Unit 1 lessons


Lesson 1: Women’s Ways of Knowing

Herbal medicine is much more than just the right plants for the right person. This lesson is a journey into women’s ways of knowing. It encourages you to engage your intellectual, creative, and intuitive capacities as part of being an herbalist. In this lesson, thought the textbook readings (and optional articles on traditional healing)  you’ll […]


Lesson 2: The Roots of Wellness

Did you know that one of the most significant predictors of health and disease is one’s perceived level of autonomy in life? That one’s zip code is the greatest social determinant of health and longevity? That one’s level of childhood trauma, measured by something called the ACE  (Adverse Childhood Events) Score, and particularly sexual trauma, […]


Lesson 3: Transformational Healing

In this lesson soul meets science! Through an understanding of the role of mind-body medicine we can facilitate our clients’ success in making personal change, reduce physiologic stress responses that create illness, and enhance the body’s intrinsic capacity for healing and resilience. You will learn an assortment of skills to help your clients make shift […]


Lesson 4: Food as Medicine

The herbal medicine consult takes into account all the aspects of a woman’s life that influence her well-being. Food and nutrition are central to this. It is not your responsibility to be a nutritionist. But it is essential that you are able to provide general nutritional guidance based on what is known about various types […]


Lesson 5: Our Bodies, Our Power

Did you know that menstrual has been believed to kill crops – and poison men? That the word vagina is Latin for a sheath (as in – for a sword – need I say more!)? That in several languages, the words used for menopause mean ‘withered up’? Our bodies have been shrouded in myth, misunderstanding […]


Lesson 6: Traditions and Core Principles in Herbal Medicine

Western herbal medicine is the term used throughout this course to embody the form of herbal medicine that is practiced today in Western Europe, North America, New Zealand, and Australia, exclusive of indigenous practices. This is in contrast to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda, and other systems of herbal medicine that evolved as distinct cultural-medical […]


Lesson 7: The Actions, Energetics, and Chemistry of Herbs

This lesson provides you with an introductions to the actions, energetics, and chemical constituents of botanicals. It is an information dense chapter and you will not likely learn all of it in one sitting, or even multiple passes. Much of the language is specific to botanical medicine or chemistry, so it may be entirely unfamiliar […]


Lesson 8: Safety, Legal, & Ethical Issues in Herbal Medicine

While herbal medicines have a remarkable record of safety that extends far back into history, the context in which herbal medicines are used has changed and some of the inherent safeguards that increased the likelihood of botanical safety have been lost. Thus safety issues in botanical medicine need to be considered in a new and […]


Lesson 9: Herbal Preparations & Maintaining an Herbal Pharmacy

The art and science of preparing herbal medicines is at the heart of both traditional herbal medicine and modern herbal pharmacy. Understanding the many different forms of herbal preparations is essential to knowing which type of medicine will be the most effective and user-friendly for different herbs, conditions, and for different individuals. Understanding herbal preparations […]


Lesson 10: Formulating & Dosing Strategies

Finding the proper actions to meet your goals is at the heart of herbal medicine practice. Custom formulation allows practitioners to build formulas for clients’ unique needs, addressing symptoms and underlying causes, and blending herbs in an elegant way that allows for maximum client adherence to the protocol — taste, affordability, and ease of dosing. […]


Lesson 11: The Client Encounter I

The next two lessons focus on the nuances of being a clinical herbal educator/practitioner. Whether you are incorporating herbal medicines into an existing practice or starting a new consulting practice, these lessons offer pearls of wisdom and tips from decades of clinical practice. Even if you do not plan to actually practice herbal medicine, and […]


Lesson 12: The Client Encounter II

Being invited into someone’s life in the intimate capacity of healing is a privilege. It is a sacred space. It is also complex: it involves relationship skills, the ability to sort and integrate information, the ability to connect meaningfully, listen well, and simultaneously dig for, understand, and make meaning of a wide variety of factors […]


Lesson 13: Materia Medica 1

The materia medica sections of each unit provide you with an overview of herbs that are relevant for understanding treatments of conditions found in the subsequent units. Unit 1 materia medica pertains to general gynecologic and menstrual conditions, Unit 2 materia medica relates to concerns that arise in the childbearing cycle, and Unit 3 materia […]


Unit 1: Cases, Formulas, and Reflections Self-Study Guide

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