Introductory Herbal Course V1

Introductory Herbal Course V1

From: $65.00 $59.95 / month

This course offering is currently on a registration freeze, but it will be back soon! Please add your email to the waitlist below if you would like updates regarding its return.

Have you ever wished you could start your journey into herbal education, but felt you didn’t have the time, resources, or opportunity?

Our affordable and convenient online self-paced 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 feel more comfortable AND excited about making 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 medicinal properties, and walk away inspired to pursue your herbal studies at the intermediate level and beyond!


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It has been said that the journey of one thousand miles begins with a single step. If you are here, then congratulations because that means you have already taken your first step towards learning what plant medicine is all about. As with any first steps, it is much easier to learn when someone is there to guide you. We are delighted to walk beside you in the Introductory Herbal Course while you begin your herbal journey, to help you and lead you so you get the most out of your experience!

Foraging at the Herbal Academy

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 your life, and live happier and healthier.

The Introductory Herbal Course is your online self study program!

Our intention for this self-paced herb 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 medicinal properties of familiar herbs and spices (as well as those not yet familiar to you) and explore their therapeutic 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.Introductory Herbal Course

In the Introductory Herbal Course, you will discover:


We’ll be covering a broad spectrum of topics from using herbs in the kitchen to remedy making!


Roll up your sleeves because we’re not about to phone it in. We’ll be covering 26 lessons and 5 bonus lessons in this course, teaching you the core principles you need to know to get started as an herbalist.


Downloadable and printable, every unit includes an assortment of useful charts and handouts!


Flip through our course interactive ebooks and download and print for your continued use.


Each unit includes dozens of recipes and remedies ready for you to download, print, and practice!


Learn your herbs! Students will have access to over 50 herbal monographs for in-depth study.


Several educational video demonstrations are provided to enrich your learning experience.


Each unit requires successful completion of a quiz in order to pass through to the next set of lessons. Retake the quizzes as many times as needed.


Graduates receive their own certificate upon completion after successfully passing every quiz.


We’re with you all along the way! Students have access to course instructors and HA team members throughout the program.


Herbal Academy students will also get access to our thriving private Facebook community!


Access to the Herbal Academy’s catalog of discounts, including 25% off Bulk Herb Store orders, and savings on United Plant Savers membership, Natural Herbal Living, Essential Herbal Magazine, Mother Earth Living, and more.

The Online Introductory Herbal Course - for beginners


In this beginner’s herbalism course, you will learn about the herbal approach, why herbs are important, and how to use herbs in healing teas, infusions, decoctions, tinctures, syrups, topical applications, and body care products. We’ll discuss internal and external application of these preparations, herbal actions, and dosing.

The Introductory Herbal Course covers the various body systems including the immune system, and discusses herbal support for maintaining balance in these systems as well as for common complaints such as colds and flu, bronchitis, and allergies. You’ll find discussions on herbs for children, women, and men. Because stress is such a prevalent factor in our overall well-being, we’ll talk a bit about the nervous system; why a calm, strong nervous system can lay the foundation for better health; and provide suggestions for headache relief and herbs and lifestyle habits to support good sleep. We delve into body care and skin as well as anti-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 one month of serious study in each unit, students have the ability to work at their own pace towards 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 twelve months after starting the course. The expiration date is triggered when you select the Start Course option in class; not at registration. Each of the units and lessons, recipes, charts, 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

Online Introductory Herbal Course - Foraging and Materia Medica


The Herbal Approach and World Healing Traditions; Choosing Herbs; Storing Herbs; Making an Herbarium; Developing your Materia Medica; Herbal Teas and Tinctures; Syrups and Topical Applications; Herbal Actions; Anatomy Overview

Online Introductory Herbal Course for beginner herbalists - learning Kitchen Remedies


The Immune System; Prevention; Detoxifying and Cleansing; Colds and Flu; Respiratory System; Herbs for Kids; Herbs for Her and Him; Materia Medica

Online Introductory Herbal Course for beginner herbalists


What’s in Your Kitchen; Spices; Kitchen Materia Medica; Making Kitchen Remedies; Wildcrafting and Foraging

Online Introductory Herbal Course - Aromatherapy and Herbalism studies


Overview of the Nervous System; Stress; Headaches and Migraines; Essential Oils; Sleep and Insomnia

Online Introductory Herbal Course by Herbal Academy


Introduction to the Skin; Body Care Recipes; External Health, Internal Health; Salves, Balms, and Butters; Topical Oils; Scrubs; Cleansers; Herbal Baths; Moisturizers; Toners; Hair Care

Online Introductory Herbal Course - Holistic Approach


History; Conventional Medicine; The Holistic Model; The Holistic Body; Herbalism Is More Than Just Herbs; Placebo Response; Holistic Approaches


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Testimonials from Class

I thank you for all your hard work in pulling it together – that you know, and care about, what you teach is very evident in the course materials. Nicely done!

– C., Student

Just want to say how much I am enjoying your herbalist course online and to tell you that your heart, sensitivity and good will come through in everything you are producing. I am very impressed and feel blessed to be a party to your social and educational world.

– J.S., Student

I am LOVING the Intro class! The content is easy to understand and I can’t wait to start the Intermediate class!

– Russell G., Student

I just wanted to share my gratitude for being a part of this online education program!

– A., Student

I feel like I have an excellent start to understanding the world of herbs. Your language was easy to understand and flowed nicely.

– K.E., Student

Wonderful lessons, well paced, and very detailed. I think this is a beautiful, professionally done, and very well laid out course that everyone should do!

– A.P., Student

Although I’m already a somewhat experienced herbalist, this course has really exceeded my expectations!

– Colleen, Grow Forage Cook Ferment

I feel more empowered and less hesitant about playing with plants.

– J.D., Student

Really enjoyed the intro and herbal basics!!! Super info dense while remaining understandable, clear and not at all overwhelming. Really amped me up for the rest of the course!!

– S.H., Student

I have recently signed up for the Introductory Herbal Course. So far it is amazing! There is so much to learn! Every little bit of information found in this course is making me want to know more!

– Kelly Ann, Student

I just wanted to express my gratitude to you for creating such an informative, organized, and beautiful herbalism program. Your Introductory Course was one of my first real open doors into the world of Herbalism, and I found it to be a clear and concise glimpse into the beautiful experience that we may have with the natural world. I am currently a student of Massage Therapy, so the holistic health field is a strong passion of mine. I also work in a plant nursery, and my “happy place” just so happens to be the outdoors. This course was a great way for me to combine my whole world into one great format. I am inspired to keep learning and growing. Perhaps someday I will have enough knowledge and experience to have a strong role in the promising and vibrant world of herbalism. Thank you for being a part of my journey!

– Jean, Student

Start your journey!

We’ve designed our online herbalist training programs for an international audience, so no matter where you call home, the Introductory Herbal 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. We welcome you!

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