Herbalism :: Identify & Harvest Medicinal Plants Certificate
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Herbalism :: Identify & Harvest Medicinal Plants Certificate

Identify, harvest and use easy to find herbs from the wild that are commonly used in herbal, holistic, natural medicine.
4.6 (1,124 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
8,676 students enrolled
Created by Elizabeth Heck
Last updated 4/2020
English [Auto], Italian [Auto], 1 more
  • Polish [Auto]
Current price: $139.99 Original price: $199.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 16 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Know how to properly identify medicinal plants which is THE most important part of herbalism
  • Find medicinal plants no matter where you live growing in backyards, gardens, forests, old farm fields and cracks in city sidewalks
  • Understand that herbal medicine you harvest yourself is easily accessible, free, always there for you and has the finest quality
  • Get the confidence you need to properly identify medicinal plants including those very important look-alike plants
  • Know when to harvest plants for the greatest benefit as well as what they are used for in herbal medicine
  • Learn from Udemy’s top qualified herbal instructor. She is consistently available to answer your course related questions.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course


You may be surprised at what you thought was a common weed is actually valuable medicine! They are everywhere! These are the plants that were brought with people as medicine as they migrated to new parts of the world. The plants took hold and fortunately now we have easy access to their healing gifts.

The most important medicine we have is what we can harvest ourselves.

  • It is easily accessible

  • It is the best quality

  • It is free

  • It will always be there for us

If there is anything you learn about herbal medicine, it should be about how to find the plants.

Here’s what students have to say about the course:

★★★★★ "Great course on plant identification. I particularly enjoyed the botany section, and of course, Elizabeth Heck provides TONS of information on each of the medicinal plants she features. I highly recommend all her courses!" - J. N. S.

★★★★★ "The very first plant is growing outside my house. My neighbors said it was medicinal but I did not know for what or how to use it. - Joan Q

★★★★★ "I really loved this course. It has helped me become confident about plant identification, and how to use them for simple treatments. It is also beautifully presented! Many thanks!"

★★★★★ "It was easy to follow. I have already easily discovered wild herbs that are growing on our Farm. I can only recommend this course."

★★★★★ "Very compact and practical, all the information about an herb in one place with pictures, foraging instructions and tips for use. I like it very much!"

We find medicinal plants in our backyards, gardens, nearby forests, old farm fields and even growing right up through the cracks in city sidewalks.  You can easily learn medicinal plants that are useful for many common ailments. This course covers the most widespread medicinal plants found in nearly all parts of the world.

You will learn:

  • Where to find each plant based on where it likes to grow

  • How to properly identify the most common and useful medicinal plants

  • What are the look-alikes for each plant so you develop stronger skills

  • When to harvest each plant for the greatest effectiveness

  • How to use each plant for ultimate health and wellbeing

By the end of the course you will have the confidence to identify, harvest and use your own medicinal plants.

Your instructor, Elizabeth Heck has 25 years of experience in working with plant medicines. She is by far, Udemy’s most qualified herbal instructor. Rest assured, you’re in good hands. With an extensive botanical background, she is one of the top instructors on the subject globally. Even better, she is there for you throughout the course to answer any of your questions. That’s incredible value!

Why is this course not Accredited?

Nearly every online course (unless it is a large university) that claims to be accredited, actually is not. These are simply fake accreditations from real-looking websites used as a marketing scam in order to sell more courses. Elizabeth, as with any experienced herbalist, teaches with ethics and integrity and absolutely will not be deceitful for marketing sake. Rather, her students are sincerely respected and honored. Therefore none of her courses claim to be accredited.

More of what students are saying about the course:

★★★★★ "This course is a very good match for me as I am a novice at herbalism and I find that the instructor is very easy to understand and she is out in the field demonstrating what she is talking about."

★★★★★ "Very informative. Nice to see someone showing the plants and talking about them. Puts the description from books and the actual plants together."

★★★★★ "It was definitely a good match for me! Now I feel prepared to go and identify these plants while taking my daily walk by the river. I have already recognize some of them and it is just awesome to get a little bit closer to mother earth by learning about plants and its uses. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge."

★★★★★ "Yes perfect. I have a large garden and have just found out all the weeds I've been throwing away have amazing healing properties."

You will find this course truly empowering so join in and discover the amazing medicine growing around you. Plants are people’s medicine!   

You have lifetime access to the course so you can take as long or short as you wish to go through the material. You can replay the videos at anytime using the course as an ongoing reference. You also have a 30 day money back guarantee.


Who this course is for:
  • Anyone interested in health, nature or working with wild plants.
Course content
Expand all 29 lectures 02:29:24
+ Introduction and Overview
3 lectures 07:54

I'm so pleased you have decided to join the course. This is a brief introduction to get you started.

Preview 02:04

Discover what will be covered in this course. This lesson addresses important information related to gathering plants for medicine, from how to find the plants to ethical harvesting.

Preview 05:10
+ Medicinal Plants
6 lectures 30:27

Plantain can be found in so many locations, it's a great plant to learn. It has multiple uses as a medicine, making it a valuable remedy from skin issues to lung issues.

Preview 05:51

Nettles are one of the most beloved medicinals used by herbalists. They have many specific uses, however, it's the ability to build and nourish the entire system that is the most beneficial.

Nettles, an Herbalist's Favorite

Chickweed is a soothing and cooling herb for irritated and inflamed conditions. It can be used both internally and externally.

Chickweed, Soothing and Cooling

Cleavers are one the best plants for cleansing the lymph system and for the urinary tract. Learn how to find this plant, how to harvest it and how to best use it for herbal medicine.

Cleavers, a Highly Effective Remedy

Violets are not just another beautiful plant. They have many healing virtues from aiding the respiratory system to soothing dry irritated skin. 

Violets, Soothing and Cleansing

This is a great mineral-rich herb. It is far superior to many remedies for helping to rebuild cartilage and help with joint issues.

Horsetail for Amazing Minerals
+ Medicinal Flowers
5 lectures 26:31

Yarrow has some extremely beneficial uses. This plant is a joy to have around your yard, whether you plant it purposefully in the garden or it grows naturally.

Preview 06:11

Red clover has been an important medicinal herb throughout history and is still widely used and respected today. Learn about the many varied uses of this amazing plant.

Preview 05:25

All different parts of the mullein plant can be used; the flower, the leaf and the root. This plant grows in many locations around the world and is extremely easy to identify.

Mullein, Grows Everywhere

Motherwort is highly respected as an herb for women's issues related to menstruation and menopause, however, it's benefits are more far more reaching.

Motherwort, Great Green Ally

St. John's Wort is used for mild to moderate depression. It is particularly useful for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It also has many topical applications, especially for burns.

St. John's Wort, Sunshine in an Herb
+ Medicinal Roots
2 lectures 15:59

Burdock has many medicinal benefits. Most notably, it is cleansing for the liver, the blood and the skin.

Burdock, the Cleansing Herb

Dandelion is a dear favorite to herbalists for its many medicinal benefits. All parts of the plant can be used, including the flower, leaf and root. This is one of the most important plants to learn.

Dandelion, Surprisingly Healthful
+ Medicinal Trees and Bushes
3 lectures 13:46

Elderberry is an excellent antiviral and immune booster. It’s one of my first go to herbs for colds and flu.

Black Elderberry, an Excellent Cold and Flu Remedy

Willow contains an important compound that is has been now synthesized into aspirin. Learn how to use this plant for it's valuable virtues while avoiding the side effects of it's synthesized counterpart.

Willow, Plant Aspirin

The petals, rosehips and leaves are all used to make valuable medicine.

Wild Rose, Beautiful Medicine
+ Herbal Botany and Tools for Plant Identification
9 lectures 54:09

Learn what botanical names are and why are they helpful.

Botanical Names

Learn the names of the male and female reproductive parts of flowers. These are the most important parts in determining accurate identification.

Botany 1 - Floral Structure

When using botanical identification tools, the first part to look at is the flower type.

Botany 2 - Flower Type

How leaves are arranged on the stems is also very helpful in plant identification.

Botany 3 - Leaf Arrangement
Botany 4 - Leaf Type

Learn what plant keys are and why you would use them in plant identification. We will cover a few different types.

Plant Keys Overview

In this lecture, we will look at a real life example to see if we can successfully key it out using a book.

Plant Key Exercise Using a Book

We will key out the same plant but this time with an online key.

Plant Key Exercise Using an Online Key

Do online plant identification apps work? If so, which are the best?

Identifying Plants with Online Apps
+ Conclusion and Thank You
1 lecture 00:37

I sincerely hope you enjoyed the course. Thank you for participating. I hope to see you again!

Bonus Lecture