Home Herbalist

Gain a foundational knowledge of herbs and learn how to incorporate plant medicine into everyday life. Your herbal journey starts here.

Need to know

Who is this course for?

Herbal enthusiasts
Students interested in creating their own Herbal Medicines
Practitioners and professionals adding to their skillset

Video and guidebook length (start, read & watch when you want)

Start any time and progress at your own pace
10 college-level courses, beautifully filmed across 3 seasons

46+ hours of stunning step-by-step video lessons

A detailed 564-page e-book, or purchase 2 printed guidebooks to study offline

Extras

Instruction from 6 holistic wellness teachers, researchers, and makers
Access to monthly instructor-led live virtual classes
Herbalist moderated discussion boards
Assignments and quizzes to enhance your learning
Lifetime access to course videos and notes
9 months to complete the program to earn your certificate
7-day money-back guarantee
Access to our online and offline community of 580+ global herbal students

Do you want to strengthen your relationship with the natural world?

Remedy common ailments naturally, effectively & affordably

  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Colds
  • Constipation
  • Coughs
  • Eczema
  • Fatigue
  • First Aid conditions
  • Hayfever
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Joint pain
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Muscle spasm and strain
  • Nausea
  • Nervous system depletion
  • Sleep
  • Sore throat
  • Stomach aches
  • Urinary issues (age-related)
  • UTIs (chronic and acute)
  • and more!

Program description

We’re all born herbalists. However, knowledge about herbs and herbal traditions has largely been forgotten.

It’s time to remember the practices and relationships with plants that have shaped the psychology and physiology of our species. To engage with herbal medicine is to immerse yourself in a sustainable and profound collaboration with the natural world, which has been proven to support individual and planetary health.

Our Home Herbalist Program is a 46+ hour, self-study, video-based online program designed to introduce you to the world of plant medicine from your own home.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn about the properties and uses of over 50 medicinal and culinary herbs
  • Discover how to make herbal medicines for internal and external uses
  • Learn how to identify both wild and cultivated plants
  • Become proficient at customizing herb blends for yourself and others
  • Explore incorporating medicinal herbs into your food and drink
  • Master the art of creating herbal body products and gifts for your loved ones

This program is designed to provide you with a foundational herbal education.

Upon completion of this experience, you can upgrade to the Community Herbalist Program to deepen your knowledge in topics such as Botany, Medicinal Mushrooms, Plant Spirit Medicine, Backyard Gardening, and more.

Being a parent, it was nice to see I have some control over the types of products I can use to maintain the health of my family. The fact that I can make them myself and control the ingredients is liberating!

“This was an incredible learning experience that awakened a beautiful relationship with the plant world around me. I am forever changed!”

Exclusive Get free mini-lessons in your inbox

Join our Home Herbalist newsletter and we'll send you:

  • Sample mini-lessons on materia medica, medicine making, herbal therapeutics, and more
  • A free herbal monograph and body care recipe
  • An invitation to book 15-minutes with the Assistant Dean to ask questions about the program

Program Outline

Start your herbal journey here. Upon completion, you can upgrade to the Community Herbalist program and gain access to 11 additional courses.

  • 1. Introduction to Herbal Medicine

    Peter Conway | Medical Herbalist, Aromatic Medicine Specialist

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  • 2. Wild Medicinals

    Amanda Howe | RHT, Medical Herbalist

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  • 3. Materia Medica Introduction

    Amanda Howe | RHT, Medical Herbalist

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  • 4. Materia Medica

    Amanda Howe | RHT, Medical Herbalist

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  • 5. Herbal Therapeutics

    David Caudwell | BSc, Medical Herbalist

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  • 6. The Art of Herbal Medicine Making | External Preparations

    Amanda Howe | RHT, Medical Herbalist

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  • 7. The Art of Herbal Medicine Making | Internal Preparations

    Seraphina Capranos | Herbalist, Classical Homeopath

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  • 8. Herbal Body Products & Gift Making

    Dr. Marisa Marciano | ND, RH (AHG)

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  • 9. The Medicinal Kitchen

    Jennifer Brott | Holistic Nutritionist

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  • 10. Conclusion

    Peter Conway | Medical Herbalist, Aromatic Medicine Specialist

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Enroll today

Home Herbalist Online Program

40+ hours & 564 pages of herbal wisdom

New Add the printed guidebooks

Follow along with your video lessons with 2 guidebooks packed with herbal wisdom.

$1080 CAD

Save $70 vs pay monthly

or
6 monthly payments of $160 CAD

Billed monthly

7-day money
back guarantee

Please note that the 7-day money back guarantee applies to stand-alone courses only and to courses that are not completed in full. The 7-day money back guarantee does not apply to students that have completed a course and have received a certificate of completion.

Lifetime access
to materials

100% Secure
checkout

What happens after you sign up?

1. Enroll

Watch your videos at your own pace and watch the calendar for the next virtual classroom.

2. Join virtual classroom

When the date arrives be sure to log in and enjoy your virtual class.

3. Ask your questions!

Connect with your community on the discussion boards. Ask questions and receive answers from our in-house Herbalists.

  1. 1. Enroll

    Watch your videos at your own pace and watch the calendar for the next virtual classroom.

  2. 2. Join virtual classroom

    When the date arrives be sure to log in and enjoy your virtual class.

  3. 3. Ask your questions!

    Connect with your community on the discussion boards. Ask questions and receive answers from our in-house Herbalists.

Meet your instructors

Nine world-class Herbalists and Nutritionists have come together to bring you the highest quality online herbal education available today. Get inspired to impact your community.

  • Peter Conway

    Medical Herbalist, Aromatic Medicine Specialist

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  • Amanda Howe

    RHT, Medical Herbalist

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  • David Caudwell

    BSc, Medical Herbalist

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  • Seraphina Capranos

    Herbalist, Classical Homeopath

    Read Bio
  • Dr. Marisa Marciano

    ND, RH (AHG)

    Read Bio
  • Jennifer Brott

    Holistic Nutritionist

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What do you get with the program?

  • 215 high quality, step-by-step video tutorials

  • A monthly virtual class with one of your herbal instructors where they will teach a lesson in their area of expertise and answer your questions live

  • A stunning 564-page e-book so you can follow along with your video lessons

  • Lifetime discounts on complementary PRCOnline courses to further your education

  • Regular newsletters and monthly webinars to keep you up-to-date and connected with the PRCO herbal community

Program Companion Guides

Printed Guidebooks

Follow along with your video lessons or, turn off your devices and learn without distraction. You’ll be taking notes and carrying these guidebooks around for on-the-go reference. They’re the perfect addition to any herbalist’s collection.

Take a look inside

  • The full curriculum for 10 courses, 215 lessons.
  • Easy to follow icons, charts, and diagrams.
  • 40 detailed herb monographs with photos, history, medicinal uses, dosages, herbal combinations, and more.
  • Photos, identification features, and medicinal uses of 20 wild herbs.
  • Step-by-step kitchen recipes, and herbal medicine recipes for internal and external preparations.
  • Detailed guidance for treating common ailments including formulas and dietary/lifestyle recommendations.

Only $190 when bundled with the Home Herbalist Program*.

Bundle and save

*Books cannot be purchased individually and are for herbal students only.

Bonus feature

Virtual classes

Every month, one of your herbal instructors will conduct a virtual class in their area of expertise and answer student questions live.

Self-paced learning to fit your lifestyle.

Open your mind to the natural world around you and begin your herbal journey today.

Enroll today

What can you do after completing this program?

  • Make your own custom herbal medicine: salves, tinctures, teas, creams, and more.

  • Use the healing power of plants to help restore and enhance health.

  • Identify wild medicinal plants and mushrooms and be able to sustainably harvest.

  • Save money by creating your own luscious body products right in your very own kitchen.

  • Increase the nutrition and healing properties of your food by cooking with herbs.

  • Share the history of herbalism and tune in to your senses to experience your relationship with plants.

Program comparison

Home Herbalist Online ProgramCommunity Herbalist Online Program
Program Hours4680+
Courses1021
Quizzes & ProjectsAll are optionalYes ?
Receive CertificateYes ?Yes ?
Can transfer credit into Pacific Rim College's Diploma of Phytotherapy program (upon successful program application)NoYes ?
Access to discussion boards9 months2 years
Access to monthly virtual classrooms9 months2 years
Start a new career post program!Optional
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Holistic Nutrition
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Botany
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Backyard Gardening
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Aromatic Medicine
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Medicinal Mushrooms
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Seed Saving
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Herbal First Aid
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Herbal Business
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Case Studies/Intaking
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"A Day In the Life" alumni mini documentary
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# of video lessons215398
E-book page count564876
Own videos for lifeYesYes
7-day money back guaranteeYesYes
Payment planYesYes
Full price$890$2799
Enroll TodayEnroll Today

If all courses, quizzes, and projects are successfully completed,  the following courses are eligible for transfer:

  • Materia Medica
  • Internal Medicine Making
  • External Medicine Making
  • Backyard Gardening
  • Wild Medicinal Herb Walk
  • History, Energetics and Spirit of Herbal Medicine

Upon successful completion of all videos, quizzes, and projects.

Upon successful completion of all videos, quizzes, and projects.

Once your program is successfully completed, you can hand your certificate in with your application to the Pacific Rim College campus. If you are accepted into your program, some of your course credits will transfer.

Plant a tree

When you register as a new student, we celebrate by planting a tree in your honor!

Why? We are dedicated to sustainability for our planet through both education and action. Trees are pivotal for protecting the biodiversity of our planet and this includes protecting plant medicine.

How? Twice per year we partner with OneTreePlanted, a non-profit, and choose a global location most in need.

Trees planted to date
759

Enroll today

Home Herbalist Online Program

40+ hours & 564 pages of herbal wisdom

New Add the printed guidebooks

Follow along with your video lessons with 2 guidebooks packed with herbal wisdom.

$1080 CAD

Save $70 vs pay monthly

or
6 monthly payments of $160 CAD

Billed monthly

7-day money
back guarantee

Please note that the 7-day money back guarantee applies to stand-alone courses only and to courses that are not completed in full. The 7-day money back guarantee does not apply to students that have completed a course and have received a certificate of completion.

Lifetime access
to materials

100% Secure
checkout

Why Pacific Rim College Online?

Pacific Rim College in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is recognized around the world as a leader in holistic medicine and sustainable living. Since 2006 Pacific Rim College has educated thousands of students, forged innovative curricula, and earned a global following with its award-winning services.

  • 15 years in business
  • 1,000+ graduates
  • Expert instructors

FAQ

  • How long do I have access for?

    Lifetime access to all video content. Access to discussion boards and virtual classrooms for 9 months.

  • How long does it take to complete the program?

    This program includes over 40 hours of video lessons. In addition to this, you are encouraged to complete readings in the guidebook, submit quizzes and assignments, and pursue additional research on topics of interest. We also supply you with a reading list and suggest selecting one book from each section to enhance your learning experience. Therefore, we estimate the program will take you 80-100 hours to complete, depending on the depth of your study.

  • Do I receive continuing education credits for these courses?

    Please check with your local association as this program will likely count towards professional development/continuing education credits. Factors for determining eligibility will vary.

  • Do I receive a certificate or certification?

    You will receive a certificate of completion once you have successfully completed all videos, quizzes, and projects. Herbal medicine is currently an unregulated profession globally. The level of education that is provided with this program is of the highest quality and is designed to give you a solid grounding in herbal medicine.

  • Is the program accredited?

    Currently, there is no licensing accreditation anywhere in the world. For this reason, we brought in the top instructors in herbal medicine to ensure you receive the highest level of education.

  • Do I have access to instructors?

    Yes! There is a monthly virtual classroom with one of your program instructors where they will answer your most common questions and teach you a new mini-lesson.

  • What supplies are required?

    You will see a 'Supplies & Equipment' list in your guidebook for the courses that require or strongly suggest supplies. Do know that there are many options for students on a budget.

  • Are all courses online?

    Yes! Your program is 100% online. You can start anytime you like and from wherever you are.

  • Can I upgrade/matriculate from the Home Herbalist to Community Herbalist program at anytime?

    Yes! Just send us an email when you would like to upgrade. You will just pay the difference between what you purchased for your Home Herbalist program and the Community Herbalist program!

  • What e-readers are supported for the online e-book?

    You will have received an email after sign up with the links that you need. You can also go to the website FAQ to find the links to the e-readers that support your e-book. Go to the top of the page --> click 'support' --> click 'read FAQ'. You will find the links you need there.

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What our students are saying…

“I was very interested in healing herbs and food and how they would assist in healing the body naturally. I loved the Home Herbalist Program and found the materials very useful and informative. It was very fun learning, and I really liked the wonderful flow from healing herbs to body and overall health to cooking—it was very well put together. I really enjoyed this course, and am looking forward to taking the Community Herbalist program.”

Adeline Barteski - Regina, SK, Canada

“The Home Herbalist Program taught me to be more self-reliant. I can now make my own medicine (such as tea or tincture) to prevent an illness or treat minor health issues so I do not have to visit a doctor for everything. The program is very comprehensive with many beautiful visual aids and it was easy to follow. I enjoyed everything but especially the Materia Medica and Herbal Therapeutics—I keep going back to them over and over.”

Candace - Vancouver, BC, Canada

“I am delightfully impressed with the Home Herbalist Program and thrilled I was able to participate and complete this enriching course. It was thorough and very well presented. I am grateful for the deeper connection to the plants and the treasured education to their many benefits.”

Wanda Mccumber - Kingston, ON, Canada

“I thought it was affordable, beautifully in-depth and covered many topics well. There is clearly still a lot to learn but I felt everything that was touched on was explained to a good depth. Medicine-making and the Materia Medica were most useful—getting to see the plants growing while having them explained was helpful.”

Olivia - New Zealand

“I found the Home Herbalist Program very informative, educational and enjoyable. The program materials were excellent. I especially enjoyed the creation part of the program where you were able to start practicing your knowledge.”

Adeline Barteski - Regina, SK, Canada

“I loved it! I found the videos so useful for my style of learning. I think everything I learned in this course I will carry into my day-to-day life. I am most excited about gifting my loved ones with herbal medicine.”

Nicole Van Leeuwen - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

“Great. Professional. I really appreciated having the herbal therapeutics component; I wasn’t expecting that.”

Cynthia - Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

“Thoughtfully prepared and close to home. All the instructors truly cared for the material and spoke from their place of passion and enjoyment. So good!”

Meghan Watson - Victoria, BC, Canada

“Very grateful. I feel very confident with the knowledge that the program provides. I walk in the forest quite often; now, it’s great to be able to plant identify on my excursions. Thank you.”

Erin Matz - Comox Valley, BC, Canada

“I love plants and nature. I have always wanted to attend Pacific Rim, but I am currently in Vancouver working on my bachelor of science in nursing. A well-rounded program with experienced teachers appreciates medicine for complicated health challenges and recognizes the grey area of health that is often overlooked.”

Brigette Herrington - Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • “I was very interested in healing herbs and food and how they would assist in healing the body naturally. I loved the Home Herbalist Program and found the materials very useful and informative. It was very fun learning, and I really liked the wonderful flow from healing herbs to body and overall health to cooking—it was very well put together. I really enjoyed this course, and am looking forward to taking the Community Herbalist program.”

    Adeline Barteski - Regina, SK, Canada

  • “The Home Herbalist Program taught me to be more self-reliant. I can now make my own medicine (such as tea or tincture) to prevent an illness or treat minor health issues so I do not have to visit a doctor for everything. The program is very comprehensive with many beautiful visual aids and it was easy to follow. I enjoyed everything but especially the Materia Medica and Herbal Therapeutics—I keep going back to them over and over.”

    Candace - Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • “I am delightfully impressed with the Home Herbalist Program and thrilled I was able to participate and complete this enriching course. It was thorough and very well presented. I am grateful for the deeper connection to the plants and the treasured education to their many benefits.”

    Wanda Mccumber - Kingston, ON, Canada

  • “I thought it was affordable, beautifully in-depth and covered many topics well. There is clearly still a lot to learn but I felt everything that was touched on was explained to a good depth. Medicine-making and the Materia Medica were most useful—getting to see the plants growing while having them explained was helpful.”

    Olivia - New Zealand

  • “I found the Home Herbalist Program very informative, educational and enjoyable. The program materials were excellent. I especially enjoyed the creation part of the program where you were able to start practicing your knowledge.”

    Adeline Barteski - Regina, SK, Canada

  • “I loved it! I found the videos so useful for my style of learning. I think everything I learned in this course I will carry into my day-to-day life. I am most excited about gifting my loved ones with herbal medicine.”

    Nicole Van Leeuwen - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  • “Great. Professional. I really appreciated having the herbal therapeutics component; I wasn’t expecting that.”

    Cynthia - Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

  • “Thoughtfully prepared and close to home. All the instructors truly cared for the material and spoke from their place of passion and enjoyment. So good!”

    Meghan Watson - Victoria, BC, Canada

  • “Very grateful. I feel very confident with the knowledge that the program provides. I walk in the forest quite often; now, it’s great to be able to plant identify on my excursions. Thank you.”

    Erin Matz - Comox Valley, BC, Canada

  • “I love plants and nature. I have always wanted to attend Pacific Rim, but I am currently in Vancouver working on my bachelor of science in nursing. A well-rounded program with experienced teachers appreciates medicine for complicated health challenges and recognizes the grey area of health that is often overlooked.”

    Brigette Herrington - Vancouver, BC, Canada

Plants are the portal to everything

Life-changing education awaits you

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