Learning about herbs, Part 1: Educational Goals

What are your herbal goals? Before talking about different methods of learning and gaining experience with herbal medicine, let’s talk about what possibilities exist for you and your goals in this path. What would you like to do with your herbal education and experience? Teach? Practice Clinical Herbalism? Open and

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Baby nurse, in the wild.

Written by Suchil Coffman. About five years ago, I took Steve Pehrson’s Austere Trauma course at our school, and it hooked me. With no medical background behind me, I found myself fascinated by the oft-repeated phrase, “what would you do when there is NO higher care?” I learned about sterile

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The Story of Nica Pather – Our School’s Mascot

In 2012, our school did our first herbal medicine clinic in Nicaragua with about 22 of our students and staff. Our clinical herbalist students were doing free herbal clinics for the village we stayed in, and our off-grid engineering students were working on slow sand water filtration units for a

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Wound Healing, Infection and Herbal Medicine

Wound Healing, Infection and Plant Medicine Before using herbal methods to treat wounds and manage infection whether at home or in the field, basic first aid skills are essential.  These basic first aid skills can be learned from a variety of schools such as the local Red Cross.  However, I

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Practical Herbal Medicine at Home and in the Field

Many folks who want to use botanical medicine in a practical manner are not quite sure how to start. There are so many books and so much social media on the subject that it can be overwhelming and lead sometimes to more questions than answers. Should I buy some encapsulated

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