Herbal Update 8/11/2021

Late last week, I finished the Client Care section. Now, I am able to officially begin the the Master Clinical Herbalist course! For those that are interested, here is a link to the course.

To say I’m excited, is an understatement. When I was in college, and first discovering the world of herbal medicine, this course was one of the first ones that I stumbled upon. But, at the time, the cost was prohibitive for someone who only worked during the summer months. But now, since I’ve taken the plunge and begun the Phytotherapy Diploma, this course is included.

The Master Herbalist course seems to be one of the best ones on the market and it seems to be rather in-depth. Like I said, I’ve been waiting a few years to do this program. Even though I have taken other herbal courses in the past, I never really followed the program correctly. Meaning, I didn’t experiment with herbs, I didn’t make things. I read the materials, took the quizzes, but nothing really stuck. I didn’t get my hands dirty — I didn’t learn much.

I’m hoping for that to change with this program. I am hoping to make some herbal remedies and really get down and dirty with the herbs. This is also the portion of the Diploma program that I’ve been waiting for to make this part of the blog (the herbalism section) more than just updates. I have a few topics planned for this section specifically.

That’s all for now….

Herbal Update 7/7/2021

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June came and went with a flash!

In recipe news, I didn’t meet my goal of 6 recipes, but I did make a few. Mostly desserts. I did get to post another original recipe, you can check that out here if you missed it.

However, this isn’t a recipe update. It’s an herbal update!

During the month of June, I worked on the Mircobiology unit. This unit was interested and I enjoyed that the supplied supplementary “textbook” was current. It even had information on COVID-19! After completing that unit, I moved onto the Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy unit. This has a few different lessons in the module and many videos and resources, so I will be focusing on this one for the month of July.

I anticipate beginning the Master Herbalist Program sometime in September. This is where my speed will slow a bit and my focus will shift to including more time to study. Eventually, I will have to make remedies and experiment with different herbs, which will be exciting! This course is it’s own separate course that has a length list of requirements that must be met in order to complete the course. At last look, I think there was around 2 dozen different things that had to be completed in order to earn the certificate.

Once I begin this course of the program, I am planning to do an herbal update every two weeks. This will help me stay focused and make sure I am dedicating enough time to my herbal studies. But for now, back to Pharmacognosy.

By the way, if someone who reads this can tell me how to PRONOUCE “Pharmacognosy,” I’d appreciate it. Thanks!

Herbal Update 4/13/21

Another Module of Science

Over the last few weeks, I have been working on the second module of the Phytotherapy Diploma program at Heart of Herbs school. This module is a bit more self-directed than the other one was. Which makes things a little more difficult for me. While there are clear guidelines for what I should be studying, making sure I study each point can be a challenge.

That said, I do hope to finish this module by the end of the month. I have been able to dedicate time to studying for the herbal program almost every night for the last two weeks. This has helped a lot with consistency and feeling like I am “doing something.”

Soon, I will be turning my attention to the quiz at the end of the module. Everything is open-book/open-note in this program. So, I’ve started a Google Doc with the questions and I notate the answer as I come across it. Many of the questions are multiple choice, but there are five short answer ones. I will begin working on those this week.

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I am really looking forward to the next module of this program: Ethnobotany. This is something I’ve had an interest in since college when I first took a botany class. Interestingly, I was also enrolled in a couple anthropology courses that same semester. So, I think the blending of the two piqued my interest.

While I am looking forward to the Ethnobotany module, the true herbalism studies are still a bit of ways away. There are a couple more modules to complete before I can officially begin the Master Clinical Herbalist program. This is the place where I think my interest will really pick up with this program and I will fall in love with herbal medicine once again. It is also where I hope that these herbal updates become a little more interesting to read (and write, if I’m being honest).

I totally understand the need for the background in the sciences that we are studying such as human A&P, botany, microbiology, etc. After all, one of the reasons why I opted for the full PTD (Phytotherapy Diploma) is because it includes all this other information. I know, deep down, I will have a more well-rounded understanding of all things herbs by the time this journey is over. But, I’m really looking forward to making my own medicine, growing herbs, and feeling a connection to them.

Program Evaluation/Notes

There were a few reasons why I decided to I wanted to document my herbal journey while completing this program. You can read about them in more detail in this post. But, I also want to use this opportunity to help others if they feel inclined to go on an herbal journey themselves. So, every so often, I will kind of “review” the program I am doing. My reviews will always be honest, but polite. Also, since this program was recently re-done, there still may be some kinks that the school is working out. REMEMBER: These opinions are my own. I am not getting any type of compensation from any herbal school to write a review of their programs, whether it be positive or negative.

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When I first began this program I was extremely impressed. The first unit in the Phytotherapy program is a welcome unit which is very helpful. It goes over housekeeping information. The first module with actual course material for my PTD program is on Human Anatomy & Physiology. I was impressed with this unit. Included in the course was an A&P coloring book that some students may benefit from. After a few general units pertaining to this topic, each subsequent unit was dedicated to a certain body system. For many of these body systems, there were PowerPoint presentations, embedded course videos, handouts, and more. Each unit ended with a quiz or some type of activity.

To be honest, since this course was quite costly, I was hesitant at first. I had thoughts over if it would be worth my money. After completed the A&P module, I was started to feel better about it.

Then I began the botany unit, which was one I was looking forward to. As mentioned above, this unit is a little more self-directed than the other module. And for me, that was a bit of a disappointment. I know that over the course of this program, this material is covered a few more times. But, I thought a little more effort would have been put in by the course creators. It’s basically a list of topics that need to be covered, a PowerPoint, a handout, a video and then the 50+ question quiz.

I will admit that the book that’s included with this module, Botany in a Day is one I’ve been wanting for a while. And that has proved helpful and I can’t wait to start looking at different flowers and plants and using it in the field.

I’m not saying that I’m not learning anything from this module. I was just expecting a little more direction/guidance on something that pertains directly to herbs.

We will see what the Ethnobotany module is like in a few weeks!

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Herbal Update March 10, 2021

This is another quick post, but that seems to be the theme of the week, so why not keep it going?

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I started the Phytotherapy Diploma program from Heart of Herbs Herbal School. This is an intensive program with many components. However, the program begins with a section on Anatomy & Physiology. This was a difficult section because it was science-based. And while I understand the educational benefit of this section and some of the others that I will be completing, I am really looking forward to the herb stuff.

However, I have recently finished the A&P unit, so I am moving onto botany, which will be more interesting to me. I can’t wait to start it over the weekend!

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What Herbalism Program Am I Taking?

Please note that I am not receiving a commission for this post. Nor have I been asked to promote any of the programs listed here. The opinions expressed are mine and mine alone based on my personal thoughts and goals in the field of herbalism.

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, my journey with herbal medicine is a long and varied one. Over the years I have done research into various herbal schools and their programs. I have enrolled and completed a few but this blog will mainly focus on programs that I am currently enrolled.

As of this writing, I am enrolled in two different programs at two different herbal schools. The first one, through The Herbal Academy, I began last spring when they offered a discount on some of their courses. So I enrolled in the Introductory Herbal Course and the Intermediate Herbal Course. Right now, I am about halfway through the Introductory Herbal Course.

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