Lately a few friends have been asking how they can learn more about herbalism. In my opinion, having a little herbal knowledge in your brain is like taking control of your health & wellness. In a time where we are used to being told wellness comes in a box, learning about plants seems a little radical even. (this is the part where I envision a superhero dressed in green, with a big nettle plant on her cape! GO PLANTS!!) Over the last two years I have studied both locally and online, taking several classes. If you have the opportunity to attend local classes and meet the herbalist community you live in, go for it! You will find your tribe in doing so. Herbalists are a loving, welcoming community and I am so glad I found them. You can start small, take plant walks, attend a weekend class. And if (like me) you decide this path has been waiting for you, join an internship or apprenticeship.
If you can't find anything around you, the next best thing is finding your online tribe. By far the best online format I have found is Herbal Academy of New England. They offer a wide selection of classes for wherever you may be in your herbal journey. Their online self paced program means you can fit study time in when it works for you, which is so important for mamas of little ones and busy folks. I LOVE their beautiful program, easy to use format, and forums. The recipes and printouts from class are all things you will keep in your library for years to come. As far as beauty and affordability - they win hands down in my opinion.
Right now they are are transitioning to a beautiful new website and have early bird special pricing through the end of today! If you've been thinking of studying herbs, this is a great time to jump on board! (you can sign up any time you're ready though) I am an affiliate with Herbal Academy of New England and so I will receive a small commission if you choose to join. Most importantly though, I am a student with them! I have completed their Introductory Course and am now enrolled in their Intermediate Course (and yes, I plan to enroll in the advanced course next!). If you have any questions about the program, feel free to ask in the comments below!