Advanced Herbal Medicine Making Online Course

“If you feel uncomfortable with the idea of self-medicating, I respectfully suggest you root out and possibly reconsider the beliefs that underlie these feelings. Boundless numbers of us in this society are extremely intelligent human beings, fully capable of making excellent decisions about our lives, particularly when given access to valid information as a base on which to work.” – Herbalist James Green

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Knowing which preparation to use and how to prepare it are critical skills for anyone using herbal remedies. This course will equip you to become a competent herbal medicine maker.

The Advanced Herbal Medicine Making Online Course is aimed at people who believe in being responsible for their own well-being, and for those who want to improve their own health and vitality by becoming the family herbalist.

It is also ideal for medical doctors, traditional healers, therapists, and health practitioners using other modalities and forms of medicine who want to use herbal medicine to be of better service to their clients.

The course work towards health as defined by the World Health Organization. It being:

“More than the absence of illness. It is the active state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being.”

To this end the underlying belief regarding health and healing in this online program is a non-denominational Christian belief that God is the Ultimate Healer.

A Comprehensive Herbal Medicine Making Learning Program

This online course is a comprehensive herbal medicine making learning program which forms the foundation for becoming the family herbalist. The art and craft of making herbal remedies is all about using the best method and the best solvent to extract the health giving properties of a specific herb. In Herbal Medicine Making a team of highly competent and peer respected herbalists teaches you, step-by-step, how to make a working range of both internal (oral) and external (topical) herbal preparations.

The program goes way beyond popular folk methods – those that you found on the internet and in most popular herb books. Those methods do work, and their simplicity often belies their effectiveness. But to become a competent herbalist, or traditional healer, you also need to be familiar with the ‘official’ (pharmacopoeia / dispensatory method) and ‘standard’ (contemporary herbalist’s method) of herbal medicine making.

To achieve the above our team of herbalists gives you detailed instructions and supplementary information on best practices for folk, official and standard methods (where applicable).

And whenever you get stuck help is immediately at hand in the form of a dedicated tutor.

To Make the Course Manageable it is Divided into 3 Parts

Herbal Medicine Making Part 1 – Roots is mostly ‘theory’ and upon completion of its 5 learning units you will be able to:

  • Use credible, peer reviewed, information about contemporary herbal remedies and compile it into your own family herbal.
  • Use herbal remedies safely, responsibly and effectively for individual and family health care.
  • Set up your own apothecary (low tech kitchen lab) using ordinary kitchen equipment and supplies.
  • Use the Rules and Guidelines of Herbal Medicine Making in your own home apothecary.

In Herbal Medicine Making Part 2 – Oral Preparations the practical part of the program starts in all earnest and upon completion of its 4 learning units you will be able to prepare the following using best practices for folk, official and standard methods (where applicable):

  • Infusions
  • Decoctions
  • Tinctures
  • Wine infusions
  • Vinegar infusions.

In Herbal Medicine Making Part 3 – Topical Preparations the practical part continues with external preparations and upon completion of its 3 learning units you will be able to prepare the following using best practices for folk, official and standard methods (where applicable):

  • Ointments and salves
  • Lotions and creams
  • Poultices and fomentations.

No Classes to Attend

This being a distance learning (online digital delivery) program there are no classes or lectures to attend at a distant venue. No time wasted in traffic and no time wasted traveling. You access all your learning material via the internet and you do the program in the comfort of your home or office.

Lifetime Access

This means you can learn at your own pace and you’ll always have access to the latest version of the course material.

Choose from Two Options

1. The Certificate of Completion Option comes with tutor support and, if you meet the requirements, a Certificate of Completion is awarded. This option is best if you want to get the full value of the course or if you have a professional interest in the course.

It may also be best for you if you tend to perform better when faced with a deadline  because you have to complete the course within 12 weeks from enrolment to qualify for the Certificate of Completion.

2. The Standard Option does not include tutor support or the opportunity to qualify for the Certificate of Completion. This option is better suited to the hobbyist.

About the Certificate of Completion

The point of SA Herb Academy learning programs is to learn a craft. There are no legislative boards, no licenses… just practical information for actual use to enrich your life and those you chose to serve.


A course in Basic Botany is highly recommended. It can all be done concurrently if you have the time available. If not, perhaps first do both Basic Botany for Herbalists.

For a description of additional pre-requisites for this program please see our Terms of Service.

What Happens If the Online Course Is Not To Your Liking?

We stand behind this course and we know you’ll find that the content will meet your expectations.

More importantly, you’ll see results. That’s the real measure of success and that’s what you’ll get.

However, if you are not 100% satisfied with the online course, just let us know within 60 days for a full refund. And keep all the learning materials that you’ve downloaded free, with our compliments – that way, you risk nothing. It’s that simple. No questions asked. No hassles. No delays.

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* Certificate of Completion is awarded only when the requirements are met.

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