Online Community Herbalism Course Curriculum

  • Basic botany, ecology, plant taxonomy, evolution of plants, botanical vocabulary, plant identification.
  • Herbal actions and energetics, flavors of herbs and their meaning.
  • Wildcrafting procedures and ethics. Ecological conservation.
  • Tools for fostering connection to place in all environments
  • Making herbal medicines, including drying herbs, preparation of medicinal teas, tincturing by various methods (including percolation), oxymels, elixirs, infused oils & salves, lotions, liniments, medicine balls, and medicinal mushroom double-extractions. Food as Medicine / Creative ways to consume herbs.
  • History and traditions of Western herbalism.
  • Holistic/Vitalist approach to the human body in health & disease, basic treatment goals and priorities.
  • Diversity of human constitution and constitutional medicine.
  • Major organ systems in the human body, their anatomy & function, common disorders & treatment approaches, and commonly used herbs.
  • In-depth teaching on dozens of individual herbs: botany & identification, tastes & energetics, actions, uses, formulation, contraindications. (Materia Medica)
  • Making herbal formulas.
  • Basic clinical skills: Interview, assessment, setting priorities, treatment strategies. Clinical skills for working with transgender patients.
  • Nutrition fundamentals, working with food allergies and intolerances, elimination diets, and diet counseling.
  • Herbal first aid.
  • Discussions and presentations on racial equity, decolonization, cultural appropriation, neurodiversity, ableism in the healing professions, and other topics relevant to herbalism and health care.
  • Focused classes on: Health Justice in practice. Herbs for mental health. Healing from Trauma & PTSD. Creating affordable protocols.

Bioregional Immersion Curriculum

  • Field botany and Plant identification
  • Fostering connection to place
  • Place-based plant medicine through the seasons
  • Medicinal and Food uses of bioregional plants
  • Wildcrafting ethics in practice
  • The Art of Wildcrafting; Sustainable harvest
  • Plant propagation
  • Best practices in harvesting cultivated herbs
  • Medicine making in the field
  • Tending wild plant stands

 

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