An opportunity to study the living practical tradition of herbal medicine, and learn how to skilfully
use medicinal plants and herbal medicine strategies to help yourself, your family and your friends.
This is an exciting time to study plant medicine. Many of us live in diverse communities that are fed by
the wisdom and experience of many different traditions. We increasingly have the opportunity to explore and
illuminate these insights with our access to the tools of modern science. Also it is an urgent time to study
plant medicine. The threads of knowledge, passed down through generations, can be frayed and tattered,
sometimes to the point of having nearly vanished. We have a chance to patch and sew, and shore up these
threads. We also have the tool of mass media which enables us to talk among ourselves, to exchange and test
and share information, on a global level.
The course does not aim to train individuals to be practitioners, but it may be an opportunity to explore
whether herbal medicine is a profession you might want to pursue.
In our homes we deal with coughs, colds, fevers, cuts, bruises sprains, on a daily basis. These are the
ordinary bread and butter of home remedies. The course will provide strategies for dealing with these and
information about when it might be necessary to seek expert help. Sometimes we are in the frontline to deal
with conditions which may not be so serious in themselves but if not addressed in a timely moment can have
serious consequences – for example mastitis, cystitis, IBS, flu, poor sleep patterns, stress. Herbal medicine
home remedies may support people experiencing all of these. Sometimes we may experience, or we may have
family members with atopic and auto immune conditions, or who have developed memory or mental health problems.
The course will aim to help you understand your options for taking an active role in managing these health
problems, as well as offering tools to support carers in these situations.
While the course relies entirely on online resources, participation will plug you into a database of all
the practical courses up and down the country that can supplement and amplify online study. According to
demand we may develop ‘expert patient’ courses that will take place on the herbal barge and other venues,
that support individuals and carers to understand conditions that particularly matter to them.
The course will deliver online lectures, a database of selected online sources, and a weekly forum.
During the year, students will be invited to submit two written assignments.
Each month will bring suggestions for practical tasks and recipes that students can try out in their own kitchens.
Students can start at any time. They will receive the welcome introduction lecture, and instruction pack,
and then can join in at any month. They may join a forum with students who have already been participating
in the course for some months.