I came across a wonderful hashtag on twitter called #BookGivingDay
The idea is to get books into the hands of as many children as possible because, according to the National Literacy Trust, “1 in 8 disadvantaged children in the UK don’t own a single book”
This got me thinking to how important it is to be able to educate ourselves through reading. We’ve already discussed five surprising health benefits to reading and I thought we could expand on that by sharing some of my favourite books about health and wellness – it’s my version of giving a nod to Book Giving Day!
These are some of the books that are well used on my bookshelf and have stood the test of time. Nearly all of these are older books, some dating back to the 1990s.
Valerie Ann Worwood – The Fragrant Pharmacy
This is my favourite book about essential oils. It’s very comprehensive, covering just about any minor ailment you can think of. Recipes are easy to follow and well laid out. There are no colour photos, in fact no photos at all, it’s just excellent and comprehensive information without being overwhelming.
Michael Van Straten – Superfoods
This is one of the first books I bought from a book club and I still use it to this day. It gives excellent advice on the right foods to eat for different conditions and shares simple recipes at the back. There are no photographs, but it is packed with insightful information.
Howard Kent – The complete Yoga Course
This book is clear and concise with excellent colour photographs. Each chapter shows you what to do for a month, and the idea is that you take a year to work through the course, so that you have a complete yoga practise at your disposal.
Christopher Hedley – Herbal Remedies
This simple introduction to herbal remedies covers a wide range of ailments with helpful and simple recipes to make at home. I love their cough syrup and simple-to-follow directions for making decoctions, tinctures and salves. There is a lot of information packed into this small book.
Michael Reed Gach – Acupressure [how to cure common ailments the natural way]
Acupressure can be used for a wide range of conditions. It’s like acupuncture without the needles! I successfully use the acupressure routines from this book for nausea, to relieve hayfever symptoms and for neck pain. It’s not the most attractive book to look at but is easy to find what you’re looking for and is well laid out.
Pauline Wills – The Reflexology Manual
After having reflexology for several years I became interested in how I could use reflexology at home. This book has very clear photos and comprehensive information about keeping your health topped up between treatments.
Kam Chuen Lam – The Qigong Workbook for Anxiety
As the title would suggest, this book shares some of the best Qigong exercises to help relieve anxiety. Dr Lam is a respected Qigong master and has been a traditional Chinese practitioner for over 40 years. His style of writing has a way of calming you down before you’ve even tried an exercise!
Connierae Andreas – Core Transformation
If you’ve ever been stuck with a limiting belief, you’ll know how frustrating it can be! Unlike many self-help methods, Core Transformation is not about willpower, discipline or positive thinking. It’s a 10-step process that helps you transform your limitations into strengths.
I’d love to know some of the favourite health and wellness books on your bookshelf! Which books are well used in your home?