Herbal medicine is considered the most ancient form of healing. Today medicinal herbs are used to treat many conditions from mental ailments, like anxiety, restlessness, and sleeplessness, and physical complaints such as eczema, diarrhoea, stomach aches, and more.
The Certificate of Medicinal Herbsis an online professional development program that will teach you about the medicinal properties of herbs as well as how to identify, grow, harvest and produce medicinal herbs.
In this medicinal herbs course, you will discover what constitutes a medicinal herb, which soils are suited to grow herbs, water and fertiliser requirements and how to propagate them from seeds or cuttings, and control pests and diseases.
You will also learn about the chemistry of medicinal herbs, how to prepare herbal remedies, and how to develop a production plan to manage crop schedules and production for different types of herbs.
On completion of this course, you will have a foundation knowledge of how to identify, grow, harvest and use medicinal herbs at home, or work.
Unit - Medicinal Herbs
Unit 1 – Introduction to medicinal herbs
Scope and nature of herbal medicine
Growing and knowing medicinal herbs
Accurate plant naming
Pronouncing plant names
Finding reliable resources
Unit 2 – Culture of medicinal herbs
What is a herb
Soils and nutrition
Compost, mulch, watering
Pest and disease
Unit 3 – History
The Dark Ages
German and English herbals
Unit 4 – Main medicinal herbs
Introduction and varieties to grow
Cultivation requirements for medicinal herbs
Uses of main medicinal herbs
Unit 5 – Herbal remedies
Carminatives and aromatics
Common herbs with medicinal properties
Nervines as healing agents
Natural Chemicals in plants and their effect on health; saponins, phenolglycosides, anthraglycosides, flavonoids, mustard oils, polysaccharides, prussic acid, glycosides, coumarin, tannins, bitters, essential oils, alkaloids, purines, essential minerals
Chemistry of herbs
Herbal sources for human nutrients
Unit 6 – Preparing herbal remedies
Problem of accurately formulating herbal medicines
How herbalists used to work
The difference today
Harvesting material for herbal preparations
Post harvest handling of herbs
Post harvest preservation; fresh, modified atmosphere packaging
Herbal preparations for teas, rinses and baths
Producing essential oils; water distillation, steam distillation
Uses for eucalyptus oil
Unit 7 – Poisonous plants
Review of plant poisons
Carcinogens, photosensitisers, allergens, hormone like affects, teratogens, respiratory inhibitors, etc
Toxic plant constituents
Unit 8 – Developing a production plan
Managing a market garden
Deciding what to grow
Types of problems
Farming medicinal herbs
Production requirements for different herbs
Estimated duration 50 hours
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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