A Very Healthy Read!

by lrmetcalfe

I love love love reading! I am a bit of a bookworm and combining my passion for books with my love of everything healthy and holistic has led to quite a large collection of health-related books.

For me a health book needs to be accessible, non-fad related (!!!) and easy to dip in and out of. Not something you would read cover to cover, but more of a reference for information, as and when needed. Over the years I have discovered some brilliant healthy reads and some awful ones; so to save you the trouble of ploughing through the health section of your local book store, I thought I would share with you my favourite healthy reads.


500500 of the most important health tips you’ll ever need- Hazel Courtney

Not the catchiest of titles but it definitely does what it says on the tin. This is the book I turn to the most and it has taught me a lot.

The book features various common health complaints, gives a brief description of the problem and then goes on to tell you which foods to avoid, which foods to eat more of, supplements or remedies to try and lifestyle tips. It is well laid out and easy to understand.

This is definitely my favourite health book. A copy for the home will be a useful addition to any family library; just be warned, the foods you usually need to eliminate are the things we all like best- coffee, alcohol, cheese and chocolate!


Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine- Thomas Bartrambartrams_encyclopedia_of_herbal_medicine

Thomas Bartram gave up 17 years of hospital service to become a medical herbalist. He founded the herbal remedy manufacturer Gerard House and also the publication Grace.

This book is an encyclopedia of not only every remedy you can think of but also every ailment. From Abdominal Pain to Zinc, it is a comprehensive reference book and a practitioner’s best friend; this book would also be perfect for those who are more dedicated to using alternative medicines.


the-illustrated-herbal-encyclopediaThe Illustrated Herbal Encyclopedia- Brenda Little

This is one of the books that started by passion for alternative medicine! My school library had a copy and at lunchtimes me and my friend would squabble over who would look at it- this sounds a little odd, but it is such an aesthetically pleasing book!

It covers all the uses of herbs, not just medicinal. It takes you through herbal skin care, crafts, cooking with herbs and a short encyclopedia of the most common herbs and their applications; all accompanied by beautiful photography. It will have you wanting to create lavender pillows, pomanders and tussie-mussies in no time!



The Complete Home Guide To Medication: A Practical Guide To Prescription & Non Prescription Drugs- Warwick Carter

Ever come home from the doctors with a box of tablets and wondered exactly what your’re taking and why? This book is a comprehensive guide to drugs, their uses and interactions. A really interesting reference for those of us who enjoy perusing the leaflets that comes with medication.  Great if you want to become more informed about pharmaceutical medicines.3d9a017b42a09bab841c1210_L


The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils- Gill Farrer-Halls

This book is a great beginner’s guide to aromatherapy; it gives a good description of each of the essential oils, their uses and contraindications. Also provides a lot of information on how to make your own aromatherapy products.


The Nature Doctor- Alfred Vogel


Alfred Vogel (my hero!), was a Swiss naturopath and nutritionist born in 1902. His mother and grandmother began teaching him about herbal medicine from a young age, then when he was  21, he moved to Basel to manage a herb and health store. He became more and more interested in natural remedies, so he decided to study homeopathy, naturopathy and botany.

He was passionate about helping others and learning as much as he could about natural healing. He travelled regularly discovering the healing secrets of many cultures. His beliefs and methods became more renowned and popular. He started publishing his own health magazines and eventually went on to set up Bioforce, a manufacturer of high quality herbal remedies, the company has now been renamed as A.Vogel, to commemorate this great man. This book details his findings and beliefs, including many long-forgotten practices and remedies.


“ When we fall ill, lack of knowledge and ignorance as to the requirements of our body accounts for a good 80%”  Alfred Vogel (1902-1996)


With this in mind, why not pick up a health book and empower yourself…..happy, healthy reading!


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