Herbal Immersion Program Outline and Course Hours

The majority of lessons contain both video and written instruction.

Enrollment is ongoing, and you can sign up any time. To keep you on track and engaged, you’ll receive monthly emails from us with an introduction to each module. However, you’re welcome to move at your own pace through the material. You have two and a half years 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).

Herbal Immersion Program Outline (1,000 hours)

Welcome to the Program

  • Introduction and Welcome Tour
  • Success with Online Learning: Strategies for Continued Inspiration

Module 1: Foundations in Herbalism

  • Cultivating Relationships with Healing Plants
  • Introduction to Botany: Plant Classification, Scientific Names and Key Terms
  • Botany: Floral and Reproductive Parts, Tour of Floral Diversity
  • Botany: Leaf and Vegetative Terminology
  • Introduction to Five Common Plant Families
  • Introduction to Herbal Actions
  • Guidelines to Foraging and Wildcrafting
  • Spring Plant Walk in the Appalachian Mountains
  • Introduction to Medicinal Preparations
  • Harvesting and Drying Herbs
  • Edible Flowers

Module 2: From the Ground-up: The Nitty-Gritty of Soil and Organic Gardening, Part 1

  • Principles of Organic Gardening
  • Planning Your Dream Garden: Design, Pathways, Mulching, Polycultures, and Maximizing Yields
  • Growing Healthy Soil (Which In Turn, Grows Healthy Plants)
  • Understanding and Building Soil Fertility: Plant Nutrients, Amendments, and Fertilizers
  • Botanical Garden Allies: Nitrogen-Fixers, Cover Crops, and Dynamic Accumulators
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a New Garden Bed with Tilling
  • Container Gardening, Part 1: Vessels, Soils and Herbs
  • Container Gardening, Part 2: Wetland Medicinals

Module 3: Common Useful Garden Weeds – the Bounty that Grows in Between

  • Daylily – Hemerocallis fulva
  • Lamb’s Quarters – Chenopodium album
  • Chickweed – Stellaria media
  • Violet – Viola spp.
  • Purple Dead Nettle – Lamium purpureum
  • Creasy Greens – Barbarea verna and B. vulgaris
  • Garlic Mustard – Alliaria petiolata
  • Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale
  • Cleavers  – Galium aparine
  • Yellow Dock  – Rumex crispus
  • Japanese Honeysuckle – Lonicera japonica

Module 4: Plant Propagation

  • Special Strategies for Germinating Herbs: Stratification, Scarification, and Light-Dependent Germination
  • Preparing Seed Trays and Sowing Seeds
  • Soil Blocks: the Container-less Container
  • Bottom Heat for Enhancing Germination
  • Root Division
  • Stem Cuttings
  • Layering
  • Seed Saving of Medicinal Herbs

Module 5: Tonic Herbs and Adaptogens

  • Introduction to Adaptogens, Alteratives and Tonic Herbs
  • Gotu Kola – Centella asiatica
  • Tulsi – Ocimum tenuiflorum
  • Nettles – Urtica dioica
  • Milky Oats – Avena sativa
  • Astragalus – Astragalus propinquus
  • Ginseng – Panax quinquefolius
  • Hibiscus – Hibiscus sabdariffa

Module 6: From the Ground-up: The Nitty-Gritty of Soil and Organic Gardening, Part 2

  • Introduction to Permaculture
  • Building and Nourishing a Compost Pile
  • Composting Leaf Mold
  • Organic Pest and Disease Management
  • Season Extension Tips and Tricks
  • Woodland Cultivation of Medicinal Herbs
  • Preparing Homemade Potting Soil: Our Favorite Recipe

Module 7: Herbs for the Immune System

  • Introduction to Immune Stimulants, Immunomodulators and Antimicrobials
  • Boneset – Eupatorium perfoliatum
  • Spilanthes – Acmella oleracea
  • Echinacea – Echinacea purpurea
  • Goldenseal – Hydrastis canadensis
  • Bee Balm – Monarda didyma and Monarda fistulosa
  • Calendula – Calendula officinalis
  • Elderberry – Sambucus nigra

Module 8: Introduction to the Digestive System: Herbal Actions and Nutrition

  • Introduction to Bitters, Astringents and Carminatives
  • Foundations of Nutrition Part 1: Whole Foods, Organic Foods and GMOs
  • Foundations of Nutrition Part 2: Macronutrients, Fiber, and Intestinal Flora
  • Foundations of Nutrition Part 3: Vitamins and Minerals
  • Foundations of Nutrition Part 4: Bioflavonoids in Food and Herbs
  • Foundations of Nutrition Part 5: Food Allergies and Intolerances

Module 9: Herbs for the Digestive System

  • Anise Hyssop – Agastache foeniculum
  • Meadowsweet – Filipendula ulmaria
  • Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare
  • Mint – Mentha spp.
  • Chamomile – Matricaria recutita
  • Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis
  • Basil – Ocimum basilicum

Module 10: Herbs for the Respiratory System

  • Introduction to Expectorants, Demulcents and Anticatarrhals
  • Elecampane – Inula helenium
  • Mullein – Verbascum olympicum
  • Marshmallow – Althaea officinalis
  • Yarrow – Achillea millefolium
  • Goldenrod – Solidago spp.

Module 11: Herbs for the Nervous System

  • Introduction to Nervines, Hypnotics, Anxiolytics, Antidepressants and Analgesics
  • Valerian – Valeriana officinalis
  • Skullcap – Scutellaria lateriflora
  • Passionflower – Passiflora incarnata
  • California Poppy – Eschscholzia californica
  • Mimosa – Albizia julibrissin
  • Rose – Rosa spp.
  • Vervain – Verbena officinalis

Module 12: Herbs for the Female Reproductive System

  • Introduction to Uterine Tonics, Emmenagogues, Hormone Balancers and Uterine Antispasmodics
  • Ecology of Estrogen in the Human Body: Xenoestrogens, Phytoestrogens and Estrogen Metabolism
  • Black Cohosh – Actaea racemosa
  • Vitex – Vitex agnus-castus
  • Motherwort – Leonurus cardiaca
  • Red Raspberry – Rubus idaeus

Module 13: Medicine Making – Core Preparations

  • Infusions and Decoctions
  • Tinctures
  • Herbal Honeys and Syrups
  • Herbal Vinegars
  • Flower Essences
  • Plant Spirit Medicine

Module 14: Food as Medicine – Bringing Healing Herbs into the Kitchen

  • Infused Culinary Oils
  • Infused Culinary Vinegars
  • Fire Ciders: Spicy Medicinal Vinegars
  • Goo Balls: Herbal Nut and Fruit Confections
  • Compound Culinary Butters
  • Herbal Finishing Salts
  • Herbal Sauces
  • Wild Herbal Pestos, Hummus and Pâté
  • 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
  • Fancy Pants Ice Cubes
  • Herbal Simple Syrups
  • Cocktails and Mocktails

Module 15: Topical Herbal Preparations and Natural Body Care

  • Infused Oils and Salves
  • Compresses and Poultices, Herbal First Aid
  • Introduction to Hydrotherapy
  • Introduction to Aromatherapy
  • Floral Skin Serum
  • Body Butter
  • Salt Scrubs
  • Bath Salts
  • Aromatherapy Sprays
  • Aromatic Massage Oils

Module 16: Herbal Livelihoods/Applying the Knowledge

  • The Heart of Livelihoods: Business Ethics and Inspiration
  • Herbal Livelihoods
  • The Nitty-Gritty of Business: Marketing, Websites, Social Media, Insurance, Business Entities, Legalities of Herbalism, and Pricing
  • 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
  • Connecting to Your Life’s Purpose with Chuck Marsh
  • Permaculture in Action: Spotlight on Joe Hollis’ Mountain Gardens and Paradise
  • Amy Hamilton of Appalachian Seeds and Nursery
  • Running a Mobile Free Herbal Clinic with Lorna Mauney-Brodek
  • Larken Bunce of Vermont School of Integrative Herbalism
  • Dr. James Duke of the Green Farmacy Gardens
  • Asia Suler of One Willow Apothecaries
  • History of Earthaven Ecovillage
  • Permaculture Principles with Chuck Marsh

Module 17: Siting Reference Guide: Regional Profiles and Habitat Lists

  • Arid Lowland Climates with Monica Rude
  • Cold Temperate Climates with Deb Soule
  • Arid Mountainous Climates with Kathi Keville
  • Rocky Soils in Mid-Continental Climates with Steven Foster
  • Subtropical Climates with Emily Ruff
  • Mediterranean Climates with Richo Cech
  • Woodland Medicinals: Chinese and Eastern North American Herbs with Joe Hollis
  • Wetland Herbs
  • Shade Herbs
  • Arid Climate Herbs
  • Hot & Humid Climate Herbs

 

Course Hours

  • Medicine Making – 150 hours
  • Botany and Plant Identification – 75 hours
  • Materia Medica (Herbal Therapeutics) – 250 hours
  • Herbal Actions – 40 hours
  • Permaculture – 10 hours
  • Nutrition – 75 hours
  • Herbal Safety: Drug-Herb Contraindications and Potential Side Effects – 20 hours
  • Soil Science: Plant Nutrients, Amendments, Composting, and Soil Flora – 30 hours
  • Foraging and Ethical Wildcrafting – 150 hours
  • Organic Herb Cultivation – 150 hours
  • Herbal Business Basics: Marketing, Legalities, and Inspiration – 50 hours

Total: 1000 hours

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