Sample Lesson One : The “Classic” Printed Course


The Classic” Printed Course is recommended for those who prefer to read and work with printed material. Little has changed in the printed course from when Rosemary first wrote it. It remains true to her style; practical, easy to read, and always inspiring. Students may either send their lessons in to review by mail and/or by email. Once your lessons are received, your teacher reviews them, and the corrected assignment along with any additional comments are mailed to the students.

Includes three year time frame to complete the course with an optional plan available if longer time is necessary.
Emphasizes a practical “Hands-on” approach to herbalism. 


The sample course of Lesson One is currently not available online and comes in the “Classic” printed format.

The Science and Art of Herbalism Home Study Course is a ten lesson course taken at your own pace, with homework review and guidance provided by carefully selected herbalists and Rosemary herself.  Though it thoroughly instills in the student the practical skills necessary to practice herbal home health care, it doesn’t ignore the rich spirit and essence of herbalism. The heart of this course is the development of a deep personal relationship with the plant world. Many of our students have written telling us that this course has been transformational and one of the most self- empowering studies they have undertaken.

At the end of the course you will receive a beautiful certificate of completion that you can proudly display in your home, store or office! Thousands of people have taken this herbal journey with Rosemary over the past 25+ years, bringing herbal healing into their homes and communities.

As herbalism continues to spread its roots and grow in communities across the globe, Rosemary recognized that an online version of the Science and Art of Herbalism would benefit many of her students.  Computer savvy herbalists, Jason Colvard and Helen Ward spent countless hours creating the online format for the Science and Art of Herbalism, with the same core content as the classic printed version. Online students will benefit from all of the magic of the digital world – from videos, online peer communities, an herb of the month feature and a faster turnaround time on homework review.

There are still many of us who, like Rosemary, would prefer to curl up with a cup of tea by a sunny window, and read the course material in book form. Or perhaps there is no easy online access where you live. The printed course is as wonderful as ever, and there is an “unlimited” amount of time to finish the course – truly at your own pace! You will have the option to send your homework in for review via the postal mail or e-mail.

For those who want the best of both worlds, there is an option to purchase both the online and printed versions. If you would like to sample the course, you are welcome to order the printed Lesson 1. (At this time we are not able to offer a digital/online preview.) If you are enchanted by Lesson 1 you can continue with your studies by selecting the Lesson 2- 10 option, either printed or with the online course, or decide to enter the online course.

Rosemary weaves the magic of nature, a reverence for life and a commitment to share the wisdom of herbs with others throughout her teachings. We can’t wait to have you join her on this journey into the green world!

More About the Course

Considered by many to be one of the finest home study courses on herbalism available in this country, The Science & Art of Herbalism offers a comprehensive overview of herbalism and prepares the student to competently and effectively use herbs for home health care. It’s an excellent introduction for the beginner/intermediate herbalism student. For the more advanced student, it provides an excellent review and a solid foundation upon which to build their own studies.

Lessons are written by Rosemary Gladstar.  Rosemary has been practicing, teaching, using and loving herbs for over 40 years. She’s the author of nine books on herbalism including the immensely popular Herbal Healing for Women (Simon & Schuster),  Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, and Medicinal Herbs, a Beginners Guide  (Storey Book Publications).   She is the founder of the oldest running herb school in the United States: The California School of Herbal Studies.     Rosemary is also the co-founder of  Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary, and founding president of United Plant Saver’s,  as well as co-founder and director of The International Herb Symposium and The New England Women’s Herbal Conference.    She has traveled worldwide learning and teaching about herbalism, and loves this green world with a deep and abiding passion. She brings this depth of love, passion, and understanding to her writings and transforms what might appear to be a simple course on herbalism into a life transforming journey.

The Lessons are designed to provide practical, hands-on experience with each assignment designed to enrich your personal experience with the plant world.

The Science & Art of Herbalism Home Study Course Has Several Unique Features:
  • Combines the Science with the Art of herbalism
  • Personal attention given to the students
  • Provides hundreds of Rosemary’s original recipes and personal formulas
  • Lessons are written in a joyful easy to read manner
  • Home centered/heart centered herbalism
  • Beautiful course binder (PRINTED VERSION ONLY!), over 500 pages of instruction
  • Compilation of over 40 years of Rosemary’s personal herbal experience; her deep love and commitment to the plants &  planet shine through

All Ten Lessons, review of all homework, and a beautiful signed certificate upon completion.

  • *Classic” Printed version includes a beautiful specially designed course binder

Please Note: We offer our students three years to complete all versions of the course.
A beautiful certificate signed by Rosemary Gladstar Awarded by mail to those who successfully complete the course.
Join thousands of satisfied students who have completed this course!!!

Course Overview and Curriculum

  • How to determine good quality herbs.
  • Where to get herbs/herbal products.
  • Herbs and allopathic medicine.
  • Herbal preparation: decoctions/infusions.
  • Herbs for the nervous system.
  • Herbal nervine formulas.
  • General suggestions for a healthy nervous system.
  • Health problems related to the nervous system.
  • Materia medica for the nervous system.
  • Wild plant identification: St. John’s wort
  • Beverage blends
  • How to create beverage blends.
  • Terminology used to describe herbs.
  • Weights and measures charts
  • Herbal Preparation
  • Herbal oils
  • Salves, ointments, and balms
  • Solvents used in herbal preparations
  • Herbal first aide: skin problems
  • General suggestions for skin problems
  • Skin problems and herbal treatments
  • Herbal therapeutics: the liver
  • The medicinal action of alterative
  • Materia medica
  • Liver imbalances
  • Herbal treatments for liver imbalances
  • Hayfever and allergies
  • Wild plant identification
  • Science versus art
  • Herbal Preparation
  • Tinctures
  • Liniments
  • Capsules
  • Herbal Pills
  • Herbal therapeutics: the respiratory system
  • General guidelines
  • Materia medica
  • When to treat the respiratory system
  • Favorite formulas for the respiratory system
  • Programs to follow for respiratory infections
  • Asthma/Hayfever/Allergies
  • The fine art of drying, harvesting, and storing herbs
  • When to harvest
  • Drying your herbs
  • Storage
  • Introduction to Herb identification
  • Herbs for children
  • Which herbs are safe for children
  • Materia medica
  • How to determine dosage
  • How to administer herbs
  • General formulas
  • Herbal remedies for children
  • Recipes for children’s products
  • Major chemical constituents of herbs
  • Herbal therapeutics: the urinary system
  • Herbs for the urinary system
  • Materia medica for the urinary system
  • Healthy kidneys
  • Common imbalances of the urinary system
  • Basic aromatherapy
  • Essential medicine
  • Essential oils
  • Aromatherapy charts
  • Herbal Dreams
  • Dream pillows
  • Dream tea
  • Dream balm
  • Wild plant identification: Dandelion
  • Herbal pet care
  • General suggestions
  • Materia medica
  • Common health problems of animals
  • Herbal preparations: Charmoon’s 6th. chakra sauce
  • The sciences of herbs
  • Compresses and poultices
  • Poultices
  • Compresses
  • How to make poultices and compresses
  • The incredible plantain poultice
  • Herbal stimulants
  • How stimulation therapy works
  • When to use herbal stimulants
  • When not to use herbal stimulants
  • Materia medica: herbal stimulants
  • Examples of formulas
  • Therapies using herbal stimulants
  • Stevia and Guarana
  • Natural cosmetics
  • 5 Steps to perfect skin
  • The recipes
  • Beauty and the bath
  • Home health care products
  • Where to get containers and ingredients
  • Making your herbal first aide kit
  • Kitchen medicine
  • Herbal remedies for radiation
  • Survival tactics
  • Nutritional antidotes
  • Wild plant identification: chickweed
  • General concerns of women
  • Books on women’s health
  • Women’s ceremony and ritual
  • Herbs for the female reproductive system
  • General guidelines for a healthy female system
  • Specific treatments common health problems
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Formulas for pregnancy
  • Renewing the body after birth
  • Recommended reading
  • Menopause and croneship
  • Signs of menopause
  • General guidelines for menopause
  • Specific treatments for menopause
  • Estrogen replacement therapy
  • Conclusion
  • Creating medicinal formulas
  • Guidelines for creating medicinal blends
  • Examples of formulation
  • Exercises for you to do
  • Herbs for winter health
  • General guidelines for winter health
  • Favorite winter time recipes
  • Herbal remedies for winter health
  • Herbal therapeutics for male health care
  • General guidelines for male health care
  • Materia medica for the male system
  • Herbal tonics for the male system
  • Specific male health problems
  • Herbs and health care by J. Green
  • Wild plant identification: Yellow dock
  • Herb gardening
  • The basics of gardening
  • Recommended reading on herb gardening
  • Designing the herb garden
  • The culinary garden
  • Recipes from the culinary garden
  • The medicinal garden
  • The medicine wheel herb garden
  • How I build my herb garden
  • Zigzag to success J. Garden product directory
  • Making your own herbarium and plant press
  • Making a plant press
  • Treatment of scabies and crab infestations
  • Herbal preparation: vitamin and mineral formulas
  • Herbal therapeutics: the digestive system
  • Materia medica for the digestive system
  • Imbalances of the digestive system and herbal treatments
  • Preventative health care
  • Clinical mock up cases
  • Prescription for health and happiness
  • Pathways to health and healing by F. Davidson
  • Purification and regeneration
  • Transition: Ringing the changes
  • Purification diet
  • Acid/alkaline foods
  • Sources of nutrition in herbs and food
  • Good health and your skin
  • Legal herbalism
  • Legal herbalism by K. Collins
  • How to handle an FDA or state inspection
  • Legal aspects of herbal prescribing
  • The question of “safe” and “unsafe” herbs
  • Then toxicity hype by M. Blumenthal
  • “Herbs are often more toxic than magical”
  • Food for thought
  • Wild plant identification
  • Eight steps to learning plant identification
  • Wild food cooking
  • Recipes
  • Flower essences
  • Flower essence preparation and usage
  • Dosages/How to administer
  • Rescue remedy
  • Bach flower essences
  • Where to obtain flower essences
  • The immune system
  • Autoimmunity
  • The immune system and aging
  • Herbs for the immune system
  • Building a healthy immune system
  • Materia medica for the immune system
  • Resources for continuing your herbal studies
  • Final Quiz

Read what some of our students say

“This course has empowered me to live my passion for herbs and has helped me open my eyes more fully to the harmony and integrity of the natural world. I was sorry when it ended. “

“I am loving the online class; it’s really exciting to have access to all of this information, and to have a structure to follow to keep me move along, experimenting, and learning!”

“As for the class, I love it. I love the readings, its format and the assignments. I wasn’t sure initially how well I would learn about herbs online; surprisingly, however, I found it easy to learn and very informative! “

“The site is wonderful. I love the idea of being able to post a question and get feedback from you or other students. The site is easy to navigate and there are so many wonderful things to explore.”

“I loved this course! Truly one of the best courses of studies I’ve undertaken. It was interesting, full, and really wonder­ful!”

“A great deal of introspection was involved in this course. I feel like not only was the brain fully engaged, but the physical, emotional and spiritual parts were involved as well. Your course reaches the heart and soul of herbalism.”

“This course has been a turning point in my life. I feel more in control of my body and my health and have opened my eyes more to everything around me. I feel so alive, so empowered, and so connected to the green world.”

“I am loving the online class; it’s really exciting to have access to all of this information, and to have a structure to follow to keep me move along, experimenting, and learning!”

“Taking this course has been one of the most worthwhile studies I have ever undertaken. It has sparked within me a love and respect for herbs and has opened many new doors. Excellent all the way.”

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Weight 0.375 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 16 × 6 in


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