Herbal Medicine Online Certification Course
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The Herbal Medicine online certification course offers a comprehensive study of 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.

All of our online courses can be studied from anywhere in the world, and are personally mentored by school founder, Bonny Casel.

Thank you for your wonderful feedback -and for your clarity. I love reading your feedback it’s so incredibly helpful and delivered with such kindness. You have created such a beautiful course and I thank you for sharing your knowledge of these ancient wisdoms in such an accessible manner with me. I am so excited to be sharing all I have learned.

Munira Z HMC HHP Herbal Medicine certification graduate
Student practicing gesture and botany drawings at Kew Gardens London
Course Consists Of
Course Consists Of
  • Herbal Medicine online course - 12 Lessons - 540 pages

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 integrating traditional Western Herbal Medicine with the Native American material medica. He was school founder, Bonny Casel's, first teacher, and ignited her passion for natural medicine.

The herbal medicine course offered by the School of Natural Medicine UK, offers a complete system of herbal formulae founded on Dr. Christopher's approach to herbal medicine and naturopathic principles and was created by Dr. Farida Sharan (Founder of British School of Iridology and Natural Medicine in 1977 and author of Herbs of Grace). The herbal formulae work together to activate the eliminative channels and 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.

  • The Herbal Medicine certification course is accredited by the AADP. Upon graduation students receive the Herbal Medicine certification and qualify as a board accredited Holistic Health Practitioner.

Online Course Fees & Payment Options

There are two payment options:

Time Payment: 12 monthly payments of £80

or Discounted Payment in Full: £750

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Course Details
  • History and Philosophy
  • Use of herbs in ancient and traditional societies
  • Chemistry of herbs
  • Climate, soil, active principles
  • Collecting, harvesting, storage
  • Extraction
  • Food as Medicine
  • Food addictions
  • Effects of diet, coffee, alcohol, drugs, etc., on the healing process
  • Creating herbal formulas
  • Prescription symbols
  • Herbal pharmacy terminology
  • Contraindications for a range of situations
  • Body sysetms and herbal medicine (anatomy and physiology is taught by body system and integreated through the course
  • 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
  • Vitamins and minerals for body organs, systems and glands
  • Botany
  • Chemistry of herbs
  • Naming and identifying plants
  • Collecting herbs 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

Can I begin with the Herbal Medicine online studies and choose add courses to work towards further certification or diplomas?
Yes! You are welcome to begin with online certification training and, if at a later date, you would like to continue your studies by enrolling in further online studies, or to diploma level by attending Immersion Trainings, undertaking the Self Healing module and, if applicable, attending Clinical Training, then your online studies will be applied in full towards further certifications and/or diploma training.

How is the online study structured?
There are 12 lessons in the Herbal Medicine online course, and each lesson contains between 40 and 120 pages of detailed study material, with additional links, video and/or recommended reading, depending on the lesson.

Assignments combine reading, research and writing, with creative projects and experiential self healing. Assignments for each lesson are sent together as a group for marking and feedback. If your assignments do not reach the standard required, then you are given the opportunity to develop your work and resubmit your assignments.

How do I get help if I have a question?
Help with questions is readily available by contacting Bonny Casel by email. If the questions are more complex, then Bonny will set up a time to speak with you on Skype.

Is there a deadline for competing the course?
The course is a one year course, however there is a three year window to complete so that students can create a study schedule that works well with personal and professional commitments. Students can apply for an extension with extenuating circumstances. If a student has not sent in an assignment in six months, the student file is placed on hold for a further six months before being closed.

Is the Herbal Medicine online course accredited?
Each of our courses are accredited and you can view details of accreditation on our website by following this link.

Are the online courses accredited internationally?
Each country has its own requirements and there is no accreditation available that is ‘international.’ Most countries do not regulate the practice of natural medicine, and you can freely practice without requiring board examinations or professional memberships. Some countries do require an examination in their own language, for example in Germany there is an examination required for all practitioners who make health recommendations, regardless of your qualifications. School of Natural Medicine graduates practice all over the world and we have never had a graduate who has been unable to practice and/ or teach in their home country.

Will I be able to obtain practice insurance upon graduation?
School of Natural Medicine UK graduates can obtain discounted block insurance from Balens insurance company in the UK, or with an insurance company in your own country. Professional memberships also frequently offer reduced fee insurance options.

I have further questions about the courses. How do I reach the school?
You can reach the school directly using the contact form on our website.
To arrange a Skype call, email the school to make an appointment. The school Skype address is PureHealthSNM.
You can also arrange a time to speak with Bonny Casel by telephone. Email the school using the contact form to schedule a time.

When can I begin my studies?
We have open enrollment, so you can begin your studies as soon as you wish!


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