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Have you been wanting to study Herbalism?
I know it’s been a huge goal of mine for years now and next year I’m enrolling in some online herbal courses which I wanted to share with you today.
Every time our family gets sick I always head to the health food store for natural remedies, but as an avid gardener, I want to start a medicinal herb garden and make our own herbal remedies. I’ve been learning more about herbal remedies with some great books and adding some aromatherapy too.
One of the best and easiest ways to study Herbalism is through the Academy of New England
They offer some fantastic online courses whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced (see details below)
They also have the Herbarium and a great products shops. It was in their products shop that I saw the Herbal starter kits. What a great way to introduce yourself to herbs hands on!
Herbal Starter Kit from Academy of New England
A complete box of carefully sourced, high-quality herbs and Herbal Academy’s own select recipes and herb monographs to get you started practicing herbalism. The Herbal Starter Kit will meet you where you are – in your home – and cut down on the hunting and gathering part of making herbal preparations that becomes both overwhelming and expensive. You’ll receive vibrant, aromatic herbs at your doorstep so you can get hands-on experience with the herbs and put your knowledge into practice!
Designed for students and budding herbalists craving some hands-on experience with plants, the Herbal Starter Kit includes 22 enticing herbal recipes, 14 plant mini-monographs, and up to 18 herbs (and beeswax!) you need to prepare these recipes in your home kitchen.
Check out the Herbal Shop
No matter where you are at in your herbal studies, the Herbal Academy has a training program for you!
- The Introductory Herbal Course is a good place to start if you are new to herbal medicine. It’s a beginner’s course filled with easy training guides, recipes, downloadable flipping books and charts to get you well on your way to becoming an herbalist. The course begins with the basics of medicine making and wildcrafting, anatomy, introduces you to many many plants, covers common discomforts for adults and children, and discusses the overarching holistic approach of herbalism.
- The Intermediate Herbal Course begins with an introductory unit as a review, and then quickly advances into more complex topics. The program dives in deeper, working through each body system and discussing the herbs; their actions and energetics; their safety and side effects; in-depth coverage of anatomy and physiology; and guidance for herbal formulation.
- The Entrepreneur Herbal Course is geared towards herbalists who have already studied at the beginner and intermediate levels, who want to make and sell their own herbal products. Lessons on sourcing herbs, Good Manufacturing Practices, labeling requirements, writing a business plan, and creating a brand are some of the many lessons included in this fast track program!
- The Advanced Herbal Course is an in-depth program geared towards students interested in becoming clinical herbalists. This program picks up on the body systems not fully covered in the Intermediate Course, and covers more complex topics including herbal wisdom traditions, health and wellness of men, women, and elderly, assessment and herbal therapeutics, and steps to becoming a clinical herbalist; as well as regulatory and legal obstacles facing professional herbalists and herbal products businesses.
Whether you are just getting started in herbalism or have been exploring this natural path for some time, you might realize that there are several directions to take as an herbalist! Perhaps you are interested in opening up an herb shop or selling your own natural body care products. Maybe your passion is for people, and therefore your desire is to become a community herbalist. Or maybe you wish to study herbalism to benefit your own family’s health and wellbeing.
Follow your calling, and match up your personal or career goals with the Herbal Academy’s unique Herbalist Paths. These discounted training packages are designed to help guide you in your journey and your educational needs! Infuse your life with your herbal education when choosing the Family Herbalist Path, prepare for a business start-up in the Entrepreneur Herbalist Path, or learn how to work with clients professionally through the Clinical Herbalist Path.
All Herbalist Paths are offered at a discount and with a payment plan option! Learn more about the Herbal Academy’s programs and paths here.
The Herbal Academy is an international school of herbal arts and sciences, offering high quality, affordable herbal studies programs for students online at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The Academy celebrates the community-centered spirit of herbalism by collaborating with a wide diversity of herbalists and medical professionals to create an herbal school that presents many herbal traditions and points of view.
Course educators including leading herbalists such as Steven Foster of the Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs, Matthew Wood of The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants, American Herbalist Guild President Bevin Clare, and Anne McIntyre, who has written several books including The Complete Herbal Tutor and The Complete Woman’s Herbal. Other notable contributors include Pamela Spence, Steve Kippax, Emily Ruff, Katheryn Langelier, and dozens of other medical professionals, clinical herbalists, and family herbalists.
Explore the Herbal Academy’s online herbalist training programs on their website, as well as their dedicated Herbalist Paths, designed to suit your path and your educational needs – from family to entrepreneurial to clinical herbalist career paths!
My name is Isis Loran, creator of the Family Food Garden. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now and push the limits of our zone 5 climates. I love growing heirlooms & experimenting with hundreds of varieties, season extending, crunchy homesteading and permaculture.