Intermediate Herbal Course

Online Herbal Course - Access on Mobile Devices

The Intermediate Herbal Course is an online apprenticeship for distant learners. So if you are looking for a place to study herbalism in a safe and guided environment, then we welcome you to join our ever-growing online community of herbalists! New students from all backgrounds and countries are registering for this program every day so start your enrollment when you are ready, and begin just moments after you register.

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Why Herbs?



they work gently and effectively.



you can grow many yourselves, right outside your front door or even in your kitchen.



it’s our birthright to use the gifts of nature with respect and wisdom.



up until relatively recently, at least in the western world, herbs were an integral part of taking care of ourselves.

Health doesn’t come from plastic bottles. Vitality grows naturally from the way you live your life. Deep down, people already know this. Here at the Herbal Academy, we believe that a holistic herbal-based approach to health is making its way back into the mainstream, right where it belongs.

If you want to learn more about herbs as medicine and as food, and if you’re just too busy to enroll in an in-person program, join us for a comprehensive and convenient online herbal course you can complete anywhere and anytime—right on your laptop! Learn what your great ancestors knew about the natural world and begin to build your own Materia medica and apothecary. We’ll show you how and tell you why.

The Intermediate Herbal Course is your online doorway into the wild and wonderful world of plant medicine.

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In this course, you will discover: 


Graduates receive their own Intermediate Herbal Course certificate upon completion of the course!

10 Units

We'll begin with building the foundation and then introduce advanced topics

40 in-depth lessons

We'll be digging deep into body systems, theory and energetics, and formulation so get ready!

100+ Recipes

Each unit includes an assortment of recipes and remedies ready for you to download and print!

Interactive Flipbooks

Flip through the pages of our beautiful online ebooks and download and print for your continued use!

Handouts and Charts

Downloadable and printable, every unit includes relevant charts and handouts to aid in your learning!


Each unit includes an assortment of herbal monographs for in-depth study!


Because some of you are visual learners, we're including video demonstrations throughout every unit.

Online forum

Get ready for some fun and educational discussion and questions. Add your recipe reports to the course forum and get feedback from both teachers and fellow classmates!


Each unit requires successful completion of a quiz in order to pass through to the next set of lessons! Retake the quizzes as many times as you need.

Access to teachers

Through our forums, you will have easy access to a team of herbalists and medical professionals. We're with you every step of the way!


Get to know your fellow classmates and teachers. We're building community in this course with individuals from all over the world.

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This program isn’t going anywhere! The entire course will be available as a printable PDF for you to keep and refer to in the future. Print every lesson, recipe, and handout for your continued use, or log back into the program to reference your studies. We’ll be active in the online herbal program, guiding you along the way.


A Collaborated Effort

We’ve brought together formally educated and experienced clinical herbalists and medical professionals who love sharing their passion for plants and people, to teach this 10-Unit comprehensive, multi-media learning experience. Our well-rounded, seasoned team has worked together to bring you a program that covers every angle!

Herbal Academy Teachers

As a team, it is our goal to educate and to promote sound, safe and ethical herbal practice. 

Meet the teachers and course development team:

  • Marlene Adelmann – Founder/Director and Course Advisor
  • Annie Hall – Assistant Director
  • Jane Metzger – Course Development Director
  • Kerry Hughes – Ethnobotanist and Clinical Herbalist
  • Angie Barger – Clinical Herbalist
  • Lisa Weiss – Clinical Herbalist
  • Emma Merritt – Clinical Herbalist
  • Rebecca Dalgin – Clinical Herbalist
  • Soumya Ganapathy, MD
  • David Mitcheson, MD
  • Amber Meyers – Marketing Director
  • Quinn Sonia-Sergi & Christopher Walker – Technical Advisors
  • Grant Lacouture – Video Productions
  • Santalena Yakobowski – Communications Assistant

Get to know the HANE team here.


The Intermediate Herbal Course is intended for students with some herbal training (the Online Introductory Herbal Course, community herbal classes, workshops, self-study), but even if you’re new to herbalism, we’ll be reviewing some basic concepts in the first unit to set the foundation. The online herbal course will include intermediate topics such as safety and side effects; discussions about theory and energetics; in-depth coverage of physiology; and guidance for herbal formulation.

We will introduce many theories and works of some of today’s most revered herbalists such as Matthew Wood, David Hoffman, Christopher Hobbs, and others. We will also study many different ways herbalism has been practiced over the centuries and how in recent years we have begun to reclaim these traditions.


The Intermediate Herbal Course: 10 Unit Outline

Unit 1: Introduction and Herbal Review

Unit 1: Introduction and Herbal Review

Why Herbs?; Herbal First Aid Flipbook; Herbal Actions, Energetics, and Constitutions; Creating Formulas; Side Effects and Safety

Unit 2: Food is Medicine

Unit 2: Food is Medicine

Kitchen Cupboard Herbs; Vinegars; Oils; Honey; Edible and Medicinal Plants; Foraging; Wild crafting; Plant Savers; Gratitude and Ceremony

Unit 3: Digestive System

Unit 3: Digestive System

Alimentary System Overview; Digestive Health as Foundation of Health; Imbalances of the Digestive System and Herbal Remedies

Unit 4: Immune System

Unit 4: Immune System

Building Immune Health; Prevention; Common Disharmonies; Creating a Materia Medica

Unit 5: Nervous System

Unit 5: Nervous System

The Central Nervous System; The Peripheral Nervous System; The Enteric Nervous System; Stress; Headaches; Sleep; Herbs

Unit 6: Cardiovascular

Unit 6: Cardiovascular

Anatomy of the Heart; Blood Pressure; Cholesterol; Heart Strong/Heart Health; Herbal Therapeutics; Diet; Glycosides; The Energetic Heart

Unit 7: The Liver

Unit 7: The Liver

Anatomical Overview; Liver Health; Liver Imbalances; Herbal Treatments; Bitters

Unit 8: Respiratory

Unit 8: Respiratory

Breathing; Asthma; Lung Imbalances; Herbal Tonics; Natural Remedies

Unit 9: Urinary System

Unit 9: Urinary System

Kidney and Urinary Health; UTI; Herbs

Unit 10: Children

Unit 10: Children

Common Discomforts; Formulas and Recipes; Which Herbs are Safe; Dosing

While we recommend spending at least one month of serious study in each unit, students have the ability to work at their own pace towards certification. Students will have access to the online portion of the program for two years. This program will remain open as we are building a community of support for those seeking a richer or more fulfilling lifestyle to learn about herbs.

Here at the Herbal Academy of New England we will keep the home fires burning and the doors open for our on-site classes but if you are one of our distant readers and friends, taking this online course will keep you well informed and in good company. Work on your herbal studies in front of your own home fire and we’ll be working right along with you.

Testimonials straight from our students!


Intermediate Herbal Course

We get asked ALL. THE. TIME. about recommendations for herbal schools & online courses. After long hours of researching, we found such an impressive school, that we couldn’t help but enroll ourselves!

– Bulk Herb Store

I am studying herbalism to further my career. I am almost finished with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and there is very little information about herbs in the program. Out of 20 years of study, hands down, Herbal Academy of New England has taught me more about herbs in the first unit than all of the years of doing it on my own. This is the only course I have ever taken that I actually look forward to every day! I love it!

– Sandi, Student

The education I have received from HANE has completely transformed my practice. When you enroll in HANE you are immersed in a first class herbal education.

– Melissa Jones, From Scratch Magazine

I am in love with the science behind it. I have searched the internet looking for a course that can take me in depth in plant parts and anatomy. I’m so happy I found you guys. The best part is even though it’s an online course, I don’t feel alone at all! You are there every step of the way. Thank you so much for that!

– Nicole, Student

This is truly a class for which I have been looking for years. I want to be spending all of my time currently working on it and wish I could forgo other things.

– Honey, Student

I am so glad I made the decision to enroll in the Herbal Academy of New England’s Intermediate Herbal Course… This is far more than a “how to use this herb” course! There are specific dosing suggestions and many recipes to get you started. You will not be left hanging! I actually sent them an e-mail and told them they are not charging enough! Seriously, if I took this course and then had to recommend a retail price, I would put this course in the $800-$1000 range at least.

– Lea, Owner of

I’m really enjoying it! I just wish I could quit work and maybe send the family away for a few months so I could concentrate on just herbs!

– Alicia, Student

For about 7 years my husband and I were looking for the right herbal school for us. We ended up traveling and researching on our own until we found the Herbal Academy of New England. I am literally blown away by how in depth their intermediate course is, as well as the very professional design savvy layout. I will enroll in every online course this school provides and hope to eventually visit it in person one day!

– EK Bradley, Holistic Families

Read more testimonials here.


Ready to begin?

Ask yourself, what would I do with an herbal certification? If the answer is, I will reach out in some way to share this information, then you are in the right place. You can share all that you have learned here, with your family and friends. You can be the one to lead them to balanced health and vitality. Show others the way to use plant medicine. Teach, explore, preserve and honor this tradition. Food and herbs were the original medicine and they are just as relevant today as they were for our forebears. We are all innate healers but we must learn how to use this precious gift responsibly as well as intuitively. Let’s do this together, one lesson at a time.


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Have questions about this program? Please contact Amber Meyers – ameyers(at)herbalacademyofne(dot)com.