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Resources, Suppliers, Training, Clinic, Recommended Books and Links

Herbal Medicine Clinic

Pacific Rim College

229-560 Johnson Street (Market Square)
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 3C6
Tel: 250.483.2119
Fax: 250.984.0901
Toll Free: 1.866.890.6082

Pacific Rim College has a free student clinic. Patients undergo a thorough assessment and are given several therapeutic options in the form of herbal remedies. Remedies may include teas, tinctures, capsules, creams and more.

Initial sessions generally take 90 minutes. The consultation is free and patients only need to cover the cost of herbal remedies.

Skype consultations are available for those not able to go to Victoria.

Herbal Medicine Suppliers

Mountain Rose Herbs

PO Box 50220

Eugene, OR 97405



Island Herbs

Ryan Drum

P O Box 25, Waldron, WA 98297-0025


Retail Outlets for Herbal Medicine in the Comox Valley

Edible Island

477 6th Street,

Courtenay, BC 

V9N 1M4

Edible Island carries a wide range of herbal medicines and they have helpful and knowledgeable staff.

Herb Schools in Canada

Pacific Rim College

229-560 Johnson Street (Market Square)
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 3C6
Tel: 250.483.2119
Fax: 250.984.0901
Toll Free: 1.866.890.6082


The School of Western Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy) at PRC offers recognized diploma and certificate programs and courses in areas including Materia Medica, Herbal Energetics and Therapeutics, Dispensary Management, and Biomedicine. The Diploma of Phytotherapy is the most comprehensive program of Western Herbal Medicine in North America. The curricula for all diploma programs meets or exceeds the standards of various governing bodies around the world.

Herb Seeds

Richters Herbs

357 Highway 47
Goodwood, ON L0C 1A0 Canada
Tel. +1.905.640.6677  Fax. +1.905.640.6641

A huge range of medicinal herb seeds

Websites, Blogs and Online Info:


Canadian Herbalists Association of British Columbia - website and links to herbalists.  quarterly newsletter.


Paul Bergner

North American Institute of Medical Herbalism

Director Paul Bergner is an excellent Herbalist who is practical and very well researched.  His information does not just follow the herd, he examines every piece of information he writes about in an indepth and thorough way from both the scientific and traditional perspective.


Jim MacDonald

Jim is generous and prolific in his writing and sharing of information about herbs


Henriette Kress

An incredible resource of archival and current information


American Herbal Pharmacopoeia

The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia® develops qualitative and therapeutic monographs on botanicals.  Director Roy Upton who is a Herbalist.


American Botanical Council - Good website for information on herbs and research journal Herbalgram is an excellent magazine on all things Herbal.  Published by the American Botanical Council.

Practitioner Training

Recommended Books

Starting Out with Herbal Medicine


These books are practical, useful and accessible and are a good place to start if you are just learning about Herbs.


Gladstar, Rosemary. Herbal Healing for Women. Fireside Press (1993)


All of Rosemary Gladstars books are excellent. She is a Herbalist and writes accessible, easy to use books packed with information.


Hoffmann, David. The Holistic Herbal. Findhorn Press (1986)

Good book for starting out with herbs.  David is a Herbalist and this book is an excellent starting point for learning how to use herbs.



Reference Books


These books have great information about plants and are written by people with extensive knowledge.  The information is not set out in as easily accessible and practically usable format for the beginner Herbalist as the books above.  But nonetheless the information is interesting and sound.


Grieve, M. A Modern Herbal, Jonathon Cape, London, (1975)


This book was written by Maud Grieve and Hilda Leyal 1930’s and is a wonderful reference book about the medicinal uses, folklore, horticultural and agricultural information about the herbs and information about the herbs in commerce.  It’s focus is on Herbal Medicine and herbs used in the UK but includes knowledge about the herbs from Europe and North America.



Juliette de Bairacli Levy. The Illustrated Herbal Handbook. Faber and Faber 1974

And all Juliette de Bairacli Levy’s books.


James Green, The Male Herbal: Health Care for Men and Boys. The Crossing Press. 1997



For More Advanced Students and More In depth Information



David Hoffmann – Medical Herbalism – The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine, 2003, Healing Arts Press, Vermont,


Mills S, Bone K. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. Churchill Livingstone, 2000


Mills, Simon Y. The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine, Arkana Books, 1991


Matthew Wood,  The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants. The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants,  2008, North Atlantic Books

These are not beginners books. They are packed with incredible information and are a great resource.  I find that the medicinal uses are not referenced in a useful way, so it is impossible to know if the use is by one person or one patient, or is a use that has been documented for hundreds of years.  This makes these books tricky for beginners to use.


Thomas Bartram – The Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Grace Publishing




Ganora, Lisa.  Herbal Constituents – Foundations of Phytochemistry, HerbalChem Press 2009


Schauenberg,P and Paris,F. Guide to Medicinal Plants. Lutterworth Press 1977



Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine for the Western Herbalist


The Yoga of Herbs by Dr. David Frawley and Vasant Lad, Lotus Press (1992)

This book explains the use of Ayurvedic herbs in laymans language.


History of Western Herbal Medicine


Griggs, Barbara, Green Pharmacy. Norman and Hobhouse 1982



Energetics of Western Herbal Medicine


Graeme Tobyn, A Practice of Western Holistic Medicine. Element 1997

Written by a Herbalist this books explains the four humours and the traditional energetics of western herbal medicine.


Chishti, Hakim G. M. The Traditional Healers Handbook. Healing Arts Press 1991


Wood, Matthew. The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism. North Atlantic Books 2004


Medicine Making


Green, James. The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook, Crossing Press, 2000

There are many good medicine making books, but this book is the best.




Harris, J. Woolf Harris, M. Plant Identification Terminology Spring Lake Publishing 1977


Pacific Northwest Botany


Plants of Coastal British Columbia by Pojar and Mackinnon - excellent plant identification book



Ethnobotany for the Pacific Northwest


Nancy Turner from University of Victoria, BC, has spent the last 40 years collecting and recording information about First Nations uses of plants in healing and technology.  All her books are excellent.


Growing and Harvesting


Whitten, G. Herbal Harvest- Commercial Organic Production of Quality Dried Herbs. Bloomings Books 1997

This is an excellent resource book with detailed practical information without parallel.


Miller, R. A. The Potential of Herbs as a Cash Crop. Acres USA 1985





Juliette de Bairacli Levy - here is the link to a you tube clip of a film about this amazing woman.


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