Check out frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page!
~Under an hour of weekly videos, detailed notes and discussions released on Mondays at 4pm. Our next program begins May 11, 2020 and runs through September 2020.
~WATCH VIDEOS ON YOUR OWN SCHEDULE!! You do not have to watch the vides at the time they are released. They are pre-recorded and available anytime.
~ 6 Sections of in-depth Western Herbalism content (complete syllabus below).
~ Certificate of Herbal Education when completed
~ A copy of Mary Blues Herbal Foundations workbook to follow along with the videos.
This program offers the student:
Everyday uses of over 50 plants and introduces concepts of nutritional healing.
Complete Herbal Actions and body system support for: Skin health, immune health, endocrine health, digestive health, respiratory health. Follow along with Mary Blues Herbal Foundation workbook.
Herbal Dosages for: Average adults, elders, children, and health/herbal support for specific populations.
It covers: In-depth coverage herbal contraindications, herbal actions and herbal terminology, regulatory and legal guidelines, local plant ID, herbal first aid, dosages, and herbal body system support.
The how-to of: Concepts of herbal medicine making, constituents and solvency: the how to of herbal decoctions/infusions, tincturing, syrups, salves, linaments, creams, poultices, infused oils, and more!
~Phone or email support with Mary Blue and her trained herbalists available 6 days per week.
Four Foundational Elements of Western Herbalism
Tricks of the trade: record keeping & storage
Plant Constituents to know
Herbal Actions 101- An overview of over 30 herbal actions and correlating herbs
Herbal Extraction 101
Food as Medicine
~Water Based Extractions-Infusions and Decoctions
~Oil based extractions: Infused Oils, Salves, Carrier Oils, Essential Oils, Volatile Oils
~ Herbal Salves 101
Glycerines, Alcohol, and Vinegar
~Endocrine system overview
~Herbal Syrups~Herbal Actions; Anodynes & Analgesics, Vulneraries, Astringents, Emollients, Styptics
~Herbal Syrups 101
~Digestive System overview
~Herbal Actions; Carminatives, Demulcents, Ant-acids, Bitters
~Immune System overview
~Herbal Actions; Immune Modulators/ Stimulators, Lymphatics
~Nervous System overview
~External applications of herbs; Poultices, compresses, soaks and linaments
~Herbal Actions and correlating herbs; Anti-microbials
~Herbal Actions; Diaphoretic/ Febrifuge, Diuretics, Emetics, Laxatives
~Herbal Actions; Emmenagogues
~Herbal Actions; Anti-cattharals
~Herbal Actions; Pectorals and Expectorants
~Herbal Dosages- Elders, children, pregnancy and specific actions
~Herbal First Aid
~Cultural and Political Aspects of Western Herbalism
~5 Commandments of Herbal Contraindications
~The Many Paths of the Herbalist; Which direction to go?
~Overview Herbal Foundations Program
~ Legal and Regulatory Guidelines for Herbalists
Overview of Herbal Foundations Online
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I sign up for the Herbal Education and Training Program?
Fill out the registration form.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
We offer scholarships for the following students POC, transgender, disabled and low income. We offer 20 scholarships per session. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. Our program is not currently closed captioned, but we are working on it!
How often does the program run?
We run the 6 month Herbal Foundations Online program 4 times per year.
Programs begin in October, January, April and June.
When are the classes available online?
Classes are released online every Monday at 4pm for 6 months. You can watch the classes and complete the work at your leisure.
Do I need to appear in person to complete this course?
No. This whole program is online.
Is there a research/ writing homework due for this course?
Is there any homework due?
Yes. Students are required to make an herbal salve, a tincture and a syrup.
Are there instructors available for questions?
Yes. You can call us on the phone at 401-270-5223 or email us directly with as many questions as you have!
How long are your classes, and how often do they meet?
Herbal Foundations is under an hour of videos, notes, quizzes and discussions per week.
Do you have a payment plan?
When the program is discounted 50%, we generally do not offer payment plants. However, if you cannot afford the program all at once, you can email us to request a payment plan. All payment and payment plans must be paid in full by the start of the program. email@example.com
What is your refund policy?
Cancellation 2 weeks before class: full refund
Cancellation 1 week before class: 75% refund
Cancellation 1 day before class: 50% refund
Cancellation day of class/ through the first week of class: 25% refund
After one week of class: 0% refund
We have a hardship refund. Click here for details on refund policy.
Can I do work trade?
To apply for work trade, you need to live within 100 miles of Providence, RI. Work trade needs to be completed before the hours can be used as payment. This requires pre-planning and starting your work trade 6-8 months before the program begins. Work trade for the level 1 is only available between the months of April – November. Therefore, you need to start your work trade in April to apply them to the October- March winter program. Work traders need to go through an interview, have references and have their own transportation, and live in Rhode Island. Check out our work trade page here.
How do I know if the program is full?
We usually keep a note on the top of this page if the program is full. If the registration link is available on this page, there is space. There are sometimes last minute cancellations and we will have a waiting list form posted if there are cancellations.
Can someone answer my specific questions?
Yes! Give us a call 401-270-5223. All of the folks working here have been through the programs here and are happy to answer questions.
Email us or call with any questions!