Directory of Herbal Education

Disclaimer: The schools listed below are only offered as reference to potential students wishing to further their knowledge in the art of herbal medicine. However, the schools included in this list DO NOT signify that the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) endorses the content and/or quality of any trainings or programs offered by any of the institutions listed, nor should it be considered to reflect the views or opinions of any representative of the AHG.

Furthermore, taking any training or program with any Herbal Institution listed here or otherwise, does not guarantee acceptance as a Registered Herbalist in the AHG — all applications for Registered Herbalist membership need to meet the minimum requirement as set by the AHG, be reviewed and pre-approved by the membership examining panel, and be approved by the board of directors.

The AHG accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in this list, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of registering and taking any training with any of the institution listed. All individuals are advised and encouraged to perform their own thorough research to determine if a particular training or program offered by any listed school meets her/his expectations, and that it is something worth registering for.

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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

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 Registered Herbalist 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

Franklin Institute of Wellness

The Franklin Institute of Wellness is one of the only research-focused natural health institutions available offering diplomas and certificates in the fields of aromatherapy and herbalism. As a fully authorized postsecondary institution, our students enjoy the benefits of studying at a formally recognized college, and educational credentials earned from FIW provide our graduates with the recognition and credibility necessary to achieve success both within and outside of the world of natural health. FIW provides both fully online study programs and hybrid study options to meet the needs of all of our students worldwide.

Academics Rooted in Research

The faculty at FIW includes both private practice professionals and clinical researchers, providing you not only a comprehensive holistic health education but also the valuable experience of observing the process of scientific research with opportunities for student researchers to qualify to assist with original studies conducted at the institute. As a research-focused institution, our educational programs are comprehensive and holistic, including both modern scientific research methods and the traditional approaches to the field of botanical medicine.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 615-261-3116
E-mail: info@franklininstituteofwellness.com
Web site: https://franklininstituteofwellness.com
Address: 504 Autumn Springs Ct  
Franklin, TN 37067 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 programs also cover 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.

In addition we offer our students substantial business and prosperity support. Offering them the tools to run a successful business or practice.

The school was founded in 1998 by internationally known herbalist Demetria Clark, author of Herbal Healing for Children, Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding, 475 Herbal and Aromatherapy Recipes and many others. She has also been featured in many media outlets.

Heart of Herbs Herbal School has educated over 65000 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 Clinical Aromatherapy

4) Certified Aromatherapy

5) Herbal Skin Care for Business Program

6) Phytotherapy Diploma (4500 hours)

7) 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”.) Heart of Herbs Herbal School has complete interactive multimedia classrooms and apprenticeship programs and fully supported distance learning and eLearning. We also are located on Pine Island Florida and offer limited instruction at our second site.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (866) 303-HERB
E-mail: enrollment@heartofherbs.com
Web site: http://www.heartofherbs.com
Address: PO Box 191  
Reidsville, NC 27323 USA

HEARTSTONE HERBAL SCHOOL

Heartstone Herbal School provides a strong foundation for a life-long relationship with plants as medicine. We visit the places where plants live and learn to harvest and use them in respectful and sustainable ways. We visit the anatomy & physiology of the body to assist our use of the plants as medicine. The person, the plant and the planet are viewed and taught in this holistic manner. We value the interface of science and spirit as a rich and nourishing place. Our curriculum grows out of the place where they meet. Please visit our website for more information.

Co-Directors & Instructors: Tammi Sweet & Kris Miller

2016 HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
In the beauty of the NY Finger Lakes, come explore the green world and the gifts of plant medicine. Our 6-weekend residential program offers an informative & experience-based foundation for the life-long journey of becoming a practitioner of herbal medicine.  Discover traditional & time-tested ways to support your health & nourish your friends, family & community.
Course includes:
Diverse plants & their healing properties
Herbal preparations & remedies
Plant identification, wild edibles & wild crafting
Anatomy & physiology of body systems
Diverse medicine-making including infusions & decoctions, tinctures, creams, salves, syrups, powders & more!
Deepening your relationship with the plants.

New in 2015! 37 CEU's available for LMT's.
Please see our website for more information and dates. Enrollment is limited to 28 participants.

ONLINE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY FOR HERBALISTS
An 8-week series covering the anatomy & physiology of the body. Twice/year formally offered but available year round with most features. Taught by Tammi Sweet, MS, LMT. 24 CEU's available for LMT's

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

LOTIONS & POTIONS: MAKING HERBAL CREAMS & SALVES. Taught by Kris Miller & Tammi Sweet of Heartstone. Sunday, March 13, 2016 1:00-5:30. Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY. LMT CEU's available. Offered 2-3/year

WINTER CARE FOR COLDS & FLU. Fall 2015. Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY Taught by Tammi Sweet & Kris Miller.
 
Find us on Facebook at Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 607.589.4619
E-mail: info@heart-stone.com
Web site: http://www.heart-stone.com
Address: 301 Brink Road  
Van Etten, NY 14889 USA

Herbal Academy

Founded by Marlene Adelmann, the Herbal Academy is an educational resource offering affordable online herbalist training programs for students at all experience levels. The Academy celebrates the community-centered spirit of herbalism by collaborating with a wide diversity of seasoned clinical herbalists, folk herbalists, and medical professionals to create an herbal school that presents many herbal traditions and points of view.

Whether you are looking into herbalism as a hobby or personal endeavor or preparing for a career in clinical herbalism, the Herbal Academy has designed herbalist programs and study paths to suit your goals and your educational needs. View all herbalist training programs and path packages here: https://theherbalacademy.com/courses-classes/

Online Introductory Herbal Course: The intention for this self study program is to give students with little or no herbal experience a glimpse into the world of herbs, kindling your enthusiasm for a lifelong course of learning. While this intro-level class does not qualify students 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! This is a 6 unit, online course.
https://theherbalacademy.com/product/online-introductory-herbal-course/

Online Intermediate Herbal Course: This program is intended for students with some herbal training, whether that be workshops, the Introductory Herbal Course or self study. We’ll be reviewing some basic concepts in the first unit to set the foundation for the rest of the course. This program 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. We’ll study many different ways herbalism has been practiced over the centuries and how in recent years we have begun to reclaim these traditions. This is a 10 unit, online course.
https://theherbalacademy.com/product/online-intermediate-herbal-course/

Online Entrepreneur Herbal Course: The Entrepreneur Herbal Course – though not a light course – is a breakaway program from the Advanced Herbal Course, designed specifically for students who want to jump into launching an herbal products business… now!  This program is designed specifically to prepare students to run a small herbal products business in this unique and sometimes challenging field of herbalism. We can be educators and leaders in our communities, but first we need to understand the intricacies of working in the herbal market! This is a 6 unit, online course.
https://theherbalacademy.com/product/entrepreneur-herbal-course/

Online Advanced Herbal Course: Take your herbal studies to a professional level. The Advanced Herbal Course has been designed to prepare students working toward a career as professional herbal practitioners. This program will also benefit healthcare practitioners, students looking to grow in their holistic health careers, for family health care, developing herbal products businesses, herbalism education, and with additional hands-on training, clinical herbalism. The Advanced Herbal Course has been designed with the type of academic rigor that will help develop the budding professional herbalist’s knowledge base and encourage the critical thinking skills necessary for clinical herbalism. This is a 14 unit, online course.
https://theherbalacademy.com/product/advanced-herbal-course/

The Herbarium: Inside the digital walls of The Herbarium membership website, you will find complete and constantly updated herbal monographs, photographs, thoughtful articles, and educational podcasts, videos, tutorials, and teaching charts. As part of The Herbarium community, you will have all of these resources right at your fingertips, enriching your life-long journey through herbalism. The Herbarium membership is open to anyone at $45/year.
http://herbarium.herbalacademyofne.com/

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 781-908-4372
E-mail: staff@herbalacademyofne.com
Web site: http://theherbalacademy.com
Address: 24 South Road  
Bedford, MA 01730 USA

Herbal Medics University (The Human Path)

The Human Path, (aka Herbal Medics University), offers interactive online, on-site and experiential programs to learn many facets of practical herbalism in five major areas:

-          Clinical herbalism:  Study and practice (including hundreds of clinical hours in our student clinics locally and internationally) of the clinical practice of herbalism and integrative medicine at the community level.

-          Advanced medicine making:  The art and science of the apothecary, both as a standalone business (or recreation) or a part of an herbal clinic.

-          Remote and post-disaster herbalism: From wilderness first responder to community emergency response, integrating safety, planning, security and trauma response with herbal medicine.

-          Women’s and children’s health and doula certification:  Understanding women’s health at every age, as well as basic pediatric herbalism and integrative medicine, along with an optional doula certification that exceeds the hours and requirements of DONA.

-          Sustainable gardening and wildcrafting:  Understanding regenerative, sustainable agriculture, environmental studies and wildcrafting of herbal medicine both as a backyard connection to the planet, as well as a business.

All five of these areas contribute to the concept of herbal medics team work both in the USA and abroad to help bring better health to underserved communities.  Students often volunteer on herbal medics (a non-profit organization) missions where they can work in herbal clinics, water purification projects, off-grid power and building and more, while also gaining an immense amount of experience and practical knowledge.

More information can be found at http://www.herbalmedics.university, or by emailing info@thehumanpath.com, or calling 210-807-0645.  More specific information about the curriculum can be found in PDF format here:  http://thehumanpath.org/files/thp-curriculum-sheet.pdf

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 210-807-0645
E-mail: info@thehumanpath.com
Web site: http://www.herbalmedics.university
Address: 25810 Mahogony Trail  
San Antonio, TX 78255 USA

Herbal Wisdom Institute

Herbal Wisdom Institute offers herbalism classes and courses for all interest levels. Students can take medicine making classes, participate in plant identification walks, or study in one of our herbal medicine courses including a 300 hour herbalist certification course.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (928) 227-2760
E-mail: krisvaughanhc@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.herbalwisdominstitute.com
Address: 8141 E Florentine Rd. Ste B  
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314 USA

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