Test Your Knowledge

Throughout the Fundamentals of Holistic Herbalism Program, there are learning activities to solidify what you’re learning along the way. Many of them are simple flashcards, but we’ve also created matching games, fill-in-the-blanks and label-the-organ activities. 🙂 These are not graded, but are learning tools we hope you will use as many times as needed in …

Rose Cocktails (x 2)

From Shakespeare to nursery rhymes, the humble rose is loaded with symbolic meaning, often relating to matters of the heart. To the herbalist, roses are simultaneously uplifting and tranquility inducing, helping to soothe frazzled nerves and balance the emotional heart. Not only do they promote a sense of well-being, roses are also edible and quite …

Nervine Hypnotics

When you think about nervines, most of the time, you don’t think about differentiating between actions. However, different types of nervines serve different purposes. There are several types of actions: hypnotics relaxants trophorestoratives stimulants Hypnotics have the ability to induce a much stronger level of calm than nervine relaxants. These are generally used in more …

Cultivating Herbs Using Permaculture

Cultivating plants whether fruit/nut trees, herbs, berries or vegetables can be daunting if it’s new to you. Sean has an amazing knack for breaking things down into bite-sized pieces to make permaculture approachable and easy to understand. Throughout his courses, he brings the theoretical down to the practical with hands-on projects and real life examples. …

Mullein

Verbascum thapsus Common Name: mullein Other Names: cowboy’s toilet paper (wipe with the grain), great mullein, Aaron’s rod, candlewick plant, cow lungwort, velvet dock, flannel plant, feltwort, shepherd’s staff, torches, our lady’s flannel, blanket herb, rag paper, wild ice leaf, clown’s lungwort, Peter’s staff, Jacob’s staff, shepherd’s club, beggar’s stalk, Adam’s flannel, beggar’s blanket, fluffweed, …

Dandelion vs. Cat’s Ear

Taraxacum officinale vs. Hypochaeris radicata The difference between Cat’s Ear and Dandelion leaves: The stems of Cat’s Ear are not hollow, they are wiry and will usually have more than one flower on each stem. The young leaves, root, flowers, and buds of Cat’s ear are edible similar to dandelion with comparable nutritional benefits, but …

Let’s Talk About Macronutrients

When someone refers to macronutrients, they are referring to the three components: proteins carbohydrates fats/oils Proteins (4 calories per gram) Proteins are made of amino acids, small units necessary for growth and tissue repair. Animal foods such as meat, fish, poultry, milk and eggs are rich in protein. Good plant sources of protein are beans, …