Herbalism courses are taken through bachelor's or master's degree programs and are also often offered as part of non-degree and continuing education programs. Additionally, aspiring herbalists may gain hands-on training through mentorship opportunities.
Following are common concepts taught in herbalism courses:
• Ethical wildcrafting
• Sustainable harvesting
• Holistic health
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List of Courses
Simple Home Remedies Course
This beginning herbalism course is available for individuals who want to learn how they can use herbs and other natural methods to improve family or individual health. The course covers basic vocabulary and herbal terminology; instructors lecture about alternative healthcare methods and go over the types of herbs that can be used safely. Students who complete this course come away with a general understanding of herbs.
Gathering and Growing Herbs Course
After students learn about the common uses of herbs, they learn where they can acquire different herbs. Many people gather their own herbs, and students learn how to identify herbs. They also learn about the natural environments for many herbs. Students may grow their own herbs in class. The lecture portion of the class touches on the ethics and laws regarding growing medicinal plants at home. Students may discuss specific ways to care for and use their herbs.
Introduction to Herbal Medicine Course
Courses in herbal medicine touch on the issues in safety and quality that affect students who plan to pursue a career in herbalism. Instructors familiarize students with issues that affect the reliability of herbal treatments, which are related to the age, freshness and complexity of the plant. Often, these herbalism classes touch on how herbal medicine is used around the world, with emphasis placed on how it's currently used in the United States and rules and regulations affecting its use. Students learn methods for making sure their herbs meet these standards.
Herbs as Dietary Supplements Course
This intermediate herbalism course provides students with information about common dietary supplements. Instructors provide information about how to select supplements and how to incorporate them into a diet. Students also learn how to evaluate the quality of a supplement.