(incomplete, and still under construction)
Sources will be organized by subject, subdivided by media. If there’s something you want to see added, just send me an email!
I will try to make a note when a source has problematic or outdated parts, but if you see something bothersome that isn’t noted, let me know.
Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants by Andrew Chevallier — my go-to book. Has the most diverse and detailed information of any modern herbal I’ve read. Includes instructions for most types of preparations, as well as an index of ailments.
Culpeper’s Complete Herbal and English Physician by Nicholas Culpeper — (link is to a digitized version of the book) very old, now public domain so can be found online and in pdf format. Take the medical advice with caution, and cross reference with contemporary texts. I use this for folklore, traditional names, and planetary correspondences.
The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs by Reader’s Digest — it’s RD, so they’re not the most academic writers or anything, but this book rivals Chevallier in its diversity of plants — many Chinese and SE Asian herbs are included here that are not common in Western herbals. Also includes a lot of cute diy cosmetics, home decor, and other projects that some people might find interesting.
The Magic and Medicine of Plants by Reader’s Digest — This was my first book on herbs, given to me by my grandmother. It’s a bit older, but it has very lovely illustrations and a simple and accessible layout. Toxicity warnings and commonly confused plants are included in the description of most herbs, though some of them are up for debate among herbalists.
A Modern Herbal by Mrs. M. Grieve — (link is to a digitized version of the book) another turn of the century title that is now public domain. I have this in book form and it is HUGE. Absolutely ridiculous. She cites Culpeper frequently, but also includes notes from other botanists and herbalists.
Listed above are two public domain books that can be found online in multiple formats.
As with any online medical or drug advice: cross-reference, fact-check, and double-fact-check.
I am not responsible for your silly ass getting sick from eating the wrong berries, or any other disaster that may befall you as a result of reading this page.
http://www.erowid.org/ — deals specifically with entheogens, aka is probably illegal in most places. Most articles are reader-submitted, and the whole site is maintained by members in a wiki-style editing process. Read with care.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/herb_All.html — actual Health Department website, so may be biased towards current laws. But they can probably be held responsible for their medical information. Good for checking drug interactions!
http://thenaturopathicherbalist.com/ — a refreshing website that actually addresses pharmacological constituents and actions of herbs. Most pages cite sources, and information is scientific while being accessible to beginners.
http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folktexts.html –Folktexts, largely European tales. Sorted by subject matter.
http://www.ucc.ie/celt/irlpage.html — Large collection of ancient and Medieval Irish texts. Laws, medical, myths, cycles, etc.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/ — Collection of religious, mythological, and folk texts from all over the world. Sorted by culture, region, or faith.
http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/gaidhlig/corpus/Carmina/ — The Carmina Gadelica, as part of a larger Corpus of Gaelic texts. Most of the website is in Gaelic; this link includes a bilingual edition of the Carmina, which is wonderful for reconstructing prayers and ritual from post-Christian folk practice.
http://www.maryjones.us/ctexts/index_irish.html — Another collection of Irish cycles, tales, history, and myth.
http://www.vsnrweb-publications.org.uk/ — Sagas, Eddas, studies, and lectures provided by the Viking Society.