Herbalism For Beginners – Online

Who is this course for

No previous knowledge or experience required. This is an introductory course open to those interested in learning about kitchen & plant remedies and how to use them safely.

What does this course cover

How to work with simple herbal preparations; the different parts of plants and how they are prepared and also the effective therapeutic dose. Alongside the herbs you will be learning about home remedies and how diet & lifestyle influence health. By the end of the course participants will be able to describe how to make an herbal infusion, a decoction and how to use them therapeutically; they will be identify at least 5 medicinal plants and describe how and when they might be used and be able to identify at least two food items that can be used therapeutically.

What will it be like

The methods of teaching and learning include formal teaching/short lecture, questions and answers, brainstorming, discussion, group and pair work and some individual work.
Students are assessed informally through observation, their level of questioning and answering, and through feedback.

What else do you need to buy or do

Participants will be expected to make an herbal remedy at home, to try a range of different herbs and & share their experiences.
Herb and kitchen ingredients average cost £2 per week

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:


You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

Further study of herbal medicine; other introductory complementary health courses.
Some previous students have gone on to study Anatomy and life drawing

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’