Medicinal Herbs Online Course

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Free Bonus: Handbook of Medicinal Herbs (2nd Edition) by James Duke


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Free Bonus: Handbook of Medicinal Herbs (2nd Edition) by James Duke

Why study this Medicinal Herbs course?

Careerline’s online Medicinal Herbs course is designed as an introduction to medicinal herbs, teaching you how to identify and administer herbs for medicinal purposes. Studying this course will help you to develop the skills required to select plants for your own medicinal herb garden.

Whether you hope to upskill, become a more skilled hobbyist, or get a head start on future studies, studying with Careerline will have a positive impact on your future. This beginner medicinal herbs course is taught from a horticultural perspective, rather than a medical one. This will help you to improve your knowledge of growing and preparing herbs for medicinal use.

What will you learn?

Careerline’s online Medicinal Herbs course provides beginner herb gardeners with a basic knowledge of growing herbs for medicinal purposes. You will learn to identify and differentiate between different herbs. During your studies, you will also develop an understanding of how to find reliable and trustworthy resources on herbal medicine. In addition, you will study the history of herbal medicine around the world.

This introductory course teaches students how to cultivate, propagate, and care for medicinal herbs. You will learn about the medicinal herbs that are commonly used in herbal remedies, including ginger, garlic, and echinacea. Further, you will study the many types of herbal remedies that you can grow and prepare at home, and the methods used to prepare them.

Throughout your studies, you will improve your ability to differentiate between edible and poisonous herbs. You will become familiar with plants that are beneficial for human health, while learning to identify and avoid those that are harmful. Finally, Medicinal Herbs students develop a production plan for herb growing, including deciding on what to grow, how to overcome problems you may encounter, and managing a market garden.

Who is this online Medicinal Herbs course for?

The Medicinal Herbs course is ideal for beginner herb gardeners, as well as anyone interested in alternative medicine. Aspiring plant scientists, horticulturalists, herbal medicine practitioners, nursery staff, botanists, and other horticulture and alternative medicine professionals will find this course beneficial. You will be able to apply the skills you learn in this course to your future profession.

The skills you will learn in this course provide a high-quality and comprehensive introduction to growing medicinal herbs, which can be expanded upon through further study or work experience. It is an ideal starting point for anyone hoping to undertake university or vocational study in horticulture, herbal medicine, plant science, biology, or health science.

You will be introduced to concepts that are taught in higher-level courses, helping you to feel prepared and confident as you continue your academic and professional journey.

What are the benefits of studying online?

Careerline’s online courses provide the flexibility to study whenever, wherever, and however you like. You’ll be able to learn at your own pace with the support of your knowledgeable tutor who has real-world experience in their field. No matter how busy you are, Careerline’s adaptable online learning plan will help you fit study into your schedule.

Course Aims:

  • Distinguish between medicinal herbs in cultivation including twenty-five different genera and fifty different varieties.
  • Discuss the history of medicinal herb usage.
  • Compare the chemical components of different medicinal herbs in terms of their general affect on the human body.
  • Prepare simple and safe herbal remedies in a domestic situation.
  • Explain the potential dangers involved in dealing with plants.
  • Prepare a schedule of cultural practices for a medicinal herb crop.
  • Develop a production plan for a medicinal herb crop.

There are 8 lessons in this course:

Introduction to Medicinal Herbs

  • Scope and Nature of Herbal Medicine
  • Being Cautious
  • Growing and Knowing Medicinal Herbs
  • Accurate Plant Naming
  • Pronouncing Plant Names
  • Finding Reliable Resources

Culture of Medicinal Herbs

  • What is a Herb
  • Soils and Nutrition
  • Cultivation
  • Fertilizing Herbs
  • Compost, Mulch, Watering
  • Propagation
  • Pest and Disease


  • Introduction
  • Hippocrates
  • Chinese Herbalists
  • Egyptian Influence
  • Greek Influences
  • The Dark Ages
  • German and English Herbals
  • Other Influences

Main Medicinal Herbs

  • Introduction and Varieties to Grow
  • Production Plan
  • Improving Soil Fertility
  • Cover Crops and Legumes
  • Cultivation, Growing Methods, Compost
  • Growing and using Ginger
  • Garlic Culture
  • Echinacea Culture

Herbal Remedies

  • Alternatives
  • Anthelmintic
  • Astringents
  • Bitter Tonics
  • Calmatives
  • Carminatives and Aromatics
  • Cathartics
  • Diaphoretics
  • Dietetics
  • Demulcents
  • Emollients
  • Expectorants
  • Nervines
  • Relaxants
  • Vulnerary Herbs
  • Common Herbs with Medicinal Properties
  • Nervines as Healing Agents
  • Natural Chemicals in Plants and their Affect on Health; saponins, phenolglycosides, anthraglycosides, flavonoids, mustard oils, polysaccharides, prussic acid, glycosides, coumarin, tannins, bitters, essential oils, alkaloids, purines, essential minerals
  • Chemistry of Herbs
  • Herbal Sources for Human Nutrients

Preparing Herbal remedies

  • Infusion
  • Decoction
  • Poultice
  • Medical Preparations
  • Problem of Accurately Formulating Herbal Medicines
  • How herbalists used to work
  • The Difference Today
  • Harvesting Material for Herbal Preparations
  • Post Harvest Handling of Herbs
  • Post Harvest Preservation; Fresh, Modified Atmosphere Packaging
  • Herbal Preparations for Teas, Rinses and Baths
  • Producing Essential Oils; Water distillation, Steam distillation
  • Uses for Eucalyptus Oil

Poisonous Plants

  • Introduction
  • Review of Plant Poisons
  • Hazardous Herbs
  • Carcinogens, Photosensitizers, Allergens, Hormone Like Affects, Teratogens, Respiratory Inhibitors, etc
  • Toxic Plant Constituents

Developing a Production Plan

  • Managing a Market Garden
  • Deciding What to Grow
  • Production Planning
  • Types of Problems
  • Standards
  • Crop Schedules
  • Farming Medicinal Herbs
  • Production Requirements for Different Herbs

Your Tutor

Karen Huntley MSc Marketing Management (Food Related Industries), PDC, PG Dip Organic Farming, Cert Marketing, BA. Professional Development Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (Coventry University/Thrive, UK)
Karen Huntley

Karen has a strong background and passion for organic food production systems, nutrition and community agriculture. Karen also has experience and training in Permaculture (PDC), horticultural therapy, community organic enterprises as well as being an experienced bee keeper.