Herbalism :: Introduction & Medicine Making

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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.
  • Introduction
    • Introduction to Herbalism and How to Make Herbal Medicine

      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.

    • What is Herbalism and How Does it Work

      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.

    • Overview

      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
    • Make Several Different Types of Herbal Tea

      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.

    • Overview to Making Herbal Tinctures and Herbal Liquid Extracts

      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.

    • How to Make the Tinctures

      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.

  • Making Herbal Medicine for External Use
    • Make an Herbal Oil

      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 Salve

      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 a Poultice and Compress

      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.

    • Dry Herbs Harvested from the Garden or the Wild

      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.

  • Considerations in Using Herbal Medicine
    • How to Use Medicinal Herbs Safely

      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.

    • Selecting Herb Quality and Proper Storage

      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.

    • Harvesting Herbs from the Wild Sustainably

      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.

    • List of Plants and Uses

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

    • Herbalism Terms
  • Conclusion
    • Thank you so greatly for joining the course!

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

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