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 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 professional development 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 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
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. 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.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.