Beyond Aspiring Herbalist {and a FREE herbal eBook!}

Are you an aspiring herbalist? I am, and I want to go beyond just aspiring to be an herbalist–I want to BE one. Here’s why.

Beyond Aspiring Herbalist - Stone Family FarmsteadI want to be an herbalist because I want to know what to do when my family has minor medical issues to deal with–or, God forbid, a disaster. I want to know what to do when any of my pets or small livestock needs medical care as well, as there aren’t many vets out this way that treat more than domestic animals.

I want to save money on expensive over-the-counter medications, or for that matter, expensive medical care products designed for animals. I believe that using herbs can be just as effective and loads gentler than using synthetic drugs, because herbs are the original medicine–even animals self-medicate with herbs given the opportunity! Not to mention, many of our man-made drugs are manufactured from extracted parts of herbs.

Herbs are effective, inexpensive, and gentle for humans and animals, if you know what you are doing. I want to know what I’m doing when I use herbs, which is why I am studying to be more than an aspiring herbalist.

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There isn’t any kind of certification that will ensure anyone the title of “herbalist”. According to Google, an herbalist is one who practices or deals in the use of medicinal herbs. It’s a title that one can go by with no one to tell them that they can’t. There’s a wide berth for anyone who would like to use the title.

For me, the “herbalist” title is one that indicates that one has actually done the research to back up what she says when she shares her knowledge about herbs. I feel that for anyone to use the title “herbalist”, they should have some knowledge, experience, and education under her belt. It is for this reason that I have been studying and using herbs in various ways for the past few years.

I’ve collected and read books, I’ve tested herbs on myself for various afflictions from minor cuts and abrasions to anxiety and depression, and I’ve taken two courses in herbalism with the Herbal Academy of New England (HANE). While I feel like I’ve done plenty of homework on herbs, I don’t feel ready to call myself anything more than “aspiring herbalist”–but I want to go beyond that. I want to feel right about calling myself an herbalist, so I will keep studying, testing and trying herbs, and reading until I do feel right about it.

If you feel the same way that I do and would like to go beyond “aspiring herbalist”, please consider learning with me at the Herbal Academy of New England. The classes are comprehensive and in depth, yet easy to understand and well worth the time. At this point, they have an Online Introductory Herbal Course and for those of you who are confident in your basic herbal skills, they have an Online Intermediate Herbal Course. I am hearing that they will be releasing their Online Advanced Herbal Course in the fall as well, which I’m hoping to take to round out my education.

If you’d like a little taste of what the Herbal Academy of New England has to offer, they have given me the permission to share with you a FREE, high quality eBook called “9 Familiar Herbs for Beginners”. Everything they do is done well, is high quality, and is well-cited. If you are interested in herbs, I know you will love this beautiful eBook. Click the graphic below to get your copy and enjoy!

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  1. Great post, and I agree, a herbalist should have some education under their belt, and be able to show that they can apply that knowledge. I’m surprised and slightly disappointed that there isn’t any real credentials for herbalists. I’ve signed up for the free book, and will now be looking more into the classes. I’m not looking to become a “herbalist” today, but I can see how the information would be useful down the road.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • I agree with you, Ricki—it is disappointing that anyone can call themselves an herbalist. It really is left up to us to “self-regulate”. I think you will like the book, it’s really nice and has some recipes in it that are a great introduction to using the most common herbs. Enjoy!

  2. I’ve planted my first medicinal herbs this year. I’m not even a beginner herbalist, but I am excited about what I’m going to learn and use. Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

    • Oh you’re gonna love having your own medicinal herbs so available to you, Jennifer! It’s so exciting to be able to use the herbs that you grew all by ourselves! Happy gardening!

  3. What wonderful information you have provided and I might check in to some of the resources. Herbs are nature way of taking care of illness without toxic drugs that I feel cause more harm than good, even the OTC drugs are filled with some potentially dangerous ingredients. Shared on twitted & pinned.

    • Thank you SO much, Marla! I really appreciate your sharing my post, and your kind comments. I am very much in the same camp as you are, and while I still use some of those things, it is my goal to get completely away from those drugs everywhere that I can, and share information with others so they can research and do the same if they so choose. Thanks again!

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