Easy to understand introduction to herbal medicine
Home Herbalist Course
Learn the basics of herbal preparations and much more!
Home Herbalist Course
This is our introductory course taught by experienced and respected herbalists, Lesley Tierra and Thomas Avery Garran. The course offers an introduction to herbal medicine with a focus on the basics of the ancient healing arts of China. The course empowers beginners and teaches them how to use herbs for some of the most common discomforts of everyday life, allowing them to help their family and community be and stay healthy.
The course is fully accessible online and teaches basic information on herbs through written and video formats. The Home Herbalist Course brings together our decades of experience and introduces you to energetic healing with herbs, basic assessment skills, and an introduction to how to make your own herbal preparations.
Home Herbalist Course highlights
This lesson will introduce the foundations of how to approach healing from an energetic perspective; for example, how herbs are classified and how to assess an illness so that we can choose the appropriate herbal approach.
Determining how an illness presents itself leads us to a variety of different treatment approaches. The nature of the illness can manifest quite differently from person to person. To understand the nature of an illness, we observe the various signs and symptoms, which form a pattern.
In this chapter we will explore the nature of food and its importance to health and healing. The food we eat is an especially important part of our health, but it is also a deeply personal part of our lives.
Most of the foods we eat have a long history of cultivation, but this is not true for most herbs. Herbs are sometimes food, and sometimes food may be used as a medicine in a similar way that herbs are used. One of the places this can be seen is with many common weeds, some of which were formally known as “pot herbs” or “spring greens.” These herbs blur the line between food and herb.
In this chapter we cover a lot of ground including safety issues around the use of herbs, understanding the different types of commercial products available on the market, a primer on the potential of herb-drug interactions, dosing and administration, picking your own herbs and more.
There are a wide variety of external preparations. In this section we will introduce each of them and explore some simple methods of utilizing them for you and your family.
In this lesson, we will cover the various types of internal preparations, how to make them, when they are most appropriate, and even offer some simple formulas for you to use with your family and friends
Whether you are going camping or on a family vacation, having a simple herbal first aid kit can be very useful. An herbal first aid kit is most useful when you have immediate need for a remedy for various minor health problems.
In this section we provide several ways to treat specific ailments.
- If you want a quick remedy, go to Simple Remedies
- If you want more in-depth treatment of a condition, go to Common Ailments
- If you want a formula to treat an illness, go to Basic Formulas
A materia medica is the body of herbs used to assist those who are ill. In this materia medica, we discuss many different herbs and their uses in multiple contexts throughout the lessons. Here we introduce individual herbs and their uses, energetics, properties, doses, contraindications, as well as other pertinent information.
What you get with the Home Herbalist Course
Want to learn how to use some herbs for your own health and healing or that of your family but don’t want to undertake a long or extensive course?
- You will be able to better understand your own body
- You will be able to better understand the health and wellness of your family
- You will be able to apply herbs into your everyday life
- You will be able to take care of yourself and your family
- You will be able to recognize when an illness is simple or serious
- You will join a large community of herbalists from around the world
- You will have access to videos, books, and teachers
We empower you with resources to be self-sufficient when caring for yourself and your family. As the caretakers of the East West School of Herbology, one of the oldest and most respected schools of herbology in North America, we offer decades of experience in the field, both as practitioners and as teachers and mentors to some of the most well-known herbalists in the world.
The Home Herbalist Course is both a stepping stone for those who wish to gain a sense of agency in their health care as well as a gateway for those who might go on to further study. It covers a substantial amount of foundational yet immediately useful information that you can employed for your own health and healing as well as that of your family.
BECOME AN HERBALIST
The complete Home Herbalist Course, self-grading quizzes, projects with personal evaluations, certificate of completion and 1 year access to the East West Student Learning Center that includes a student forum where you can interact with other students, ask questions, and share your progress, weekly chats with the East West faculty, and an extensive library of articles and books.