Master Herbalist & Natural Health Consultant
MH & NHC
A fountain of healing information!
What is a Natural Health Consultant?
The Natural Health Consultant (NHC), sometimes called a Natural Health Coach, can be thought of as a fountain of information for those who seek to effectively care for themselves. The NHC uses the client consult to consider the whole person, looking beyond presenting symptoms to uncover the root cause of dis-ease. This assessment is the basis for educating each individual client and for recommending natural, drugless modalities such as dietary changes; exercise; vitamins, minerals, and other supplements; stress reduction; and herbal remedies in conjunction with alternative approaches to healing. This holistic wellness paradigm is both complimentary to allopathic healthcare or as a stand alone alternative regimen.
While Natural Health Consultants are not licensed medical practitioners, Medical or Naturopathic Doctors, Chiropractors, Nurses, and other licensed practitioners may choose to become NHC’s simply because of the health-promoting nutritional and natural health information. Many practitioners find that food nutrients, supplements, and herbal remedies have a profound effect on their patients, reducing the need for pharmaceuticals and other medical services and procedures, while enhancing patient recovery time.
What is a Master Herbalist?
The field of study called herbalism is the practice of utilizing plant materials in a manner that supports the body’s ability to maintain wellness and to heal itself. In times past, herbalism was known as the “medicine of the people.” Herbal artisans were called “healers” or the “apothecary.” In modern times these same people would be called herbalists.
There are precious few who have experienced the passing down of esoteric knowledge through familial generations. Therefore, it has become common for modern day herbalists to seek out knowledge and training regarding the utilization and safety of medicinal plants and to intentionally gain an intimate experience with these wonderful, unique, and beautiful creations of immense benefit to mankind.
A Master Herbalist is a title that denotes proficiency in the use of herbs. What a Master Herbalist actually does often varies with the individual’s talents as well as the desired expression of such knowledge and creativity. This is where it gets exciting.
For instance, some herbalists are avid foragers and know much about plant identification, growth and habitats, as well as the medicinal and/or food uses of plants – a study called botany. Other herbalists are professional seed savers, farmers, or gardeners that specialize in providing plants for other gardeners, medicinal, or culinary use. Still others like to compound herbs and make herbal remedies such as infusions, decoctions, tinctures, salves, creams, medicinal syrups, suppositories, and encapsulations. Yet others find creativity and fulfillment in formulating lines of natural cosmetics, bath and body products, household cleaners, and personal hygiene items.
This natural health program prepares you and makes you eligible to apply for Board Certification. The American Association of Drugless Practitioners Certification and Accreditation Board provides full board professional accreditation and certification to both institutes of higher education and professional practitioners. Students who have received their diplomas are encouraged to apply at www.aadp.net.
Requirements include 16 books/manuals, 2 projects, and 2 online classes (Case Studies #1 and #2, Case Studies #3 and #4). Estimated time to complete this program is 24 months. 57 credit hours/912 study hours.
Herbal & Natural Health Course Studies Include
- herbal medicine making, botany, herbal properties & formulas
- the use of nutrition, vitamins, minerals, and supplements
- autoimmune diseases, parasites, Lyme disease
- online client case studies
- nutrition and blood chemistry
G300 Disease Prevention
Never Be Sick Again by Raymond Francis
G415 Studies in Botany
Botany in a Day APG
by Thomas J. Elpel
SG30 Herbal Reference Project
(Start in Phase 1, Finish in Phase 4)
M310 Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements
by Darlene Jorgens
M200 Nutrition & Health
by Sharlene Peterson
G110 Gut & Psychology Syndrome
Gut & Psychology Syndrome by Natasha McBride
The Autoimmune Epidemic
by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
M230 Autoimmune Diseases
by Sharlene Peterson
G430 Women & Herbs
Women’s Herbs Women’s Health
by C.Hobbs & K. Keville
G350 Herbs and Physiology
Herbal ABC’s: The Foundation of Herbal Medicine
by Dr. Sharol Marie Tilgner
G400 Herbal Preparations
The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook
by James Green
SG31 Herbal Preparation Projects
(herbal medicine-making projects)
G440 Properties & Formulas
School of Natural Healing
by Dr. John R. Christopher
M240 Lyme Disease & Co-Infections
by Sharlene Peterson
G460 Medical Herbalism
by David Hoffman
G470 Earthwise Herbal Repertory
Earthwise Herbal Repertory
by Matthew Wood
A125 Aroma & Herbs/Pregnancy
Aromatherapy & Herbal Remedies-Pregnancy/Breastfeeding, (2015)
by Demetria Clark
M250 Parasites of Human Interest
by Sharlene Peterson
M610 Blood Chemistry
Basic Blood Chemistry
by Sharlene Peterson
Download our Course Catalog for more information about our Master Herbalist and Natural Health Consultant course requirements.
Paid in Full: $2,750.00 (includes $250 non-refundable application fee).
Installment Plan: $2,850.00 ($250 non-refundable application fee as a down payment and $130.00 per month for 20 months or $200.00 for 13 months).
Military/Law Enforcement/First Responders Discount: 25% off any program for anyone who has or is serving in the military or in law enforcement. This discount is also available for the spouse – when one serves the whole family serves!
“Genesis School of Natural Health is absolutely one of the best natural health schools in the market! The curriculum is all inclusive and the presentation has a scaffolding effect. The school representatives are highly knowledgeable and possess a heartfelt desire to help the students. This is overall the best experience I have ever had with any school. My Master’s degree is in Public Health with a Health Education and Promotion Certification. I will tell you, Genesis School of Natural Health ranks equally with regionally accredited colleges based on Genesis’ curriculum selections and program platforms. I recommend this school to anyone wanting to gain a firm understanding of Holistic health.” – Dana A.
Where do Master Herbalists & Natural Health Consultants work?
There are many options. These days, it is becoming more and more common for Master Herbalists and Natural Health Consultants to work out of a professional wellness suite. A wellness suite is a group of specialized professionals such as chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, medical doctors, etc., who recognize there are gaps in the services they provide for their clients. The allopathic medical system in its current structure does not allow doctors to spend the time they would like with each patient. Additionally, the comprehensive assessment given by an NHC offers an important professional ‘connection’ people often need. Creating a one-stop-shop such as a wellness center is a value-added drawing card benefitting both clients and business owners.
Other natural health professionals choose to have an office of their own in a business complex, doctors office, store front, or perhaps out of their own home. Hours may vary as some MHs & NHCs prefer to provide services strictly during business hours, evenings, or weekends, or even part-time. The choice is up to you!
Additional groups and clubs are always looking for speakers or presenters so there are plenty of opportunities for the natural health professional to speak about health in general or on specific topics. Some blog or write articles for themselves or contract services to other professionals. Places of employment can also include supplement manufacturers and stores that sell nutritional supplements.
If you have questions about this or any of the programs at Genesis School of Natural Health, please use our contact form and we will email and/or call – you may choose on the contact form if you prefer a call or would like to use email.
Enjoy the Journey,
Genesis School of Natural Health