Education & Helpful Links

Welcome to The Elderberry Resources page!

Want some recommendations for good herbal books/classes? Below are some of our favorite links in addition to beloved books reviewed by the staff at The Elderberry.

The following links are resources that I have found to be reliable, informative and useful in learning more about herbs and other healing modalities.

Ayurveda: A Brief Overview

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term meaning “science of life”. Ayu means “life” or “daily living” and Veda means “knowing.”

This holistic system of medicine is native to India and has been widely practiced there for more than 5,000 years. It is based upon the Law of Microcosm and Macrocosm: That which is within is also without. It is a way of viewing a person as having a universe within themselves that is both uniquely theirs and yet inseparable from the cosmic universe. By balancing all of the energies of the body, physical disease and deterioration can be reduced: every individual has the capability of self-healing.

tridoshaThe five basic elements (Space, Fire, Air, Water, Earth) manifest in the body as three basic principles or humors known as the tridosha. The vata dosha is the result of the combination of Ether and Air; the pitta dosha is the result of the combination of Fire and Water and the kapha dosha is the combination of Earth and Water. They are the basic constituents and protective barriers for the body. When they are out of balance they contribute to a dis-ease state.

By identifying and working with your dosha, you can maximize your quality of life and minimize dis-ease. Identify your dosha by clicking onto the following website and completing the questionnaire:

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): A Brief Overview

As with Ayurveda medicine, TCM is a holistic system of medicine that perceives human beings as part of the universe that surrounds them and enriched with the same universal cosmic forces. This has been practiced in China for over 5,000 years. TCM views the person as one unbroken wholeness, called Tao, a continuum of within and without, much like in Ayurvedic medicine. It strives towards greater integration through the cultivation of Qi (pronounced “chee”) by balancing the polar aspects of Yin-Yang within us. It embraces the logic that the best remedy for disease is prevention.

600px-CircleOfElements3Cycles.svgIn TCM there are 5 Phases: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water. These correspond to five organ networks, five seasons, five climates and five personality types. Paying attention to the seasonal changes and including the use of specific herbs and food can help with the transformation that is occurring and bring balance to body, mind and spirit.

The workings of the body are associated with each of the seasonal cycles of birth, growth, ripening, harvest and decay. The strength of TCM lies in its power to detect and meaningfully describe dysfunction even though the structure appears intact and physically sound. TCM looks for disharmonies of Qi that over time can affect structure but may appear before the appearance of gross manifestations. A good place to start is to identify your element. Click onto this website to take a questionnaire and find out where you fit:

Thanks to Rosalee de la Forȇt at Methow Valley Herbs!

She has compiled a list of good herbal blog sites and they can be accessed here:

Other On-line Herb Resources

Herb Mentor:

You pay a yearly fee and have access to on-line classes, tutorials and a variety of herbalists. Lots of videos demonstrating how to make numerous products/items. Content is for both adults and children.

Great Herbalist Sites

These are individual herbalists who may also have a school associated with their work. These sites contain great information and a variety of perspectives on herbs and herbalism.

Aviva Romm:

Columbines School of Botanical Studies:

David Hoffman (via Jim McDonald):

David Winston:

Henrietta Kress:

Jim McDonald:

Karyn Sanders:

Kiva Rose:

Larken Bunce: Vermont School of Integrative Medicine

Maude Grieve (A Modern Herbal on-line):

Michael and Lesley Tierra:

Michael Moore (Southwest School of Botanical Medicine):

Paul Bergner:

Rosalee de la: Forȇt

Rosemary Gladstar:

Samuel Thayer:

Stephen Harrod Buhner:

Susan Weed:

Todd Caldecott:

Recommended Organizations

United Plant Savers:

A good organization to join – they are helping to protect endangered and at-risk medicinal herbs.

American Herbalist Guild:

Piedmont Environmental Council:

A good organization for keeping up with more local activities/events

Local Herbal Schools/Herbalists

Sacred Plant Traditions: (Kathleen Maier)

Owlcraft Healing Ways: (Suzanna Stone)

Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine: (Teresa Boardwine)

Forrest Green Farm: (Rob and Krista Rahm) They teach organic herbal living with the cycles of nature

Local Herbal Schools/Herbalists

These are scheduled herb events all over the country. Take a browse!

HERBAL (and more) BOOKS

This is a new addition to our website where we will review a book and write a brief review. As new ones are discovered or old ones re-visited, the following are our list of recommended books to have on your shelf (or tablet).

51KMAGepI8L._SX410_BO1,204,203,200_The Smudging and Blessings Book, Inspirational Rituals to Cleanse and Heal, by Jane Alexander. Reviewed by Jaide Stover.

A simple guide to the art of cleansing energy; this ‘how-to’ manual is complete with step by step instructions, scripts, and inspiration to aid you in creating & maintaining sacred space. The power of herbs, essential oils, crystals, tradition, and the elements, are our allies in this endeavor. Alexander covers the basics, illustrating ‘smudging’ as an all-ages-must for those interested in ceremony.