In Working With Nature’s Apothecary – Principles of Natural Medicine for Herbalists you’ll learn the philosophy of natural healing and you’ll gain firsthand experience in using seven simple but effective natural healing approaches that focuses on key body systems and the ailments plaguing them.
The whole thrust of treatment in natural medicine is different from that of conventional medical treatment. In the hands of a herbalist, nature’s apothecary is used to provoke a healing response by the body rather than to directly home in on the symptom or pathology.
This pragmatic hands-on course is the fastest way to mastering Nature’s Apothecary and natural medicine. Step by step, you’ll learn how to:
- Think and act like a family herbalist
- Build your natural medicine materia medica
- Provoke the body’s natural healing response
- Revitalize your skin
- Increase your energy
- Balance your hormones
- Boost your brain power
- Tune up your digestion
- Increase your immunity
- Prevent pain and inflammation
- And much more.
At the end of this course, you will be wiser, healthier, stronger and fitter, with a solid foundation upon which to build lifelong health for yourself and your family.
In addition you will learn new healing skills and try new recipes; and you’ll develop a much greater awareness and improved relationship with your body, your health, and with nature’s apothecary. You will regain control of your own vitality and, in short, will know what to do to live a long, healthy and rewarding life.
This course is aimed at aspiring family herbalists and green healers. But is also ideal for medical doctors, traditional healers, therapists, and health practitioners using other modalities and forms of medicine who want to use nature’s apothecary and herbal medicine to be of better service to their clients.
All Levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
Doing a course in Basic Herbal Medicine Making, either before or concurrently, is highly recommended but not essential. For a description of additional pre-requisites for this course please see our Terms of Service.
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.
Start Today! Learn At Your Own Pace!
Because there are no classes to attend you can start the learning program today. And you get to decide the pace you’ll work at.
We regularly update and expand the contents of all our online learning programs. You’ll have lifetime access to all future updates.
Easy Payment Plan
Three equal payments of R550 (US$39) each. The first is due on enrollment, the second 30 days later, and third 30 days after the second. No certificate will be issued before all payments are made. To use the payment plan simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting more details.
About The Certificate of Completion
If you meet the requirements, you’ll be awarded the Principles and Practice of Natural Medicine for Herbalists *Certificate of Completion.
* The point of all 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 the lives of those you chose to serve.
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As an aspiring Family Herbalist you want to know what you can do to protect yourself and your family – right now – not only against increasingly hardy “bugs” and an unknown future of potential plagues, but also against the degeneration, ageing and daily irritations that undermine the quality of so many people’s lives. And you want to know that, rather than shrink in fear or simply hope to stay well, you can take the initiative to create health, strength and vitality.
Herbal therapeutics and natural medicine has its complexities, and truly mastering it can take a lifetime of intensive study. Yet there is enough simplicity about it that you can get started with it very effectively without having postgraduate degrees in herbology, horticulture, or medicine. (It is something Chinese children are practically born knowing.)
Part of the point of natural medicine is that it is practicable by you, because in the holistic model, you are considered to have most of the power in terms of your health.
This course was designed to do exactly that… empower you to make well informed decisions about your life; and to reclaim your health.
It is recommended that you spend at least one week, preferably two, on each module. To prevent overwhelm and rushing through the material – especially the 7 natural healing protocols – the modules are released on a drip-feed basis. When you enroll you’ll get immediate access to the first two modules. Thereafter you’ll get access to a new module every week.
Part One: The Principles of Natural Healing
Module 1: Introduction and Certificate of Completion (COC) Requirements
Most modules in this course includes a ‘project’ to help you practice your new skills. You’ll get your first “project” in this short introductory module – making your first medicinal tincture using the Folk Method. You’ll be using this tincture later in this course.
Module 2: Principles of Natural Medicine and Traditional Herbal Medicine
Nature’s Apothecary gives you access to the mighty contents of the green healer’s medicine chest: the natural, cost-efficient and powerfully effective tools you have at your disposal to determine you and your family’s destiny in the quest for superior health.
You will learn that it is possible to be bigger, stronger, hardier and smarter than the rising tide of drug-resistant threats to our health and quality of life. And you will learn what you can do about it, and how.
But before you can learn the how, you must first learn the why. In this module you’ll get an insider look into the philosophy and principles of natural healing; and the traditional approaches to acute and chronic conditions.
Module 3: The Family Herbalist’s Natural Apothecary (Materia medica)
The holistic model used by the Family Herbalist and Green Healer views prevention as the vanguard of health and focuses on the body’s own capacity to heal and repair itself. The tools most valued in holistic natural medicine are therefore those that can promote the “good”, assist the body in maintaining balance and enhance its own healing mechanisms. Those tools include the plants and nature cure strategies that make up our medicine chest.
The family herbalist is blessed with a well rounded and extensive apothecary (materia medica). In this module we will introduce you to the ‘tools’ and ‘tactics’ used by the family herbalist in designing protocols to deal with disease in a natural way.
Herbal Tonics and Herbal Remedies to support the body systems and processes involved, and to provoke a natural healing response.
Healing Diets packed with high-vitality foods to boost the body’s healing response; and excludes foods, drinks and patterns of eating that hinders the body’s healing system or directly impacts it.
Specific Nutritional Supplements to ensure the body has an optimum supply of nutrients.
Exercise and physical activities designed to stimulate the circulatory system and to generate vitality.
Mind/Spiritual activities that will generate mental clarity and emotional balance.
Module 4: Double Your Learning With Health-Buddy Coaching
Part 2 is designed as a practical do-it-yourself plan. You’ll get everything you need to learn and execute each protocol all on your own. And to become your own best example of how and why Family Herbalists uses these protocols.
But, there may be merits in using a health-buddy and or a holistic health coach to support you on your journey. In this short module you’ll learn the pros and cons of doing-it-yourself or getting a buddy and or coaching guidance and support.
Part 2: Seven Practical Natural Healing Protocols
There are seven key processes in the body, that reflect where you are on the continuum from disease to optimum health. Almost all diseases result from an imbalance in one or more of these seven key processes or system. On the other hand, if you’re firing at 100 per cent in all these processes, your body’s spontaneous healing system will also be firing at 100 per cent, and its very unlikely that you’ll get sick.
The purpose of Part 2 is to tune up each of the seven fundamental processes shown below. In addition you will learn new skills and try new recipes; and develop a much greater awareness and improved relationship with your body, with food and with your health. You will regain control of your own vitality and, in short, will know what to do to live a long, healthy and rewarding life.
In each natural healing protocol you’ll find:
- An Action Plan to implement the protocol,
- Additional learning units to explain the thinking, theory and materia medica selection behind the protocol,
- Recipes and resources as applicable.
- Most protocols also include a health questionnaire to assess the processes and system. Completing it has two purposes: It gives you a measure of where you are now on a scale of health, and where you can be.
Module 5: Skin Revitalization (Protocol #1)
Your skin is a dead giveaway of your current state of health. Your skin is functionally interconnected with the whole of your body – mechanically, biochemically, energetically – and because it has such enormous potential for self-repair and self-regeneration it serves as the perfect introduction to the inside out approach used by family herbalists.
Module 6: Energy Supercharge (Protocol #2)
The body needs energy for self-repair and healing. This critical protocol gives you an energy supercharge by improving your ability to keep your blood sugar level even. This is critical for energy, but also for stress resistance and weight control. By the end of this protocol you should experience a new level of energy and take life in your stride.
Module 7: Digestion Tune-up (Protocol #3)
This natural healing protocol cleans up and tunes up your digestive system so you can really get the most out of the healthy foods you are eating, as well as improving your elimination.
Module 8: Hormone Balance (Protocol #4)
Whether you are a man or a woman and whatever your stage in the life cycle, this protocol helps you balance your hormones, which have effects on your emotional balance, motivation, sex drive and vitality.
Module 9: Detox (Protocol #5)
Having completed the first four protocols you will be ready for a detox –a chance to really spring-clean your system and restore your liver’s ability to detoxify the many harmful substances the body creates every day, as well as those we take in from impure food, air and water.
Module 10: Immune Power Boost (Protocol #6)
Having eliminated many of the foods and drinks that are most likely to cause allergies, here’s your chance to find out which foods you’re particularly sensitive to and which foods you can safely bring back into your diet. In addition, you’ll be learning how to improve your immune power and fight infections naturally.
Module 11: Improving Memory and Mood (Protocol #7)
In the final protocol you’ll find out what to do to improve your memory, concentration and mood. By this stage you will have learned how to incorporate a variety of natural healing modalities into your life.
The questionnaire from Module 4 is repeated so that you can reassess yourself and see how much progress you’ve made towards a higher level of health and mastering the seven natural healing protocols.
Assignments and Assessment for Certificate of Completion
Each module has either an online quiz or an written assignment. Some has both.