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 Botanical Studies  
Foundational Herbalism 

Foundational Herbalism is an introductory LIVE Zoom online course encompassing the fundamental principles of Traditional Western Herbalism. This program consists of a series of nine classes (34 hours) and includes a group hike  four hour hike where students meet medicinal plants and learn how to cultivate native medicinal flora. 


This course will introduce you to a new way of looking at plants, their uses while cultivating relationships with the flora. 


Topics Covered


  • Aromatic, Bitter, MucilantAstringent and Nervine herbs. Learning how these herbal actions can be applied to herbal uses.


  • Re-engaging our sense of taste: Salty, Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Bland, Acrid and Spicy Here we will taste herbs in forms of tea to the eating of plants to experience their actions in our bodies. Students will learn how these herbal actions, our sense of taste can be applied as part of the foundations of herbalism and in customizing herbal formulas.


  • Materia Medica: Working with flora of that is readily available on the herbal marketplace. Students will be sent herbs for the Herbal Tea Discovery where from the comfort of your home you can participate. 


 Herbal Preparations. In each class participants will learn how to prepare and use these herbs in the following preparations: 

  • Herbal infused oils for culinary and medicinal uses.

  • Tinctures

  • Liniments, facial toners and skincare

  • Poultice 

  • Acetum (herbal vinegars) and Oxymel

  • Teas, Infusions and Decoctions

  • Salves


Where: Live virtual class using zoom. 



Classes are non-refundable or exchanged for future classes. 

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FIELD TRIP: Students who complete the course are invited to join for the the Native Plants Hike, where we will explore the diverse desert ecosystems, plant associations and how they relate to factors such as symbiotic relationships, soil, elevation and the desert fauna. You will meet native, medicinal and wild food flora on this hike and learn of traditional and modern uses as food and medicine of the plants. There is NO WILDCRAFTING and I encourage you to support our desert by planting your own native plants. Many can be purchased at Cactus Mart.

Space is limited. 

Contact us to learn more.

photo of students with the herbal medicine they made taken in Morongo Valley, CA. ethical herbalism, bioregional herbalism,
student making fire cider, herbal medicine making
students sitting in on the discussion of herbal uses, morongo valley, mojave desert,
students sitting in on the discussion of herbal uses, morongo valley, mojave desert,
creosote bush, Larrea tridentata herbal medicine making

 The Team

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