Children are so very connected to nature. Their very essence is deeply rooted in the earth and all it produces. Just send your wee ones outside for an hour and then sit back and watch the magic happen. It is beautiful really.
Aside from digging in the dirt, climbing trees, and smelling flowers, I have noticed that time and time again, children are really intuitively drawn towards herbs, aka “edible weeds.” They seem to just know when a plant contains medicinal powers. I have watched many a child slow down around that plant and take time to really connect with it on a physical level. This is not true for all children but I do believe a lot of children feel pulled towards those plants with healing energy.
I have always nurtured my daughter’s connection to herbs. She has had access to her own herb garden where she may pick the herbs and use them freely. We have always taken the time to identify herbs we find on our nature walks. And of course, we read books and I tell stories that are focused on the healing powers of herbs.
Today I am sharing my favorite herbal books for children (with links to my affiliate partner Amazon). These have all be a key part of our library and will continue to be treasured for years to come. My daughter delights in these and has come to respect them as an important resource.
4 Herb Books For Children Of All Ages
Kid's Herb Book: For Children of All Ages
Explore the mysterious world of herbs with this magical, herbal workbook: Make your own healing potions, secret remedies, magical salves, enchanted syrups and special healing remedies. Recipes, projects, delightful stories, chant herbal songs, color in pictures, activities, grow your own garden, create healing herbal preparations!
Song of the Seven Herbs
This collection of captivating and original stories for children and adults alike tell how the Creator gave us seven common herbs. Spiritual allegories are used to teach us to be caretakers of Mother Earth.
Walking the World in Wonder: A Children's Herbal
Walking the World in Wonder covers the medicinal and magical uses of sixty-seven common herbs. Each herb playfully introduces itself and talks about its habitat and many uses. With fun, easy-to-follow activities, herbalist Ellen Evert Hopman teaches children basic herbal skills and invites them to make a sunflower seed mosaic, sew a catnip-filled mouse, and dig for Jerusalem artichoke roots. The book also includes simple recipes that children can use, with adult supervision, to treat minor ailments–peppermint tea to soothe a troubled tummy or horse chestnut salve to heal a scraped knee. Children gain a sense of self-sufficiency and awe for the earth's treasures by eating wild nettle greens, sprinkling a sandwich with nasturtium flowers, making strawberry honey, and learning to season food with dill they've gathered themselves. Parents and teachers will appreciate how these earth-centered activities are placed within a broader social and environmental context. Sixty-seven full-color photographs enable children, parents, and teachers to identify these herbs during walks and field trips. Walking the World in Wonder gives children a direct and joyous experience of their connection to the natural world and inspires a lifelong interest in their own health and that of the planet.
Herbs to Know 2: Wild Medicinal & Edible Plants
Photographs, how to identify, how to use medicinally, how to grow, how to eat and which parts to eat for more than 30 plants including some that are probably growing in your yard right now.