Herbalist Schools

This listing is for herb school members of the American Herbalists Guild. The information listed is provided by the herb school and is not reviewed, evaluated or endorsed in any way by the AHG.

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David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies

Good herbalists treat people, not diseases, and in our program we strive to teach the skills necessary so that each student can accomplish that goal. We focus on differential diagnosis skills, materia medica and therapeutics which are essential to individualize treatment and help patients to not only resolve symptoms, but create constitutional change needed for physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (908) 835-0822
E-mail: office@dwherbal.com
Web site: http://www.herbalstudies.org
Address: P.O. Box 553  
Broadway, NJ 08808 USA

EarthSong Herbals

Our intention is to promote excellence in herbal practice. We provide students with beginning level herbal studies, intermediate and advanced classes in practitioner's skills. Visiting lecturers may include Matthew Wood, Anne McIntyre, David Dalton, Mindy Green and more. Check the website for the latest offerings.

Apprenticeship (BEGINNING)

Our weekends are spent absorbing knowledge of the plants on many levels. Margi’s focus is on a practitioner’s viewpoint. Lectures will be kept to a minimum. The joy of reading and accumulating wonderful herb books is encouraged. Introducing the identification, preparation, and wonder of herbs and their gifts is the emphasis. You will learn how to formulate teas, oils, salves, extracts and skin care products. We will introduce you to, and dance with, the expansive powers of flower essences, pure essential oils and the magic the green world has to offer.

Herbal Hours (INT) In-depth adventurous study enjoying one herb as our focal point. We expose ourselves to the pure essential oil, extract, infusion or decoction, infused oil, case studies using the plant, scientific research, doctrine of signatures, magical uses. This is an opportunity to learn practical formulations understanding the energetics of one herb. We will also learn to read the body for signs indicating the specific organ systems to strengthen.

ClinicCircle and Clinical Intensives (INT/ADV) Mentorship Program AHG
Become comfortable in clinical practice. 1-5 days of active office life with clients, formulation, preparation and helpful discussion to follow. Live the life of a practicing herbalist for five days, or come for one or two. Continuing education credits with the American Herbalists Guild are available on request. This is an opportunity to build your foundational skills, learn more on the use of herbs, supplements, flower essences, essential oils and the magical interaction of people with them.

Reading The Body (ALL)
Read the face, nails, tongue and body to understand indications of lines, blemishes, marks and colors. Understanding the cues of the organ/body correspondences is a precious gift (and a curse). Indications of hot, cold, damp dry and wind conditions can easily be read once you train your eyes to see. Margi shares the knowledge learned from her teachers and clients over the past three decades.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (781) 631-4312
E-mail: margi@earthsongherbals.com
Web site: http://www.earthsongherbals.com
Address: 10 Central Street  
Marblehead, MA 01945 USA

East West School of Herbology

The East West Courses are a unique combination of Western, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese herbology. Many of the graduates of our 36 Lesson Professional Herb Course program have obtained professional membership status in the American Herbalists Guild (AHG). This is important since the AHG is the only professional clinical herbalists organization in North America.
Herbal medicine in North America has grown from an off-beat interest promoted by a handful of non-mainstream adherents, to an 8 billion dollar a year mainstream business -- and it's still growing. Increasingly we see professional medical practitioners including medical doctors, pharmacists, nurses, chiropractors, acupuncturists to non-professional lay persons exhibit a keen interest in herbal medicine prompted at the behest of their patients. The reason is clear: Herbs work. For this, there is no dispute even by those who would be normally critical of so-called 'alternative medicine.' As a result, there is an urgent need for qualified people in the growing professions of clinical herbology, herbal pharmacy, herbal research, herb cultivation and wildcrafting, herbal marketing and product development.
Throughout the last several decades Michael Tierra and the East West School of Herbology have been in the forefront of the herbal renaissance, promoting its widespread growth and acceptance throughout the Western world. To increase the standards, credibility and acceptance of clinical herbalism, in 1989 Michael founded the American Herbalists Guild.
There is no shortcut to mastery. Courses and schools that purport to offer 'master herbalist' (MH) or other misleading degrees, often based on a 'quickie' weekend or a single week-long workshop, have no guaranteed legal professional standing. Be that as it may, there is a growing number of professional herbalists throughout North America. Many of these are graduates of the East West Herb Course, which represents a comprehensive and thorough herbal training program. (See the "Student Profiles" on the bulletin board). Our graduates are confident and competent herbalists!
Remember; one can learn hundreds of herbs, but that knowledge is clinically worthless without its integration into a traditional system of diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, only the East West Herb Course systematically integrates the three main systems of herbal medicine based on the traditional practice of Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic (East Indian) herbal medicine.
We believe that herbal medicine is not simply another profession, but an inspired calling. It is to this inner calling, as well as the increasing numbers of students who feel drawn to the study of herbal medicine, that we dedicate our teachings. If you are one of those who feel such inner promptings, come journey with us down this heartfelt path of wonder and learning. A wise person once said that whatever energy is expended towards education is never lost. Enroll in one of our courses today and let it serve as your guide on your personal 'Way of Herbs.'

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (800) 717-5010
Fax: (831) 336-4548 (FAX)
E-mail: herbcourse@planetherbs.com
Web site: http://www.planetherbs.com
Address: P.O. Box 275  
Ben Lomond, CA 95005 USA

Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine

Eclectic /iˈklektik/: Adjective; Deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

Not so long ago there was a group of doctors in America that practiced Eclectic Medicine. They were physicians who employed whatever was found to be beneficial to their patients. Eclectic Medicine was formed in opposition to the toxic remedies used by standard doctors in the 19th and early 20th century. Eclectics didn't care who discovered the remedy. They used botanicals, homeopathics, minerals and occasionally chemical medicines to bring balance to the body.

The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine was founded in 2010, by Thomas Easley. Our school teaches students to use what works, no matter what tradition it comes from. With a strong grounding in both modern science and Traditional Western Herbalism, our school is a great place to learn the healing arts!

The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine offers three certificate programs of instruction, as well as a 10 month full-time, on-site, intensive program. The full-time program is hosted on our 497 acre Botanical Sanctuary, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

The Family Herbalist Program (emergency/first aid herbal medicine, foundation program)
The Community Herbalist Program (intermediate program)
The Clinical Herbalist Program (advanced program)
The Full-Time Intensive Program (on-site in NC)

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 334-357-7090, 336-352-3323
E-mail: eclecticherbalist@gmail.com, wellspringmountain@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.eclecticschoolofherbalmedicine.com
Address: 671 Ramey Orchard Rd  
Lowgap, NC 27024 USA

EverGreen Herb Garden and School of Integrative Herbology

Integrating Western Herbology and Ayurveda with Candis Cantin

8 Hours of Audio CDs/ Over 600 Page Course Pack/ 10 Herb Samples/ Pocket Guide to Ayurvedic Healing by Candis.

Learn how to integrate Western herbology with the constitutional and lifestyle model of Ayurveda. Sample course topics show how to: Evaluate the constitutional dispositions of people and their imbalances using the Ayurvedic principles; Treat acute and chronic conditions for different constitutions; How to nourish, build and cleanse the seven tissues; Create herbal formulas using the six tastes of plants and foods; Make herbal medicine using Western herbs; Learn ways to achieve greater vitality using Chinese, Western, and Ayurvedic tonic herbs; Use food as our medicine; Discover methods for living a more peaceful and balanced life.

The Home Study Correspondence Course includes all material in the Integrative Herbology Beginning Program (Part 1) and the Intermediate Integrative Herbology Study Program (Part 2) taught at our school.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 530.626.9288
E-mail: evrgreen@innercite.com
Web site: http://www.evergreenherbgarden.org
Address: P.O. Box 1445  
Placerville, CA 95667 USA

Florida Holistic School of Health

"Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also love of humanity." - Hippocrates

The Florida Holistic School of Health is dedicated to preserving many of the lost arts and ancient healing modalities that have kept families healthy for centuries. Our courses are formulated by Master Herbalist Donna McGee. Donna graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Elementary Education and worked for Central Wyoming & Wyoming Adult Disabilities for four years as an Educator/ Workshop Trainer for special needs adults. She was first introduced to Herbal Medicine by my Grandmother and has fond memories of making soap with my Father; being a student of Yoga for many years the green of the earth started to call her. In 1982, she moved to Florida, and took her first herbalist course from Clayton College by mail and fell in love with the art of herbal medicine. Her children were raised on Herbal Medicine and her daughter uses some of the remedies she was taught as a child. After much reading of Gladstar, Donna enrolled in her online courses. Gladstar's style of teaching a breath of fresh air, but Donna still wanted a more clinical study so she could teach others how to make their own herbal medicines. In 1989, Donna enrolled in The School of Botanical Medicine in Orlando FL. After finishing that three-year comprehensive herbal studies program she went on to finish two graduate level clinical courses there as well. Donna continues to study intensively with other respected herbalist so she can share her knowledge of the body and its amazing ability to heal itself in her Herbalism Classes.

At The Florida Holistic School of Health We Offer:

6 Week Beginning Herbalism Course by Master Herbalist Donna McGee

In this beginner course we cover the history, folklore, myths, and science behind herbal medicine and how to add plant substances to your life for preventing and treating illnesses. In this six week course you'll learn:

-How to tell the difference between high and low quality herbs.
-Tincture creation
-Teas and Herbs for Aiding the Digestive System
-Immune system Herbal nourishers
-Aromatherapy 101: distillation, basic essential oil quality and types as well as uses for essential oils
-Lymphatic system tonics, toners and care

And much more! This is the perfect class to begin your journey to becoming a Master Herbalist, or a simple class to take for remedies to treat your family and improve general health.

6 Week Intermediate Herbalism Course by Master Herbalist Donna McGee

You can take your herbalism training to the next level with our Intermediate Herbalism courses. In this intensive six week training course you'll learn:

-Herbal Pill Creation
-Advanced Healing and Compounded Herbal Body Care Formulations: Mouthwash, Eyewash, Toothpaste and more
-How to Create healing Salves, Ointments, Lotions, and Butters
-More indepth information and healing with essential oils
-Healing our various body's systems internally with herbs
-Creating immune system boosters
-Create healing herbal syrups, cough drops and lozenges for cold and flu season
-And much more!

This is the second course that's required before you can finish your studies in our advanced 15 week Master Herbalism class.

15 Week Advanced Herbalism Course by Master Herbalist Donna McGee

Now that you have completed the 1st and 2nd course we invite you to continue your studies by taking it to the next level. Creating, Compounding and understanding the anatomy and physiology of the body. How best to care and create wellness in the body by once again adding herbal medicine and natural plant substances to treat and prevent illness. In this advanced course you'll learn:

- How to create your own client intake forms
- How to create your own product labels in compliance with local laws, rules, and regulations
- How to find the best insurance for selling your own products or setting up your own herbalism practice
- Practical advice and tips for creating your own product line
- How to create compounded, therapeutic, medicinal: bath bombs, bath soaks, soaps, lotions, ointments, salves, electuaries, tinctures, sprays, syrups, and much more
- More information about essential oils and how to combine these in your therapeutic treatments
- How to create your own shampoos, conditioners and healing medicinal hair and skin care products
- Advanced compounded tincture creation as well as how to percolate tinctures for swift overnight tincture creation
- Information about herbal, natural, and plant-based supplements like maca powder or coq10 and how to incorporate these into your treatments
- Creating herbal and natural plant based supplements
- How to recycle your expensive herbs, oils and products to create additional healing treatments
- Various ways to treat the common herbalism client complaints: digestion issues, inflammation, pain, internal cleansing, sleep, lack of energy and chronic conditions

At the end of the course you must:

-Complete all assigned classwork and homework
-Create your own product line
-Create your own intake forms with an attached biography and information about your practice
-Complete 20 clinical hours
-Treat at least 9 clients with your intake form (Donna will be available to help as needed)
-Choose 30 "herbal allies" and complete a comprehensive guide with detailed information (Scientific and all known names, all uses for the herb, etc.) on each herb
-Submit a Master Herbalism thesis on any topic related to Herbalism. This can be a case study, business plan, or detailed essay on any herbalism topic.

This course is 15 weeks and you will be required to have 20 clinical hours by the end of the 15 week period. In the end you will be a Certified Master Herbalist and able to see clients, start your own medicinal product line, or start your own practice!


We offer a wealth of information beyond our advanced herbalism courses. We invite you to explore them on our website's calendar at http://greenlotusstudios.com/

All of courses are available on-site or as distance learning courses.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (904) 465-0985
E-mail: greenlotusstudios@aol.com
Web site: http://www.greenlotusstudios.com
Address: 4642-2 Rosselle St  
Jacksonville, FL 32204 USA

Foundations of Herbalism

Foundations of Herbalism serves as an educational model for integrating the principles of herbal medicine into daily life. The course offers the essential foundation needed in order to become a well-rounded herbalist for either professional or personal purposes.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 541.929.5307
E-mail: bethbaugh@peak.org
Web site: http://www.foundationsofherbalism.com
Address: 35170 Lillian Drive  
Philomath, OR 97370 USA

Genesis School of Natural Health

Genesis School of Natural Health provides the public with competent, educated, and confident natural health professionals. To accomplish this mission we offer superior course materials in the form of up to date book selections, testing, teacher-led online study groups, and a 4-Phase Learning System. Diploma programs include Herbal Consultant, Master Herbalist, Natural Health Consultant, Holistic Health Professional and Traditional Doctor of Naturopathy. Herbalism is a cornerstone within all of our programs because we see it as a vital and efficient means for both feeding and correcting imbalances within the body. Our most popular program is the double-diploma Master Herbalist (MH) and Holistic Health Professional (HHP).

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 775-385-3242
E-mail: contact@genesisschoolofnaturalhealth.org
Web site: http://genesisschoolofnaturalhealth.org
Address: PO Box 1148  
Spearfish, South Dakota 57783 USA

Hawthorn Institute

Hawthorn Institute is a school for herbal medicine and Ayurveda, located in Williams, Oregon. We provide educational programs that advance a holistic paradigm of health and wellness, based upon principles of living in harmony with nature. Our programs uniquely interweave concepts of western herbal medicine, Ayurveda, physiology, botany, ecology, plant sciences, nutrition, and lifestyle skills.

From philosophy to practicum, our training programs combine techniques such as classroom education, personal development, clinical skills, and experiential learning in order to allow our students to gain a versatile and solid understanding of the guiding principles and practice of herbal medicine.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 541-200-5540
E-mail: info@hawthorn-institute.com
Web site: http://www.hawthorn-institute.com
Address: 300 Pennington Creek  
Williams, OR 97544 USA

Heart of Herbs Herbal School

Heart of Herbs Herbal School nurtures students in learning and experiencing traditional herbal education with a modern edge. Combining up-to-date herbal education with traditional practices prepares the Heart of Herbs student to work in their community, based on the needs of their community, as educated practitioners who know and understand herbalism and/or aromatherapy. Students have the option to learn on-site or through our popular distance learning and eLearning programs. Students are trained in their field to: To work as practitioners who listen and work with the needs of their clients. Putting the needs of the client first in the health plan. To excel in herbalism or aromatherapy allowing students to formulate and combine remedies to the exact needs of a client. Provide clients with accurate evidence based information and education, to assist clients, consumers and clinicians to use herbalism or aromatherapy appropriately and safely. Students are trained in communication skills, business aptitude, practitioner ethics, appropriate care and protocols. Students will learn about over 100 herbs and 50 essential oils (depending on program). Develop materia medicas, learn about safe and ethical use of herbs and essential oils. The program also covers the following to varying degrees depending on program: Pharmacological and physiological effects; Formulation and combining remedies for specific and general needs; Research based education; Anatomy and physiology; Wildcrafting and plant identification. The school was founded in 1998 by internationally known herbalist Demetria Clark, author of Herbal Healing for Children. Heart of Herbs Herbal School has educated over 6500 students, through apprenticeship and distance education, internationally. The school offers the following programs: 1) Master Herbalist (2500 hr.), 2) Certified Herbalist (650 hr.), 3)Master Aromatherapy, 4) Certified Aromatherapy, 5) Herbal Skin Care for Business Program, and 6) other Advanced Practitioner Programs, like the GreenSpirit WiseCraft Herbal Program. Each program is updated twice a year. We also offer extensive support solutions for students allowing continual access to Demetria, so we can support each person's individual educational needs, offering an individualized approach to learning. Our motto for students is "Life Happens, we support your education in your life." (Note: We also have an international office in Basel, Switzerland.) Heart of Herbs Herbal School has complete interactive multimedia classrooms and apprenticeship programs and fully supported distance learning and eLearning.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (866) 303-HERB
E-mail: enrollment@heartofherbs.com
Web site: http://www.heartofherbs.com
Address: 501 Lindsey Street  
Reidsville, NC 27320 USA


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