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Herbal Medicine Online Certification Course


professional herbalism training
The Herbal Medicine Certification online course offers a comprehensive study of clinical western Herbal Medicine with a focus on the systemic use of herbal formulae and naturopathic herbal treatments.

Systemic use of herbal formulae treats the 'whole' person, rather than using treatment protocols for specific disease conditions, thus supporting the body's own healing intelligence. This approach is in alignment with naturopathic principles, which are the guiding light of natural medicine.

Dr. John Christopher, School of Natural Medicine Patron until his passing in 1981, was a leading pioneer of herbal and natural medicine for much of the last century, and is best known for his naturopathic approach to working with herbs systemically and for integrated traditional Western herbal medicine with the Native American material medica.

The herbal medicine course offered by the School of Natural Medicine, UK, offers a complete system of herbal formulae founded on these principles and created by Dr. Farida Sharan (author of Herbs of Grace). The herbal formulae work together to activate the eliminative channels, nourish and heal body organs, systems and glands. Students learn the fundamentals of creating effective herbal formulae, in addition to study the study of 116 primary herbs and dozens of supportive herbs.

This course provides the foundation needed for identifying, harvesting, and storing herbs, and for making tinctures, salves, fomentations, poultices, ovules, baths, infusions, syrups and medicinal herbal formulae.

If you wish to create your own herbal pharmacy, heal yourself, family and friends, create herbal products, import or export individual herbs or herbal formulae, or practice herbal medicine in a clinical setting, this course will remain a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and inspiration for years to come.

Course Structure

The Herbal Medicine certification course consists of the following:

Herbal Medicine online course (see course topics below)
  • 12 Lessons - 660 pages
  • Time Payment: 12 monthly payments of £80
  • Payment in Full: £750
  • Study at your own pace
  • Support and mentoring with Bonny Casel as you progress through your studies
Graduates receive the Herbal Medicine Certificate

Course Topics Include


  • History and Philosophy

  • Use of herbs in ancient and traditional societies

  • Chemistry

  • Climate, soil, active principles

  • Collecting, harvesting, storage

  • Extraction

  • Food as Medicine - Food as Poison

  • Food addictions

  • Effects of diet, coffee, alcohol, drugs, etc., on the healing process

  • Creating herbal formulas

  • Prescription symbols

  • Herbal Pharmacy terminology

  • Contra-Indications for a range of situations

  • Materia Medica (116 primary herbs, plus dozens of supportive herbs) – action, active ingredients, activity, applications, aromatherapy, astrology, Ayurveda, cautions, contraindications, chakras, elements, emotions, Chinese medicine, combinations, cultivation, dosage, energetics, flower essences, formulas, habitat, history, homeopathy, meridians, organs, names, nutrients, part used, personality, plant description, research, spiritual properties, substitutions, systems, taste, tissues, wildcrafting, and preparation.

  • Iatrogenic drug induced disease

  • Herbs and Healing

  • Holistic perceptions

  • Body/Mind/Spirit

  • Body systems and Herbal Medicine (Anatomy and Physiology is taught by body system and integrated throughout the course

  • Vitamins and Minerals for body organs, systems and glands

  • Botany

  • Naming and identifying plants

  • Collecting and preparing herbarium specimens

  • Plant classification appendix

  • Pharmacy and dispensary

  • How to set up a pharmacy

  • Dosage

  • Methods of herbal application

  • First Aid Treatment

  • Acute conditions

  • Fomentations

  • Infusions

  • Ointments

  • Ovules

  • Pill making

  • Poultices

  • Smoking herbs

  • Syrups and Tinctures


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