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. (2022). HERB 101: Basics of Herbalism (23rd Edition). Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences. (Optional: Printed copy available for an additional fee)
  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR)
  • Herb 101 Practical Lab Kit

The HERB 101 Practical Lab Kit includes the following experiential learning supplies:  

  • Selection of 12, 1 oz certified organic or sustainably wildcrafted herbs. Note, herbs included may vary due to seasonal availability. 
  • 5 ml Organic Peppermint Mentha xpiperita var. Black Mitcham
  • Press-N-Brew tea bags (Qty 50)
  • Organic Arugula Seeds
  • Herbal Preparation Guide

Required Textbooks:

Please note: No additional textbooks are 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.

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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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