This is my personal review of The Herbal Academy, which used to go by The Herbal Academy of New England.
My own herbal journey started about two years ago. It started simply enough, I had a 2 month old baby, my first. He had just gotten his first rounds of immunizations. I had been torn with the to vacz or not to vacz debate. I ended up deciding to go ahead and give him the immunizations after much research, and even more worrying.
That night he cried and was fussier than ever. I had bought the baby Tylenol as suggested by the doctor, against my inner voice telling me he didn’t need it. But I was completely new to this… Only I wasn’t. I’ve been a nurse for 10 years. I have given many vaccines. I know the in’s and out’s to Tylenol, the risks and how harmful it can be to the liver. I even know how harmful the red dye in children’s Tylenol can be to a small developing body (which is why it now comes in a dye-free version).
For whatever reason though, I didn’t trust myself, or my tiny inner voice. So there I was with my precious, little fussy baby. I carefully pulled up the exact dose of Tylenol he was supposed to get and slowly put it in my babies mouth. I had instant regret (along with some internal panicking.) Suddenly he spewed it all up. Red syrup out his mouth and nose, all down the front of him and me, along with instant distressed cries. I took it as a sign and decided it just wasn’t worth it.
Finding Herbal Medicine
I needed alternatives, so I did what I always did and dove into research. I found article after article of using plants as natural remedies. A new spark was ignited inside me when I found the world of herbal medicine. I wanted to learn more.
There is so much information on herbalism and plant-based medicine out there. I needed to find a reliable source to educate myself. It’s actually really hard to find reliable information that has the research and articles to back it up.
The Herbal Academy Review
I did a lot of research before deciding on The Herbal Academy. They are well reviewed by other herbal enthusiasts out there and within my budget. So I jumped in and took the introductory class. It was perfect for where I was, at the beginning of my herbal studies journey.
It gave me all the information I needed to have the confidence to start making herbal recipes and preparations. There are a few recipes I use all-the-time, even years later. Like the three needs tea. Which helps my toddler (and I for that matter) calm down for the evening.
Beautiful learning experience
I’ve taken a lot of online classes from a lot of different companies and individuals. This is probably the most visually aesthetic class I’ve ever taken. Each chapter has a simple but elegant layout. I’m currently enrolled in the intermediate course. One of my favorite things to do when I actually get a bit of “quiet time” is to pour a cup of herbal tea and immerse myself into my herbal studies.
This is a biggie. Sometimes I only have a few minutes in the day to do something for myself. I’m usually chasing a toddler all day and care for an infant too. The fact that i can go from my computer to my phone is a big deal for me. This means when I’m nursing my little one during my toddler’s nap time I get to review some of the things I’ve been learning on my phone and don’t have to be at my desk.
All the information found in the course is backed up by research studies, well-known herbalists, and reference materials. I love that at the bottom of each chapter you can find all the resources they used. It’s a great way to learn more about each subject they are teaching. They also have multiple instructors in the course and offer differing points of view, which is important for a well-rounded education.
Loaded with practicality
Many of the chapters are set up by body system. This makes it easier to “practice” your craft. For example, one unit is dedicated to the nervous system. There is a lot of information related to anxiety and sleep (among other things of course). These two things in particular though, that have been a struggle in my house. I have been able to apply what I learn directly to myself and my family. I use the recipes for teas, decoctions, and tinctures and it helps calm nerves stop panic attacks and everyone gets a bit more sleep. Here you can take a peek at what each chapter is about in the intermediate course.
Appeal to different interests
They offer several different classes depending on your experience level, interests and budget. They offer their introductory class, intermediate class, and advanced herbalist class. These are great for building the basic foundation of herbal knowledge. The Herbal Academy also now offer a material medica course and an herbal fermentation course, which are part of their shorter course collection.
Each chapter contains useful printouts and resource pages to add to your herbal studies binder. They are well planned out, useful, easy to use and visually pleasing. Honestly, this is one of my favorite parts. I really enjoy beautiful and useful printouts to add to my own herbal studies binder.
They offer great discounts for students so that you can jump into the hands-on parts of the course. Currently, they offer a 25% off at bulk herb store. That’s a pretty substantial discount that I personally use often, being that I make pretty large herb purchases regularly. They are also offering various other discounts as well, to a couple other online shops and several magazines.
The one thing I would change
The only thing I don’t like about the course is that once you purchase it, you only have access to it for a set time. Granted that time is 2 years for the intermediate course, and you can download the chapters to your computer as PDFs, and print them to make a beautiful herbal resource book. Which is all great, but I just really do think the course is beautiful and I want access to it forever. Heh. I just don’t do well with goodbyes I guess.
Overall I love The Herbal Academy. I get excited about their courses and the information I learn. I also love seeing when a new course comes out that I can add to my infinite to-do list. If you’re looking for an excellent resource for your own herbal studies, I’m sure they would benefit you too.
Take a look at The Herbal Academy and see if they have a course that fits your needs.