Herbalism :: Introduction & Medicine Making
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Herbalism :: Introduction & Medicine Making

Take charge of your health by making your own herbal medicine. Learn about herbal healing through the use of herbs.
4.6 (75 ratings)
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1,088 students enrolled
Created by Elizabeth Heck
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Make amazing medicinal oils used extensively for topical applications.
  • Make tinctures, vinegar extracts and glycerites that are highly effective and easy to use.
  • Make several different types of medicinal tea and know the tricks to get the best medicinal effects from them.
  • Make professional looking salves with outstanding medicinal value.
  • Make highly effective poultices and compresses
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  • This is an introductory course for anyone. Supplies and ingredients are minimal.

Plants provide some of our most valuable medicine! The World Health Organization states that more than 80% of people on earth use herbs as their primary form of medicine. Discover this exceptional mode of healing and learn how you can incorporate herbs into your life for optimum health.

In this course, you will get a base understanding of what herbalism is and how it works. You’ll gain skills you can use for everyday life as well as a necessary foundation if you decide to dig deeper into the exploration of herbal medicine. By the end of the course you will be able to make several different types of herbal medicine that you can use for your health and wellbeing.

Making these remedies is really quite simple. And they are exceptionally effective. You will never find better quality herbal medicine than what you make yourself.

I know you’ll find this course truly empowering so join in learning about the healing power of plants.

Who is the target audience?
  • 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
3 Lectures 07:53

Learn what will be covered in this course from the the empowering use of herbal medicine to the skills that you will gain. You will have the chance to meet me, your instructor, and understand how impassioned I am about the healing power of plants.

Preview 01:38

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

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.

Making Herbal Medicine for Internal Use
3 Lectures 29:47

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.

Preview 08:51

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.

Overview to Making Herbal Tinctures and Herbal Liquid Extracts

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.

Learn How to Make Tinctures
Making Herbal Medicine for External Use
4 Lectures 39:38

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 an Herbal Oil

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

Make an Herbal Salve

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

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
Considerations in Using Herbal Medicine
5 Lectures 14:59

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

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

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

This is a list of plants mentioned throughout the course. It also includes the ways these plants are commonly used in herbal medicine.

List of Plants and Uses

Herbalism Terms
1 Lecture 00:13

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

Thank you so greatly for joining the course!
About the Instructor
Elizabeth Heck
4.6 Average rating
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11,754 Students
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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.