Herbal Medicine Foundation Course

Herbal Medicine Course


This herbal medicine foundation home study course is ideal for anyone interested in herbal medicine.
The course will provide you with a history of herbal medicine, an excellent basic knowledge of herbal medicine (including plant taxonomy, plant pharmacology etc.), therapeutics, Materia medica and the basics of medicine making for minor ailments, as well as an understanding of how herbal remedies work for more serious and chronic illness.

It will provide a wide general overview which is perfect for anyone who wants to use herbal medicine in the home or for those who wish to take the next step to clinical training. It is also a great asset to any naturopath, nutritionist or other therapist who would like to understand more about herbs and incorporate the use of a few herbal medicines into their practice.


Units: 1-4
Study Hours: 200
Time: Estimated 12 months (timing up to you)
Enrolment period: 18 months (with option to extend)
Books: ‘The Complete Herbal Tutor’ by Anne McIntyre and ‘Hedgerow Medicine’ by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal

Certification: School of Health Foundation Diploma in Herbal Medicine
Study Options: Correspondence and Online learning

Herbal Medicine Foundation Course

Our Herbal Medicine foundation course provides a good grounding of knowledge on the teachings, philosophy and practice of herbal medicine. It is an ideal starting point for anyone wanting to use herbal medicine in the home for treating minor ailments, as well as for those who wish to do a foundation course before training as a herbalist, or for any naturopath, nutritionist or other therapist who would like to understand more about herbs and incorporate the use of a few herbal medicines into their practice. In the course you will learn how to use over 30 different herbs for different ailments from eczema to PCOS.

The main herbs we will study will each include a monograph, either by the course writer, or made up by you, the student. It is an excellent way to get to know the information on herbs that is out there and also your own knowledge.

Herbs include:

Lavandula angustifolia
Mentha x piperita
Vaccinium myrtillus
Agrimonia eupatoria
Carduus marianus
Calendula officinalis
Matricaria recutita
Taraxacum officinale
Filipendula ulmaria
Crataegus sp.
Leonurus cardiaca
Tilia sp.
Achillea millefolium
Inula helenium
Thymus vulgaris
Withania somnifera
Astragalus membraneceus
Echinacea sp. (angustifolia and purpurea)
Eleutherococcus senticosus
Ganoderma lucidum -
Sambucus nigra
Galium aparine 
Hypericum perforatum
Avena sativa
Verbena officinalis
Rosa damascena
Valeriana officinalis
Scutellaria lateriflora
Viburnum opulus
Symphytum officinalis
Urtica dioica
Cimifuga racemosa
Vitex agnus-castus
Rubus idaeus
Serenoa repens
Turnera diffusa
Zingiber officinale
Plantago lanceolata
Zea mays

What is involved with this course?

This course is beginner to intermediate level, and from it you will have a great foundation to do further studies. You will have the inspiration and foundational knowledge to move forward should you choose to. You will be able to make remedies for yourself, your friends and family, and feel empowered that you know about herbs.

Read widely, forage with ethics in mind, and think about how you want to incorporate herbs into your life.

The Herbal Medicine Foundation Course is made up of 4 units:

Unit 1

Introduction to herbal medicine
The history of herbal medicine
Materia medica, foraging, growing, medicine making and phytochemistry
Safety, limitations and the law.

Unit 2

The digestive system including the liver
The integumentary system
The cardiovascular system
The respiratory system

Unit 3

The immune system
The lymphatic system
The nervous system
The endocrine system

Unit 4

The musculoskeletal system
The urinary system
The reproductive system

Who can do the course? 

This course is open to anyone with an interest in learning more about herbalism. No prior knowledge is needed. The course is distance learning, therefore you can integrate it into your own life in a way to suit you. There are no exams so there’s no pressure; feedback on your progress is given via your own personal tutor and continual assessment; it’s a stress free learning experience. We play a supporting role, here to guide you through the process if you feel you need help.

Course Materials

When you enrol on one of our courses you get a lot more than a course sent in the post, you get movie lectures, your own personal tutor, support from the head office, tutorials, access to the Online Learning System, Student groups and the two essential textbooks for the course.

Herbal Medicine Course

Course manual
The course contains 4 course units of 25 - 35 pages each. Each unit contains explanatory text, reading references for the two textbooks that accompany the course and a number of activity questions to complete as you work your way through the Unit. All the work is to be submitted to your tutor for observation and marking, assessment and feedback. The course activities are completed via continual assessment, there are no exams.

Personal tutor
When you enrol you will be assigned your personal tutor. All our tutors come from the world of natural health and have a strong passion for the holistic way of life, plus they are selected for their nurturing qualities. They will support you through your study answering any questions that arise and marking your activities. The faculty in the head office are also available to assist as and when required. We are here to help and you can ask for support whenever you need it.

Tutorials
The course includes a skype or phone tutorial with your personal tutor. The tutorial is 20 minutes long and is scheduled 3-4 months after you enrol onto the course.

Movie & Audio lectures
A key part of your study material are the recorded lectures. These specially recorded live lectures with course author Amy Dadachanji provide a stimulating means of learning about the subject and help to bring the material to life.

 Course movie lectures memory stick

Online Learning System
You will be able to access your course from anywhere at any time via the School’s Online Learning System. In the secure sign-in area you can view the course materials, watch the movie lectures, upload assignments and keep track of your study. Set and alter your study deadlines. Contact other students via maps, teaching groups or instant chat.

student Card

NUS Cards
As a registered member of the National Union of Students, UK students that enrol on this course can apply for an NUS extra card. This provides discounts for many things such as travel, food shopping, electrical goods, cinema tickets, fashion etc. Just ask about this when you enrol with us and we can send you the details.

More information 

We hope you choose to enrol with us. If you have any questions or would like more information about the Herbal Medicine Course please contact us, we are here to help.

Course fees & enrolling 

You can enrol and pay online through the enrol section on the website.

Course Benefits 

  • Learn to use over 30 herbs at home
  • Help yourself, friends and family with herbal medicines
  • Written from a holistic perspective
  • Printed course, binder and books sent through the post
  • Clearly presented, easy to follow and thorough in content
  • Personal tutors give guidance and feedback
  • Includes a Skype or phone tutorial
  • Movie lectures and video webinars on the subject
  • Access to the School’s Online Learning System (OLS)
  • Highest level of support by email or post
  • Opportunity to attend live Webinars
  • Contact other students via closed Facebook group, instant chat, student maps and teaching groups
  • Study can be started and finished at any time
  • Work at your own speed and pace - timetable to suit you
  • No prior medical training is required
  • Continuous assessment provides ongoing feedback and motivation
  • There are no exams
  • Certificates are awarded on completing the course
  • Course material is regularly updated
  • NUS extra student discount card for UK students   
  • Additional courses to enrol onto to further your learning
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