Resources & Further Learning
A plethora of sources can be found for one within the wealthy traditions associated to African American herbalism. Below are a couple of lists in numerous media. Included are books, conferences, Facebook teams, herbalists, organizations, and web sites. This is after all solely a subset of things on this subject however will hopefully get you properly in your approach for those who’re simply beginning to discover this space, and might be useful to all a technique or one other.
ACCESSING BOOKS: We advocate buying from small and/or BIPOC-owned bookstores each time doable. Here is one record of (*2*), a lot of which provide a web-based retailer. Some books on this record could also be tougher to search out and/or be costlier, since they’re supplied by smaller publishing homes with smaller print runs. For tips on affordably accessing books, go to our Herbal Books Hub.
*Titles by BIPOC authors or co-authors (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) are written in purple.
Books on African American Herbs & Healers
African American Folk Healing by Stephanie Mitchum
An glorious research of African American therapeutic that sheds mild on various folks practices (herbs, rituals, and charms).
Working the Roots: Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing by Michele E. Lee
A terrific therapy of many vegetation which might be a part of the African American pharmacopeia. Also options various write-ups about interviews with modern-day herbalists.
Folk Wisdom and Mother Wit: John Lee—An African American Herbal Healer by John Lee and Arvilla Payne-Jackson
A terrific therapy concerning the materia medica and therapeutic practices of an herbalist within the Piedmont of North Carolina.
Handbook of African Medicinal Plants by Maurice M. Iwu
A incredible assessment of greater than 2,000 species of vegetation utilized in Indigenous African drugs, with full-color pictures and references from over 1,000 publications.
Rootwork: Using the Folk Magick of Black America for Love, Money and Success by Tayannah Lee McQuillar
A pleasant succinct therapy of the African American folks magic custom.
Hoodoo Medicine: Gullah Herbal Remedies by Faith Mitchell
A short write up of the materia medica and natural traditions of the Gullah Geechee on the Sea Islands of Georgia.
A Healing Grove: African Tree Remedies and Rituals for the Body and Spirit by Stephanie Rose Bird
A terrific and thorough write up of the varied necessary timber in African and African American natural traditions and a wide range of methods to make use of them for health and therapeutic.
Historic Afrobotany Books
African American Midwifery within the South: Dialogues of Birth, Race, and Memory by Gertrude Jacinta Fraser
This e-book is an effective overview of the arc of midwifery within the southern United States.
African American Slave Medicine: Herbal and Non-Herbal Treatments by Herbert C. Covey
One of the principle texts with regards to slavery and therapeutic within the South.
African Ethnobotany within the Americas edited by Robert Voeks and John Rashford
This educational textual content has a sequence of articles that study the botany of Black individuals in numerous elements of the Americas from north to south, and the Caribbean.
Delivered by Midwives: African American Midwifery within the Twentieth-Century South by Jenny M. Luke
An necessary trendy summation of the follow of midwifery and the trials and tribulations associated to racism and laws within the 1900s.
Ethno-Botany of the Black Americans by William Ed Grime and William E. Grimi
One of essentially the most complete books on the topic concerning the variety of vegetation handled; nonetheless the accompanying textual content is dated.
In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Botanical Legacy within the Atlantic World by Judith Carney and Richard Nicholas Rosomoff
This is among the greatest books for studying concerning the organic switch of plant materials and conventional ecological data from Africa to the Americas and vice versa.
Maroon Societies: Rebel Slave Communities within the Americas by Richard Price
A radical overview concerning the numerous Maroon communities all through the African diaspora.
Medicinal Plants of West Africa by Edward S. Ayensu
One of the perfect books concerning the medicinal vegetation from the area from which many individuals have been enslaved.
Medicine and Slavery: The Diseases and Health Care of Blacks in Antebellum Virginia by Todd L. Savitt
A strong case research of the plight of enslaved peoples relative to their health care whereas in bondage in Virginia.
Secret Doctors: Ethnomedicine of African Americans by Wonda L. Fontenot
An necessary, however troublesome to search out textual content, and sadly very costly even when purchased used.
Working Cures: Healing, Health, and Power on Southern Slave Plantations by Sharla Fett
An exploration of the dynamics associated to medical care on plantations all through the South.
Facebook Accounts & Groups
BIPOC Herbal Teachers & Herbal Schools/Organizations
Some modern African American healers and natural faculties embody: