The many benefits of comfrey are highlighted in a new book by Holly Lucille, ND, RN, The Healing Power of Trauma Comfrey ($8.95, 80 pp). The guide offers a safe, effective and simple way to use the plant comfrey to address pains such as sprains, strains, wounds and back pain. Lucille explains how comfrey may be a good alternative to pharmaceuticals.

Seedswap ($16.95, 128 pp) by activist Josie Jeffery is as its subtitle says: A gardener’s guide to saving and swapping seeds! It fully explains how to harvest seeds from your garden and eventually grow plants from your own seed stash. Perfect for first-time gardeners, Seedswap includes a glossary of plants and simple instructions.

Start your day with Whole-Grain Mornings ($22.00, 184 pp), a collection of new breakfast recipes by culinary educator and writer Megan Gordon. The 65 easy and wholesome recipes are beautifully pictured throughout the cookbook and include sweet and savory options like Cherry Hazelnut Quinoa Bars, Greens and Grains Scramble and, simply, The Very Best Oatmeal.

For a food-based guide to anti-aging, look to Younger Next Week ($16.95, 304 pp) by Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN. A guide to feeling “younger in 7 days,” the book includes ways for women to fight inflammation, enhance immunity, stop mood swings and promote healthy weight-loss, as well as 30 easy-to-make healthy recipes.

The second version of Healthy Slow Cooker ($24.95, 352 pp) by Judith Finlayson includes 135 gluten-free easy recipes. Examples of these nutrient-dense, balanced recipes include Leafy Greens Soup, Ribs with Hominy and Kale, New Age Succotash and even desserts like Basmati Rice Pudding. The book includes “Natural Wonders” sections which explain benefits of specific ingredients and nutrients.

With 8 new color photos and a wide array of recipes for every meal and occasion, the reissue of 125 Best Vegan Recipes ($19.95, 192 pp), by Maxine Effenson Chuck and Beth Gurney, has something for everyone. Recipes include Freshly Minted Pea Soup, Spaghetti and Soy Balls, Baked French Fries and Cranberry Orange Scones and more. Tips for ease of execution and substitutions are given throughout the cookbook.

Available in both print and online from Nutrex Hawaii, Astaxanthin: Seafood’s Ultimate Supernutrient (74 pp) is a comprehensive guide written by world-renowned doctor William Sears, M.D. The book includes information on the antioxidant Astaxanthin’s anti-inflammatory properties and benefits for brain, eye, cardiovascular and skin health.

Author and foodie Ellen Brown has published Gluten-Free Bread: More than 100 Artisan Loaves for a Healthier Life ($23.00, 248 pp). The cookbook offers baking methods and recipes for various kinds of homemade breads like brioche, quick breads and rolls, all gluten-free. Artisan recipes include Sesame Scallion Bread and Naan flatbread.

In response to the growing trend of Vegetarianism among young people, Rachel Meltzer Warren, M.S., R.D., has published The Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian ($12.99, 240 pp). The easy-to-read book, marketed towards teens and college students, offers common myths and realities about going vegetarian, nutrition basics, how to deal with doubtful family members and over 40 meat-free recipes.