The Intermediate Herbal Course is an online and self-paced apprenticeship for distant learners. If you are looking for a place to study herbalism in a safe and guided environment, we welcome you to join our ever-growing online community of herbalists! New students from all backgrounds and countries are registering for this program every day so start your enrollment when you are ready, and begin just moments after you register.
The use of herbs was an integral part of supporting wellness and correcting imbalance for millennia. It was not until relatively recently, at least in the Western world, that herbs were supplanted as the primary component of our apothecaries. Despite this shift, herbs continue to be effective allies in supporting wellness, and are often readily available. We can grow them ourselves or get to know them in wild settings, while in the process becoming more attuned to the environment which coexists with its inhabitants, be they plant, animal, fungi, or bacteria. We believe that it is our birthright to use the gifts of nature with respect and wisdom, and herbs are one of those gifts.
Health doesn’t come from plastic bottles. Vitality grows naturally from the way you live your life. Deep down, people already know this. Here at the Herbal Academy, we believe that a holistic herbal-based approach to health is making its way back into the mainstream, right where it belongs.
If you want to learn more about herbalism, and if you’re just too busy to enroll in an in-person program, join us for a comprehensive and convenient online herbal course you can complete anywhere and anytime—right on your laptop! Learn what your great ancestors knew about the natural world and begin to build your own materia medica and apothecary. We’ll show you how and tell you why.
The Intermediate Herbal Course is your online doorway into the wild and wonderful world of plant medicine.
Our intention for this self-paced herb course is to help you take the next step in learning how to integrate a holistic approach to wellness into your life. This course devotes an entire unit to food as medicine – using herbs and foods (and phytochemicals) to support wellness and to return to balance as well as alleviating common complaints. You’ll learn to nourish yourself with wild edibles and how to wildcraft plants and herbs. You’ll build your materia medica, learning the actions, energetics, safety, why, and how of many herbs and their therapeutic uses.
The bulk of the course walks through each body system, including alimentary, immune, nervous, cardiovascular, liver, respiratory, and urinary systems, devoting a unit to each to discuss anatomy, physiology, balance, imbalance, herbal support, and appropriate material medica. We integrate knowledge of energetics (of both people and herbs), tissue states, and the therapeutic rationale of choosing a particular herb for a particular person and imbalance.
The course includes video tutorials and over 100 recipes for a variety of herbal preparations to help you build your apothecary. The beautiful lessons are loaded with the knowledge that will help propel you the next level of your herbal practice.
In this course, you will discover:
A Collaborated Effort
We’ve brought together formally educated and experienced clinical herbalists and medical professionals who love sharing their passion for plants and people to teach this 10-Unit comprehensive, multi-media learning experience. Our well-rounded, seasoned team has worked together to bring you a program that covers every angle!
We are dedicated to teaching and promoting a lifestyle of wellness and vitality through the use of herbs, sound nutrition, and optimal health practices. We offer high quality, affordable herbal studies programs to empower our students, and celebrate the community-centered spirit of herbalism by collaborating with a wide diversity of herbalists to create an herbal school that presents many herbal traditions and points of view. As a team, it is our goal to educate and to promote sound, safe and ethical herbal practice.
Learn more about our team of educators here!
The Intermediate Herbal Course is intended for students with some herbal training (the Online Introductory Herbal Course, community herbal classes, workshops, self-study), but even if you’re new to herbalism, we’ll be reviewing some basic concepts in the first unit to set the foundation. The online herbal course will include intermediate topics such as safety and side effects; discussions about theory and energetics; in-depth coverage of physiology; and guidance for herbal formulation.
We will introduce many theories and works of some of today’s most revered herbalists such as David Hoffmann, Christopher Hobbs, Academy educator Matthew Wood, and others. We will also study many different ways herbalism has been practiced over the centuries and how in recent years we have begun to reclaim these traditions.
The Intermediate Herbal Course: 10 Unit Outline
While we recommend spending at least one month of serious study in each unit, students have the ability to work at their own pace towards certification. Students will have access to the online portion of the program for two years after starting the course. The expiration date is triggered when you select the Start Course option in class; not at registration. Each of the program lessons are available for download and print, so as a student you can use your program as a valuable resource for many years to come – even after completing your program!
Here at the Herbal Academy, we will keep the home fires burning and the doors open for our on-site classes but if you are one of our distant readers and friends, taking this online course will keep you well informed and in good company. Work on your herbal studies in front of your own home fire and we’ll be working right along with you.
Grow with our Academy family—even after you complete your studies. We are building a community of support for those seeking to learn more about herbs and how to lead a richer, more fulfilling, and healthy lifestyle. As a student in the Intermediate Herbal Course, you will gain access to several student-only communities, which you can continue to enjoy even after you graduate from class!
Testimonials From Students
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Ask yourself, what would I do with an herbal certification? If the answer is, I will reach out in some way to share this information, then you are in the right place. You can share all that you have learned here in the Intermediate Herbal Course with your family and friends. You can be the one to lead them to balanced health and vitality. Show others the way to use plant medicine. Teach, explore, preserve, and honor this tradition. Food and herbs were the original medicine and they are just as relevant today as they were for our forebears. We are all innate healers but we must learn how to use this precious gift responsibly as well as intuitively. Let’s do this together, one lesson at a time.