The 2021 Foundations of Herbalism Online Program is available On-Demand.

On-Demand Students receive access to 10 Modules, released monthly beginning March 5, 2021. Each module contains four or five recorded three-hour classes and all program handouts.

The  Program offers 120 hours of lectures, demonstrations, live monthly “office hours” with Patricia Kyritsi Howell,  and interactive learning exercises and quizzes. See Program Syllabus for details.

The Foundations of Herbalism Program curriculum includes:

  • A materia medica covering the medicinal uses of 60 herbs.
  • Botany, plant families, cultivation basics, and the botanical characteristics of 60 herbs.
  • Detailed instructions about making herbal preparations (tinctures, oils, salves, infused oils, teas, syrups, and more).
  • Herbs for specific body systems (cardiovascular, reproductive, etc.)
  • How to create herbal formulas for everyday health problems.
  • Herbal first aid and wound care.
  • Herb/drug interactions.
  • Health assessment skills.
  • Herbal support for stress, cancer, and other degenerative diseases.
  • Herbal strategies to improve your health.

Location: The 2021 Foundations of Herbalism Program is an online course accessible on your computer, phone, or tablet. Registered students receive a link to our private online classroom portal to access the recorded sessions and download all program materials and interactive features.

Program Options and Tuition for On-Demand Access: $1200.00

On-Demand students receive these program features:

  • Access to all class recordings and handouts is released as monthly modules, beginning March 5, 2021, and ending on December 5, 2021. Each of the ten modules contains four or five recorded three-hour classes and all program handouts.
  • Access to all class recordings for one year after the program begins through our Online Classroom.
  • Opportunity to attend “Office Hours” with Patricia each month for live questions and discussions.
  • Student discounts with herb suppliers and organizations, including Frontier Herbs, Herbalist and Alchemist, and the American Herbalists Guild.
  • Opportunity to earn a “Certificate of Completion” if all program requirements are met.

Curriculum: The Foundations of Herbalism Program includes 120 hours of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and interactive learning exercises. See Program Syllabus.

Additional Costs: Expect to spend about $200-300 on books, herbs, and medicine-making supplies. See the required book list below.

Program materials are provided as digital files. You should have access to a computer with a printer throughout the program to print program materials.

We do not offer any scholarships or state-funded tuition stipends. Our program is not accredited. However, a limited number of tuition discounts based on a sliding scale are available.

Certification: A Certificate of Completion is available to students who complete all program requirements, take the final exam, and make a specific set of herbal preparations. The certificate acknowledges the program’s successful completion and recognizes demonstrated proficiency in herbal therapeutics, herbal formulation, medicine-making techniques, and knowledge of the uses of sixty herbs. We do not confer any titles such as “Certified,” “ Registered,” or “Master Herbalist.”

For more information, see Is This Program Right for You? Registration and Payment Details. 

Required Books

These books are needed for reading assignments. Most have been in print for a while. Used copies may be available at a discounted price. Check out our favorite used book sites: ABE Books and Better World Books.  The prices listed below are for new copies.

Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston and Steven Maimes. Second edition. $18.95

Herbal Therapy and Supplements: A Scientific and Traditional Approach by Merrily A. Kuhn and David Winston. Second edition. $54.95.

Medical Herbalism: The Science, Principles, and Practice of Modern Herbalism by David Hoffmann. $60.00

Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians by Patricia Kyritsi Howell. $15.00 (if you buy it from me)  NOTE: You may order a copy of Patricia’s book at a discounted price from the BotanoLogos website.

The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide by Thomas Easley and Steven Horne. $24.95

Program Teachers

Patricia Kyritsi Howell, R.H. (AHG) is the author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians (2006) and director of the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies. She has been a practicing herbalist and teacher for twenty-eight years.

A registered herbalist member of the American Herbalists Guild since 1997, she is the AHG Admissions Coordinator, co-chair of the AHG Symposium Committee, and formerly served three terms on the Guild’s Governing Council (board of directors). Learn more at

Lorna Mauney-Brodek is an herbalist with a global perspective on herbalism. Her commitment to providing affordable, holistic health care to the Atlanta community inspired her to found the Herbalista Herb Bus Free Clinic, serving our friends who live on the streets. In 2013 she was awarded the American Herbalists Guild’s Community Service Award for her work with the Herb Bus. A gifted teacher, she teaches at herb events throughout the US and Europe, consults with numerous groups to establish herbal health clinics for underserved communities, and practices herbalism in Atlanta. Learn more at

Mimi Hernandez, MS, RH (AHG), draws upon her rich ethnic background and the influence of her Granny Healers to inspire her work as a clinical herbalist, educator, and ethnobotanist. She believes strongly that keeping plant wisdom alive is essential and has dedicated her life’s work to serving as an advocate for both traditional and professional herbal pathways while building cultural bridges of understanding. Mimi is the Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild and formerly served as the Director of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University in Maryland.