There is plant medicine growing all around us. The World Health Organization found that 25% of prescription drugs come directly from plants and another 25% are synthesized from plants. But there is so much more plant medicine available to us than pharmaceuticals. It’s called herbal medicine and it’s been keeping us healthy throughout history. Modern science is now backing up what has been known for thousands of years.
The most beautiful part of herbal medicine is that we can find in our backyards or really anywhere there are green things growing. Medicinal plants grow at your front doorstep, they grow in the forest, old farm fields or even right up through the cracks in the city.
You can easily learn a few medicinal plants at a time that are useful for many common ailments. This course covers the most common medicinal plants found in many parts of the world. You’ll learn where you are likely to find each plant. You will then learn how to identify the plant and in some cases learn which plants look similar. You will learn when to harvest the plant and how it’s used as medicine. We’ll cover it all.
I know you’ll find this course truly empowering so join in and discover the amazing medicine growing around you. Plants are people’s medicine!
I'm so pleased you have decided to join the course. This is a brief introduction to get you started.
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.
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.
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.
Chickweed is a soothing and cooling herb for irritated and inflamed conditions. It can be used both internally and externally.
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.
Violets are not just another beautiful plant. They have many healing virtues from aiding the respiratory system to soothing dry irritated skin.
This is a great mineral-rich herb. It is far superior to many remedies for helping to rebuild cartilage and help with joint issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Burdock has many medicinal benefits. Most notably, it is cleansing for the liver, the blood and the skin.
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.
Elderberry is an excellent antiviral and immune booster. It’s one of my first go to herbs for colds and flu.
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.
The petals, rosehips and leaves are all used to make valuable medicine.
I sincerely hope you enjoyed the course. Thank you for participating. I hope to see you again!
Elizabeth Heck is an herbalist and naturalist with over 20 years experience working with plant medicines. She is a graduate from the University of Minnesota and continued her education apprenticing with world-renowned herbalists.
When not working with plants directly, Elizabeth writes and teaches about their amazing virtues. She teaches at conferences around the United States and teaches online to make the information more accessible to you. Many of her courses are bestsellers.
Elizabeth learned how to identify plants growing in the wild from a very early age. It wasn't until she was in her twenties, that she started to realize their value as food and medicine. After decades of hands-on experience, she shares her wisdom and insights with you for your health and well-being. Her teachings are truly empowering.