In my last post, I shared with you a little bit about herbalism and Why I Want to Take an Herbalism Course. Today, I will share with you a few of the options available.
There are several options available for learning herbs. You can always read books. Or if you are blessed enough to know someone who is using them effectively, you can learn from that person. But if you’re like me and want a thorough, step-by-step introduction and education rather than throwing yourself into a world of books without knowing where to start, online course are the way to go (or local college courses if that’s an option for you).
There are a lot of choices out there. Some are free mini courses, but from what I’ve seen, it helps to already have a little bit of background for those to be helpful. If you really want your money’s worth, take a paid class. Find one that is credible with lifelong access and that offers interaction with the instructor if you have any questions along the way.
From my research, the two that seem to be most highly recommended are through Vintage Remedies and the Herbal Academy. They both combine a very long history of folk medicine with scientific research to back them up.
Herbal academy is a lot cheaper and has a few bonus perks, but it looks like you would also need to take several courses to get the same amount of training as the Vintage Remedies course that I am interested in. You have lifetime access to the curriculum (via printables) but only 12 months’ access to the online program. For some, that might be a benefit… Since this is a self-paced program, the 12-month limit might be the motivation you need to stay on top of it.
Vintage Remedies also offers several courses, but they seem to be more targeted rather than broad. There is a basic herbalism class that is about the same price as the Introductory class at Herbal Academy. It also has a few bonuses linked to it. However, this class includes LIFETIME access and an individual instructor to help you along the way.
They also offer a more in-depth class specifically geared toward natural-minded families: The Confident Family Herbalist Course. It is designed to give you the confidence you need to help your family live a healthier, more natural life without the guesswork. It is much more expensive, but also much more packed with training. Unfortunately, it is only offered a few times a year. However, this is also not necessarily a bad thing because it is offered this way so that the students taking it can move through the course together and have peer interaction with other individuals of a similar mindset who are on the same page and in the same place on their herbalism journey.
This is the course that I REALLY want to save up for. But in the meantime, I think I’d rather have some knowledge to give me a small foundation to help with the next cold than to have no knowledge and feel completely helpless until I save up enough for the Confident Family Herbalist class.
One last thing I will mention… A fellow blogger that I really enjoy following is an herbalist who is launching her own small course. I really like the way it is designed. She covers one herb at a time (one herb per month) to give you an in-depth understanding of all it can do for you and your family. It is EXTREMELY practical (the first herb she covers is ginger… who doesn’t have access to ginger!?). She gives you a complete list of everything you will need for the recipes she provides, then sends you a weekly email that includes information on that herb, an explanation of how it can benefit healing a common ailment, and a recipe for you to put into action that week (after the first month, the classes are in an online portal rather than emailed). The first month is free (and available now), and the full course opens for enrollment (at a very reasonable price) in April 2017. The full course details are not available yet, but you can find the information over at growingupherbal.com/herb-folk.
So what do you think? Have I peaked your interest? Have you taken any herbal classes? Let me know in the comments.