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20 Must-Read Holistic Health Books For 2021

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Are you looking for the best resources to help you with your natural health and living journey? Or maybe you need a great gift for someone that is interested in natural health and is a total book lover? Here are 20 holistic health books that are essential for any collection!


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In this post, there are a few books that have given me inspiration and guidance and really influenced my journey to better health.

Some are quite old, and some are a little newer, but all have a powerful message and purpose!

These books hold information that could be the key to you taking the next step in your health journey too.

So, check them out and remember- books are a great gift idea!

If you have someone in your life that is just starting on the road to better health, the holistic health books listed here are great for everyone, including beginners.

Ok, on to the list!


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Best Holistic Health Books

The holistic healing books below include every area of health and medicine including nutrition, mind-body medicine, mindset, essential oils, natural remedies, and more.

Let the learning begin!


Own Your Self

This book is fantastic! Just like in her last book, A Mind Of Your Own, Dr. Brogan lays out a holistic approach to psychological issues. She explains in detail how the mind and the body are not separate and taking drugs for symptoms is not a long-term solution.

This book gives hope to those dealing with anxiety, depression, and other mental issues and offers a holistic approach to treatment.



The Mind/Body Toolkit

Dr. Kim D’Eramo is an emergency room physician turned mind/body expert that offers easy to implement tools and strategies to help elevate your physical and mental health. This book is positive, encouraging, and very relatable.

It is a must-have for anyone who is dealing with a health issue and believes that nothing can be done, you’ve tried everything, or you’re just not sure which way to go anymore!



The Biology Of Belief

In his book, The Biology Of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton discusses his science-based findings and explains how our mind has a direct influence on our body and health. Our everyday thoughts influence the actual chemistry of our bodies! This in turn influences our health and happiness. It’s really quite amazing!

If you or someone you know is interested in reading more about the mind/body connection, this is a must-read.



You Can Heal Your Life

Louise Hay is a well-known best selling author who believed “if you’re willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed”.

You Can Heal Your Life is an older book, but there is still much that can be learned from the teachings. If you are interested in how your thoughts create your reality, check out this book.



The Mindbody Prescription

Dr. Sarno’s book, The Mindbody Prescription, is another older book, but well worth the read!

The number of pain disorders have increased significantly in the US and many doctors and their patients are not recognizing the possibility that there is an underlying mental or emotional cause.

If you or someone you know suffers with a painful physical condition, Dr. Sarno gives insight on possible healing without drugs or surgery.



Ancient Secrets Of A Master Healer

In this book, the author, a university researcher with a PhD, was a skeptic but spent time and traveled with a legendary healer, Dr. Naram. The events this researcher experienced and the knowledge he learned completely transformed his life. He shares his experiences in an easy to read and engaging story of transformation and hope.



The Tapping Solution

New to tapping or interested in learning more? The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner is a great resource!

In this book, readers are given everything they need to start using the simple, yet powerful practice of tapping (also known as EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique). Tapping is a great modality to use that can quickly and easily help bring relief from both physical and emotional problems.



The Science Behind Tapping

In this fascinating book, Peta Stapleton, Ph.D., who is an EFT researcher, lays out the history and research of tapping. She also illustrates how tapping can be used for a number of health issues and proves that EFT is an effective, and science-backed therapy.

This book is easy to read and does a great job of providing the research and evidence behind the Emotional Freedom Technique and would be a great addition to any collection of holistic health books.



Gut And Psychology Syndrome

In the book, Gut And Psychology Syndrome, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride offers natural treatment and dietary recommendations for many of today’s commonly diagnosed psychological syndromes.

By recognizing the link between mental issues, the food we eat, and the condition of our digestive system Dr. Campbell-McBride has given many people hope and a path to reversing the health issues that plagued them. This is truly one of the best foundational books on holistic health and healing!



Nutrition And Physical Degeneration

If you are looking for holistic health books to add to your library or to give as a gift you can’t go wrong with Nutrition And Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston Price.

This book is fascinating! Dr. Price traveled the world for 10 years in search of the secret to good health. With the help of his wife, he was able to document his findings and shares what he learned. This really is one if the best books on holistic health!



Nourishing Traditions

Based on the principles put forth by Dr. Weston Price, Sally Fallon created this cookbook full of real-food recipes that will nourish the body and provide the foundation for health and healing.

This book is a great addition to your collection, but I will say, some of the recipes are very different from what is considered “normal” today. So keep an open mind, but definitely give it a look.



The Omnivore’s Dilemma

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, like a few of Michael Pollen’s other books, discusses our food choices, health, and even what that means for our survival. 

This book is over 10 years old now but is still causing people to examine the way we think about food, the consequences of our food choices, and what that means for ourselves and the world we live in.



Deep Nutrition

To write Deep Nutrition, Dr. Cate Shanahan, a physician, and biochemist studied well-known diets from around the world including the Mediterranean, Okinawa, and Blue Zone diets. She was able to find four common habits that lend to children being strong and healthy, along with helping an older population remain vital and active.

The foods that contribute to this level of health include, fermented, sprouted, and fresh foods, meat cooked with the bone, and organ meats. This is what she refers to as “The Human Diet.”



The Gabriel Method

I generally don’t recommend diet books because, well, diets almost never provide the tools for long-term, sustainable weight loss.

But The Gabriel Method is different. Through his own weight loss journey, Jon Gabriel developed a system that incorporates both mind and body and helps people lose weight safely all while building health. No fad diets or dangerous suggestions here! If you’ve tried to lose weight but haven’t gotten the results you’d hoped for, it may be time to look into a more holistic approach!



Impossible Cure

Impossible Cure by Amy Lansky, Ph.D., provides interesting information in regards to the history and philosophy of homeopathy. In this book, the author shares the story of how she believes that her son was cured of autism with the help of homeopathy.

There are also dozens of testimonials speaking to the power of homeopathic remedies from people who suffered from a number of health issues. This book is an interesting read and definitely a holistic health book to put on your list. 



The Complete Homeopathy Handbook

Homeopathy is a a popular practice that has a long history of safe and effective treatments.

The Complete Homeopathy Handbook is a must-have guide for anyone interested in using homeopathic remedies at home. This book has remedies and their uses, explanations, and gives easy to understand suggestions for treating a variety of conditions.



Essential Oil Safety

Essential Oil Safety is an amazing resource written by Robert Tisserand.

This comprehensive book includes important safety information on essential oils, provides information on drug interactions, and offers profiles for 400 essential oils.

If you’re looking for detailed essential oil data and how to use the oils safely, this is the book to buy!



The Complete Book Of Essential Oils And Aromatherapy

If you or someone you know is interested in using essential oils or aromatherapy, The Complete Book Of Essential Oils And Aromatherapy may be just what you’re looking for!

This book has it all. There are over 800 recipes, 125 essential oil profiles, information about carrier oils, along with different applications for everyone in your home.



The Modern Herbal Dispensatory

The Modern Herbal Dispensatory is a must-have guide if you are interested in making herbal remedies at home.

This book has complete instructions and covers topics like how to make herbal medicines, lotions, poultices, tooth powders, and more. It’s the perfect holistic health book for a beginner or anyone wanting to expand their herbal knowledge and DIY skills!



Encyclopedia Of Herbal Medicine

The Encyclopedia Of Herbal Medicine is a well laid out, easy to read book that gives helpful information about plants and the healing properties associated with them.

Learn how to make herbal remedies for common ailments, and read all about how to grow and harvest your very own herbs for natural medicine.



A Few Last Thoughts About Holistic Health Books

If you’re taking steps to live a naturally healthy life, you’ll definitely want to add some of the holistic health books mentioned above.

A few may seem a little old, but trust me, they will quickly become well-loved favorites because the information is so interesting and helpful you will have to read them more than once!

And don’t forget…. books make amazing gifts 😉

Looking for more gift ideas (for yourself or others)?
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Best holistic health books



Hi, I’m Amy

I’m a Licensed Massage Therapist and have a degree in Human Services, but my most important job is being a wife and mom.  My goal is to provide others with researched and reliable natural health information just for women so you too can live….

A Radiantly Healthy Life!

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