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Medicine Making Course Outline (150 hours)

 Enrollment is ongoing, and you can sign up any time. To keep you on track and engaged, you’ll receive emails from us with an introduction to each module. However, you’re welcome to move at your own pace through the material. You have six months from your date of enrollment to ask questions and to complete the program if you’re pursuing a certificate. We’ll let you know that we have students signing up at all times so you’ll be in good company, whenever you enroll. And you’ll have lifetime access to the course materials, including all indexed videos, written text and archived newsletters (any new videos and materials we add to the program will also be yours).

Module 1: Medicine Making – Internal Preparations

  • Welcome and Introduction to the Program
  • Introduction to Medicinal Preparations
  • Cultivating Relationships with Healing Plants
  • Infusions and Decoctions
  • Tinctures
  • Herbal Honeys and Syrups
  • Herbal Vinegars
  • Flower Essences
  • Guidelines to Foraging and Wildcrafting
  • Harvesting and Drying Herbs
  • Native American Plant Gathering Practices

Module 1.1: Herbal Safety

  • Introduction
  • Essential Oils and Allergic and Topical Reactions
  • Adulteration, Contamination, and Notable Constituents
  • Herb-Drug Interactions
  • Pregnancy and Lactation
  • Serious Health Conditions and Concerns

Module 1.2: North American Herbal History and Traditions

  • Connecting With Your Own Herbal Lineage & Honoring Other Traditions

  • An Introduction to the History of Herbalism in North America: European, Native American, and African Influences

  • A History of European & North American Colonial Herbal Medicine

  • A History of Native American Herbal Medicine

  • A History of Black Herbal Medicine from Africa to North America

  • History of Latin American Influences on Herbal Medicine in North America

  • Black Herbal Elders with Lucretia VanDyke

  • Herbal Accessibility: Uniting Culture & Community Gardens

Module 2: Food as Medicine – Bringing Healing Herbs into the Kitchen

  • Infused Culinary Oils
  • Infused Culinary Vinegars
  • Fire Ciders: Spicy Medicinal Vinegars
  • Edible Flowers
  • Goo Balls: Herbal Nut and Fruit Confections
  • Compound Culinary Butters
  • Herbal Finishing Salts
  • Herbal Sauces
  • Herbal Pestos and Hummus
  • Medicinal Mushroom Concoction
  • Herbal Popsicles, Iced Teas and Granitas
  • Herbal Bone Broth/ Immune Tonic Soup
  • Herbal Meads, or Honey Wines
  • Herbal Bitters
  • Herbal Shrubs: Sweet and Sour Fruit Infusions
  • Herbal Ice Cubes
  • Infused Culinary Syrups
  • Cocktails and Mocktails

Module 3: Topical Herbal Preparations and Natural Body Care

  • Infused Oils and Salves
  • Compresses and Poultices
  • Introduction to Hydrotherapy
  • Introduction to Aromatherapy
  • Facial Serums
  • Body Butter
  • Salt Scrubs
  • Bath Salts
  • Aromatherapy Sprays
  • Aromatic Massage Oils

Guide to Herbal Livelihoods

  • Introduction to the Herbal Livelihoods Guide
  • The Heart of Livelihoods: Business Ethics and Inspiration
  • Herbal Livelihoods: Tour of Herbal Careers
  • The Nitty-Gritty of Herbal Businesses: Insurance, Legal Entities, Marketing, Websites and Social media
  • Herbal Products Businesses: An Introduction to Current Good Manufacturing Processes (cGMPs) and Product Labeling Requirements
  • Further Learning and Networking: Organizations, Media, Conferences, and Clinical Programs
  • Herbal Livelihoods Clarity & Goal-Setting Worksheet

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