Village Herbalist Course Syllabus

village-herbalist-cd-booklet-closeupA hands-on course designed to weave herbalism into your kitchen, garden, laundry and bath. You will be sent on treasure hunts to herbal apothecaries, libraries, arboretums, conservatories and nurseries. Your guided assignments will lead you to mountains, meadows, woodlands and into your ‘village’. It teaches you to recognize health conditions and the herbs and foods that address them. Learning skills in herbal research, gardening, wildcrafting and harvesting, lessons additionally provide techniques in making preparations, to formulate, dispense, guide and empower yourself and others.

These all original lessons include pathology, addressing underlying causes, nutritional factors and dietary considerations, aromatherapy, lifestyle factors and metaphysical influences. Anatomy and physiology portions of lessons are written in lay-language for comprehension and as an example of how to explain what is happening in the body to family and clients. As the course progresses the anatomy and physiology portions introduce technical and scientific terms so as to speak intelligently to health professionals and for better comprehension of standard A & P books. They are written specifically for the Herbalist and include references to herbs for the tissues, structure and function of the body systems. Materia medica: An herbal formulary will accompany select lessons, with complete herbal monographs for 21 select herbs including how to review, understand and utilize this research. Therapeutic grade quality herb samples of each monographed herb will accompany the lesson and you will be guided to detect aromas, textures, visual appearance, taste and bodily sensation of each herb.

Course Overview and Curriculum
FOUNDATION LEVEL

Lesson One: The Village Herbalist tradition. Herbalism history, philosophy & ethics. Practice of Herbalism: safe, legal and fruitful. Reading: recommended and required. Healing begins with a wholesome environment: Home & Hearth herbal house cleaning recipes and non-toxic home care preparations. Concludes with a treasure hunt and  assignment.

Lesson Two: Garden Language: used by Herbalists to identify medicinal herbs, communicate origins, life expectancies and growing habits. Propagation: starting herbs and technical terms used for these methods. Soil: types explained and amendments to make it perfect for each herb. Soil and Growing: requirements for Foundation level herbs. Concludes with a field trip, treasure hunt and  assignment.

Lesson Three: Planning: and Planting: low maintenance and high productivity herb garden. Location: sizes and light exposures. Herbalist’s Gardening Tools and Supplies: selection, handling and care. Harvest: timing and techniques, parts to collect, how much and the right tools. Concludes with an assignment to design your custom garden plan, and layout will be ‘trued-up’ by Heather

Lesson Four: Chemistry, using organoleptics to identify herbal chemical constituents and how they are used in healing. Extracting menstruums including alcohol, waters, honeys and vinegars, their properties and useful applications in healing, percentages and ratios for each constituent. Herbalist’s Language: medicinal herb actions, what an herb does and how it does it. Concludes with a formulating lesson and  assignment.

Lesson Five: Botanical Apothecary ancient & modern history. Quality herb selection and storage, extracting herbal constituents, making extract tinctures, infused vinegars, honeys and oils, medicinal teas, infusions and decoctions. Herbal Preparations: creating ointments, creams, poultices and fomentations. Herbalist’s Apothecary Tools and Supplies: selection, handling and care. Menstruums: uses of each for successful extraction. Conclusion: apothecary preparation assignment.

Lesson Six: Herbal First Aid Kit: styles of kits for your unique needs and troubles you encounter including herbal preparations to relieve muscle pains, bruises and wounds, heal burns and stop bleeding, for head and stomach aches, resolving acne and allergic reactions, resolving poison oak dermatitis, take the venom out of insect bites and stings and address various animal bites. First aid techniques. Concludes with a first-aid treasure hunt and  assignment.

The next 12 Lessons cover anatomy & physiology, pathology, include samples of herbs to experiment with that have an affinity for the body system covered. They each conclude in a treasure hunt to find a willing  person, or yourself, to actively help with each body system and report assignments.

Lesson Seven: Anatomy & Physiology: Respiratory System. Pathology: Colds & Flu: prevention, contagion control, remedies and recipes. Herbal Formulary: for the respiratory system. Herb Samples: using organoleptics taught, applying chemistry and making extractions. Concludes with a Respiratory System assignment.

Lesson Eight: Anatomy & Physiology: Lymph System. Pathology: Hay Fever & Allergies: environmental, food and plant allergies, preventative measures, dietary and environmental considerations Herbal Formulary: for the lymph system. Herb Samples: using organoleptics taught, applying chemistry and making extractions. Concludes with a Lymph System assignment.

Lesson Nine: Anatomy & Physiology: Cardiovascular System. Pathology: Heart Wise: keeping strong clean blood, a healthy heart, blood cleansers and builders, antibody enhancers, blood pressure and cholesterol regulators and help varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Herbal Formulary: for the cardiovascular system. Herb Samples: using organoleptics taught, applying chemistry and making extractions. Concludes with a Cardiovascular System assignment.

Lesson Ten: Anatomy & Physiology: Digestive System. Pathology: Digestive Harmony: herbal solutions for discomfort and embarrassment, malabsorption, alternatives to drugs and avoiding  potential surgery. Herbal Formulary: for the digestive system. Herb Samples: using organoleptics taught, applying chemistry and making extractions.
Concludes with a Digestive System assignment.

Lesson Eleven: Anatomy & Physiology: Urinary System Pathology: Urinary Tract Infections diet and botanicals for healing and prevention. Herbal Formulary: for the urinary system. Herb Samples: using organoleptics taught, applying chemistry and making extractions. Concludes with a Urinary System assignment.

Lesson Twelve: Anatomy & Physiology: Reproductive System Pathology: Men’s Health: remedies, nutrition, prevention and lifestyle factors. Pathology: Women’s Health: preventative measures, dietary considerations, aromatherapy and herbal remedies. Herbal Formulary: for the reproductive system. Herb Samples: using organoleptics taught,
applying chemistry and making extractions. Concludes with a Reproductive System assignment.

Lesson Thirteen: Anatomy & Physiology: Endocrine System Pathology: Blood Sugar Balance: herbs & nutrition to support healthy pancreatic function, diabetic symptoms, hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, afternoon blood sugar drop and mood swings. Herbal Formulary: for the endocrine system. Herb Samples: using organoleptics taught, applying chemistry and making extractions. Concludes with a Endocrine System assignment.

Lesson Fourteen: Anatomy & Physiology: Immune System. Pathology: Candida Albicans: nutrition, lifestyle and herbal protocol. Herbal Formulary: for the immune system. Herb Samples: using organoleptics taught, applying chemistry and making extractions. Concludes with a Immune System assignment.

Lesson Fifteen: Anatomy & Physiology: Organs Of Special Sense. Pathology: Sensory Delights ways to protect enhance and repair eyesight, hearing, and our senses of smell, taste and touch. Herbal Formulary: for the organs of special sense. Herb Samples: using organoleptics taught, applying chemistry and making extractions. Concludes with a Organs Of Special Sense assignment.

Lesson Sixteen: Anatomy & Physiology: Integumentary System. Pathology: Baby Woes: safe and soothing recipes for diaper rash, cradle cap, colic, teething, colds and fevers, pink eye, safety precautions and age/body weight herbal usage instructions. Herbal Formulary: for the integumentary system. Herb Samples: using organoleptics taught, applying chemistry and making extractions. Concludes with a  Integumentary System assignment.

Lesson Seventeen: Anatomy & Physiology: Nervous System. Pathology: Less Stress identifying imbalances, using nervine tonics and effectors, natural reasonable and pleasant stress reduction, meditation techniques and aromatherapy. Herbal Formulary: for the nervous system. Herb Samples: using organoleptics taught, applying chemistry and making extractions. Concludes with a Nervous System assignment.

Lesson Eighteen: Anatomy & Physiology: Musculo- Skeletal System. Pathology: Aches & Pains specialized nutrition, strengthening and first-aid for muscles, connective tissue and bones, strains, sprains and breaks. Herbal Formulary: for the Musculo-skeletal system. Herb Samples: using organoleptics taught, applying chemistry and making extractions.
Concludes with a Musculo- Skeletal System assignment.

Certificate presented for completion of Foundation Level
Completion qualifies a student to grow herbs, create high quality herbal preparations and stock a home apothecary, perform self-care and family Herbalism. It serves as a prerequisite Foundation to the Intermediate and Advanced levels of this course.

 

 

 

 

Advertisements