Explore the fascinating world of herbs, and lay a foundation for understanding how these fascinating plants can be used to compliment our state of health and wellbeing.
Herbs have been used for medicines over thousands of years. Some can be very effective if used appropriately, while others have the potential to be dangerous.
Being only eight lessons (100 hours), this course cannot hope to make you an "expert", but it does set you on the right course, teaching you the basics of how to identify and correctly administer herbs for medicinal purposes.
This is not a 'herbal medicine course' it is a horticulture course for those wanting to grow and prepare herbs for medicinal use!
- 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.
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Detailed Course Outline
This course is made up of a number of lessons or units. Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online. Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.
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
- Fertilizing Herbs
- Compost, Mulch, Watering
- Pest and Disease
- Chinese Herbalists
- Egyuptian 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
- Bitter Tonics
- Carminatives and Aromatics
- 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
- 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 Atmospere Packaging
- Herbal Preparations for Teas, Rinses and Baths
- Producing Essential Oils; Water distilation, Steam distilation
- Uses for Eucalyptus Oil
- Review of Plant Poisons
- Hazardous Herbs
- Carcinogens, Potosensitizers, 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
- Crop Schedules
- Farming Medicinal Herbs
- Production Requirements for Different Herbs
When you have completed your lessons you have the option of taking the optional exam. It's ok if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate.
Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)
Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pay in installments?
Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.
Can I study from anywhere in the world?
We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.
Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?
Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.
Do I have to sit an Exam?
No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.
Do you have set start dates?
There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.