Introductory Herbal Course
Introductory Herbal Course
From: $41.50 / month
Have you ever wished you could start your journey into herbalism, but felt you didn’t have the time, resources, or opportunity?
Our affordable and convenient self-paced online program gives students with little or no herbal experience a glimpse into the world of herbs, kindling an enthusiasm for a lifelong path of learning. By the end of the Introductory Herbal Course, you will understand the ways in which the herbal approach can support radiant wellness, and you will feel more comfortable AND excited about making and using your own teas, tinctures, and body care products.
Get ready to mix up new recipes in the kitchen, use spices and herbs you never knew had wellness-promoting properties, and walk away inspired to pursue your herbal studies at the intermediate level and beyond!
Choose to upgrade your enrollment with our Print Version, a complete set of textbooks presenting the entire Introductory Herbal Course in printed form – over 730 beautiful pages at your fingertips!
Herbalism offers a window into a world that values and celebrates our connection with plants. If you are reading this, there is something in you yearning to rediscover this relationship — and you are likely looking for someone to guide you on this path of discovery. We are delighted to walk beside you while you begin your herbal journey, and to support you in getting the most out of your experience!
Perhaps you found your way here because you’ve been wondering about all those beautiful green weeds growing along roads and in your backyard. Ancient wisdom and natural beauty have been tugging at your heart and you’re naturally curious about how you can integrate these plants into your life. You don’t feel like you need someone pushing you to learn, because you believe the knowledge you gain is its own reward. You just seek guidance on how you can directly apply that knowledge to help you become your healthiest and happiest self.
The Introductory Herbal Course is your online self study program!
Our intention for this self-paced herbal course is to give those of you new to herbalism a taste of a holistic approach to wellness and vitality supported by herbs. This introductory level class will teach you how to integrate herbs into your daily life and how to make herbal preparations and body care products for daily care and common ailments. You’ll learn the properties of familiar herbs and spices (as well as those not yet familiar to you) and explore their wellness-supporting uses. The engaging lessons, beautiful presentation, and sound knowledge will delight the learner in you and instill an appreciation for the gifts herbalism has to offer, inspiring your future studies as well.
In the Introductory Herbal Course, you will discover:
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Upgrade your registration with our Printed Course Package to experience your course to the fullest! The set of books presents the entire Introductory Herbal Course in printed form – over 730 pages at your fingertips! You will receive the Herbal Academy’s complete Introductory Herbal Course textbook in a beautiful and convenient printed version – over 550 pages! The set also includes a companion Recipes + Monographs Book with over 140 pages, thoughtfully organized into a treasured resource. This book includes all of the monographs and recipes from the course compiled for ease of use as a go-to reference. The third book in this set is The Tea Booklet! Take your recipes into the kitchen with this inspiring assortment of herbal tea recipes available in one convenient book for easy reference and ongoing use!
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In this beginner’s herbalism course, you will learn about the herbal approach, why herbs are important, and how to use them in teas, infusions, decoctions, tinctures, syrups, topical applications, and body care products. We’ll discuss internal and external application of these preparations, herbal actions and energetics, safety information, and dosing.
The Introductory Herbal Course covers various body systems, including the immune system and the respiratory system, and discusses herbal support for maintaining balance in these systems as well as for addressing common complaints such as colds and the flu, bronchitis, and allergies. You’ll find discussions on herbs for children and reproductive health. Because stress is such a prevalent factor in our overall wellbeing, we’ll talk a bit about the nervous system, why a calm, strong nervous system can lay the foundation for better health, and provide herbs and lifestyle habits to support good sleep and ease headaches. We delve into body care and skin as well as healthy aging lifestyle approaches. Finally, we finish up with the holistic approach—what it is and how it differs from the conventional medical approach—and how to put it into practice.
While we recommend spending at least 1 month of serious study in each unit, students have the ability to work at their own pace toward completion of the course and can spend more or less time in each unit. Students will have access to the online portion of the program for 12 months. Each of the units and lessons, recipes, charts, video transcripts, and ebooks are available to download and print so students can continue to use these resources even after completion of the course.
The Introductory Herbal Course Outline
UNIT 1: HERBAL BASICS
The Herbal Approach and World Healing Traditions; Choosing Herbs; Storing Herbs; Herbal Teas and Tinctures; Syrups and Topical Applications; Herbal Actions; Trees, Mushrooms, and Seaweed; Anatomy Overview; Developing your Materia Medica; Making an Herbarium
UNIT 2: KITCHEN HERBS
Wellness in Your Kitchen; Spices; Kitchen Materia Medica; Kitchen Preparations; Herb Gardening; Wildcrafting; Bringing it Home
UNIT 3: HERBAL SUPPORT FOR COMMON COMPLAINTS
The Immune System; Building a Healthy Terrain; Healthy Digestion; Minimizing Exposure to Environmental Toxins; Tonic and Adaptogen Herbs; The Respiratory System; Coughs, Colds, and the Flu; Herbs for Children; Herbal Support for Reproductive Health; Vitamin D
UNIT 4: HERBAL SUPPORT FOR THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Overview of the Nervous System; Stress; Nervines and Adaptogenic Herbs; Tension Headaches and Migraines; Sleep and Insomnia; The B Vitamins
UNIT 5: BODY CARE
Introduction to the Skin; Common Skin Conditions; Herbal Support for Healthy Skin; Internal Health = External Health; Topical Oils; Salves and Balms; Body Butters; Salt and Sugar Scrubs; Herbal Baths; Facial Cleansers; Moisturizers; Toners; Hair Care; Healthy Aging
UNIT 6: THE HOLISTIC APPROACH
Conventional Allopathic Medicine; The Holistic Model; The Holistic Approach to Herbalism; Integration; The Holistic Body; The Power of the Mind and the Placebo Response; Holistic Approaches in Practice; History of Western Herbalism; Integrating the Holistic Approach
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We’ve designed our online programs for an international audience, so no matter where you call home, this course will be relevant! We keep our enrollment open which means new students are joining us each and every day. So when you are ready to begin your studies, you’ll be registering with a group of students working through the same lessons you are.
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