Learn about more than 100 medicinal herbs, how to identify herbs accurately, how to grow them, harvest herbs, types of herbal medicines, chemical components of herbs, herbal preparations, safety and caution with using herbs; what herbs are safer to use; and lots more.
There are 8 lessons in this course:
- Introduction to Medicinal Herbs
- Scope and Nature of Herbal Medicine
- Being Cautious
- Growing and Knowing Medicinal Herbs
- Accurate Plant Naming
- Pronouncing Plant Names
- Finding Reliable Resources
- Culture of Medicinal Herbs
- What is a Herb
- Soils and Nutrition
- Fertilizing Herbs
- Compost, Mulch, Watering
- Pest and Disease
- Chinese Herbalists
- Egyuptian Influence
- Greek Influences
- The Dark Ages
- German and English Herbals
- Other Influences
- Main Medicinal Herbs
- Introduction and Varieties to Grow
- Production Plan
- Improving Soil Fertility
- Cover Crops and Legumes
- Cultivation, Growing Methods, Compost
- Growing and using Ginger
- Garlic Culture
- Echinacea Culture
- Herbal Remedies
- Bitter Tonics
- Carminatives and Aromatics
- Vulnerary Herbs
- Common Herbs with Medicinal Properties
- Nervines as Healing Agents
- Natural Chemicals in Plants and their Affect 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
- Preparing Herbal remedies
- Medical Preparations
- 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 Atmospere Packaging
- Herbal Preparations for Teas, Rinses and Baths
- Producing Essential Oils; Water distilation, Steam distilation
- Uses for Eucalyptus Oil
- Poisonous Plants
- Review of Plant Poisons
- Hazardous Herbs
- Carcinogens, Potosensitizers, Allergens, Hormone Like Affects, Teratogens, Respiratory Inhibitors, etc
- Toxic Plant Constituents
- Developing a Production Plan
- Managing a Market Garden
- Deciding What to Grow
- Production Planning
- Types of Problems
- Crop Schedules
- Farming Medicinal Herbs
- Production Requirements for Different Herbs
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
- Distinguish between medicinal herbs in cultivation including twenty-five different genera and fifty different varieties.
- Discuss the history of medicinal herb usage.
- Compare the chemical components of different medicinal herbs in terms of their general affect on the human body.
- Prepare simple and safe herbal remedies in a domestic situation.
- Explain the potential dangers involved in dealing with plants.
- Prepare a schedule of cultural practices for a medicinal herb crop.
- Develop a production plan for a medicinal herb crop.
For more information on this course, please request your free course information pack.
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