A Humble Book Review | The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders
Hello, friends! I have another great book review to share with you today. One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is “Which homesteading books would you recommend to a beginner?”
There are truly so many! Books are one of my favorite ways to learn about homesteading, and while I have a handful of favorites, it’s been difficult for me to find any certain one book that covers everything I specifically need to know about and is also easy for me to grasp. It’s one of the reasons I would one day like to write my own book, but until that day comes, I do have recommendations for other publications that I think meet the criteria both you and I enjoy.
Today’s book, The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders by Abby Artemisia is honestly wonderful. I have enjoyed the other books I have reviewed in the past, but this book is one that I know I will be picking up again and again to reference, inspire new ideas, and flip through on a rainy day. The photos are beautiful and it’s actually easy to read and follow without becoming overwhelmed. In the category of Home & Gardening books - that’s a big feat to overcome! If you want a book that is both aesthetically pleasing and helpful, you should check this one out.
The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders is filled with helpful information about how to go about harvesting, storing, and using herbs. I think this is a great guide for anyone open to using herbs for home use, whether that is medicinally, in bath and beauty products, to clean the home, or something different. I did not find this book to really focus too heavily on growing herbs, but more or less on how to get the stage of why to even use them once the growing part is finished.
I also loved that this book touched upon the art of foraging (and the risk you can potentially take when doing so) as well as how to respect plants in a thoughtful manner. I think many of the publications and blogs out there do not always think to cover this topic. As someone who does not personally forage, it was nice to read about it and learn that foraging takes careful education and guidance as well as learning to be aware that cutting plants has the potential to harm the population.
Abby touches upon the art of sustainability as well. It’s a refreshing read in that sense, and I think is a wonderful gateway into growing herbs with dignity and awareness!
If you are looking into building your own herbal apothecary, adding herbs to your everyday home usage, and/or growing herbs this year for the first time then I would definitely pick up a copy of this book! It is perfect for beginners and easily walks you through what is needed to know about figuring out what herbalism is all about. It is one of the few books I have picked up on this topic that does not completely bore me or make me feel lost in the sea of information. You will enjoy its simplicity and conciseness.
Would you like to win a copy for yourself? I am giving away a single copy of The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders on our Instagram account today through Friday! Simply follow the directions within the post to enter. It makes a great gift for your favorite gardener! Click here to enter and check it out.