryn’s first forays into healing came by way of martial arts, where he saw the difference movement can make for a person’s health. He is a MovNat Level 1 Certified Trainer.

Every day, Ryn drinks his roots, tastes his bitters, gets [almost] enough sleep, walks on all fours, takes the stairs, and stares at clouds. He feels keenly aware that while herbs alone can initiate a shift, they’re even more effective when combined with other interventions in lifestyle factors including diet, movement, sleep, and stress management, and that those changes must be chosen and pursued according to the nature of the individual, in the same way that herbal remedies must be formulated anew for each client.

This is an exciting time to be an herbalist: we see further and clearer into our past as we weave our way forward. As Ryn continues to develop his attunement to the world green and growing, he delights in sharing its gifts with the people all around who are in need of care and compassion, and those who seek to understand the connections from all things to all things.

Together, Katja and Ryn teach and run the Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism in Boston, Massachusetts.

The book’s release and a giveaway

This book is available for pre-sale and will be released on May 15, 2018 but guess what?! Katja and Ryn have generously offered a book for me to give away! Here are the rules to enter:

For a chance to win, leave a comment on this website.

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This giveaway is running through May 1, 2018 and I’ll announce the winner on May 2, 2018.

Due to publishing restrictions, this giveaway is open for USA residents only.

87 Responses to “Herbal Medicine for Beginners Book and Giveaway”

  1. 1

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    Cheers! Eric

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