How the Course Works
These lessons combined a multitude of learning modalities which have been used successfully at the California School of Herbal Studies. If used as instructed, when you have completed these 10 Lessons you will know what most practicing herbalists know– minus, of course, the years of experience.
Though the information will help you, should you decide to go into an herbal business or wish to further your career as a holistic practitioner, The Science and Art of Herbalism is primarily designed to enrich your personal enjoyment and understanding of the plants. Many of my students, as a result of their studies, have started their own herbal businesses, teaching centers, or continued their studies to become adjunct counselors in holistic health oriented practices.
The lessons are organized in much the same way as a day at the Herb School; each lesson is divided into several classes or topics.
You will be involved with a variety of herbal subjects and at the completion of each lesson, have expanded your herbal knowledge in several areas.
Each lesson includes a section on:
- An organ system and corresponding herbal therapies
- Herbal preparation, recipes, and formulas
- Wild plant identification
- The Materia Medica, a list of herbs important to the Lesson
- A special interest subject such as herb gardening, Earth awareness/ceremonies, aromatherapy, flower essences, natural cosmetics, etc.
The homework is divided into TWO sections. The first section includes projects, essay type questions and/or assignments. The second section is the rudimentary question/answer type of homework. It is totally acceptable to reference all answers in the lessons EXCEPT for the answers to the final assignment in Lesson 10. Upon completion of the homework, send BOTH sections to me for review. You do NOT need to send your reference files or Materia Medica to me for review.
Our teacher team returns all homework with any comments or corrections within two weeks. Many of the questions are “thought type” questions with no correct answer. We’re interested in your thoughts and feelings about herbalism and look forward to sharing with you. In order to receive your Herbal Certificate, all homework must be satisfactorily completed.
For full instructions on how to submit your homework, please visit this page.
One of the advantages of a home study course is that you may complete the study in your own time frame; it is also one of the disadvantages as many people are unable to discipline themselves to set aside personal study time.
I suggest in order to maximize your learning and to receive the most benefit from this course that you designate a scheduled time each week or month to pursue your herbal studies. However, there is NO pressure to complete this course nor is there a “normal” time to finish it. Some students complete it in 4 to 6 months; some students take 2 to 3 years. The time span is entirely up to you.
Students who successfully complete the course are awarded a lovely certificate that bestows upon them the title of Herbalist. Just what is an Herbalist? Though herbalism is a lifetime study and one does not become a “master” except through years of study, a person is qualified to be called an Herbalist if they embrace herbalism as a way of life and successfully demonstrate the skills taught throughout this course.
Since herbalism is NOT a legalized system of healing in our country at the present time, NO herbal certificate offered in the U.S., no matter what lofty title it bestows upon the receiver, qualifies a person to practice herbalism as a healing art. (See Lesson 9 on the Legal aspects of Herbalism).