Introductory Herbal Course

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It has been said that the journey of one thousand miles begins with a single step. If you are here, then congratulations because that means you have already taken your first step towards learning what plant medicine is all about. And just like any time first steps are taken, it is much easier to learn when someone is there to guide you. We are delighted to walk beside you while you begin your herbal journey, to help you and lead you so you get the most out of your experience!

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Perhaps you found your way here because you’ve been wondering about all those beautiful green weeds growing along roads and in your backyard. Ancient wisdom and natural beauty has been tugging at your heart, and you’re naturally curious about how you can integrate them into your life. You don’t need someone pushing you to learn, and the knowledge you gain is its own reward. Of course, it doesn’t hurt when you can directly apply that knowledge to your life, and live happier and healthier.

The Introductory Herbal Course is your online self study program!

Our intention for this self study program is to give those of you with no herbal experience a glimpse into the world of herbs, and to kindle your enthusiasm for a lifelong course of learning. While this intro-level class does not qualify you to practice clinical herbalism, by the end of our course we hope you will feel more comfortable AND excited about making your own teas, tinctures, and body care products. You’ll be mixing up new recipes in the kitchen, using spices and herbs you never knew had medicinal properties! You will walk away more inspired to pursue your herbal studies at the intermediate level and beyond!


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In this course, you will discover: 

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We'll be covering a broad spectrum of topics from using herbs in the kitchen to remedy making!


Roll up your sleeves because we're not about to phone it in. We'll be covering 26 lessons and 5 bonus lessons in this course, teaching you the core principles you need to know to get started in the field of herbalism.

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Downloadable and printable, every unit includes an assortment of useful charts and handouts!


Flip through our course interactive ebooks and download and print for your continued use.

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Each unit includes dozens of recipes and remedies ready for you to download, print, and practice!


Learn your herbs! Students will have access to over 50 herbal monographs for in-depth study.

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Several educational video demonstrations provided to enrich your learning experience.


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.

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We're with you all along the way! Students have access to course instructors and HANE team members throughout the program.


Start with us in the Introductory Herbal Course and we'll give you a $55 discount towards the Online Intermediate Herbal Course when you graduate!

Introductory Herbal Course

Introductory Course sample lessonCurriculum

In this herbalism beginners course you will learn why herbs are important and how to use them in healing teas, tinctures, and body care products. We’ll discuss some common discomforts, herbal actions, and dosing. Because stress is such a prevalent factor in our overall well-being, we’ll talk a bit about the nervous system and why a calm, strong nervous system can lay the foundation for better health.

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 completion of the course. However, students can spend more or less time in each unit. Students will have access to the online portion of the program for twelve months. Each of the units and lessons, recipes, charts, and ebooks are available to download and print so students can continue to use these resources even after completion of the course.


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The Introductory Herbal Course: 6 Unit Outline

Unit 1: Herbal Basics

Unit 1: Herbal Basics

Choosing Herbs; Storing Herbs; Herbal Teas and Tinctures; Syrups and Topical Applications; Herbal Actions; Anatomy Overview

Unit 2: Common Discomforts

Unit 2: Common Discomforts

The Immune System; Prevention; Detoxifying and Cleansing; Colds and Flu; Respiratory System; Herbs for Kids; Herbs for Her and Him; Materia Medica

Unit 3: Kitchen Remedies

Unit 3: Kitchen Remedies

What's in Your Kitchen; Spices; Kitchen Materia Medica; Making Kitchen Remedies; Wildcrafting and Foraging

Unit 4: Nervous System

Unit 4: Nervous System

Overview of the Nervous System; Stress; Headaches and Migraines; Essential Oils; Sleep and Insomnia

Unit 5: Body Care

Unit 5: Body Care

Introduction to the Skin; Body Care Recipes; External Health, Internal Health; Salves, Balms, and Butters; Topical Oils; Scrubs; Cleansers; Herbal Baths; Moisturizers; Toners; Hair Care

Unit 6: The Holistic Approach

Unit 6: The Holistic Approach

History; Conventional Medicine; The Holistic Model; The Holistic Body; Herbalism Is More Than Just Herbs; Placebo Response; Holistic Approaches

See what our graduates are saying about the course!


 Intermediate Herbal Course - Herbal Academy of New England

I thank you for all your hard work in pulling it together – that you know, and care about, what you teach is very evident in the course materials.  Nicely done!

– C., Student

Just want to say how much I am enjoying your herbalist course online and to tell you that your heart, sensitivity and good will come through in everything you are producing. I am very impressed and feel blessed to be a party to your social and educational world.

– J.S., Student

I am LOVING the Intro class! The content is easy to understand and I can’t wait to start the Intermediate class!

– Russell G., Student

I feel like I have an excellent start to understanding the world of herbs. Your language was easy to understand and flowed nicely.

– K.E., Student

I just wanted to share my gratitude for being a part of this online education program!

– A., Student

Really enjoyed the intro and herbal basics!!! Super info dense while remaining understandable, clear and not at all overwhelming.  Really amped me up for the rest of the course!! 

– S.H., Student

Wonderful lessons, well paced, and very detailed. I think this is a beautiful, professionally done, and very well laid out course that everyone should do!

– A.P., Student

I feel more empowered and less hesitant about playing with plants.

– J.D., Student

Read more testimonials here.


Start your journey!

We’ve designed our online programs for an international audience, so no matter where you call home, this course will be relevant! We keep our enrollment open which means new students are joining us each and every day. So when you are ready to begin your studies, you’ll be registering with a group of students working through the same lessons you are.


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