A Reading List for Connecting With Nature

Apothecary Tinctura, your Cherry Creek sanctuary for holistic healing, invites you to delve into the natural world through these compelling reads.

Photo by Tom Visocchi.

1. My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown

by Meera Lee Patel

Delve into the Patel’s whimsical world as she artfully navigates the murky waters of the unknown. Patel’s journey, articulated with both vulnerability and boldness, encourages us to lean into the nebulous questions of existence— those night whispers that ask, “Am I enough?” Her vibrant watercolors dance across the pages, transforming intimidating thoughts into a delightful kaleidoscope of introspection.

2. How to Breathe: 25 Simple Practices For Calm, Joy, And Resilience

by Ashley Neese

An antidote to hustle culture, this gem of a book on the art of breathing serves as a gentle guide, illuminating the path to calm, joy, and resilience through the intentional practice of breathwork. From defusing anger to bridging the chasm of disconnection, Neese’s 25 practices are a lighthouse amid the storm of life’s varied emotions.

3. Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects

by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

In this enlightening read, the author elevates the humble bug to a veritable superhero of the natural world. From being the unsung heroes of pollination to digesting plastic, these insects perform vital roles that are as fascinating as they are essential.

4. The Revolutionary Genius Of Plants: A New Understanding of Plant Intelligence and Behavior

by Stefano Mancuso

In a world where intelligence is too often associated with sentience alone, Mancuso invites us to reassess our anthropocentric view. By illuminating the intricate intelligence of plants, he challenges our preconceptions and inspires us to consider how we might learn from these photosynthetic philosophers. It’s a tour de force of botanical enlightenment.

5. Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science

by Enrique Salmón

Through the lens of the Rarámuri tribe’s concept of iwígara, Salmón takes us on a journey into the heart of the natural world, revealing the food and medicinal secrets of over 80 plants. A testament to the wisdom of generations, this book resonates with the harmony of human and plant kinship.

6. Forest: Walking Among Trees

by Matt Collins

Each chapter unfurls like a leaf, introducing you to a unique genus of tree and revealing its contribution to our everyday lives—from the piney tang of gin to the smooth curves of bespoke furniture. Roo Lewis’s evocative photography breathes life into the prose, capturing the quiet majesty of these arboreal giants, adding to the book’s allure.