Free Reputable Herbal Resources

When I first started learning about herbs, I didn’t have a lot of money. I couldn’t afford to buy books or courses and benefited from herbalist’s write-ups and blogs.  I learned a lot from these sources and they are very useful.

I’ve put together this list of  sites with quality information you can trust describing herbs and how to use them. I hope to inspire you to learn more about herbs and how they can benefit your health.


WHO MONOGRAPHS: On selected Medicinal Plants: This is a wealth of information. From description & safety to major chemical constituents. There are 4 volumes to look at. A PDF of each is available for download also. Amazing monograph write-ups of herbs

David Hoffman – 100 + monographs

Sharol Tilgner: 100+ Short Materia Medica but useful

Michael Moore’s Materia Medica located on this page + much more information!

The Naturopathic Herbalist: short excerpts of many herbs!

Richard Whelan: Medical Herbalist Herbs from A-Z: has around 200 herb monographs.  Well-formed.

Eric Yarnell: Bot med Rocks: doesn’t have a lot but they are very detailed

American Botanical Council:  Herbs marked with an * are not free. Some things are free, a lot are not.  You’ll need to register for an account also.

Tillotson Institute of Natural Health:  100 herbal monographs.

Althea Provence – Christophe Bernard-Herbaliste: 57 Herb Monographs.  These are wonderful detailed monographs.  You will need to translate the pages though.

Herbal Legacy – Dr. Christopher’s: Theses from the graduates of the School of Natural Healing.

Herbal Prescriber – Dr. Christopher Hobbs

Dr. Christopher’s, Articles

Jim McDonald’s Herbcraft: 20+ herbs and many, many other articles

Henriette’s Herbal: There is tons of information on herbs here just do a search. Lots of photo’s also.

Herb Rally Monographs: 40+ monographs written by various herbalist’s. They also have a great podcast that you can listen to these monographs.

Todd Caldecott: 35+ Herbs. Must be a subscriber to see content. Free to subscribe.  A lot of his herbs are used in Ayureveda.

Herbs with Rosalee de la Foret: She periodically adds more.

Steven Fosters: 24 monographs

Commonwealth Center For Holistic Herbalism: with Ren & Katja Blog format with lots of monographs and other articles – just do a search

Lesley Tiera’s Blog: Not necessarily monographs but has articles on specific herbs. – Can also do a search

Michael Tiera’s Blog: Also has some articles on specific herbs. – can do a search

Health Canada: 100+ herb monographs

Medicinal Plants of Texans: 50+ monographs written by students of wildflowerherbschool.

Mother Earth Living – Herbal Living: They have bunch of herbal monographs. Monographs by Lisa Moseby Monographs by Petra Sovcov (you’ll need to do a search to find)

California School of Hispanic Herbalism: Over 25 monographs

Healing Weeds: 50 + monographs.

Whispering Earth Materia Medica: 25+ Monographs

The Southern Herbalist:  Herbal Monographs & Videos on Appalachian Mountain Herbs here.

Wild Man Steve Brill: 25+ plants. Great photo’s and ways to eat them.

The Northwest School for botanical studies: Herbs at a glance 18 herb monographs.

Medical Herbalism Materia Medica & Pharmacy: Mostly articles or studies on herbs not necessarily full monographs.

Blessed Maine Herb Farm: little bits of info on about 20 herbs

The Wild Pharma: blog style – just do a search

Wisdomoftheplantdevas: Blog style – just do a search

The Integrated Herbalist: Herbalist Sue Sierralupe. Do a search for an herb your interested in. Maria Noel Groves: Note: just redid website, so currently none but says their will be. Here’s a couple “virtual herb walks” There are only 5 monographs here but they are very detailed monographs. Has a little bit of info on around 200 herbs.  I don’t know that those putting this website out there though are practicing herbalist.  Might just be bloggers. – Bach Flower Essences

AHPA: BOTANICAL CATEGORY LISTING: You can get photos and other tid bits of info from these listings especially for identifying. – Small snippet of Medicinal Uses of Herbs


A Modern Herbal by Maude Grieve:   Relied on by many and used for many years, especially by those teaching today.

The Dispensatory of the United States of America Twentieth Edition (1918) pdf.

William Cook’s Physio-Medical Dispensatory: pdf

*Note: this list last edited 2/24/19 please feel free to contact me or leave a comment if you note any other issues with list.


American Herbalist Guild: I’d be remiss to not mention the many free public webinars put on by the Guild. They are great and you can learn quite a bit.

Healthy. Net – David Hoffmann: 80+ articles

Christopher Hobbs Ailments Database: 50+ articles

27 more articles by Christopher Hobbs articles: by Christopher Hobbs

Medicinal Herbs – Christopher Hobbs

Steven Horne: Tree of Light – Excellence in Herbal Education: Many great articles just do a search

Jim McDonald’s Herbcraft: 20+ herbs and many, many other articles Herbal Resources by Dr. Tilgner

Richard Whelan’s Conditions Treated A-Z :  200 + articles Therapeutics Article Index

Eric Yarnell – Bot Med Rocks: not your typical ailments but lots of great articles

Todd Caldecott: 45+ articles.  You’ll need to register first.

Brigitte Mars Articles: 80+ Articles

Commonwealth Center For Holistic Herbalism: with Ren & Katja Blog format with lots of monographs and other articles 50+ Articles You will need to translate the page.

7Song & the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine: Useful articles on Body systems and 1st aid and more.

Kiva Rose’s Website 20+ herbs and other articles

Lesley Tiera’s Blog: – Can also do a search

Michael Tiera’s Blog: – can do a search

Susun Weed: Has many articles listed, some in order to read the full article you would need to be a student.

Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalsim class handouts, articles, lecture notes Maria Noel Groves class notes and videos

Matthew Wood: some selections from Earthwise Herbal

Chanchal Cabrera: couple of articles looks like just a bloggers info not necessarily an herbalist, not sure of this resource.

Medical Journals.

Dr. Dukes: Database: Phytochemical and ethnonotancial database

Advanced Herbal Medicine: Open source international Journal  Will need to register.

PubMed: Abstracts and some articles are free.

Britannica: Historical references to herbal applications.

European Medicines Agency: Type in the Latin Name in the Keyword search. Excellent resource from European regulatory agency. Final and draft documentation: assessment reports and monographs. Assessment reports in particular are very beneficial.



HerbTV: Huge supply of herb walks, Herbalist Interviews and more.

Steven Horne: A wealth of videos, and mini courses. Some webinars to kick start some of his courses.

East West Herb School: Of particular interest is the Pulse and Tongue Diagnose videos.

The Human Path – Sam Coffman: Survival School videos and more.  Fun and informative

Susun Weed and the Wise Woman Tradition: Start off with how to make herbal infusions and go from there to the many other short and sweet videos.  She adheres to the Herbs are People Medicine and will show how to videos on herbal preparations the simple way.


Mountain Rose Herbs: Has numerous how-to videos.

Christopher Hobbs: 10 lectures

Jim McDonald: Couple of herb walks with Jim, they are always fun to watch.

7Song: couple of herb walks with 7Song


Healthnotes: You’ll need to click on herb then it will have a tab to click on for interactions.

Canada Database: for adverse reactions

European Adverse Drug Reaction Reports can check herbs/drug interactions: just add drug and herbs to the lists. list of some possible drug/herb interactions


NUTRITRION & YOU.COM: Some herb nutritional facts

Michael Moore’s stuff

FREE RESOURES RECOMMEND BY Micahe Moore + his articles

Michael Moore’s School material now free

Michael Moore’s Herb manuals

Master Genus Index integrating ALL plant photographs, illustrations, maps, abstracts, constituents, monographs, major papers and folios by genus and species.


Culpper’s Book

Kings American Dispensery

If you could like to add your website to this list please contact me here, or leave a comment below.

This is information I have compiled with my time. Feel free to share this source with this original post.  Please do not just copy and share in your own format. – Thanks Mindy


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