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

Learn to identify and harvest easy to find plants that are commonly used in herbal medicine.
4.7 (18 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
133 students enrolled
Created by Elizabeth Heck
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 16 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Build confidence in working with highly beneficial plants
  • Identify the most common and useful medicinal plants
  • Understand how to harvest plants for the greatest effectiveness
  • Understand how to use plants for ultimate health and wellbeing
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course

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!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in health, nature or working with wild plants.
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
Introduction and Overview
3 Lectures 07:55

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.

Overview and Basic Concepts of the Course

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
Conclusion and Thank You
1 Lecture 00:19

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

Thank You for Joining the Course
About the Instructor
Elizabeth Heck
4.6 Average rating
827 Reviews
11,835 Students
12 Courses
Herbalist, Best Selling Instructor

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.