Good afternoon! I am a Landscape Architect specialized in Healing Gardens and I have earned a Master's Degree from the faculty of Agronomy and Horticulture (in Italy). I always been passionate about herbal medicine, during my university educational career I studied botany and medicinal plants and after my degree I continued to study as self-educated, expecially concerning medical properties of wild plants, Bach flowers and essential oils. Now I would like to improve and certify my knowledges. I was interested to your Medicinal Herbs on-line course. Expecially I wanted to know if this certification could allow me to legally exercise as herbalist (making herbal-based products and offering herbal medicine consultancy) and run a business such as an herbal shop. Also, is this diploma accepted as valid certification from business insurance companies? Best regards, Cristina Pandolfo
our Medicinal Herbs (BHT 227) course offers a Level 4 Certificate (according to the NQF) representing 100 hours studied. This course is verified by the globally recognised awarding body ASIQUAL. I am unfamiliar with legal requirements in Italy, but here in the United Kingdom the course on its own will provide the knowledge required to act as a gateway into the field, rather than something that will fully qualify you to administer herbal medicine. I would recommend contacting any relevant licensing and insuring bodies and asking them directly of their requirements as it will likely vary on a case by case basis.
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Medicinal Herbs 100 Hours Certificate Course
Medicinal Herbs course online. Learn how to identify and grow around 100 different medicinal herbs and how they are used, and how herbal medicines can be prepared. Understand problems associated with home use of certain herbs
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.
Lesson Structure: Medicinal Herbs BHT227
There are 8 lessons:
1. 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
2. Culture of Medicinal Herbs
- What is a Herb
- Soils and Nutrition
- Fertilizing Herbs
- Compost, Mulch, Watering
- Pest and Disease
- Chinese Herbalists
- Egyptian Influence
- Greek Influences
- The Dark Ages
- German and English Herbals
- Other Influences
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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.
Learning Goals: Medicinal Herbs BHT227
- 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.
- Define the term "medicinal herb" according to both horticultural and naturopathic meanings.
- Compile a resource file of fifty different sources of information regarding medicinal herbs.
- Distinguish between fifteen different plant families which common medicinal herbs belong to.
- Prepare a plant collection of fifty different medicinal herb varieties.
- List ten different medicinal herbs which were often used more than one hundred years ago, but are no longer commonly used.
- Identify modern trends in the use of herbs in medicines in your country.
- Discuss the role of home remedies in modern society.
- Discuss the role of the naturopath in modern society.
- Summarise the history of medicinal herbs since early civilisation, to modern times.
- Explain the characteristics of different types of chemicals found in medicinal herbs.
- Write brief definitions to explain the mode of action of different herbal medicines.
- Write an essay describing the chemical actions which two different herbs have upon the human body.
- Explain various factors which can influence the effectiveness of active constituents of a herb.
- List herbal remedies derived from forty different commonly grown herbs.
- Identify the morphological parts of fifteen different herbs which are used medicinally.
- Explain thoroughly how to prepare six different types of simple medicines, including a:
- Develop a list of safety procedures to follow when preparing a given herbal medicine.
- Explain methods to administer six different herbal medicines which are safe and appropriate for an unskilled person to make and use
- at home. (ie. medicines which do not have any dangerous risks if prepared or administered incorrectly).
- Describe, in summaries, twelve commonly occurring plants which contain poisonous substances, including:
- names (botanical and common)
- dangerous parts of the plant
- poisonous substances
- mode of action of poison
- remedy (if any).
- List five herbs that should never be taken internally.
- List five herbs which should never be used by pregnant women.
- List three herbs which should never be used by children.
- Describe, including at least two specific examples, precautions when dealing with unknown herb materials.
- Develop guidelines for the culture of a specified variety of medicinal herb.
- Explain natural pest and disease control methods for five medicinal herb varieties.
- Prepare a sample of soil suitable for growing a specified herb variety in the open ground.
- Demonstrate propagation techniques for five different medicinal herbs.
- Produce container plants of two different medicinal herbs, propagating and growing on the plants to a marketable stage and condition.
- Record the development of two medicinal herbs in a log including a summary of the condition of the plant, growth, and cultural practices carried out.
- Develop a list of criteria for selecting the most commercially viable variety of a nominated medicinal herb species available.
- List thirty different varieties of a medicinal herb species which are readily available for purchase as "reliable" seed or tubestock.
- Compare different varieties of six nominated medicinal herb species to determine a commercially viable variety to grow in your locality.
- List tasks to be undertaken in the production of a selected medicinal herb variety, including:
- soil preparation
- growing practices
- harvest and post harvest.
- Write a production schedule for a medicinal herb variety which designates tasks to be undertaken systematically at each stage of crop development.
- Explain the facilities which would be required to produce a specified commercial medicinal herb crop, including:
- Estimate the cost of producing a specified medicinal herb crop, itemising the cost components into at least five categories.
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