Welcome to the Herbal Journey Guide! For those who are new to herbalism, this will be an opportunity to draw out a map to aid you in your expedition. For more experienced herbalists, this will serve as a refresh on your herbal path and allow you to evaluate where you are in your education and where you are going. Click the button below to download our guide. Follow our decision map to find the right herbal journey path for you, then read about it below!
Herbalism is more than just a hobby for you. You have an entrepreneurial spirit and want to bring your passion for herbs into your work. You may even feel a sense of purpose in providing people with natural products or services. While an exciting path, the entrepreneur journey is not an easy stroll. People who fall into this path are passionate, determined, industrious, and like to get their hands dirty. As an entrepreneur you are able to see the big picture of your dream while also focusing on the details of what needs to get done to achieve it. You understand that the field of herbalism is unique and sometimes challenging, and investing in the knowledge of intricacies of working in the natural products industry is key.
If this sounds like you and you have not yet taken an herbal course, we recommend the Entrepreneur Herbalist Package. A program as ambitious as you are, this package will take you through the Herbal Academy’s Introductory, Intermediate, and Entrepreneur Herbal Courses. While on this path you will gain not only a foundational understanding of the holistic approach to wellness and the herbs you will use, but also gain an understanding of laws and regulations governing the manufacturing, labeling, and selling of herbal products. If you are more advanced in your herbal training we recommend just taking the Entrepreneur Herbal Course, where you will delve into the topics you need to understand in order to operate an herbal business.
In addition, we suggest the Herbal Materia Medica Course, which will guide you through the process of making your own materia medica journal. We recommend that you study in-depth the plants that you will use in your herbal business. Becoming an expert in these plants provide the foundation that will help you to develop and excel in your dream.
You have a hunger for herbalism that is insatiable. You want to learn it all and as a clinical herbalist your craving for knowledge will be a lifelong journey. Not only do you love learning about herbalism, but you have an urge to help others. These desires combined are the fuel for your life’s purpose. People who fall into this path are diligent, curious, compassionate, and patient. As a clinical herbalist you feel great satisfaction in solving puzzles and finding herbal solutions for your clients. The fulfillment of helping people makes all of the time and money invested in studying worth it to you.
If this sounds like you, you might be a good candidate for the Clinical or Professional Herbalist Package. If you have never taken an herbal course or wish to start from the very beginning we recommend checking out the Clinical Herbalist Package. Our most extensive program, this path takes you from the foundational level of the holistic approach, herbal energetics, the body systems, and herbal therapeutics and guides you all the way up to client assessment and intake procedures, the philosophy of healing, and the legal considerations for a practicing herbalist. By enrolling in this package you will take the Herbal Academy’s Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Herbal Courses, bundled together and offered at a discount. If you are already a budding herbalist with some training we recommend the Professional Herbalist Package which skips over the Introductory Herbal Course to include the Intermediate Herbal Course and the Advanced Herbal Course. For some, jumping full-time into the world of herbalism can be scary. These courses are self-paced, allowing you to ease your way into the advanced level study you will need to gain the skills a clinical herbalist requires and work towards a career as a practicing herbalist. Note that hands-on clinical training such as a mentorship is needed before endeavoring into practice with clients.
In addition, we recommend getting a membership to the Herbal Academy’s membership site, The Herbarium, where you can find thoughtful articles and multi-section intensives on clinical practice as well as our plant monograph database. Our popular Herbal Materia Medica Course is a great supplement to this course, guiding you through the process of creating your own materia medica journal and connecting with the herbs you are interested in studying more deeply.
You already have a strong foundation in herbalism. Perhaps you learned it from a family member or a mentor. Maybe you have already taken a course. Whatever the case, you want to take your herbal journey to the next level by pursuing advanced level study. Perhaps you want to pursue clinical practice, add to your skillset as a health practitioner or to support your holistic health career, or gain advanced level knowledge in support of your work as an herbal entrepreneur or educator. People who fall into this path are detailed, confident, insightful, and organized. As a professional herbalist you understand that you can take your skills in many directions and are at peace with sitting back and letting your studies take you there. You feel a deep connection with nature and it keeps on bringing you back for more.
If this sounds like you, we recommend starting with the Herbal Academy’s Intermediate Herbal Course. This course will guide you through herbal actions and energetics, the body systems, and herbal therapeutics and safety. When you are ready to commit yourself to deeper study, we encourage you to move forward to the Advanced Herbal Coursebase. The Advanced Herbal Course has been designed with the type of academic rigor that will help develop your knowledge base and encourage critical thinking skills in preparation for the hands-on clinical training that is part and partial to becoming a practicing herbalist. You will be introduced to the wisdom of multiple herbal traditions and some of today’s most revered herbalists.
The courses are self-paced, allowing you to progress at the speed that allows you to integrate and retain the material . The Herbal Academy also offers these two courses at a discount when you bundle them in the Professional Herbalist Package.
We also suggested browsing through the Herbal Bookshelf, an interactive database of herbal book titles that can be sorted by topic, author, or herbal level.
For you, herbalism is personal. The study of plants and herbs is an escape from the stresses of life. You may even consider studying an act of self care. People who follow this path are inquisitive, contemplative, and engaged. Herbalism is both a creative and soothing outlet for you. As a hobbyist, the study of herbalism is like an old friend to you.
If this sounds like you, the Herbal Academy’s Introductory Herbal Course is the ideal first step on your herbal journey. This affordable and online self-paced course will give you the chance to enjoy your studies on your own time. The Introductory Herbal Course will give you a glimpse into the world of herbs, and give you comfort AND excitement about making your own teas, tinctures, and body care products.
Keep your hobby going by checking out the Herbal Academy blog and the Herbal Bookshelf. Dive even deeper with a membership to the Herbal Academy’s membership site, The Herbarium, where you can browse thoughtful herbal articles and our extensive plant monograph database. Lastly, if you are looking to get your hands dirty, check out our latest short course – The Craft of Herbal Fermentation.
For you, herbalism is a tool that can be used to support the wellness of you and your family. Like the tradition of herbalism itself, you believe in passing down good lifestyle practices and traditions to your children. People in this path are nurturing, accommodating, inventive, and resourceful. You have compassion for others and are a leader in your family and perhaps even your community. Typically the stable rock of the family, you take pride in learning natural ways to support your family.
If this sounds like you, we encourage you to take a look at the Herbal Academy’s Family Herbalist Package. The Family Herbalist path is a great way to infuse your life with the benefits of an herbal education that will help you know how and when to use herbs to your own advantage. You’ll learn how to make herbal preparations, formulation, body systems, and herbs for family health. This package bundles the Introductory and Intermediate Herbal Courses and is a wonderful foundation for your herbal education.
In addition, we recommend our Herbal Materia Medica Course where you will learn how to make your very own materia medica journal of your go-to family herbs. This is a great class to help you expand your knowledge of the herbs in your family’s herbal toolkit.
Everyone has a different journey in life and these are just some guidelines for finding your own herbal path. We invite you to continue to follow along with our Herbal Journey series. Learn more about what is coming up in the next month on our latest blog post.