An Herbalist’s Library: Miscellaneous

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An Herbalist’s Library: Herbal Education Books

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Becoming An Herbalist

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An Herbal Academy Mini-Course

  • Lesson 1 looks closely at certification and regulation for herbalists and explores some of the educational options that are available to those interested in herbal careers.
  • Lesson 2 will take a look at the language that herbalists use: words you can and cannot use legally, regardless of education, due to the state of herbalism as an unlicensed practice.
  • Lesson 3 dives deep into the ethical considerations of becoming an herbalist. The Herbal Academy will five you the lowdown on scope of practice, confidentiality, informed consent, and full disclosure. For those interested in clinical practice, you’ll go over basic red flags, safety concerns, and referrals.
  • Lesson 4 will outline key aspects of starting your own herbal business and the many details that go along with each.
  • Lesson 5 discusses the importance of keeping your finger on the pulse of herbalism. The way that herbalists use herbs is constantly evolving, with new clinical research being published all of the time and practicing herbalists discovering novel ways of brining balance to human physiology with herbs.

An Herbalist’s Library: Recipe Books

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Botany and Wildcrafting: An HA Course

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Begin Wildcrafting with Confidence!

In spring, as days get longer and longer and the temperatures rise, the sleepy heads of new plant life begin to emerge and we experience the green world’s revival. There is no better time to get into the woods and poke around for the many wild edibles and herbs flourishing in your area.

While foraging and wildcrafting are certainly hot topics nowadays, the idea of trekking into the woods to forage for your own food and herbs may have you feeling intimidated. Or you may even be a little scared, which is to be expected if you don’t know what you are doing, especially when trying your hand at it for the first time.

If you fall into this category, I have some exciting news to share with you!

  • Name all the parts of a plant, including the parts that makeup flowers, leaves, fruits, and stems.
  • Identify new plants anywhere in the world using a dichotomous key.
  • Understand how to decipher plant part differences such as leaves, flowers, and fruits of separate plant species.
  • Decode patterns in nature and gain insight into plant relationships and herbal and edible use by understanding these patterns.
  • Sense of the vast number of relationships that exist between plants and other organisms that are required for pollination, seed dispersal, and survival.
  • Understand how and when to use a plant’s binomial name and discover why a plant might have more than one name.
  • Dry plants in a way that maintains their vitality, aroma, color, and flavor.
  • Create your very own herbarium of pressed plant specimens.
  • Get to know plants on a deeper level through keying, drawing, coloring, and organoleptic identification.

Life as a Student at the Herbal Academy

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I am not nodding off in this lecture! You know you’ve been there (I certainly have) and I can say this course is in no way boring, repetitive, or monotone. The creators of this course not only know what they are doing, but they teach the content quite well. Everything is explained in a cross between scientific knowledge and layman’s terms – making everything completely understandable and relatable. I do not feel like I am in over my head here!

Preview Lesson from the Introductory Herbal Course

Once I signed up for the course, I had immediate access to free downloads, such as pre-designed labels and infographics. This content is a complete bonus and provides me with the extras I may need for my herbal career. My first lesson was a Welcome from the Founder and Director of the Herbal Academy, Marlene Adelmann. She explained the course, how the curriculum is set up, ways to contact instructors, and how to use the online forum. We started to dive into the properties of herbs and how herbs work. The plant naturally makes the chemicals in each herb, with each herb converting them to a specific use when consumed by humans. Raw coffee beans, and caffeine, are an excellent example of this!

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What Does it Mean to be an Herbalist?

Through my company, I talk a lot about being an herbalist. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly that means, you’ve clicked on the right post! Keep reading to find out …

Let’s start at the root (sorry, couldn’t resist!) of herbalism. The use of medicinal plants dates back 60,000 years to the Paleolithic age. Some 5,000 years ago, the Sumerians started compiling lists of plants. Ancient cultures – such as Egyptians, Grecians and the Bronze Age Chinese – left artifacts, wrote works, or drew images referencing the use of herbs. Native Americans are thought to have used 2,500 different plant species that are native to North America. Fast-forward to today and herbal medicine is found in many regions and cultures. It is estimated that almost 80 percent of some Asian and African countries use herbs in some form. Herbal remedies are also very common throughout Europe and South America*.

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The truth is pharmaceuticals are expensive and most herbs can be grown from seed for little to no cost. However, herbs can be potent, potentially contaminated, and interact with traditional medicines. That’s where I come in. A certified herbalist has a broad ranges of education – plus hundreds of hours of study, research and experience – and can safely recommend these dietary supplements and herbal remedies.

An herbalist has the following educational background and experience:

  • Skilled in the growing and harvesting of herbs correctly
  • Understands the process of drying herbs properly
  • Knowledgeable in the application of herbs for dietary supplements and herbal remedies
  • Understands the therapeutic and historical uses of herbs
  • Adheres to Good Manufacturing Practices, which includes positive identification, assurance of purity, tracking of source materials, training of personnel, and proper hygiene
  • Understands safety protocols and when, and when not, to use certain herbs and other ingredients, such as essential oils
  • Understands each herb’s constituents and known precautions
  • And much more!

Follow along with me as I continue my herbalist education, with the Herbal Academy, and grow my apothecary and survival business, Southern Belle Products. I’ve planted the seed and I can’t wait to see the business blossom. Pun intended 😉

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