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Herbal Medicine Making
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"If you feel uncomfortable with the ideas of self-medicating, I respectfully suggest you root out and possibly reconsider the beliefs that underlie these feelings. Boundless numbers of us in this society are extremely intelligent human beings, fully capable of making excellent decisions about our lives, particularly when given access to valid information as a base on which to work." - Herbalist James Green

Herbal Medicine Making is aimed at you if you believe in being responsible for your own well being, and you want to improve your health and vitality by becoming your own herbalist. It is also ideal for therapists and health practitioners using other modalities and forms of alternative medicine who want to use herbal medicine to be of better service to their clients.

The material work towards health as defined by the World Health Organization. It being: "More than the absence of illness. It is the active state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being."

To this end the underlying belief regarding health and healing in the program is a non-denominational Christian belief that God is the Ultimate Healer. What this entails is perhaps best summarized by John Edmiston in an article entitled Healing, Health and Medicine.

Herbal Medicine Making

This learning program is a comprehensive herbal medicine making program which forms the foundation for becoming your own herbalist.

The art and craft of making herbal remedies is all about using the best method and the best solvent to extract the health giving properties of a specific herb. In Herbal Medicine Making a team of highly competent and peer respected herbologists teaches you, step-by-step, how to make a popular range of both internal (oral) and external (topical) herbal preparations.

The program goes way beyond popular folk methods - those that you found in most popular herb books. These methods do work, and their simplicity often belies their effectiveness.  But to become a competent herbologist you also need to be familiar with the 'official' (pharmacopoeia / dispensatory method) and 'standard' (contemporary herbalist's method) of herbal medicine making.

To achieve the above our team of herbologists supply you with detailed instructions and supplementary information on best practices for folk, official and standard methods (where applicable).

And whenever you get stuck help is immediately at hand in the form of a dedicated tutor as well as online forums.

To make the learning material manageable it is divided into 3 parts:

Herbal Medicine Making Part 1 - Roots is mostly 'theory' and upon completion of its 5 units you will be able to:

  • Use credible, peer reviewed, information about contemporary herbal remedies and compile it into your own family herbal.
  • Use herbal remedies safely, responsibly and effectively for individual and family health care.
  • Set up your own apothecary (low tech kitchen lab) using ordinary kitchen equipment and supplies.
  • Use the Rules and Guidelines of Herbal Medicine Making in your own home apothecary.

In Herbal Medicine Making Part 2 - Oral Preparations the practical part of the program starts in all earnest and upon completion of its 4 units you will be able to prepare the following using best practices for folk, official and standard methods (where applicable):

  • Infusions, decoctions, tinctures, wine infusions and vinegar infusions.

In Herbal Medicine Making Part 3 - Topical Preparations the practical part continues with external preparations and upon completion of its 3 units you will be able to prepare the following using best practices for folk, official and standard methods (where applicable):

  • Ointments and salves, lotions and creams, poultices and fomentations.

No Classes to Attend

This being a distance learning (home study) program there are no classes or lectures to attend at a distant venue. No time wasted in traffic and no time wasted traveling. You download all your learning material via the internet and you do the program in the comfort of your home or office.

Interactive Learner Support

Studying at home does not mean that you are doing it alone.

Our learning programs feature the latest distance learning methods and one of these is interactive learner support. This means that when you enroll, you get a dedicated tutor who is only a phone call or email away. You also have access to our password protected Online Learning Centre and you may join any of the online discussions if you want to interact with fellow learners.

We even give you information regarding study skills if you need to brush up on that.

Time Frame

The duration of this comprehensive distance learning program is 12 weeks. You will need to devote an average of about 4 hours per week to your learning.

It is recommended that you spend an additional 1 to 2 hours per week on exploring other resources and on developing your herbal medicine making skills and knowledge.


Each topic has one or more short assignments. Most involve working with herbs and making and experimenting with the different methods of making herbal remedies. You also need to hand in a written assignment.


After you have completed each topic you can do a short online test (quiz). The assessments are automatically marked online. You are also assessed on your written assignment. If you want to obtain the Certificate of Completion then doing the tests and assignments is compulsory and you need an average of 75%.


On successful completion a certificate of completion from the SA Herb Academy is given.


A course in Basic Botany and/or Plant Journaling is highly recommended. These can all be done concurrently if you have the time available. If not, perhaps first do both Basic Botany for Herbologists and then Plant Journaling.

For a detailed description of pre-requisites for this program please see our terms of service.

Facilitation Fees

Because your learning material is delivered via the internet this program is extremely affordable. The participation fee in South African Rand (ZAR) amounts to R695 or US$90. View a currency converter.

How To Enroll

To enroll in this course click here.

More Information

Call Di-Di Hoffman on 082 416 7145 or send an email to
saha . admin @ gmail . com








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