If you have thought about studying herbs for wellness you will be delighted to know that The Herbal Academy is offering free registration between now and January 31, 2017 to their Herbal Materia Medica Course. You can work at your own pace, but sign up now to claim your spot in class as registration ends January 31st. Click Here To Register Now for the Free Herbal Materia Medica Course
The Free Herbal Materia Medica Course by Herbal Academy is a self study course. It includes videos and printable materials, and is free to download. The downloads include notebook pages that you can print – or – you can purchase the notebook with the pages printed and bound for easy reference.
What is an Herbal Materia Medica?
It’s how all budding and experienced herbalists learn how to use herbs.
Materia medica is a Latin term that means “healing materials.” More specifically, in herbalism, a materia medica is a body of knowledge that describes how plants have been used therapeutically.
Herbal materia medicas have been recorded and published throughout history, and include both ancient and modern tomes rich with information.
Your herbal materica medica is a journal you keep to us as a way to organize your plant knowledge.
Creating your herbal materia medica is an opportunity for you to connect with individual herbs through in-depth study, and a means to organize what you are learning into plant monographs for future reference.
If you haven’t started a herbal materia medica of your own, I highly recommend it as a way to inspire and deepen your herbal knowledge.
In support of this process, the Free Herbal Materia Medica Course was created to help you create (or add to) your own herbal materia medica!
What You Will Get in This Course
The Free Herbal Materia Medica Course by Herbal Academy includes six detailed lessons:
Lesson One: Introduction
Learn the benefits of studying one herb at a time and choose the herb (or herbs) to include in your materia medica as you work through the course. You will begin researching the first categories for your materia medica pages.
Lesson Two: Plant Descriptions, Botany, and Harvest
Begin exploring the next categories for your monograph, including a mini botany lesson and how to write a botanical description of your plant, how to research which parts of your herb are used, and learning when they are harvested.
Lesson Three: Plant Constituents, Actions, and Uses
This lesson discusses types of modern scientific literature that can be used as a resource when you research your plant, and also examines herbal actions and uses from both traditional and modern perspectives. Enjoy a beginner’s look into the chemistry of herbs with a sampling of botanical constituents like alkaloids, saccharides, and terpenes to learn their importance in creating wellness.
Lesson Four: Herbal Preparations, Taste, and Energetics
Herbalists use a language that is all their own when describing how herbs behave and what makes them useful in supporting health. Take a good look at how taste can give you clues into the nature of an herb, and the unique vocabulary herbalists use to categorize herbs.
Lesson Five: Herb Safety and Dosage
Explore several safety considerations in more depth and examine the resources that can help you research these important topics so you can add this information to your herbal materia medica.
Lesson Six: Conclusion
Now that you have completed your first plant monograph, you are well on your way to deepening your knowledge of individual plants and building your herbal materia medica! We’ll have a look at several ways to create a herbal materia medica and continue on the herbal journey.
What’s Involved in Creating Your Herbal Materia Medica
The first step to get started with your herbal materia medica is to choose the herbs you would like to profile! While you will be studying each plant one at a time, you will want to choose a handful of herbs with which to start your herbal materia medica. For this purpose, it is recommend that you commit to a group of 5 or so herbs that relate to a theme of your choice.
- 5 herbs for men (or women, or children, or pets!), or…
- 5 herbs for a body system (respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, etc.), or…
- 5 herbs for an imbalance (stress, insomnia, anxiety, etc.), or…
- 5 herbs from an herbal tradition (Western, Ayurvedic, TCM, Native American, etc.), or…
- 5 herbs which grow local to you
Of course, you are welcome to choose whatever herbs you like, but having a theme for your herbal materia medica can be a great guide to expand your herbal knowledge when you are first starting out.
By the end of the Herbal Materica Medica course:
• You will know how to study a plant, how to find resources to support your studies, how to interact with a plant to gain first-hand experience with some of its characteristics, and how to evaluate scientific research on plants.
• You will learn how to research a plant’s names, botany, growing conditions, harvesting guidelines, active constituents, actions, uses, taste and energetics, safety, and herb-drug interactions.
• You will learn what a plant’s history, habitat, and growing requirements are, informing your understanding of what a plant needs and how you can become a caretaker, even if you aren’t growing the plant yourself.
• You will gain an introduction to integrating a plant into your life to support wellness by learning about its properties and characteristics.
• You will have a list of many resources—our favorite books and websites—for your further study of plants and development of your herbal materia medica.
• You will have several pages completed in your herbal materia medica using our beautiful downloadable pages or a bound and printed Herbal Materia Medica Journal!
With six instructional lessons (mentioned above) available online and as downloads; free, beautifully designed journal pages for creating a materia medica at home; a handy step-by-step guide to completing your personal materia medica; charts, study aids, and tools; and resources for further learning, this program is a wonderful course for anyone interested in herbal education.
The course itself is free, however you can choose to add to your order the pre-printed journal to make it easier to record your studies.
Class begins January 10, 2017. Enrollment closes January 31, 2017.
After registering, you will log-in to your course lessons, upon activating your course you will have three months to complete this course at your own pace.
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