Have you longed to feel confident practicing herbal home care—for yourself, your family, your community?
The Science & 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.
Now, more than ever, we need the gifts of self-care and ceremony. We need herbalists in our homes and communities.
You will find a wealth of information contained within the lessons of Rosemary’s Science & Art of Herbalism home study course. This is a hands-on practical course that’s designed to introduce you to the world of herbs.
It will take you into your kitchen, gardens, weedy lots, herb stores and apothecaries ~ and if you’re lucky enough, the woodlands, fields, mountain tops and seashores to look for plant medicine.
There will be lots to entertain and engage you in the world of plants. Each individual finds certain areas in these lessons that deeply attracts them and may find they have a certain ‘knack’ for one thing and not another.
Not to worry; that’s exactly what this course is designed to do ~ introduce you to a world of information about herbs and plant medicine ~ and allow you to find those things that your heart most embraces. But don’t hesitate to try the unfamiliar…it’s in the landscape of the unknown that often the greatest treasures lie!
The Science & Art of Herbalism Course Curriculum
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.
The Lessons are designed to provide practical, hands-on experience with each assignment designed to enrich your personal experience with the plant world.
|Module 1||Lesson One|
|Unit 1||Lesson One Table of Contents|
|Unit 2||Welcome to Lesson One|
|Unit 3||Recommended Books & Resources|
|Unit 4||Build Your Own Apothecary|
|Unit 5||Where to get Good-Quality Herbal Products|
|Unit 6||How To Determine Good-Quality Herbs|
|Unit 7||How to Store Your Good-Quality Herbs for Maximum Shelf Life|
|Unit 8||An Introduction to Medicinal Herbs|
|Unit 9||Herbs or Allopathic Medicine|
|Unit 10||Herbal Preparation|
|Unit 11||Herbal Therapeutics for the Nervous System|
|Unit 12||The Nervous System: An Introduction|
|Unit 13||Herbs for the Nervous System|
|Unit 14||Herbal Nervines|
|Unit 15||Nerve Tonics|
|Unit 16||Nerve Sedatives|
|Unit 17||Nervine Demulcents|
|Unit 18||Nervine Stimulants|
|Unit 19||Important Herbal Nervines: Skullcap|
|Unit 20||Important Herbal Nervines: Valerian|
|Unit 21||Important Herbal Nervines: Hops|
|Unit 22||Important Herbal Nervines: Oats|
|Unit 23||Important Herbal Nervines: California Poppy|
|Unit 24||Important Herbal Nervines: Lemon Balm|
|Unit 25||Important Herbal Nervines: Chamomile|
|Unit 26||Important Herbal Nervines: Feverfew|
|Unit 27||Important Herbal Nervines: Ginseng|
|Unit 28||Important Herbal Nervines: Gota Kola|
|Unit 29||Important Herbal Nervines: Gingko|
|Unit 30||Some Favorite Herbal Nervine Formulas|
|Unit 31||Lavender Antiseptic & Calming Spritzer|
|Unit 32||General Suggestions for a Healthy Nervous System|
|Unit 33||Specific Health Problems Related to the Nervous System|
|Unit 34||Headaches: An Overview|
|Unit 35||Vascular Headaches|
|Unit 36||Tension Headaches|
|Unit 37||Migraine Headaches|
|Unit 39||Neuralgia or Pain|
|Unit 42||Nervous System: Conclusion|
|Unit 43||Materia Medica For the Nervous System|
|Unit 44||Sample Materia Medica|
|Unit 45||Wild Plant Identification: "St John's Wort"|
|Unit 46||United Plants Savers ~ Saving our Precious Plant Resources|
|Unit 47||Begin in the Garden: Interview with Rosemary Gladstar|
|Unit 48||Lesson One Projects & Assignments|
|Module 2||Lesson Two|
|Unit 1||Lesson Two Table of Contents|
|Unit 2||Beverage Blends: The Art of Making a Great Cup of Tea|
|Unit 3||How to Create Beverage Blends|
|Unit 4||Sweet Surrender Tea Blend|
|Unit 5||Kava Chai|
|Unit 6||The Man Who Planted Hope|
|Unit 7||Terminology Used to Describe the Medical Action of Herbs|
|Unit 8||How to Determine Measurements for This Course|
|Unit 9||Herbal Preparation: Herbal Oils|
|Unit 10||Herbal Preparation: Salves, Ointments & Balms|
|Unit 12||Herbal First Aid: Skin Problems & What to do About Them|
|Unit 13||Herbal Therapeutics for the Liver|
|Unit 14||Everyone's Favorite Root Beer|
|Unit 15||Hayfever & Allergies|
|Unit 16||Metabolism, The Liver & Herbs|
|Unit 17||Foundations of Health: Herbs for the Liver and Digestion|
|Unit 18||Spring Cleaning for the Body: Cleansing Through Herbs, Diet and Fasting|
|Unit 19||Wild Plant Identification: Mullein|
|Unit 20||The Art of Harvesting Herbs|
|Unit 21||Lesson Two Projects & Assignments|
|Module 3||Lesson Three|
|Unit 1||Lesson Three Table Of Contents|
|Unit 2||Science Versus Art: A Dilemma Unfolding|
|Unit 3||The Sustainable Herbalist; The Sustainable Life|
|Unit 4||Herbal Preparation: Tinctures, Liniments, Capsules & Pills|
|Unit 5||Dr. Kloss’s Famous Disinfecting Liniment|
|Unit 6||Herbal Therapeutics: The Respiratory System|
|Unit 7||The Respiratory System|
|Unit 8||Materia Medica for the Respiratory System|
|Unit 9||When to Treat the Respiratory System|
|Unit 10||Suggested Programs to Follow During Respiratory Infections|
|Unit 11||The Fine Art of Drying, Harvesting and Storing Herbs|
|Unit 12||Herbal Identification: Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)|
|Unit 13||Creating Effective Herb Formulas for Health & Healing|
|Unit 14||Lesson Three Projects & Assignments|
|Module 4||Lesson Four|
|Unit 1||Lesson Four Table of Contents|
|Unit 2||The Science & Art of Herbalism: Lesson Four|
|Unit 3||"The Successful Herbalist" by Juliette de Baïracli Levy|
|Unit 4||"The Greatness of Being an Herbalist" by Juliette de Baïracli Levy|
|Unit 5||Herbs for Children|
|Unit 6||Which Herbs are Safe for Children|
|Unit 7||Materia Medica for Children|
|Unit 8||How to Determine Dosage for Children|
|Unit 9||How to Administer Herbs to Children|
|Unit 10||General Formulas for Strengthening and Building Healthy Systems in Our Children|
|Unit 11||Herbal Remedies For Children's Health Problems|
|Unit 12||Recipes For Children's Products|
|Unit 13||The Major Chemical Constituents of Plants|
|Unit 14||Herbal Therapeutics: The Urinary System|
|Unit 15||Herbs for the Urinary System|
|Unit 16||Materia Medica for the Urinary System|
|Unit 17||Healthy Kidneys|
|Unit 18||Common Imbalances of the Kidneys|
|Unit 19||Basic Aromatherapy|
|Unit 20||Essential Oils|
|Unit 21||Aromatherapy Charts|
|Unit 22||Herbal Dreams|
|Unit 23||Deep Sleep Tincture|
|Unit 24||Wild Herb Identification: Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)|
|Unit 25||Lesson Four Projects & Assignments|
|Module 5||Lesson Five|
|Unit 1||Table of Contents|
|Unit 2||Herbal Pet Care|
|Unit 3||Materia Medica for Pet Care|
|Unit 4||Common Health Problems of Animals|
|Unit 5||The Sciences of Herbs|
|Unit 6||Compresses & Poultices|
|Unit 7||Herbal Stimulants|
|Unit 8||Herbal Stimulants: Materia Medica|
|Unit 9||Stevia And Guarana|
|Unit 10||Herbal Preparation: Charmoon's 6th Chakra Sauce|
|Unit 11||The Integumentary System|
|Unit 12||Natural Cosmetics|
|Unit 13||Rosemary’s Famous Face Cream|
|Unit 14||Magical Cleansing Miracle Grains|
|Unit 15||Peppermint Tooth Powder & Herbal Dental Care|
|Unit 16||Traveler's First Aid Kit|
|Unit 17||Making Your Herbal First-Aid Kit|
|Unit 18||Herbal Remedies for Radiation|
|Unit 19||Wild Plant Identification: Chickweed (Stellaria Media)|
|Unit 20||Lesson Five Projects & Assignments|
|Module 6||Lesson Six|
|Unit 1||Table of Contents|
|Unit 2||Herbs For Women's Health|
|Unit 3||The Women’s Reproductive System|
|Unit 4||Books on Women's Health|
|Unit 5||Herbs for the Female Reproductive System|
|Unit 6||Women's Ceremony and Ritual|
|Unit 7||General Guidelines for a Healthy Female System|
|Unit 8||Specific Treatments for Common Health Problems|
|Unit 9||Pregnancy and Childbirth|
|Unit 10||Menopause and Croneship|
|Unit 11||Lesson Six Projects & Assignments|
|Module 7||Lesson Seven|
|Unit 1||Table of Contents|
|Unit 2||Creating Medicinal Formulas|
|Unit 3||Creating a Medicinal Herbal Formula|
|Unit 4||Examples of Formulation and Exercises to Do|
|Unit 5||Herbs for Winter Health|
|Unit 6||Favorite Winter Time Recipes|
|Unit 7||Herbal Pills: Throat Balls|
|Unit 8||Honey Onion Syrup|
|Unit 9||Herbal Remedies for Ear Infections|
|Unit 10||Herbal Remedies for Sinus Congestion|
|Unit 11||Herbal Remedies for Strep and Sore Throats|
|Unit 12||Herbal Remedies for Respiratory Infections|
|Unit 13||Herbal Remedies for Flu|
|Unit 14||Traditional Fire Cider Recipe & Benefits Guide with Rosemary Gladstar (Audio)|
|Unit 15||Fire Cider|
|Unit 16||Herbal Remedies for Fever|
|Unit 17||Gypsy Cold Care Tea|
|Unit 18||Closing Thoughts on Herbs for Winter Health|
|Unit 19||The Endocrine System|
|Unit 20||Herbal Therapeutics for the Male Reproductive System|
|Unit 21||General Guidelines for Male Health Care|
|Unit 22||Materia Medica For The Male Reproductive System|
|Unit 23||Herbal Tonics For The Male System|
|Unit 24||Specific Health Problems Related to the Male System|
|Unit 25||Herbs & Health Care For Males by James Green, Herbalist|
|Unit 26||Wild Plant Identification: Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus)|
|Unit 27||Lesson Seven Projects & Assignments|
|Module 8||Lesson Eight|
|Unit 1||Table of Contents|
|Unit 2||Herb Gardening|
|Unit 3||The Basics of Gardening|
|Unit 4||Recommended Books On Herb Gardening|
|Unit 5||Designing The Herb Garden|
|Unit 6||The Culinary Garden|
|Unit 7||Recipes For Your Culinary Garden|
|Unit 8||The Medicinal Garden|
|Unit 9||The Medicine Wheel Garden For The Various Body Systems|
|Unit 10||How I Built My Herb Garden by Dorothy Brightbill|
|Unit 11||Zigzag to Success|
|Unit 12||Gardening Products, Herb Seeds And Plants|
|Unit 13||Making Your Own Herbarium|
|Unit 14||Making a Plant Press|
|Unit 15||Herbal First Aid: Infestations|
|Unit 16||Herbal Preparation: Vitamin and Mineral Formulas|
|Unit 17||Herbal Therapeutics: The Digestive System|
|Unit 18||The Digestive System|
|Unit 19||Notes on the Digestive System|
|Unit 20||Materia Medica for Lesson Eight|
|Unit 21||Imbalance of the Digestive System and Corresponding Herbal Treatments|
|Unit 22||Herbal Pills: Ginger Balls|
|Unit 23||Lesson Eight Projects & Assignments|
|Module 9||Lesson Nine|
|Unit 1||Table of Contents|
|Unit 2||Preventive Health: Developing a Personal Health Program|
|Unit 3||Designing a Personalized Health Program|
|Unit 4||Your Personal Health Profile|
|Unit 5||How To Build An Effective Protocol|
|Unit 6||Clinical Mock Up Cases|
|Unit 7||Herbs For The Cardiovascular System|
|Unit 8||Sprinkles For the Heart|
|Unit 9||The Cardiovascular System|
|Unit 10||Chaga Chai Latte|
|Unit 11||Spring Cleaning for the Body, Mind and Spirit|
|Unit 12||Legal Herbalism|
|Unit 13||How to Handle an FDA or State Inspection|
|Unit 14||Legal Aspect of Herbal Prescribing|
|Unit 15||The Question of "Safe" and "Unsafe" Herbs|
|Unit 16||Herbs Are Often More Toxic Than Magical|
|Unit 17||Are Herbs Really Safe to Use; Could our Ancestors have been Wrong?|
|Unit 18||Food for Thought|
|Unit 19||Lesson Nine Projects & Assignments|
|Module 10||Lesson Ten|
|Unit 1||Table of Contents|
|Unit 2||Sageing Graciously: Herbs for Longevity and Well Being|
|Unit 3||Wild Herb Identification|
|Unit 4||Wild Food Cooking|
|Unit 5||The Recipes|
|Unit 6||Medicinal Basil Pesto|
|Unit 7||Flower Essences|
|Unit 8||Directions for Making Flower Essences|
|Unit 9||Rescue Remedy|
|Unit 10||Bach Flower Essences|
|Unit 11||Foods For Immune Health|
|Unit 12||Immune System = IS = It Just Is|
|Unit 13||The Immune System|
|Unit 14||Materia Medica for the Immune System|
|Unit 15||Fu Zheng: The Art & Science of Herbal Tonification|
|Unit 16||Major Chinese Herbs and the Immune System|
|Unit 17||Resources for Continuing Your Herbal Studies|
|Unit 18||The Oath Hippocrates|
|Unit 19||The Way of Herbs|
|Unit 20||Parting Words|
|Unit 21||Lesson Ten Projects & Assignments|
|Module 11||Resources & References|
|Unit 1||Table of Contents|
|Unit 2||Student Discount Codes|
|Unit 3||Herb Resource Guide|
|Unit 4||Course Materials Shopping List|
|Unit 5||Your Medicinal Herbal Library|
|Unit 6||Determining the Correct Dosage|
|Unit 7||Formulating A Simple Herbal Protocol|
|Unit 8||Procedure for Sending in Homework|
|Unit 9||Personalized Health Forms|
|Unit 10||Purchase a Course Access Extension|
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Helen is a joyful and enthusiastic voice for the plants. As the Educational Director of The Science & Art of Herbalism, her passion is to work with our student community to guide them through Rosemary’s teachings as well as empower each student in having “right relationship” with the plants and our mother earth! She, her husband and her two sons manage their family farm in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. Three Springs Farm is a diversified farm focused on creating value-added medicinal products. Along with farming and creating herbal products, Helen has a growing herbal practice. She has been involved in both the Women’s Herbal Conference and the International Herb Symposium on a Director and Staff level for over 8 years. Helen has also studied with other well-known herbalists including Guido Mase, Margi Flint, David Winston, Kathleen Maier, Kate Gilday, Carolyn Gagnon, and Sandra Lory. Helen has grounded and furthered her studies by working directly with the plants to develop and deepen her relationship with them.
Throughout your Science & Art of Herbalism studies, you will have the opportunity to dive deep into your practice. If you choose to complete study assignments, each lesson will be carefully reviewed, questions answered, and feedback given by our wonderful Teaching Team!
Each person on our Teaching Team was hand-selected by Rosemary and is an experienced herbalist—most having studied and worked with Rosemary for several years.
Upon completion of all homework, you will receive a beautiful Certificate of Completion signed by Rosemary Gladstar.
But, even more importantly, you will have gained the practical knowledge and experience of working with plants and their generous gift of plant medicine.
You will experience a deeper understanding of self-care and be able to share that with your friends, your family, and your community.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take me to complete the Course?
The length of time it takes to complete the course varies from student to student. It usually takes students between 5 and 15 hours per lesson, but because it is self-study it is really up to you how much time you give to each lesson.
We have found that dedicated students typically complete the course in about a year – although some finish it more quickly. However, it is common that life events come up, or it is easy to get a little sidetracked, so Rosemary offers a three-year timeframe to complete the course.
This allows a little flexibility if things come up, but having a deadline can be good motivation to get the course finished. If a student does need more time or would like to continue to have access to the online campus, there is a small fee to extend the course.
What if I don't complete the Course in three years?
We understand...sometimes life gets busier than we expected! If you aren't able to complete the coursework within three years, we are happy to offer a one-year extension for a small fee.
Am I an herbalist and can I get a job after I finish the course?
We have a number of people who ask us if it's possible to get a job as an herbalist after they finish my home study course. Well, there are so many levels of answers to that question…
First and foremost, this course is designed for beginner/intermediate students and for people interested in using herbs for personal health care for their families and friends. If you are planning to become an herbalist and an herbal practitioner, this course provides the foundation and the basic knowledge needed, but it won’t prepare you to go into professional herbal practice.
However, many of our students apply themselves fully to their studies, do exceptional work, and bring a deep and abiding love of plants to their studies. These students often create or find jobs working with plants in a number of capacities; working as adjunct counselors, working in herb shops, making products, farming with medicinal plants, and even going into practice if they’ve had previous experience. Also, many of our students have studied herbalism previously and after they graduate from this course, they go on to study further if they wish to become professional herbalists. These students have great likelihood of finding jobs because of their previous in-depth knowledge and experience.
So, yes, there are jobs and opportunities out their for herbalists, many of them self created. But no one course, especially a home study course, will prepare you for professional practice. As in any other profession, especially those involving health care, it requires years of study and a heartful life long dedication. With herbalism as with many other health care professionals, an apprenticeship is helpful and/or the opportunity to work in an herbal health clinic under guidance to gain experience.
I hope this is helpful, I realize it’s a simple question; will I be prepared to work as an herbalist? But the answer is not so simple. As a reminder, even students who study and graduate from four-year universities are often not prepared for ‘professional practice’, nor are they guaranteed jobs. It’s a matter of how they apply themselves, the type of work they wish to go into, etc. With herbalism, there are so many different ways we can ‘practice’ our healing art: as gardeners, growers, herbal product makers, home health care (taking care of our personal needs and those of family and friends), cosmetics, plant spirit practitioners, adjunct practitioners, herbal educators, etc. etc. Some of these fields require more skills and experience than others do.
Wishing you all the very best as you pursue your love of plants and your quest for knowledge.
What are the primary differences between the "Classic" Printed & Online versions of the course?
The online and printed versions present the same core information. The printed version has the benefit of having the printed binder while the online version includes interactive student forums, Rosemary’s personal plant notes, mini lessons from guest herbalists, and other supplemental materials.
As a print student, do I have access to the student forum, "Rosemary's Remedies" videos and "The Foundations of Herbalism" video series?
Access to the student forum and all of our videos is only available to our online students. We are happy, however, to offer the Foundations of Herbalism video series for individual purchase here.
What additional materials will I need to complete the course?
This is a 'hands-on' course and is filled with projects and activities that require making salves, tinctures, and other recipes. None of the herbs or materials needed to make these products are included in the course.
We do supply students with a list of sources where you can purchase the herbs and ingredients needed. We give suggestions for supplemental reference books that our students should consider purchasing, however, so long as they are good herbals, you can use books that you already have.
How much will it cost to purchase the herbs, ingredients and reference books needed to complete the course?
Well, it truly depends on how much of each item you purchase, how many herb books you decide to buy, etc. The minimal amount for the 10 lessons would be around $100 extra for the necessary herbs and materials to complete the projects in each lesson (making tinctures, salves, creams, oils, syrups). If someone is thrifty and knows how to save, and/or grows their own herbs, uses recycled containers, etc., the cost could be less. But if someone was extravagant, the price would be much higher!
Will the course make me a Registered/Master Herbalist?
The Science and Art of Herbalism is a wonderful and well-respected course. Students who satisfactorily complete all ten homework assignments receive a lovely certificate for completing the coursework. However, there is no way that a home study course, no matter how well written, could possibly provide the years of hands-on experience and study required to achieve the title of Master Herbalist. The Science & Art of Herbalism course will provide a very strong foundation on the road to herbal knowledge, but only you will know when you are ready to start working with patients outside of yourself and family.
To get the kind of hands-on practice one needs to open a practice, you really should attend an onsite school, learning directly from teachers and getting clinical practice by working one on one with others in a supervised way. At least, that's what Rosemary suggests. There are schools that do this, some that offer full time programs and others that offer shorter programs for those, like yourself, that already have some training.
You might just wish to take a short-term program that augments what you already know and gives you that invaluable one on one hands on clinical practice. Schools and programs that you might wish to look into include: David Winston's Clinical Training program (this course can be taken long distance, but David is actually teaching it in a classroom with students and some long distance learning students are included- although this is the last year he will be the main teacher), Maryland University of Integrative Health (offers full time accredited herbal training programs), The Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, The California School of Herbal Studies, and there are other programs as well.
For more information on becoming a registered herbalist, and other school listings, you may want to look around the American Herbalist Guild or the New England Herbal Association website.