Medicinal Herb Short Course

Course CodeSGH2
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

Gain a Better Understanding of Medicinal Herbs 

This course is designed to be the fastest way to learn the most important things related to using medicinal herbs.

The effect of medicinal herbs on our bodies may be mild or strong. For internal preparations, to some extent this depends upon the person. A small child, sick adult, or a frail elderly person would require a lower dosage than a healthy adult. The effect of herbs can also be influenced by a number of other factors:

  • The species and variety of plant - there can be subtle but important differences between two plants which may appear to be identical. For example, many herbs now sold are cultivated varieties of the original species and may not have the chemical constituents of the species form.

  • How it was grown - herbs that are over-fertilised and watered tend to have a lower concentration of the important chemical constituents.

  • The parts of the plant used - the chemical may only be found in certain plant parts such as root, leaf, stem, flower, or fruit.
  • Mature or new growth - the chemical may be stronger in mature plant parts.

  • Harvest time - time of day, time of year, weather conditions at the time, etc.

  • The preparation of the medicine - as an oil, tablet, tea, ointment, and so on. 

  • The storage of the medicine - some medicines store well, but generally fresh is best.

  • How it is used - some herbs may be safe to use externally, but the same herb may cause serious health problems if taken internally. 

  • Concentration level - some may be beneficial in a certain concentration, but dangerous in another concentration.

Lesson Structure

There are 6 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction The Nature and Scope of Medicinal Herbs
    • What Are They?
    • Uses of Medicinal Herbs
    • The Evolution of Medicinal Herbs
    • The Scope of Medicinal Herbs
    • Review what you have been learning
  2. Chemicals in Herbs and Their Effects on the Body
    • Terms Used To Describe Medicinal Effects of Herbs
    • Types of Chemicals found in Medicinal Herbs
    • Other Terms Describing Medicinal Herbs
    • Review what you have been learning
  3. Ways Herbs Are Used
    • Different Applications
    • Medicinal Uses
    • Some Important Points
    • Review what you have been learning
  4. Methods of Preparing Herbs for Use
    • How to Make Herbal Tea
    • How to Make Herbal Decoctions
    • How to Make Herbal Ointments
    • Review what you have been learning
  5. Directory of Medicinal Herbs
    • Agrimonia eupatoria
    • Allium sativum
    • Aloe vera
    • Alpinia galanga
    • Angelica archangelica
    • Armoracia rusticana
    • Asparagus officinalis
    • Asperula odorata (syn. Galium odoratum)
    • Betula spp.
    • Borago officinalis
    • Calendula officinalis
    • Cannabis sativa
    • Capsicum annum
    • Citrus limonum
    • Echinacea purpurea
    • Elettaria cardamomum
    • Eucalyptus spp.
    • Ficus carica
    • Foeniculum vulgare
    • Glycyrrhiza glabra
    • Humulus lupulus
    • Hyssopus officinalis
    • Lavandula angustifolia (syn. L. officinalis)
    • Levisticum officinale
    • Linum usitatissimum
    • Matricaria recutita (syn M. chamomilla)
    • Melaleuca alternifolia
    • Melissa officinalis
    • Mentha x piperita
    • Mentha pulegium
    • Mentha spicata (syn. M. viridis)
    • Oenothera biennis
    • Origanum vulgare
    • Panax quinquefolius
    • Papaver orientale
    • Petroselinum crispum (syn. P. sativum)
    • Pimpinella anisum
    • Rheum palmatum
    • Ribes rubrum
    • Rosmarinus officinalis
    • Rubus idaeus
    • Ruta graveolens
    • Salix alba
    • Salvia officinalis
    • Sanguisorba officinalis
    • Satureja hortensis
    • Symphytum officinale
    • Taraxacum officinae
    • Thymus vulgaris
    • Ulmus rubra (syn. Ulmus fulva)
    • Valeriana officinalis
    • Vanilla aromatica
    • Zingiber officinale
    • Review what you have been learning
  6. Working with Medicinal Herbs
    • Selling Medicinal Plants: Opportunities
    • Where to Market Herb Products
    • Processing Concerns
    • Starting a Herb Business
    • Planning
    • Preparing a Business Plan for a Herb Farm or Nursery
    • Production Requirements
    • Final Thoughts
    • Review what you have been learning


At only 20 hours, this is different to our other 100 hour courses it is not only shorter and with a lower fee, the assessments at the end of each lesson are fully automated. At the end of each lesson, you are given a short interactive test to undertake, to provide an indication of how your learning is progressing. 

You have access to a help desk for support from a horticulture tutor if you need it in any point in your studies.

When you finish the final lesson, you are given a more thorough automated test or examination. If you achieve an overall pass in this final online test you are provided with an electronic copy of a  'Certificate of Completion' - with your name and the course name and date - to print and store electronically in your permanent records.

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