Herbalism :: Introduction & Medicine Making [Certificate]
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Herbalism :: Introduction & Medicine Making [Certificate]

Take charge of your health with herbal medicine. Using herbs and natural holistic medicine is easy, effective and safe.
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Created by Elizabeth Heck
Last updated 8/2020
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 32 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Start making your first herbal remedy from day one. It is easier than you think!
  • Learn life-changing skills. The course has everything you need to know in one place including information you will not find anywhere else.
  • Details of over 20 of the most important plants used in herbal medicine plus making tinctures, teas, oils, salves, honeys, syrups, compresses and poultices.
  • Step-by-step instruction so you feel confident in making and using herbal medicine without being overwhelmed.
  • Find herbs everywhere, no matter where in the world you live – stores, online, backyard, garden, community.
  • Learn from Udemy’s top qualified herbal instructor. She is consistently available to answer your course related questions.
Requirements
  • This is an introductory course for anyone. Supplies and ingredients are minimal.
Description

CURIOUS ABOUT HERBAL MEDICINE?

Start making your first herbal remedy from day one. It is easier than you think!

No matter where in the world you live, you have easy access to valuable medicinal plants. Over 28,000 students have greatly benefited this course. For beginners, the course has been life changing. For those who already have some experience, it has filled in the gaps. Imagine everything you need to get started in one place!

Here’s what students have to say:

★★★★★ "Wonderful course that is taught by an experienced herbalist. This is THE place to start when you want to be a herbalist." – Tessa H

★★★★★ "Very good information that I have not been able to find anywhere else. Very easy to understand.” – Carolyn E

★★★★★ "It helps to see the instructor really performing the tasks - a picture (or video here) is worth a thousand words. There are many helpful details that would not even occur to me to ask about. The Q&A section works great! I am immediately putting the new knowledge to practice, referring back to the lessons for details. Thank you!" – Zdenka D

★★★★★ "This was an excellent beginner course for me! It provided a gold mine of information without feeling overwhelming. I greatly enjoyed the course. I enjoyed how the sections where clearly laid out making them easy to follow.” – Kodili C

★★★★★ "I have been wanting to learn herbs for a long time but have always felt intimidated. This course was so awesome. It gave me courage and I learned more from her in this one class than I have from anyone else.” – Cindy B

There is a growing movement in herbalism. You can be a part of it.

    ·     You will gain better health by knowing which plants to use and how to use them.

    ·     You will be more self-reliant without the need for many pharmaceuticals.

    ·     You will take a central role in your wellbeing as well as those you love.

    ·     You will never find better quality herbal medicine than what you make yourself.

By the end of the course you will feel confident in using plant medicines. You will not only understand which plants to use, but why they work in the way they do. With step-by-step instruction, there are no worries about being overwhelmed. You will also be able to refer back to the course material any time you like.

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 teaching background, she knows how to guide you through your herbal learning journey with ease. Even better, she is there for you throughout the course to answer any of your questions. That’s incredible value!

Plants provide some of our most valuable medicine

    ·     Herbs are readily available to everyone, whether you grow, harvest or purchase them.

    ·     Herbs can be helpful for specific diseases, prevention, energy and vitality.

    ·     Herbs can support other forms of medicine and ways of healing.

    ·     Herbal medicines are easy and inexpensive to make as well as easy to use.

    ·     Herbs are very effective and safe with good instruction.

Plants have been successfully used as medicine throughout history. Currently, the World Health Organization states that more than 80% of people on earth use herbs as their primary form of medicine.

Discover this important mode of healing and learn how you can incorporate herbs into your life for optimum health.

Here’s what you’ll get from the course:

    ·     Practical understanding of what herbalism is and how it works.

    ·     Know how to make tinctures, teas, oils, salves, honeys, syrups, compresses and poultices.

    ·     Details of over 20 of the most commonly used medicinal herbs.

    ·     A necessary foundation if you decide to move forward with an herbal career.

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 have to say:

★★★★★ “I have always enjoyed making home remedies and seeing the effects of them on my family, and now that I’ve learned the different medicinal purposes for a few herbs and treatments here and how to use them in their proper context I can move on to helping my family feel and live better even the more. Thank you for the opportunity to learn with you Mrs Heck I enjoyed every moment of the class and felt like I was sitting in your kitchen and walking through your garden with you. For me that would be a sheer delight. Kindest regards” – Jaazer

★★★★★ "I found Elizabeth Heck to be very engaging and informative with this course. As someone who has experimented with herbal remedies, I felt that I have learned even more through her instruction. With her step-by-step demonstration on how to create different tinctures, oils, salves, etc. I have found it to be an improvement rather than stumbling around my kitchen trying to figure it out myself. I highly recommend her course and am looking forward to enrolling in more taught by Elizabeth Heck.” – Jodi C

★★★★★ "I loved this course. It really validated the interest I have in herbalism. After completing this course, I am now more than ever interested in becoming a herbalist. Thank you for this course.” – Anna S

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.

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Who this course is for:
  • Those interested in preventative care as well as those interested in healing themselves and their loved ones.
  • Those interested in empowering their health and wellbing.
  • Those interested in herbalism and herbal medicine.
Course content
Expand all 71 lectures 03:42:57
+ Introduction
4 lectures 07:58

This lesson introduces you to the philosophy of herbal medicine as well as a brief historical look at their use. Discover why herbal medicine has stood the test of time. Through this lesson you will gain an understanding of what is to come in the course.

Preview 01:40

Disclaimer   

This course is intended to provide educational information only. It does not make medical claim, nor is intended to take the place of personalized medical counseling, diagnosis or treatment from a trained health professional. 

Identification, harvesting and preparation of any wild plant for ingestion or other personal use requires reasonable care and attention to details. The instructor of this course assumes no responsibility or liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage or injury caused, or alleged to be caused, directly or indirectly, by the information contained in this course or for problems arising from the student’s misidentification, incorrect preparation, consumption or other use of wild plants. People who choose to consume or use wild plants do so at their own risk.

Disclaimer
00:32

This overview introduces you to the empowering medicine of herbology. We'll touch on the difference between herbal medicine and modern medicine and where each plays a role. You will get a base understanding of how you can best incorporate herbs into your life and why they are so valuable as a form of healing.

Overview
04:35
Herbalism Terms
01:11
+ Making Herbal Tinctures Along with Top Herbs
14 lectures 45:56

Learn about how tinctures and herbal liquid extracts are used and the details of basic ingredients. We will cover herbal tinctures, glycerites and vinegar extracts. For each type, we discuss which herbal liquid preparation may be best suited for you and why.

Preview 07:29

This lesson is a continuation of the previous lesson. It goes into detail about the herbs used for making herbal tinctures.

Overview of Making Herbal Tinctures - Part 2
02:09

Learn how to make tinctures including details of the simple method to information regarding standardization. We will go through all of the step-by-step instructions so that you can make a variety of tinctures with confidence.

Preview 12:57

Learn more about the herbs discussed in the lectures on making tinctures.

Overview of Plants for Making Tinctures
00:16

Discover the benefits and uses of burdock in video format.

Burdock as a Medicinal Tincture Video
04:05

Discover the benefits and uses of burdock in text format.

Burdock as a Medicinal Tincture Text
01:50

Discover the benefits and uses of motherwort in video format.

Motherwort as a Medicial Tincture Video
02:48

Discover the benefits and uses of motherwort in text format.

Motherwort as a Medicinal Tincture Text
01:20

Discover the benefits and uses of echinacea in video format.

Echinacea as a Medicinal Tincture Video Lecture
04:02

Discover the benefits and uses of echinacea in text format.

Echinacea as a Medicinal Tincture Text
01:46
Hawthorn as a Medicinal Tincture Video
02:13

Discover benefits and uses of hawthorn in text format.

Hawthorn as a Medicinal Tincture Text
00:54

Discover the benefits and uses of valerian in video format.

Valerian as a Medicinal Tincture Video
02:54

Discover the benefits and uses of valerian in text format.

Valerian as a Medicinal Tincture Text
01:12
+ Make Herbal Teas Along with Top Herbs
14 lectures 40:27

This lecture will teach you how to make a warm infusion, cold infusion, sun tea, and decoction. We will cover the details of how to get the most medicine out of your tea from how to prevent the loss of essential compounds to how to best extract certain constituents.

Make Several Different Types of Herbal Tea
08:22

Instructions for plants well-suited for herbal tea.

Overview of Plants for Making Herbal Teas
00:15

Discover benefits and uses of nettles in video format.

Nettles as a Medicinal Tea Video
03:32

Discover benefits and uses of nettles in text format.

Nettles as a Medicinal Tea Text
01:36

Discover benefits and uses of marshmallow in video format.

Marshmallow as a Medicinal Tea Video
02:20

Discover benefits and uses of marshmallow in text format.

Marshmallow as a Medicinal Tea Text
00:57

Discover benefits and uses of lemon balm in video format.

Lemon Balm as a Medicinal Tea Video
03:10

Discover benefits and uses of lemon balm in text format.

Lemon Balm as a Medicinal Tea Text
01:33

Discover benefits and uses of oats in video format.

Oats as a Medicinal Tea Video
03:00

Discover benefits and uses of oats in text format.

Oats as a Medicinal Tea Text
01:28

Discover benefits and uses of elder flower in video format.

Elder Flower as a Medicinal Tea Video
02:51

Discover benefits and uses of elder flower in text format.

Elder Flower as a Medicinal Tea Text
01:29

Learn more about the herbs discussed in the lesson on making herbal tea.

Additional Plants Discussed for Making Herbal Tea
00:39

Both herbal tinctures and herbal teas have their unique benefits. Know which one to choose.

Choosing Between an Herbal Tincture or Herbal Tea
09:13
+ Make Herbal-infused Oils and Salves Along with Top Herbs
17 lectures 50:18

Herbal oils are used topically for several different types is issues. This lesson addresses which ingredients make the very best oils. We also explore the various different methods for making them.

Make Herbal-infused Oils
14:30

This note adds clarification on infusion time.

Note on Making Herbal-infused Oils
00:13

Discover benefits and uses of dandelion flower in video format.

Dandelion Flower as an Herbal-infused Oil Video
02:20

Discover benefits and uses of dandelion flower in text format.

Dandelion Flower as an Herbal-infused Oil Text
01:22

Discover benefits and uses of mullein flower in video format.

Mullein Flower as an Herbal-infused Oil Video
03:44

Discover the benefits and uses of mullein flower in text format.

Mullein Flower as an Herbal-infused Oil Text
01:50

Discover benefits and uses of St. John's wort in video format.

St. John's Wort as an Herbal-infused Oil Video
02:28

Discover benefits and uses of St. John's wort in text format.

St. John's Wort as an Herbal-infused Oil Text
01:01

Discover benefits and uses of calendula in video format.

Calendula as an Herbal-infused Oil Video
03:33

Discover benefits and uses of calendula in text format.

Calendula as an Herbal-infused Oil Text
01:33

Learn more about the herbs discussed in the lesson on making herbal oils.

Additional Plants Discussed for Making Herbal Oils
00:24

Salves are surprisingly easy to make and look like they have been manufactured professionally. We go through the simple steps in detail so you understand everything along the way. Salves are actually quite simple to make highly effective.

Make an Herbal Salve
07:28

Discover the benefits and uses of plantain in video format.

Plantain as an Herbal Salve Video
03:01
Plantain as an Herbal Salve Text
01:33

Discover benefits and uses of chickweed in video format.

Chickweed as an Herbal Salve Video
03:08

Discover benefits and uses of chickweed in text format.

Chickweed as an Herbal Salve Text
01:31

Learn more about the herbs discussed in the lesson on making herbal salves.

Additional Plants Discussed for Making Herbal Salves
00:36
+ Make Herbal Honeys and Syrups Along with Top Herbs
10 lectures 28:10

Herbal infused honeys can be used for all different types of purposes depending on the herbs that you choose. This lesson covers a few of the ways to make a medicinal honey.

Making Herbal Honeys
07:25

Discover benefits and uses of rose in video format.

Rose as an Herbal-infused Honey Video
02:45

Discover benefits and uses of rose in text format.

Rose as an Herbal-infused Honey Text
01:17

Discover benefits and uses of lavender in video format.

Lavender as an Herbal-infused Honey Video
02:49

Discover benefits and uses of lavender in text format.

Lavender an as Herbal-infused Honey Text
01:19

Discover benefits and uses of thyme in video format.

Thyme as an Herbal-infused Honey Video
01:51

Discover benefits and uses of thyme in text format.

Thyme as an Herbal-infused Honey Text
01:03

Herbal syrups are a great way to preserve concentrated teas. There are so many different ways to use them. 

Making an Herbal Syrup
05:34

Discover benefits and uses of lemon verbena in video format.

Lemon Verbena as an Herbal Syrup Video
02:40

Discover benefits and uses of lemon verbena in text format.

Lemon Verbena as an Herbal Syrup Text
01:26
+ Making Herbal Poultices and Compresses
2 lectures 11:53

Learn how to make three different types of poultices including a soothing, drawing and heating poultice. This lesson will also cover how to make a compress. Finally, we will cover when to use a cold poultice or compress and when to use a warm poultice or compress.

Make a Poultice and Compress
10:03

Learn more about the herbs discussed in the lesson on making poultices and compresses.

Details of Plants Discussed for Making Poultices and Compresses
01:50
+ Combining Herbs into a Formula
2 lectures 14:55

There may be times when you want to use multiple herbs formulated to work together.   

Overview of How to Combine herbs
08:54

Here are some examples of herbal formulations with details of what is included and why they’re included.

Examples of How to Combine Herbs
06:01
+ Important Considerations in Using Herbal Medicine
5 lectures 17:11

While herbs are very safe to use, there are few considerations. Topics covered include the use of herbs during pregnancy and breast feeding, herb-drug interaction and proper plant identification.

How to Use Medicinal Herbs Safely
02:21

It's important to select only the highest quality herbs. We will go through how to tell which herbs are fresh by observing their color, aroma, taste and effectiveness. We will also go through how to properly store herbs to maintain optimum freshness.

Selecting Herb Quality and Proper Storage
04:10

For those that are interested in harvesting plants from the wild, we discuss in this lesson how to harvest sustainably. This is an important discussion as herbalism gains popularity.

Harvesting Herbs from the Wild Sustainably
03:07

Whether harvesting herbs from your own garden or harvesting them from the wild, this lesson will show you the proper techniques for drying your own plants. Two examples are provided depending on the quantity of herb to be dried.

Dry Herbs Harvested from the Garden or the Wild
06:59

Learn more about the herbs discussed in the lesson on drying herbs.

Details of Plants Discussed for Drying Herbs
00:34
+ Resource Library
2 lectures 05:24

This is a list of trusted companies for ingredients and supplies.

Resources for Ingredients and Supplies
00:23

These books are excellent as resources for herbal information as well as great additions to an ongoing reference library.

Recommended Books for Beginners
05:01
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 00:41

I sincerely hope you have learned a great deal that you can put to use right away in your everyday life.

Bonus Lecture
00:41