Are you an aspiring herbalist? I am, and I want to go beyond just aspiring to be an herbalist. I want to BE one.
Why I Want to Be More Than an Aspiring Herbalist
I want to know what to do when my family has minor medical issues. Minor chronic conditions can often be controlled with herbs, saving co-pay and prescription fees.
When any of my pets or small livestock needs minor medical care, I’d like to know how to treat it. There just aren’t many vets out this way that treat more than domestic animals.
I want to save money on expensive over-the-counter medications, including medical care products designed for animals. I believe that using herbs can be just as effective and loads gentler than using synthetic drugs. 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. This is why I am studying to be more than an aspiring herbalist.
About Herbalist Certification
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.
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”. However, 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.
Interested in Becoming More Than an Aspiring Herbalist?
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. 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 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!