Studying Herbs – Courses for anyone wishing to learn more


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People often ask me about where they can study herbs, herbal medicine and more. Usually I  suggest they Google natural therapies colleges in their area but I have just come across a site that looks really interesting.  Now I have absolutely no association with this school, nor do I have any testimonials as to how good the courses on offer are. I do really like the different approach to their course subjects though. It’s not the same Western Herbal Medicine  Diploma or Degree  I tend to come across.

Since most Herbology readers are not interested in a career in herbs, it’s nice to see courses that are quite short.  You can study online, by correspondence or via e-learning from anywhere in the world.

Aromatherapy – 100 hours – A great course for anyone wishing to learn more about the safe use of aromatherapy essential oils for healing and relaxation. This course provides an introduction to the safe use of Aromatherapy oils.

Certificate in Herbs – 600 hours – Herb farming, herb garden design, uses of herbs, herb farm management, marketing and value adding are just some of the aspects of herb growing covered in this course.  A truly unique and informative professional course. It is hard to find a course that covers it all, this one is streets ahead of the rest on offer. This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C.

Certificate in Horticulture (Herbs) – 600 hours – The Certificate in Horticulture (herbs) covers the basics of horticulture in the first half of the course and moves on to herb growing in the second half. This allows you to extend your prospects – the general horticulture knowledge gained gives you greater work opportunities in the various horticulture industry sectors. This is an excellent backstop to gain experience or extra income whilst you set up your herb business. Accredited through International Accreditation & Recognition Council.

Culinary Herbs – 100 hours – Learn how to identify and successfully grow dozens of common and uncommon edible herbs. Develop your skills and experience the delights of cooking adventurous new recipes with herbs. Learn drying and other methods of preserving the flavour (eg. herb oils, salts, vinegars). Eight lessons as follows cover common and less common herbs used for cooking. It will begin your passion for trying new things and you wont look back once you discover how many flavour there are!

Herb Culture – 100 hours – This is designed to develop a solid grounding in herb growing and the herb industry. Half of the course deals with general herb culture, including identification, soils, mulching, feeding, watering, propagation, pest & disease control, harvest, storage, processing, companion planting, nursery management and herb farming. The remainder of the course involves detailed studies of major groups of herbs such as: mints, thymes, lavenders, scented geraniums, garlic, roses, artemisias and parsley.

Herbs (Basic Course) – 60 – 100 hours – A broad based six lesson course for beginners to herb growing, covering the history of herb use, herb culture, and identification of the major herbs.  It is easy to do at your own pace and will bring you into more understanding of the basis of Horticulture with soil, plant nutrition and plant genus and species. It has an emphasis on growing and using herbs as a hobby. Thirty different herbs are studied in detail and a systematic method of identifying herbs is emphasised. For the amateur, this is a fun way to learn a lot more about this fascinating subject.

Lavender – 100  hours – For the lavender enthusiast, or anyone interested in starting commercial lavender production.

Medicinal Herbs – 100 hours – Learn the basics of how to identify and correctly administer herbs for medicinal purposes. Many plants or plant combinations are poisonous. For this reason, it is essential that before using an herb, you are able to POSITIVELY identify it. This course provides an excellent foundation for developing a sound knowledge of medicinal herbs. Medicinal herbs are the oldest known remedy for healing problems that can possibly be fixed with a simple remedy.

Scented Plants – 100 hours – Learn to identify, grow (propagation and culture), and use different types of scented plants. You will find out how to harvest and dry scented plants, and through practical assignments actually make a whole range of exciting herb crafts (e.g. pot pourri, soaps, candles). Learn also how to landscape a scented garden and expand your knowledge of dozens of types of scented plants.

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