total health the chinese wayTotal Health the Chinese Way ($17.95, 344 pp) is a guide to total health, authored  by Esther Ting, Ph.D. and co-author Marianne Jas, M.A., presents four decades of insight into helping patients learn the value of listening to their bodies. Each chapter contains quick exercises, diet tips and testimonials that will help ease pain, increase energy and prevent illness.

aloe veraMartie Whittekin’s book Aloe Vera ($7.95, 55 pp) presents the ancient medicinal herb in the light of modern science. It describes the benefits of aloe vera, including immune system support, antioxidant protection, detoxification and digestive health. Whittekin backs up these age-old claims with modern scientific research.

bowden bookUnleash the Amazingly Potent Anti-Aging, Antioxidant Pro-Immune System Health Benefits of the Olive Leaf ($5.95, 38 pp), by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., includes information from health experts as well as use testimonials about the medicinal purposes of the olive leaf. The book contains research on a myriad of the olive leaf’s possible health benefits, including its antioxidant and infection-fighting qualities.

The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook ($34.95, 184 pp) is full of advice about the business end of running a farm. Author Richard Wiswall includes ways to make production more efficient, advice for managing employees, marketing strategies and tips on how to handle profits and plan for retirement. The book also comes with a companion CD.

The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs ($12.95, 152 pp), by horticulturist Charles W.G. Smith, offers in-depth profiles of 26 basic herbs, with full-color photos. Herbs such as basil and bay laurel are described in detail, including growing, harvesting and preserving each herb. Further lessons on cooking techniques help expand one’s culinary horizon.

venus on marsVenus on Fire, Mars on Ice (29.95, 253 pp), by John Gray, Ph.D., discusses the differences between females and males, considering the ways in which men and women deal with stress and how hormones are detrimental to health. Good nutrition and balanced blood sugar can promote hormonal balance and improve relationships.

Vegetable GardenStarter Vegetable Gardens ($19.95, 180 pp.) by Barbara Pleasant offers 24 no-fail plans for planting small organic gardens. The text guides beginners and experienced growers in how to plant seeds and correctly harvest plants. The author also offers tips for some problematic gardening problems that one may encounter.

Vitamin DVitamin D—The Sunshine Vitamin ($9.95, 118 pp), Zoltan Rona, M.D., M. Sc., talks about how vitamin D supplementation is beneficial to overall health. He makes the point that vitamin D plays a role in disease prevention, uncovers misconceptions about sun exposures and suggests that the recommended dosage for vitamin D should be increased.

blueBlue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes: Recipes from a Modern Kitchen Garden ($35.00, 352 pp), by Jeanne Kelley, tells city dwellers how to have their own organic gardens or to cook like they do. The 150 recipes are designed to take advantage of local and seasonal ingredients. Kelley gives advice on maintaining one’s own produce garden, organizing community gardens, raising chickens and more.