6 Herbal Vision Boards To Inspire Your Herbal Journey

6 Herbal Vision Boards To Inspire Your Herbal Journey | Herbal Academy | If you're struggling to find who you are as an herbalist, here are six herbal vision boards to inspire you in finding your herbal identity and future goals.

Herbalism speaks to each of us in different ways. When we first venture onto this path, many of us don’t have a clear idea of who we want to become as an herbalist. Even when we’ve been on our individual herbal journey for some time, we may still struggle with identifying who we are as an herbalist. This is one reason we created our free Becoming An Herbalist Mini Course.

One helpful way to clarify your identity or goals is to craft a vision for yourself through a vision board. A vision board helps you to bring visual representations of your interests together into one space—either physical or digital. You can display this board in your office, bedroom, workshop, journal, or on a digital device to serve as a reminder to set intentions and focus your ideas around your herb-related vision.

Styles of Herbal Vision Boards

Some people create vision boards with words by simply writing out all the emotions they want to feel as an herbalist and in their practice, the objects they want to surround themselves with, educational achievements they want to pursue, etc. Others prefer to cut illustrations and photos out of books or magazines that represent these concepts and paste them together in a collage. Some herbalists even prefer to bring their herbal vision boards to life through drawing or painting!

Regardless of your methods, the entire idea behind creating herbal vision boards is to include what motivates and inspires you toward the vision you want to create (or the one you already have) for yourself as an herbalist.

6 Herbal Vision Boards To Inspire You

We here at the Herbal Academy have an herbal vision board that guides and reminds us of our company’s goals in the world of herbalism. We’ve also reached out to some other amazing herbalists, teachers, and Herbal Academy team members who are all walking down different herbal paths—some working with clients, some selling herbal products, others teaching about herbs, and all using herbs in their own homes and with their own families. We’ve asked each of them to share their herbal vision boards with us in hopes that these examples will inspire others to create herbal vision boards of their own.

1. Herbal Academy

The Herbal Academy is an online school of herbalism offering affordable herbalist training programs for students at all experience levels. Whether you are looking to explore herbalism as a hobby or personal endeavor or preparing for a career, the Herbal Academy has designed herbalist programs to suit your path and your educational needs! The Academy celebrates the community-centered spirit of herbalism by collaborating with a wide diversity of seasoned clinical herbalists, folk herbalists, and medical professionals to create an herbal school that presents many herbal traditions and points of view.

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You can view our herbal vision board in full right here: https://www.pinterest.com/HerbalAcademyNE/herbal-academy-vision-board/

2. Meagan Visser of Growing Up Herbal

Meagan Visser is a wife, homeschool mom to four boys, and former Registered Nurse turned herbalist. She is the Blog Coordinator at the Herbal Academy, and she chronicles her journey of living life naturally in the mountains of East Tennessee over on her personal blog, Growing Up Herbal. Her goal is to encourage and inspire others in their personal wellness journey whether it be in cleaning up their diet, incorporating more time in nature, discovering the wonderful world of herbs, or creating their own non-toxic home and skincare products.

6 Herbal Vision Boards To Inspire Your Herbal Journey | Herbal Academy | If you're struggling to find who you are as an herbalist, here are six herbal vision boards to inspire you in finding your herbal identity and future goals.

You can view Meagan’s herbal vision board in full right here: https://www.pinterest.com/GrowingUpHerbal/herbal-vision-board/

3. Caitlin Frazier of The Locusts & Honey

Caitlin Frazier is an herbalist and blogger at Locusts & Honey. Caitlin’s journey into herbalism was founded upon the need for a gentle repose from the rush of the world and a longing to reconnect with nature. Through studying herbalism she is inspired daily by the calm and wise balance the plants bring to her mind, body, and spirit, and she hopes to encourage others to seek out a gentler life through herbalism and a reconnection with nature through Locusts & Honey.

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You can view Caitlin’s herbal vision board in full right here: https://www.pinterest.com/thelocustsandhoney/locusts-honey-vision-board/

4. Lindsey Kluge of Ginger Tonic Botanicals

Lindsay Kluge, MS, CNS, LDN is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist currently based in Portland, OR. She is an avid researcher and writer, and her blog, Ginger Tonic Botanicals, is where she shares holistic health advice, herbal inspirations, and education on cultivating your own herbal wisdom. She’s is a teacher and mentor to budding herbalists and nutritionists alike, and she practices clinically in Oregon and Virginia. Currently, she is adjunct faculty with the Maryland University of Integrative Health and offers herbal and nutrition appointments and mentorships virtually via http://gingertonicbotanicals.com/.

6 Herbal Vision Boards To Inspire Your Herbal Journey | Herbal Academy | If you're struggling to find who you are as an herbalist, here are six herbal vision boards to inspire you in finding your herbal identity and future goals.

You can view Lindsey’s herbal vision board in full right here: https://www.pinterest.com/GingerTonicB/herbal-vision-board/

5. FreeDom Flowers of Mama Flowers

FreeDom Danielle Flowers is a holistic health practitioner, clinical herbalist, and owner of an herbal product based business, Mama Flowers. She teaches herbal workshops at her wellness studio and offers online herbal courses. She also offers some of her recipes and herbal education on her blog and social media.

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You can view FreeDom’s herbal vision board in full right here: https://www.pinterest.com/mama_flowers/herbal-journey-vision-board/

6. Heather Saba

Heather Saba is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist who sees clients in-person in Boulder, CO and remotely via phone or Skype in addition to writing for The Herbal Academy’s blog and courses. Her herbal vision board embodies what her current practice offers and what she is striving to create in her work as an herbalist. From writing and seeing clients in a picturesque office nested within a beautiful herbal garden to creating custom formulas in an expansive apothecary, this board helps focus her dreams as an herbalist through vivid photos.

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You can view Heather’s herbal vision board in full right here: https://www.pinterest.com/heathersabaherbalist/herbal-vision-board/

Would You Like To Know How To Become An Herbalist?

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Our free Becoming An Herbalist Mini Course is now open for enrollment. This free herbal course was created with those interested in herbalism in mind, and it’s designed to teach what an herbalist does (and doesn’t do) as well as how herbalists navigate the legal, ethical, and logistical considerations of using herbs.

There are five lessons in this course, and you will have three months to complete them. You’ll find checklists and assignments along the way as well as study aids, tools, and charts to download and print if you wish. You can even enjoy exclusive discounts from our partners!

Upgrade to The Herbal Journey Planner

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Once you register for our free Becoming An Herbalist Mini Course, you can choose to upgrade to receive one of our beautifully designed Herbal Journey Planners in the mail!

This full-color planner contains all five lessons from the course as well as all checklists, study aids, and charts. In addition, it has a two-year calendar to help you get started planning your herbal journey, notes pages to help you organize your thoughts, and bonus activities like the herbal vision board activity above to help you gain insight and clarify your goals.

Start your herbal journey today by enrolling in our free Becoming An Herbalist Mini Course.

You can learn more here: https://theherbalacademy.com/product/becoming-herbalist-mini-course/.

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3 Calming Herbs to Support ADHD & Cognition

3 Calming Herbs to Support ADHD & Cognition | Herbal Academy | Whether it is you struggling with ADHD or you're working with a family member or a client, here's three calming herbs to support ADHD & cognition.

Many different herbs can be incorporated into a successful herbal protocol that helps support attention, cognition, and mood in those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Whether it is you struggling with ADHD or you are working with a child, family member, or a client, approach the topic with compassion and an open mind. In doing so, you will discover a deeper understanding of patterns that will emerge. You can then match these patterns with herbs appropriate for both age and unique constitution.

There are several categories of herbs that can support those with ADHD and brain fog, as well as those with attention, memory, focus, and mood concerns. Furthermore, several of these herbs will perform more than one role! In the Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus Intensive, we’ll unveil a number of these categories and specific herbs to help you create a unique protocol for managing ADHD. “Calming herbs” are one of these categories we cover in this Intensive, which often overlap with nervines and calming adaptogens and promote a calm-alert state (Groves, 2016; Winston & Maimes, 2007).

Let’s take a look at three calming herbs discussed in Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus Intensive.

3 Calming Herbs to Support ADHD & Cognition

The three herbal profiles selected below have been excerpted and adapted from the Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus Intensive. Find the full plant profiles including dosage and safety instructions in the workshop, now offered for a limited period of time at only $39. You can also access this workshop permanently as part of The Herbarium membership website that includes this and other intensives, articles, monographs, and much more, all for $45 a year!

3 Calming Herbs to Support ADHD & Cognition | Herbal Academy | Whether you struggle with ADHD or it's a family member or a client, here are three calming herbs to support ADHD & cognition.

Milky oat seed (Avena sativa)

Milky oat seed acts as a supreme nervine, nourishing and soothing the nervous system. Herbalists often turn to it for burnout and feeling “wired and tired.” Best as a fresh extract, it makes a fabulous backbone for a blend, especially where nervousness or excitation are present.

For adults, try 1-5 ml of the fresh tincture (1:2, 95%), or corresponding vinegar or glycerin extract, up to three times daily. Milky oat is very safe, but avoid it in oat allergy. It doesn’t contain gluten but contains avenin, which may cross-react with gluten for some people (Gardner & McGuffin, 2013; Groves, 2016; Winston, n.d.; Winston & Maimes, 2007). Find the full dosage and safety profile in the Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus Intensive.

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Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

With its brightly aromatic leaves, lemon balm calms, uplifts, and increases focus, and is especially useful when anxiety, overstimulation, frustration, anger, or irritation are present (Groves, 2016; Romm & Romm, 2000; Winston & Maimes, 2007). It makes a nice supportive herb in blends.

This nervine-nootropic has performed well in a variety of human cognition studies, including with ADHD children, adults, college students, and seniors with varying degrees of dementia. In a double-blind study, just one 1,600 mg dose of encapsulated leaves – not even a very potent form – improved mental performance and calmness in just one hour (Kennedy et al., 2003)! More concentrated extracts made people too sleepy at the highest doses, hindering cognition, but since it works so quickly, you can easily fiddle around to find your lemon balm sweet spot (Kennedy et al., 2002).

Lemon balm tincture taken daily and lemon balm cream applied topically long-term, improved quality of life and decreased dementia ratings in seniors in two separate studies (Akhondzadeh et al., 2003; Ballard et al., 2002). In ADHD in children, researchers paired lemon balm with valerian root. The combo reduced school children’s poor ability to focus from 75 to 14%, hyperactivity from 61 to 13%, and impulsiveness from 59 to 22% (Gromball et al., 2014). Another study found that the combination reduced hyperactivity, attention deficits, and impulsivity in children (Ross, 2015). Find the full dosage and safety profile in the Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus Intensive.

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Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri)

Bacopa also supports focus and calms anxiety without over-sedating; however, it’s slower acting. In Ayurveda, it’s called brahmi, a name sometimes shared with gotu kola. This nootropic nervine supports brain function via various mechanisms for all ages and has a long history of use for cognition in India (Groves, 2016; Romm & Romm, 2000; Stough et al., 2013; Winston & Maimes, 2007).

In adults and elders, those taking 300 to 450 mg of bacopa extract daily for 12 weeks saw the greatest improvements in memory free recall versus other cognitive tests (Pase et al., 2012). A review of nine studies noted better cognition, speed of attention, and decreased reaction time (Kongkeaw et al., 2014).

A handful of studies found bacopa beneficial for school-aged children, particularly those with ADHD, with significant improvements in immediate memory, perception, reaction/performance times, learning, and memory tasks (Shinomol et al., 2011), and more bacopa research on children is underway (Kean et al., 2015). Find the full dosage and safety profile in the Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus Intensive.

Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus Intensive

3 Calming Herbs to Support ADHD & Cognition | Herbal Academy | Whether you struggle with ADHD or it's a family member or a client, here are three calming herbs to support ADHD & cognition.

These three calming herbs are just a taste for what we will be covering in the three-part Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus Intensive! Along with lifestyle considerations, we’ll teach you about 11 herbs with safety and dosage guidelines in this intensive so you will have suggestions to start applying what you’ve learned towards supporting those with ADHD as well as nourishing and balancing cognitive wellbeing.

This course isn’t just for those struggling with ADHD! Would you like to learn ways to support your brain during the aging process or menopause? Are you interested in finding herbs to support you as you go back to school as an adult? The information and herbal discussions provided in this Intensive doesn’t stop at ADHD – it goes much further than that!

So while ADHD and related cognitive concerns can seem daunting, rest assured there are numerous holistic and herbal options that can help support those with these concerns! We welcome you to join us and Maria Noël Groves for a guided journey through the Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus Intensive!

There are 2 ways to register!

  1. Learn more and sign up for this Intensive offering on the Herbal Academy website! We’re offering this limited time Intensive for only $39! https://theherbalacademy.com/product/herbs-adhd-cognition-focus-intensive/
  2. You can also get this full Intensive along with a library of Intensive Short Courses included in your membership to The Herbarium! The Herbarium currently boasts of three exclusive Intensive Workshops, with many more coming this next year! Sign up for a $45 annual membership and get this Intensive and others in The Herbarium! herbarium.theherbalacademy.com

3 Calming Herbs to Support ADHD & Cognition | Herbal Academy | Whether you struggle with ADHD or it's a family member or a client, here are three calming herbs to support ADHD & cognition.

REFERENCES

Akhondzadeh, S., Noroozian, M., Mohammadi, M., Ohadinia, S., Jamshidi, A. & Khani, M. (2003). Melissa officinalis extract in the treatment of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease: a double blind, randomised, placebo controlled trial. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 74(7):863-6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1738567/pdf/v074p00863.pdf

Ballard, C., O’Brien, J., Reichelt, K. & Perry, E. (2002). Aromatherapy as a safe and effective treatment for the management of agitation in severe dementia: the results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with Melissa [Abstract]. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 63(7):553-8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12143909

Gardner, Z. & McGuffin, M. (2013). American Herbal Products Association’s Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group).

Gromball, J., Beschorner, F., Wantzen, C., Paulsen, U., Burkart, M. (2014). Hyperactivity, concentration difficulties and impulsiveness improve during seven weeks’ treatment with valerian root and lemon balm extracts in primary school children. Phytomedicine, 21(8-9):1098-103.

Groves, M. (2016). Body into balance: An herbal guide to holistic self care. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.

Kean, J., Kaufman, J., Lomas, J., Goh, A., White, D., Simpson, D., Scholey, A., Singh, H., Sarris, J., Zangara, A. & Stough, C. (2015). A Randomized Controlled Trial Investigating the Effects of a Special Extract of Bacopa monnieri (CDRI 08) on Hyperactivity and Inattention in Male Children and Adolescents: BACHI Study Protocol. Nutrients, 2;7(12):9931-45.

Kennedy, D., Scholey, A., Tildesley, N., Perry, E. & Wesnes, K. (2002). Modulation of mood and cognitive performance following acute administration of Melissa officinalis (lemon balm). Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 72(4):953-64.

Kennedy, D., Wake, G., Savelev, S., Tildesley, N., Perry, E., Wesnes, K. & Scholey, A. (2003). Modulation of mood and cognitive performance following acute administration of single doses of Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm) with human CNS nicotinic and muscarinic receptor-binding properties. Neuropsychopharmacology, 28(10):1871-81.

Kongkeaw, C., Dilokthornsakul, P., Thanarangsarit, P., Limpeanchob, N., Scholfield, N.C. (2014). Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials on cognitive effects of Bacopa monnieri extract. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 151(1):528-35.

Pase, M., Kean, J., Sarris, J., Neale, C., Scholey, A. & Stough, C. (2012). The cognitive-enhancing effects of Bacopa monnieri: a systematic review of randomized, controlled human clinical trials. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 18(7):647-52.

Romm, A. & Romm, T. (2000). ADHD Alternatives: A natural approach to treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.

Ross, S. (2015). Valerian Root and Lemon Balm Extracts: A Phytomedicine Compound Improves Symptoms of Hyperactivity, Attention Deficits, and Impulsivity in Children [Abstract]. Holistic Nursing Practice, 29(6):391-5.

Shinomol, G., Muralidhara, B.M. (2011). Exploring the role of “Brahmi” (Bacopa monnieri and Centella asiatica) in brain function and therapy. Recent Patents on Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Drug Discovery, 5(1):33-49.

Stough, C., Scholey, A., Cropley, V., Wesnes, K., Zangara, A., Pase, M., Savage, K., Nolidin, K., Lomas, J. & Downey, L. (2013). Examining the cognitive effects of a special extract of Bacopa monniera (CDRI08: Keenmnd): a review of ten years of research at Swinburne University. Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, 16(2):254-8.

Winston, D. (n.d.). Attention Hyperactivity Disorder. http://www.herbalist-alchemist.com/item/Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity-Disorder-1180 Similar recording available to AHG members at https://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/members/2012-symposium-recordings

Winston, D. & Maimes, S. (2007). Adaptogens: Herbs for strength, stamina, and stress relief. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

An Herbal Approach to Children with ADHD

An Herbal Approach to Children with ADHD | Herbal Academy | Ever wondered how to take an herbal approach to children with ADHD? This post will explain how herbs can support you or your loved ones.

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is an increasingly common condition in the United States with nearly 10% of American children (more than 6 million) having been diagnosed with ADHD (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). In addition, children with ADHD often experience coexisting mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, substance abuse, behavior, or conduct disorders as well (CDC, 2018).

While most of us show some signs of inattention or hyperactivity at one time or another, an official diagnosis of ADHD is made by a mental health professional when it interferes with functioning or development and meets a certain set of symptoms. For children to be diagnosed with ADHD, at least six or more of these symptoms need to persist for a minimum of six months, they must be inconsistent with the child’s developmental level, and they must negatively impact social, academic, and/or occupational activities.

More than half of children diagnosed with ADHD take medication (CDC, 2018; Winston, n.d.), and while medication is easy, effective, and usually safe, these drugs come with a host of potential side effects. They can be addictive, habit-forming, may cause circulatory and cardiac problems, and create new or worsened psychosis (Drugs.com, 2017). Natural approaches, on the other hand, tend to be safer and promote overall wellbeing but are generally not as fast acting and easy, requiring the whole family to get involved (Winston, n.d.). Taking an herbal approach to children with ADHD is doable for many.

Working With A Clinical Herbalist

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Children with ADHD can greatly benefit from working with a clinical herbalist who has experience supporting those with this type of cognitive concern. Clinical herbalists can work alongside your child’s doctor(s) to provide:

  • Healthy lifestyle considerations that can benefit your child’s overall health;
  • Suggestions for supportive herbs for your child’s situation;
  • Help in identifying root issues that can be affecting your child’s health;
  • Help in formulating herbal preparations;
  • Regular assessment and implementation of herbal protocols;
  • Help in keeping you accountable to holistic practices; and,  
  • Other support as needed.

An Herbal Approach to Children with ADHD

An Herbal Approach to Children with ADHD | Herbal Academy | Ever wondered how to take an herbal approach to children with ADHD? This post will explain how herbs can support you or your loved ones.

An Herbal Approach to Children with ADHD | Herbal Academy | Ever wondered how to take an herbal approach to children with ADHD? This post will explain how herbs can support you or your loved ones.

While there are numerous things a clinical herbalist may suggest to incorporate into a child’s lifestyle or daily routine, many different herbs can be incorporated into a successful protocol that helps soothe ADHD symptoms to support attention, cognition, and mood. Several categories of herbs provide support in ADHD, brain fog, attention, memory, focus, and mood. Several herbs perform more than one role.

The goal is not to use every single herb for every person but to find those that match the individual, keeping in mind constitution, age, and the patterns for that person. When taking an herbal approach to children with ADHD, herbs can be useful on their own, but they often work best in a combination formula alongside diet, lifestyle, behavioral therapy, and nutritional supports specifically geared towards the individual.

Finally

An Herbal Approach to Children with ADHD | Herbal Academy | Ever wondered how to take an herbal approach to children with ADHD? This post will explain how herbs can support you or your loved ones.

Taking an herbal approach to children with ADHD is possible. Along with a number of other approaches that can be used to support children with ADHD, herbs can be incredibly useful — producing both immediate and long-term benefits. With a customized approach from the help of a clinical herbalist, you can easily craft a formula and herbal protocol that not only helps support your child’s focus but also offers various “side benefits” for stress, mood, and general health. 

Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus Intensive

An Herbal Approach to Children with ADHD | Herbal Academy | Ever wondered how to take an herbal approach to children with ADHD? This post will explain how herbs can support you or your loved ones.

To learn even more about this topic, we’d like to invite you to join us for a three-part Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus Intensive!

Along with lifestyle considerations, you’ll learn about 11 suggested herbs (safety and dosage guidelines included) that you can use when taking an herbal approach to children with ADHD alongside nourishing and balancing their cognitive wellbeing.

This course isn’t just for children struggling with ADHD! The information and herbal discussions provided in this Intensive goes much further than that!

  • Are you an adult with ADHD?
  • Would you like to learn ways to support your brain during the aging process or menopause?
  • Are you interested in finding herbs to support you as you go back to school as an adult?

So while ADHD and related cognitive concerns can seem daunting, rest assured there are numerous holistic and herbal options that can help support those with these concerns! We welcome you to join us and herbalist Maria Noël Groves for a guided journey through the Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus Intensive! There are two ways to join!

1. Intensive Only

Learn more and sign up for this Intensive offering on the Herbal Academy website! We’re offering this limited time Intensive for only $39!  

https://theherbalacademy.com/product/herbs-adhd-cognition-focus-intensive/

2. Intensive + Herbarium

You can also get this full Intensive along with a library of Intensive Short Courses included in your membership to The Herbarium! The Herbarium currently boasts of three exclusive Intensive Workshops, with many more coming this next year! Sign up for a $45 annual membership and get this Intensive and others in The Herbarium!

http://herbarium.theherbalacademy.com

We hope to “see” you in class!

An Herbal Approach to Children with ADHD | Herbal Academy | Ever wondered how to take an herbal approach to children with ADHD? This post will explain how herbs can support you or your loved ones.

REFERENCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Data & statistics. [Online Article]. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html

Drugs.com. (2017). Adderall. [Online Article]. Retrieved from https://www.drugs.com/adderall.html

Winston, D. (n.d.). Attention hyperactivity disorder. [Audio Recording]. http://www.herbalist-alchemist.com/item/Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity-Disorder-1180 (Similar recording available to AHG members at https://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/members/2012-symposium-recordings)

Find The Right Herbal Course For You With This Herbal Academy Course Comparison Chart!

Find The Right Herbal Course For You With This Herbal Academy Course Comparison Chart! | Herbal Academy | Our Herbal Academy Course Comparison Chart will show you what is covered in each of our herbal courses and point you to the perfect course or path for you!

There is one week left during back to school season, so it’s decision time! Which Academy course is right for you?

Deciding on a course can feel like a difficult choice, but it doesn’t have to be! We are here to help you find the best program fit for your educational needs.

In this post, we are excited to share a useful visual Course Comparison Guide to help you easily see what each of our foundational programs has to offer. Plus you will also discover how these programs work into the bundled Path Packages offered here at the Academy. This guide will show you what is covered in each course to help you pinpoint the perfect course or path for you!

Find The Right Herbal Course For You With This Herbal Academy Course Comparison Chart! | Herbal Academy | Our Herbal Academy Course Comparison Chart will show you what is covered in each of our herbal courses and point you to the perfect course or path for you!

Foundational Herbalism Courses

Our foundational courses are designed to assist students in building strong roots in their herbal knowledge — each building one upon another. Starting with the Introductory Course, moving through the Intermediate Course on to the Advanced and Entrepreneur Courses — each course helps students to grow in the direction of their goals. As a student, you can start where you are in theses course, choosing the course that best fits previous experience and your goals.

Discover our foundational courses below:

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Introductory Herbal Course

This course is perfect for beginner herbalist! The Introductory Herbal Course will help you discover the basics of herbalism as you learn concepts, how-tos, discover how to integrate herbs into your life, and get your hands “dirty” with plenty of recipes and activities. Learn more about the Introductory Herbal Course here.

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Intermediate Herbal Course

Building on the basics found in the Introductory Herbal Course, this course delves deep into body systems and physiology plus herbal actions, energetics, safety and side effects, and guidance for herbal therapeutics and herbal formulation, and more. Students are encouraged to build their herb cabinet with recipes for each of the Units that comprise this course. Discover the Intermediate Herbal Course here!

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Entrepreneur Herbal Course

This program is designed to prepare students to run a small herbal products business with instruction from herbalists who have begun their own successful businesses! Discover how to make herbal preparations with ethically and sustainably sourced raw materials, and learn how to package and market these products as well. Click here to find out more about how the Entrepreneur Herbal Course can help you achieve your goals!

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Advanced Herbal Course

As our most rigorous offering, the Advanced Herbal Course is designed to support the educational standard required for those interested in becoming a professional clinical herbalist. The curriculum will solidify your knowledge base and encourage critical thinking skills. Visit here to discover all that the Advanced Herbal Course has to offer within the 14 Units that comprise this exciting and challenging course.

We’ve even created an Herbal Academy Course Comparison Chart to show side-by-side comparisons of our courses to help you better decide which course is the right herbal course for you.

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Hone Your Skills With Herbal Short Courses!

We have several Short Courses here at the Academy. These courses are designed to help students focus deeply on learning about a particular topic or honing a specialized herbal skill. Short courses are filled with enjoyable hands-on exercises, beautiful graphics and pictures, and lots of information!

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8 Of Your Most Frequently Asked Herbal Questions, Answered

8 Of Your Most Frequently Asked Herbal Questions, Answered | Herbal Academy | It’s Back to School season here at the Academy, and we’re answering some of your most FAQ in this Q&A post!

In the spirit of Back to School Season, we thought it would be fun to take on common student questions in a really quick Q&A fashion. We know you’ll find these topics helpful because we get questions about them all the time! Grab a box of #2 pencils or your favorite ballpoint pen, a notebook, your yearly planner (or if you’re really cool, the Herbal Journey Planner), and a cup of your favorite herbal tea!

Read through the below, and jot down some notes! Or save this blog post somewhere safe so you can refer to again if needed!

Rapid Fire Herbal Q&A: 8 Frequently Asked Herbal Questions

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Question 1: What are the best books for beginners?

Having just a few herbal books that go over a little bit of everything and are geared toward the complete beginner can provide some stable footing and help inspire the directions you’d like to go next. Though they are just the tip of the iceberg, these introductory books make the top of our list:

Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide by Rosemary Gladstar

The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra, L.Ac., O.M.D.

Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevallier

Body into Balance by Maria Noel Groves

The Gift of Healing Herbs by Robin Rose Bennett

If you would like to explore further recommendations, take a peek at our Herbal Bookshelf and browse through the category, Introductory Herbals.

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Question 2: Can I add anything to teas and infusions to make them more palatable?

You can absolutely add milk and anything else that will help to make your teas and infusions tasty, though in some cases the protein in milk may affect the bioavailability of some herbal constituents. Honey, fresh squeezed lemon or orange juice, a splash of dairy or dairy-free milk, and even diluting the tea/infusion with juice or broth are all great options. You may also want to consider adding tasty herbs to your blend such as peppermint, spearmint, lemongrass, rose hips, cinnamon, and licorice! These can all add delicious flavor as well as bring their own benefits to your tea cup. Experiment and have fun!

Safety Note: It’s always a good idea to research any herbs you’d like to add into your teas or infusions, even as flavorings, for safety and dosing information. For example, licorice root should not be used for more than 4-6 weeks or in large doses as it can lower potassium levels in the body and cause unwanted health effects. It should also not be used by individuals who are pregnant, have high blood pressure, or who have heart, liver, kidney disease, or diabetes.

For more learning, join us in our programs to learn all about teas and infusions. You can also find more reading on our blog.

Question 3: What are the best containers for storing my herbs?

As we recommend to students, any clean, dry glass or BPA-free plastic container with a tight sealing lid works wonderfully! Canning jars are a great option. Note that canning jar lids used to be coated with BPA, and so replace older lids.

If you want more ideas for storing herbs, read through our 5 Storage Containers Every Herbalist Should Have on Hand article (including sources for where to buy, too!).

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Question 4: What are aerial parts? Does this mean stalks as well as flowers/leaves?

Aerial part refers to all the parts above ground unless otherwise noted. You will want to make sure the plant is free of debris and healthy before using.

There is so much to learn when it comes to plant identification. If this topic interests you and you are looking for a place to get started, consider joining us in our Botany & Wildcrafting Course.

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Question 5: I want to make vegan herbal preparations, what can I use in place of honey and beeswax in recipes?

As far as substituting ingredients to make your preparations vegan, there are a number of options you can consider. When choosing a substitution, just be mindful of what the original ingredient is >doing in the recipe. For example, many herbalists prize honey for its own benefits in recipes beyond preservation and taste.

However, for herbalists who do not wish to or cannot use honey, a substitute like maple syrup, agave nectar, vegetable glycerin, or sugar may be used depending on the preparation you are making. Glycerin and sugar could be used in place of honey for syrup making, while agave and maple syrup could be used in place of honey for making herbal honeys and oxymels. Please do note that maple syrup and agave will not offer the same preservation benefits as honey. Just be sure to keep these preparations stored in the fridge and consume them quickly. You can learn more about vegan honey substitutes in our article, How To Make Vegan Herbal Syrups.

Soy wax and carnauba wax can be used in place of beeswax when making preparations such as a salve. Plant milks such as coconut, hemp, or almond can be used in place of dairy milk products.

Question 6: What is the best alcohol to use as a menstruum when making tinctures?

We often receive this question, which is why we touch on the basics of choosing alcohol in our beginner programs. Vodka and brandy are popular choices for herbalists when making tinctures! Keep in mind that tinctures should contain at least 25% alcohol for preservation purposes. In general, for leafy herbs 50-60% alcohol is used; for fresh herbs 70-90% alcohol is used, and for resins 80-90% is used.

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Question 7: I am making my first tincture and would like to know more about what “by volume” is as well as more about ratios and percentages.

The volume involved in tincture making refers to the amount (or volume) of alcohol used. While the ratio is the amount of herb to alcohol and percentage refers to the concentration of alcohol in the menstruum.

Perhaps looking at an example will be helpful:

For a 1:5 ratio, you are using 1 part herb (measured in grams) for every 5 parts menstruum (measured in mL). If we have chosen to use 30 g herb, 30 x 5 = 150 mL menstruum.

If you choose to use 60 g herb, for a 1:5 tincture you would use 60 g x 5 = 300 mL menstruum.

If you were creating a 1:4 tincture with 30 g herb, you would use 30 x 4 = 120 mL menstruum.

You may want to take a look at this article from the Academy blog: Demystifying Weight-To-Volume Tinctures. We also discuss this further in our online herbal programs.

Tincture making can be confusing at first but you will likely get the hang of it after you make your first few tinctures. Also, keep in mind that you can always make tinctures using the folk method if that suits you better as an herbalist — something we teach our Introductory Herbal Course students!

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Question 8: Why are there different amounts of steeping time for making teas and infusions? What is the difference?

To make a tea, you will generally want to steep your herbs for 15 to 20 minutes. This helps to extract many of the constituents from the plant into the water. An infusion, however, is left to steep for longer, generally 4 to 8 hours (or overnight). Plants that are prepared as infusions tend to be vitamin and mineral rich plants. The longer steeping time is thought to extract more of the vitamins and minerals into the water.

Thanks for joining us in this fun Q&A! We hope you learned something insightful, or at the very least, thought it was a fun exercise to test your knowledge!

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5 Herbal Lifestyle Books To Read This Year

5 Herbal Lifestyle Books To Read This Year | Herbal Academy | If incorporating herbalism into your lifestyle is appealing to you, here are 5 of our favorite herbal lifestyle books to help you get started!

There are many paths to herbalism. Some of us may have had a more direct path stemming from a pure interest in botany, foraging, or making herbal preparations. Others, in efforts to nourish our bodies with more natural, simple ingredients, may have stumbled across the herbal approach as a happy accident. As our understanding of herbalism grows deeper, we can begin to recognize these threads for what they are and weave them together into a cohesive holistic lifestyle.  

The herbal lifestyle books we’ve rounded up here each represent a specific area to apply your herbal practice to, including body care, aromatherapy and stress relief, holistic pregnancy, family wellness, and even natural house care. We chose these because each of them stand out as the go-to resource for their respective topics. They all provide comprehensive foundations for the complete novice, as well as a variety of effective, time-tested recipes to engage practitioners at any level, promising a sound investment of time and money.

If you are brand new to herbalism, these herbal lifestyle books offer practical entry-points into this fascinating world of plant wisdom. If you are further into your studies, these areas of study offer the opportunity to experience the actions and benefits of herbal allies in a new context. The best solutions are often the simplest ones, provided by the wise balance inherent to nature. In integrating these herbal principles into your daily life, you invite more of this natural balance and simplicity to your daily existence. We hope these resources inspire you to incorporate herbalism into your daily rituals.

5 Herbal Lifestyle Books to Read this Year

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  1. Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles

For those of us who feel like some herbal beauty care recipe books may just skim the surface, this book takes a luxurious dive into all areas of the topic. Starting with a well-rounded introduction to the science behind skin, hair, and nails, Tourles also shares basic ways to support ourselves with care and nutrition. She very practically reminds us of how the skin absorbs nutrients (and toxins), giving us all the more motivation to favor natural and simple ingredients rather than harsh chemicals. Building on this, she introduces us to our new friends from natural apothecaries, including herbs, carrier oils, essential oils, and the necessary tools we’ll need to create the 175 recipes included in the book.

Recipes are organized into sections covering face and body care, hair care, feminine care, support for stress, colds, and headaches, and even love potions! The recipes themselves are formatted with easy instructions as well as a handy list of the practical considerations: Recommended for, Use, Follow With, Prep Time, Blending Tools, Store In, and Yield. Most recipes include easy-to-source ingredients and have nice long shelf-lives, so you won’t have to be mixing these daily!

With the authority of a textbook but the atmosphere of a relaxing spa, Tourles has made a book that is truly accessible to people coming into herbal body care from many different directions. She tailors her information to complete novices, weaving in succinct definitions of topics like Ayurveda, while including enough recipes to keep even a seasoned herbalist inspired. Often touted as a gateway into herbalism for folks seeking healthier body care alternatives, this book is one you’ll reference for years to come. If you can only choose one herbal beauty book, this one-stop-shop is a treasure trove of recipes to try and wisdom to absorb. Wrap up in your silky robe and dive in!

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  2. The Naturally Clean Home – Karyn Siegel-Maier

With modern culture’s newfound interest in natural alternatives, we’ve probably all come across a few simple kitchen-hacks that our grandmothers would have taught us had we listened. It’s always a little fun to see some of our herbal friends hard at work and still holding their place in modern products like lemon-scented cleaners and Pine-Sol. It can be even more satisfying to learn the original recipes that can still serve as safe, natural alternatives today. Karyn Siegel-Maier’s guide has taken natural cleaning recipes up a notch and quite possibly thought of everything. Beyond just vinegar or baking soda cleanser for the kitchen countertops and bathroom tile, she has recipes for all areas of the home, from kitchen, bath, and laundry to storage areas like the basement and garage — even recipes for wood care and oven cleaner!

It is somewhat astonishing how much information Siegel-Maier has packed into this unassuming little book. Boasting 150 cleaning substitute recipes for every nook and cranny of your home, it will hardly take up any space on your kitchen shelf, your shopping bag, or your back pocket, for that matter — how convenient! She lays out some basics regarding which common cleaning chemicals to avoid, a handful of the essential oils you’ll use most for her recipes, and the beneficial properties of each herb in a handy chart.

Although our modern society has become somewhat dependent on chemical-laden cleaning products to achieve a safe and clean home, it is truly liberating to discover how simple and effective the natural alternatives actually are. The bright side to this potential overhaul to your cleaning cabinet is that these products are easy to make and will end up saving you a lot of money! They also offer the opportunity to further align your daily cleaning habits with herbalism, and you’ll get to know your favorite plant allies in a new light. No matter what level of interest in herbalism you may have, the recipes and concepts in this book are guaranteed to simplify your cleaning routines.

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  3. Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar

One of our favorite go-to primers in practical home herbalism is Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, formerly known as The Family Herbal. Covering many daily uses for herbs, it is quite simply one of the best herbal resources from which to learn how to apply the herbal approach into daily life. With a variety of everyday recipes, Gladstar provides many ways to get to know and use herbs for the whole family. Her core strength is a friendly teaching style and deftness for choosing the right information to highlight, making the steps approachable while still lacing herbal wisdom throughout each chapter to frame each recipe. You may find yourself turning to this trusty little book time and again over the years. In fact, the recipes found here are so effective that many herbalists list them as their initial proof that herbs really do work.

Chapters are broken down by category, delving into broad topics, such as Gladstar’s Prescription for Life, Taming Stress and Anxiety, Home Remedies for Everyday Ailments and Recipes for Radiant Beauty. More specific recipe chapters follow, including recipes For Children, For Women, For Men, and For Elders. Throughout these recipes are simple explanations of creating balance in the body as a form of daily support and in response to illness or injury.

Not only does Gladstar have a magical way of transmuting the mysterious world of herbalism into a few simple steps, but the joy she feels for this work brims from every paragraph and her passion for plants is simply contagious. We love the way Rosemary can spin a yarn about just about any plant or preparation without losing the thread of clarity and simplicity in her teaching. If you need a helping hand to guide you into the world of herbalism and some projects to apply your studies to — keep this book close at hand, as its guidance will aid you throughout all levels of your herbal journey.

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  4. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

Before having much awareness of the herbal world, many of us may have had a few essential oils in our medicine cabinets — perhaps lavender for burns, tea tree or eucalyptus on hand for steams to clear the congestion of winter colds, or peppermint for headaches. Even without much knowledge of the science behind these essential oils, it often feels like having a secret ally in our toolkits that we might even suggest to friends in need. If this world of essential oils piques your interest, then Valerie Ann Worwood’s Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy can be a helpful guide, as it is one of the most comprehensive guides on this topic.

With years of experience in complementary medicine and aromatherapy, Valerie Ann Worwood’s graciously shares her expertise in the clinical use of essential oils in this practical how-to guide, giving us a little bit of everything we may need to know.  She orients the complete beginner in plant chemistry and provides some basic tools to get started, but practitioners at any level can benefit from the 800 recipes included in the book, which covers ailments for women, men, children, and elders. She also explains in great detail the growing and harvesting practices for various plants that contribute to the different prices we encounter for various essential oils. The fair amount of ingredient overlap between recipes helps you to get the most out of the ingredients you decide to invest in. In fact, one of our favorite elements in this book is that Worwood has provided a list of her top ten go-to essential oils for basic care and travel kits. She even provides substitutes with similar actions and properties if you are missing any from her list. For its sheer volume of information and the practical way it is organized with charts and guides, this book remains at the top of our list for understanding the ways we can benefit from essential oils for wellness.

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  5. The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm

Aviva Jill Romm is an herbalist and practicing midwife who is also a Yale University-trained family physician in obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics. Her layered perspective on holistic health is uniquely informed by both allopathic and complementary medicine and is an invaluable asset to the field of herbalism. As Romm concedes in the introduction of this book, pregnancy is a complex, confusing, and exciting period in our lives. She also sees it as an opportunity full of potential transformation and empowerment. Pregnancy is the domain of women, historically, yet with all the positive advancements of modern medicine, one unintended side effect has been women’s diminished connection to the process. By granting women the wealth of information from her combined experience, Romm seeks to empower women with information so they may reconnect to their bodies during this deeply personal rite of passage.

The book is arranged into two main parts: part 1 breaks down basic aspects of pregnancy and offers research, guidance, and complementary support, including helpful tips on nutrition, stress relief, posture, and exercise. She also goes into helpful tips for choosing a physician and the changes a woman can expect to her body, mood, and family unit. Part 2 provides a list of common ailments during pregnancy from anemia to indigestion to varicose veins, with guidance on natural interventions whenever possible. It also includes notes on safe herbs and dosage during pregnancy. Romm’s informed and measured perspective puts one at ease in preparation for this intimate period in a woman’s life. Her support of both allopathic and alternative approaches validates a woman’s goal of holistic health during pregnancy while reinforcing her sense of safety. For those seeking an herbal approach to natural pregnancy care, this resource is an immensely informative and supportive trusted mentor.  

Herbalism As A Lifestyle

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The world of herbalism is an endless series of doors to deeper wisdom, including ancient practices with modern day relevance. Herbalism is immediately available and applicable to our daily lives and the more we choose to reintegrate it, the more harmonious our lives may become. These herbal lifestyle books are great sources of inspiration and effective references when a need arises, and we’d like to see what natural approaches are available to us. They are also a great way to bring this fascinating information to other friends and loved ones in our life. While newcomers may be hesitant to try tinctures or bitters, a supremely effective hand salve might just transcend initial skepticism. Keeping natural first-aid remedies in our homes can teach our young ones an early respect for herbal preparations. As often is the case, the more ways we find to experiment with these herbs the deeper our relationship to them becomes, securing their place in our lives for years to come.

If you are curious about incorporating herbalism into your life (or to learn more about what an herbalist does, says, or creates), we invite you to join us in our Free Becoming an Herbalist Mini Course, a series of guideposts on your journey as an herbalist. This exploratory course dives into the topic of what it means to become an herbalist as well as the legal, ethical, and logistical considerations of using herbs. It will also inform and enlighten your herbal path – wherever it takes you!

Registration for the free course is open today, July 19th, through Sunday, August 5th, and class starts Monday, August 6th!

Register here: theherbalacademy.com/…/becoming-herbalist-mini-course

 

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Curious About Becoming An Herbalist? Here’s What You Need To Know First!

Have you ever daydreamed about becoming an herbalist?

Perhaps in your dream, you’re standing in your herbal garden, basket in hand, wind blowing through your hair as you gather flowers, leaves, and roots to take home and prepare for later use.

Maybe you’re standing in your kitchen, your counters covered with supplies and materials to create a variety of herbal preparations in order to stock your home for whatever the upcoming season may bring your way.

It could be that you see yourself standing behind a beautiful booth at a farmers market or natural product expo selling your preparations to the public.

Perhaps you’re the keynote speaker at an herbal conference, and people from all over the country have come to hear you teach.

Do you see clients visiting your home or office, looking for your help on how to approach a situation they are facing and seeking information about herbs and other holistic methods?

Maybe it’s none of the above, but instead, you are tucked away in a corner of your favorite coffee shop, writing your latest blog post about one of your favorite herbal topics.

No matter what your herbal dreams are, they are beautiful and attainable, and we here at the Herbal Academy want to help you make your herbal dreams a reality.

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While dreams of becoming an herbalist may look different for all of us, there are some realities that we all need to know about when it comes to what an herbalist does, says, or creates. That’s why we’ve created a FREE mini course that dives into the topic of what it means to become an herbalist as well as the legal, ethical, and logistical considerations of using herbs.

If you are searching for this kind of guidance, we welcome you to join us in our Free Becoming an Herbalist Mini Course, a series of guideposts on your journey as an herbalist. This exploratory course will inform and enlighten your herbal path – wherever it takes you!

Our Becoming an Herbalist Mini Course consists of five lessons made up of written material, PDF downloads, reference charts, checklists, activities, recommended resources, exclusive discounts, and more.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • The directions you can take to become an herbalist, including certification and licensure – both here in the U.S. and internationally!
  • The language of herbalists, and how to use safe words that protect you from legal issues.
  • The ethics of herbalism, the limitations you have as an herbalist, and important safety considerations to recognize – no matter what your education level!
  • Solutions to common obstacles of running an herbal business.
  • Ideas to network with other herbalists, build community, and continue your herbal education.  
  • And so much more!

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Curious About Becoming An Herbalist? Here’s What You Need To Know First! | Herbal Academy | Have you ever dreamed about becoming an herbalist? Here's a free course explaining what being an herbalist is all about and how to plan your herbal path.

Lesson 1 looks closely at certification and regulation for herbalists and explores some of the educational options that are available to those interested in herbal careers. Learning about these important topics will help you begin to develop confidence and lay the groundwork for a career as an herbalist.

In Lesson 2, we will take a look at the language that herbalists use – words you can and cannot use legally, regardless of education, due to the current state of herbalism as an unlicensed practice. While this topic is sometimes confusing for beginning herbalists, it is important to understand the appropriate use of language when talking or writing about herbs.

Lesson 3 dives deep into the ethical considerations of becoming an herbalist. We’ll give you the lowdown on scope of practice, confidentiality, informed consent, and full disclosure. For those interested in clinical practice, we’ll go over basic red flags, safety concerns, and referrals. Introducing yourself to these key concepts will continue to build your confidence in building an ethical and safe herbal practice.

In Lesson 4, we will outline key aspects of starting your own herbal business and the many details that go along with each. Considering the diversity of options covered in this important lesson is an invaluable stepping stone to dreaming up an herbal business and writing a business plan.

Lesson 5 discusses the importance of keeping your finger on the pulse of herbalism. The way that herbalists use herbs is constantly evolving, with new clinical research being published all of the time and practicing herbalists discovering novel ways of bringing balance to human physiology with herbs. Get inspired by all of the ways you can stay connected, network, and continue your herbal education in the last lesson of this free mini course!

With the copious amount of information available on herbalism in this increasingly overly-saturated market, finding safe and secure guidance on how to get started in herbalism is not always easy! That’s why we’ve decided to take your most frequently asked questions, find answers to them, and put it all together for you in our Becoming an Herbalist Mini Course. And, if you have already started your herbal path, this course will STILL be helpful to you!

Course registration is open today! Sign up for free here.

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You can even choose to upgrade your free registration to get our Herbal Journey Planner, a printed version of this course complete with a calendar and extra activities to guide you through your unique path as an herbalist!

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By the end of this course, you will be brimming with ideas on how you want to be an herbalist and the steps you need to take to get there. We hope that the exposure to so many important herbal considerations (some you may have not even thought about!) inspires you to continue growing as an herbalist and that the groundwork we have provided is a foundation for your confidence as you step forward on your herbal path.

Don’t hold off on registering! Sign up here!

Free Ebook Download: Herbal Tea Throughout The Seasons

Free Herbal Teas throughout the Seasons ebook by Herbal Academy

Do you love drinking herbal tea? Or perhaps you’d like to incorporate a daily tea ritual into your routine? If so, you’ll love our newest ebook offering: Herbal Tea Throughout The Seasons, which is now available as a free download!

No matter what the season, sipping a cup of tea can allow you to pause for a moment and let stillness nourish your whole being — mind, body, and spirit. This can provide a moment for you to look forward to each day — a time where your mind releases the needs of the day, and instead, focuses on the process of preparing and enjoying a cup of herbal tea. This is the essence of the daily herbal tea ritual.

As we welcome the rhythmic changes that each new month brings, we can all agree on the benefits of incorporating seasonal foods and herbs into our diet and embracing the energetics of each season. Whether we find ourselves foraging for spring herbs, delighting in the colors and scents of a pollinator garden, enjoying warm, savory soups and stews, or sipping on a steaming cup of tea by the fireside, the ritual of drinking herbal tea is an excellent way to tune into the rhythms of each season.

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The Herbal Tea Throughout The Seasons ebook will give you some quick and easy recipes to use foraged herbs in the spring and create delightfully refreshing iced teas in summer months. During the fall and winter, recipes using our dried herbal harvest help us to turn inward, sharpen our focus, and build our immunity for the cold months ahead.

Whether you are a newbie or practicing herbalist, drinking herbal tea is one simple way to teach yourself how to take advantage of each season’s offerings to the fullest!

Free Ebook Download: Herbal Tea Throughout The Seasons | Herbal Academy | Whether you already have a daily tea ritual or you’re looking to start one, our newest FREE ebook will show you the way with the help of 12 tea recipes, one for every month of the year!

Free Ebook Download: Herbal Tea Throughout The Seasons | Herbal Academy | Whether you already have a daily tea ritual or you’re looking to start one, our newest FREE ebook will show you the way with the help of 12 tea recipes, one for every month of the year!

Here at the Herbal Academy, we have taken our love for herbal teas and created this ebook filled with seasonal herbal tea blends to help you transition from month to month and from season to season.

We hope that the recipes included in this ebook will not only benefit your wellness but also bring a sense of peace and calm to your mind and renewed energy to your spirit.

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DOWNLOAD THE HERBAL TEA THROUGHOUT THE SEASONS EBOOK HERE!

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Get $15 Off a 1-Year Herbarium Membership! (6 Days Only)

Get $15 Off a 1-Year Herbarium Membership! (6 Days Only) | Herbal Academy | We’re offering a discounted 1-year membership to The Herbarium for a limited time only! Come learn more about this great deal.

It’s back! The 2018 Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle is here, and the Herbal Academy is participating again this year by offering a 1-year membership to The Herbarium to everyone who purchases a copy of this year’s bundle (current Herbarium members included)!

There are over $560 worth of herb and essential oil products in this year’s bundle (all for less than $30!), but today, we’d like to give you a peek inside of The Herbarium — our membership site for herbalists — so you can see all it has to offer you!

Inside The Herbarium

Welcome to The Herbarium a membership site for herbalists! Inside this space, you will find a collection of herbal monographs, photographs, articles, videos, tutorials, teaching charts, and more. These resources are available here in an effort to share herbal wisdom, discoveries, lessons, and beauty that will enrich this life-long journey into herbalism.

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One of the first things you’ll find when you log in to The Herbarium is a collection of our newest library resources, monographs, and herbal intensives. You will find new resources, written by experts from around the world, added each month.

Let’s look at some of these resources below!

Herbal Monographs

Our herbal monographs are one of the most popular features on The Herbarium. With over 127 herbal monographs to choose from, there is plenty of herbal information to help you with your herbal study and research, or simply to help you get to know a plant better.

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Our monographs are laid out in an easy-to-read format and include plant names, descriptions, cultivation and harvest information, parts used, common preparations, tastes and energetics, uses, research findings, and more.

Herbal Intensives

Herbal Intensives are one of the newest features in The Herbarium. These intensives are exactly as they sound — short, detailed classes, taught by experienced herbalists, on specific topics. Each intensive is a combination of written and video information and spans 3-4 lessons.

Currently, you will find two intensives — one on managing stress in clinical practice and another on managing polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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The Library

In our library, you’ll find articles, videos, podcasts, media downloads, and a list of our favorite herbal books — all to help you grow in your herbal journey.

Our articles will teach you about a variety of different topics such as how herbalism is practiced in various cultures, how to approach specific conditions as a clinical herbalist, how herbs can help support body systems, how essential oils work in the body, which herbs can be harvested during winter, and many, many more.

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You can find podcasts about individual plants or interviews with herbalists to help grow your herbal knowledge.

Media downloads, such as full e-books, digital magazines, and herb guides, are offered to Herbarium members at no extra cost.

You will find videos on topics like herbs for specific health conditions, how to grow plants, and human and plant relationships.

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You’ll also find a comprehensive list of books upon books inside the Herbal Bookshelf — each with descriptions, book ratings, topic categories, suggested skill levels, author information, and where you can purchase them. This is a great resource if you’re looking for suggestions for a book on a specific topic, skill level, or by a certain author.

Won’t You Join Us Inside The Herbarium This Year?

If you’re looking to grow your herbal knowledge or you’d like to have a great resource to refer to during your herbal studies, we invite you to join us inside The Herbarium this year!

While a 1-year membership is regularly priced at $45, for 6 days only, we’re including it in the 2018 Herbs & Essential Oil Super Bundle, along with more than $560 worth of other herb and essential oil products.

You’ll find herb and essential oil DIYs and information from herbalists and aromatherapists around the world on a variety of topics, from beauty and the home to cooking, foraging, and more.

This year’s bundle is priced at $29.97 and includes 22 e-books, 4 e-courses, 6 printables, and access to 2 membership sites (The Herbarium being one of them!). In fact, there is a total of 444 recipes and 184 printables in the bundle.

You can learn more about this year’s bundle and the products that are included here.

Another great thing about the 2018 Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle is that several companies have partnered with Ultimate Bundles to offer you some free bonus products with your purchase of a bundle. You can get a leather essential oil diffuser bracelet and earrings from The Oil Collection, a 2-ounce supplement bottle from TriLight Health, free lotion and bug block from MadeOn Skin Care, and a 2 pack of soap from Puro Company during this 6-day sale. All you have to do is pay shipping costs!

Again, we’d love to have you join us inside our membership site for herbalists — The Herbarium — whether you’re a brand new member or a current member. You can get $15 off the cost of a regular 1-year membership (valued at $45) along with $560 worth of other herb and essential oil products when you purchase a copy of the 2018 Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle!

We hope to “see” you inside!

Get your copy of the 2018 Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle right here.

 

Thoughts On Celebrating Earth Day As An Herbalist

April is one of our most exciting months of the year as two of our favorite holidays occur this month — Herbalist Day on the 17th, and Earth Day on the 22nd.

The month of April is a fantastic time for an Earth Day celebration as it marks the beginning of the growing seasons (here in the Northeast) and infuses our excitement with an intention to re-commit ourselves to connect with the Earth and act as its stewards.

As herbalists (or for those on an Herbal Path), we have no short supply of reverence for the natural world. One way we can show our thankfulness is by freely sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm with others in an effort to broaden the appreciation and protection of our wonderful wild spaces and the plants within them. Other approaches to reconnection and stewardship include reducing any wastefulness in our daily life, getting back outside, studying our favorite plants as they first emerge in spring, and finding new ways to connect to the green friends we are so grateful for.

In an effort to share our excitement around Earth Day, we have a downloadable graphic for you today (two of them, in fact)! Feel free to print this to hang on a wall or put in a notebook as a way to remind you that we are one with the Earth and to show appreciation for all that ways in which it supports us.

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Develop A Closer Relationship With Plants in our Botany & Wildcrafting Course

Our Botany & Wildcrafting Course will give you the chance to start a close and careful relationship with plants around you by studying their common structures and patterns. This deeper dimension of study gives us another way to speak the language within the plant world and also encourages us to get back outside to meet these plants where they grow. With knowledge of just a few patterns and structures under our belts, finding them out in the world can foster a new sense of comprehension and delight. However you choose to take part in the celebrations this month, we encourage you to share these experiences with others and direct your focus towards gratitude for the myriad ways in which the Earth sustains us.

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Things we are loving about the Botany & Wildcrafting Course:

  1. Learning about the complexity of these plant structures develops our appreciation for the ways plants nourish, protect, and reproduce themselves, and encourages us to protect their habitats.
  2. Taking plant walks to find and study plants in their habitat gets us out into nature, deepening our connection to wild spaces.
  3. Connecting the dots between related plants and their families reminds us of the interconnection of all species, and of the evolution and the ecosystems that sparked their development.
  4. Noticing patterns gives us a language to decode the natural world around us.
  5. Understanding this hidden language gives a sense of place and participation in the natural world, rather than as an observer or visitor to it.
  6. Understanding the properties and purpose of even the most common plants (often classified as weeds), we begin to see the value and potential of all plants throughout the ecosystem as well as our role in stewarding them.

Learn more about our newest Botany & Wildcrafting Course here.