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Herbalism :: Introduction & Medicine Making [Certificate]

Take charge of your health by learning to use herbal medicine that you make yourself. It's easy, effective and safe.
Elizabeth Heck
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Create highly effective tinctures, vinegar extracts and glycerites.
Perfect healing herbal-infused oils for topical applications.
Brew several different types of beneficial medicinal tea.
Craft professional looking salves with outstanding medicinal value.
Benefit from healing poultices and compresses.
Enjoy great tasting medicinal honeys and syrups.

Become a part of this growing movement towards increased personal health, more self-reliance and taking a central role in your own wellbeing. Join over 20,000 students in this best-selling Herbalism :: Introduction & Medicine Making Course, offered to help you bring herbal medicine into your own home.

Plants provide some of our most valuable medicine!

The World Health Organization states that more than 80% of people on earth use herbs as their primary form of medicine. Additionally, many of the pharmaceuticals we are familiar with are derived directly from plants.

Discover this important mode of healing and learn how you can incorporate herbs into your life for optimum health.


In this Herbalism :: Introduction & Medicine Making Course, you will get a practical understanding of what herbalism is and how it works. You’ll gain skills you can use for everyday life as well as a necessary foundation if you decide to dig deeper into the exploration of herbal medicine. By the end of the course you will be able to make several different types of herbal medicine that you can use for your health and wellbeing.

Making these remedies is really quite simple. They are exceptionally effective. You will never find better quality herbal medicine than what you make yourself.

This course also covers core issues of herbalism such as safety considerations, understanding how to recognize herbal quality and the sustainability of medicinal plants. Although the primary focus of this course is how to make herbal medicines, it touches briefly on the uses of over 20 plants. For in-depth details of growing medicinal plants, plant identification in the wild, or specific remedies, check out other courses I offer to pick the particular topic that is right for you.


Benefits of herbal medicine:

  • Herbs are readily available to everyone, whether you grow, harvest or purchase them
  • Herbs can be helpful for specific diseases, as prevention or for energy and vitality
  • Herbs can support other forms of medicine and ways of healing
  • Herbal medicines are easy and inexpensive to make as well as easy to use
  • Herbs are very effective and safe with good instruction


As your instructor, I have over 20 years experience of working with plant medicines and teaching about their amazing virtues. I’m passionate about the subject. I’m also the top selling instructor in herbalism on Udemy. You will have my support along the way, getting answers to your questions regarding the course material. (Please note, I’m unable to give individual medical advice or answer questions unrelated to course content).

I’m deeply honored that you are here. I know you’ll find this course truly empowering so join in learning about the healing power of plants.

What students are saying about the course:

“This course is crisp and clean. It’s to the point without wasting time. Videos are easy to watch and informative. I highly recommend it to anyone with the slightest interest in Herbalism!”

“After finishing the course, I find it very inspiring and useful. It helps to see the instructor really performing the tasks – a picture (or video here) is worth a thousand words. There are many helpful details that would not even occur to me to ask about. The Q&A section works great! I am immediately putting the new knowledge to practice, referring back to the lessons for details. Thank you!”

“Wonderful course that is taught by an experienced herbalist. This is THE place to start when you want to be a herbalist.”

You have lifetime access to the course so you can take as long or short as you wish to go through the material. You can replay the videos at anytime using the course as an ongoing reference. You also have a 30 day money back guarantee.



Introduction to Herbalism and How to Make Herbal Medicine

Learn what will be covered in this course from the the empowering use of herbal medicine to the skills that you will gain. You will have the chance to meet me, your instructor, and understand how impassioned I am about the healing power of plants.



This course is intended to provide educational information only. It does not make medical claim, nor is intended to take the place of personalized medical counseling, diagnosis or treatment from a trained health professional. 

Identification, harvesting and preparation of any wild plant for ingestion or other personal use requires reasonable care and attention to details. The instructor of this course assumes no responsibility or liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage or injury caused, or alleged to be caused, directly or indirectly, by the information contained in this course or for problems arising from the student’s misidentification, incorrect preparation, consumption or other use of wild plants. People who choose to consume or use wild plants do so at their own risk.

What is Herbalism and How Does it Work

This lesson introduces you to the philosophy of herbal medicine as well as a brief historical look at their use. Discover why herbal medicine has stood the test of time. Through this lesson you will gain an understanding of what is to come in the course.


This overview introduces you to the empowering medicine of herbology. We'll touch on the difference between herbal medicine and modern medicine and where each plays a role. You will get a base understanding of how you can best incorporate herbs into your life and why they are so valuable as a form of healing.

Herbalism Terms

Making Herbal Medicine for Internal Use

Overview of Making Herbal Tinctures - Part 1

Learn about how tinctures and herbal liquid extracts are used and the details of basic ingredients. We will cover herbal tinctures, glycerites and vinegar extracts. For each type, we discuss which herbal liquid preparation may be best suited for you and why.

Overview of Making Herbal Tinctures - Part 2

This lesson is a continuation of the previous lesson. It goes into detail about the herbs used for making herbal tinctures.

Learn How to Make Tinctures

Learn how to make tinctures including details of the simple method to information regarding standardization. We will go through all of the step-by-step instructions so that you can make a variety of tinctures with confidence.

Details of Plants Discussed for Making Tinctures

Learn more about the herbs discussed in the lesson on making tinctures.

Making Herbal Honeys

Herbal infused honeys can be used for all different types of purposes depending on the herbs that you choose. This lesson covers a few of the ways to make a medicinal honey.

Details of Plants Discussed for Making Herbal Honeys

Learn more about the herbs discussed in the lesson on making herbal honeys.

Make Several Different Types of Herbal Tea

This lecture will teach you how to make a warm infusion, cold infusion, sun tea, and decoction. We will cover the details of how to get the most medicine out of your tea from how to prevent the loss of essential compounds to how to best extract certain constituents.

Details of Plants Discussed for Making Herbal Tea

Learn more about the herbs discussed in the lesson on making herbal tea.

Making an Herbal Syrup

Herbal syrups are a great way to preserve concentrated teas. There are so many different ways to use them. 

Details of Plants Discussed for Making Herbal Syrups

Learn more about the herbs discussed in the lesson on making herbal syrups.

Making Herbal Medicine for External Use

Make an Herbal Oil

Herbal oils are used topically for several different types is issues. This lesson addresses which ingredients make the very best oils. We also explore the various different methods for making them.

Details of Plants Discussed for Making Herbal Oils

Learn more about the herbs discussed in the lesson on making herbal oils.

Make an Herbal Salve

Salves are surprisingly easy to make and look like they have been manufactured professionally. We go through the simple steps in detail to so you understand everything along the way. Salves are actually quite simple to make highly effective.

Details of Plants Discussed for Making Herbal Salves

Learn more about the herbs discussed in the lesson on making herbal salves.

Make a Poultice and Compress

Learn how to make three different types of poultices including a soothing, drawing and heating poultice. This lesson will also cover how to make a compress. Finally, we will cover when to use a cold poultice or compress and when to use a warm poultice or compress.

Details of Plants Discussed for Making Poultices and Compresses

Learn more about the herbs discussed in the lesson on making poultices and compresses.

Dry Herbs Harvested from the Garden or the Wild

Whether harvesting herbs from your own garden or harvesting them from the wild, this lesson will show you the proper techniques for drying your own plants. Two examples are provided depending on the quantity of herb to be dried.

Details of Plants Discussed for Drying Herbs

Learn more about the herbs discussed in the lesson on drying herbs.

Combining Herbs into a Formula

Overview of How to Combine herbs

There may be times when you want to use multiple herbs formulated to work together.   

Examples of How to Combine Herbs

Here are some examples of herbal formulations with details of what is included and why they’re included.

Important Considerations in Using Herbal Medicine

How to Use Medicinal Herbs Safely

While herbs are very safe to use, there are few considerations. Topics covered include the use of herbs during pregnancy and breast feeding, herb-drug interaction and proper plant identification.

Selecting Herb Quality and Proper Storage

It's important to select only the highest quality herbs. We will go through how to tell which herbs are fresh by observing their color, aroma, taste and effectiveness. We will also go through how to properly store herbs to maintain optimum freshness.

Harvesting Herbs from the Wild Sustainably

For those that are interested in harvesting plants from the wild, we discuss in this lesson how to harvest sustainably. This is an important discussion as herbalism gains popularity.

Resource Library

Resources for Ingredients and Supplies

This is a list of trusted companies for ingredients and supplies.

Recommended Books for Beginners

These books are excellent as resources for herbal information as well as great additions to an ongoing reference library.


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