Master Herbalist, a designation that invokes trust and confidence.
Our Master Herbalist online course is a rigorous and valuable program designed for the serious student seeking a professional working knowledge of herbalism. Your studies will include the vast knowledge that traditional herbalism has provided and the modern view of herbal constituents and scientific studies.
The MH program prepares students to competently and effectively use herbs for natural healthcare. All books and resources have been selected to give you a solid foundation of knowledge and a reliable resource library. Detailed case studies and herbal guides are designed to help you help others.
The title of Master Herbalist denotes proficiency in the use of herbs. The duties of a Master Herbalist often vary according to the individual’s talents as well as the desired expression of such knowledge and creativity.
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. Other herbalists are professional seed savers, farmers, or gardeners. Still others like to compound herbs and make herbal remedies such as infusions, decoctions, tinctures, salves, creams, and medicinal syrups.
Real Time: Led by Sharlene Peterson every 4-6 weeks, Real Time is a live, open-discussion meeting that is held online. Our students are invited to attend from the comfort of their own homes. Come and collect clinical “pearls,” as well as ask questions and engage in a variety of health-related conversations.
Accreditation: Graduates of the Master Herbalist online course are eligible to apply for Board Certification with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Board Certification is voluntary, it is not required to work as an herbalist or natural health professional.
Student Testimonial: “Attending classes with Genesis School of Natural Health has truly been the best thing I’ve ever done for myself and those within my circle who are looking for guidance on herbal tips and tricks. It’s a real eye-opener to make the change from decades of trusting in conventional medicines and ‘food’ companies to believing in a more holistic approach. Each and every book hand-selected from GSNH staff will keep you engaged in learning…you will want to keep ALL of the books! The monthly blogs and letters are excellent reads too, Regardless if you are looking to help yourself, family and friends or start a new career, this school is worth your time and efforts”. Carla
Master Herbalist Studies Provide
- An extensive modern & traditional herbal materia medica
- Herbal preparation directions and required projects
- Create a customized herbal quick reference form to use in your very own office
- Thorough client case studies and dozens of specific formulations
- Studies in botany, vitamins & minerals, aromatherapy, and more!
Estimated time to complete: 2-3 months
- A125 Aroma/Herbs & Pregnancy: Aromatherapy & Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy by Demetria Clark
- AV10 The Difference between Herbs & Essential Oils by Darlene Jorgens (audio/video)
- G415 Studies in Botany: Botany in a Day, 6th edition, by Thomas J. Elpel
- SG30 Herbal Reference Project
- Guide: Herbal Adaptogens by Sharlene Peterson
ATTENTION Military, Law Enforcement, & First Responders. Receive 25% off the program of your choice. This discount applies to all who have served, are currently serving, and their spouse. Thank you for your service!
- Add the Clinical Master Herbalist program at any time for $1,200.00 (Double-diploma CMH & MH)
- Add the Natural Health Consultant program at any time for $950.00 (Double-diploma MH & NHC)
Master Herbalist and Clinical Master Herbalist
A burgeoning passion for medicinal plants combined with a desire to support people in their recovery process are two distinct indicators of an intense “herbal” fire burning within one’s soul. The field of study is called herbalism, which 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.
What is a Master Herbalist?
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.
Herbalists have been known to dress in period costumes and demonstrate how herbs were a vital part of frontier wellness, while others find pleasure in teaching folks how to incorporate herbs into their daily lives. Still, some master herbalists spend their time studying and writing books, articles, and blogs while others capture the distinct beauty and intricacies of herbs through art, photography, painting, and crafts. Due to the popularity of pets, herbs are becoming more sought out in the support of the natural health and wellbeing of animals such as dogs, cats, and horses. Once again, we find our beloved Master Herbalists stepping forward to bridge the gap.
Some herbalists work in retail helping customers make the right product selections while others work in an herbal apothecary setting selling herbs by weight, or mixing herbal blends to help with specific ailments. However, most commonly, herbalists are self-employed wellness consultants who observe and assess clients to offer natural solutions for their health issues and to maintain proper wellness.
Many licensed practitioners (doctors, chiropractors, nurses, massage and physical therapists, etc.) are adding herbalism to their knowledge base as well as carving out a space in their clinics for proficient Master Herbalists. Lots of moms just want to be grounded and knowledgeable in using safe and natural remedies with their family and friends. Others simply want to be an herbal resource for their local communities. Whichever way one chooses to express their passion for herbs is valuable and necessary at this point in time when many people are searching for gentle, yet effective alternatives to strengthen their bodies.
If you are interested in herbs and are unsure of what your long term goals might “look like,” relax, you have time. It is not unusual for a vision to develop as our students progress through the Master Herbalist or Clinical Master Herbalist program at Genesis School of Natural Health. 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.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison, 1903