I created this course for people wanting to learn more about medicinal plants and how they can use them at home. So while it's open to anyone regardless of whether they've studied herbs before it goes beyond the scope of many introductory courses available.
Prerequisite: There are no specific prerequisites for this course but an interest in herbs and some reading on the subject is a useful starting point.
What the course includes:
- Certificate of completion (not a qualification to practice)
- Online assistance via private Facebook study group
The course will cover:
- Herbal history
- Drying, preserving and growing your own herbs
- Herbal medicine and the law
- Botany and plant ID
- Build your own herbal remedies chest
- Herbal medicine from around the world
- Herbs for children (access to the herbs for children course included)
- Herbs for first aid
- Summer remedies
- Winter remedies
- Herbal medicine making (access to the natural cream making course included)
- An indepth study of 10 herbs
- Further study of 20 more herbs
This course is available online only.
Laura Carpenter gained a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine from the University of East London and is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), the regulating body for medical herbalists, established in 1864. NIMH members adhere to a strict code of ethics and practice.
Laura undertook the degree part time over five years, which focused on anatomy and physiology, plant biochemistry and pharmacology, as well as orthodox medical diagnosis. She completed clinical training at the Stratford Herbal Medicine clinic and the Dermatology department of Whipps Cross Hospital in London, completing over 600 hours of clinical training. In 2013 NIMH awarded her the Dorothy Carroll Award for top final clinical examination.
Laura went on to become a member of the Post Graduate Training board for NIMH, ensuring continuing professional standards were met for all NIMH registered medical herbalists, and she became editor of Herbal Thymes magazine in May 2014.
Laura’s interest in herbs is from both scientific research and traditional British herbal medicine perspectives. She has a keen interest in using British plants, and the medicines she prescribes are often wild crafted, and organic where possible.
Reminding people of traditional remedies that can be harvested from the hedgerows and made into medicines in the kitchen is very important to Laura. It forms a big part of her workshops, herb walks and courses.