HERB 101

Basics of Herbalism Online


Herb 101 Basics of Herbal Medicine is the first step in your herbal training and is ideal if you have just discovered herbs and want to know more. Herb 101 provides students with an in-depth understanding of the history and uses of herbs including basic methods of administration and therapeutic actions of each of the botanicals studied. Herb 101 is also a pre-requisite for advanced herbal training. Students in this course may also study some of the topics covered in NAT 101, but in more depth.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and discuss the foundation of herbal medicine and its history.

  • Identify what makes herbs work.

  • Create basic herbal preparations.

  • Recognize and confidently use sixteen common herbs, including borage, dandelion, chamomile, sage, horehound, and lavender.

  • Grow herbs organically, gather wild herbs ethically, dry, and store herbs.

  • Create herbal cosmetics.

  • Cook using herbs, including edible flowers, culinary herbs, and weeds.

  • Create and use herbal remedies for your family for optimal health.

  • Create and use herbal remedies for women, babies, and children, including natural remedies for common problems such as colic and diaper rash.

More details

Required Course Pack:

  • ACHS eTextbook: Petersen, D. (2021). HERB 101: Basics of Herbalism (22nd Edition). Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences. (Optional: Printed copy available for an additional fee)
  • Herb 101 Practical Lab Kit – 
    • This practical lab kit contains the following certified organic or sustainably wildcrafted herbs and/or oils:
      • 1 oz botanicals studied in the course (Qty 12) 
      • 5ml Peppermint Mentha x piperita var. B (Qty 1) 


      This practical lab kit also contains the following practical lab supplies:

      • Press-N-Brew tea bags (Qty 50)
      • Herbal Preparation guide
  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR)

Required Textbooks:

Please note: There are no additional textbooks required for this course; all required reading for this course is located in the online classroom and in the ACHS published textbook included in the Course Pack above.

Total Course Price:

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Last updated 11/11/22

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Admissions Requirements:

Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and recommendation for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

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