Family Herbalist Program

Our Family Herbalist program empowers students to care for the everyday health imbalances they face as a family caretaker, through a comprehensive herbal curriculum.  It is an excellent program for those wishing to serve as their family’s primary care provider, to prevent illness and help alleviate acute and chronic conditions through holistic and sustainable approaches.

Providing students with a comprehensive and hands-on herbal education, the curriculum covers over 150 individual herbs, as well as anatomy and physiology, plant chemistry and botany, nutrition, detoxification, medicinal formulation, and herbal preparations. This course follows our Roots of Herbalism program in building on a foundation of self-care to branch out towards our care of others.

Successful completion of our Roots of Herbalism class is a prerequisite to enrolling in our Family Herbalist program.

Visit this link to learn more about our Roots of Herbalism course.


Is this course for you?

This course is for you if you’re looking for a better way to care for yourself and your family’s health. Whether you’re new to herbalism, are a “seasoned” herbalist looking to get your hands back in plant-craft, or are a holistic practitioner in need of Continued Education Units (CEUs), the Family Herbalist Program will not only give you a wealth of new knowledge, it will also provide you with extended resources to support your herbal journey, no matter where that may lead.


Core Modules

The Family Herbalist program is arranged into a dynamic series of core modules that focus on practical applications and philosophies within family herbalism. These include:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Bioregional Herbalism
  • Botany for Herbalists
  • Chemical and Nutritional Constituents
  • Detoxification and Purification
  • Diagnostics for Herbalists
  • Flower Essences
  • Herb Gardening 101
  • Harvesting, Drying, and Storing
  • History of Herbalism
  • Home Remedies and First Aid
  • Medicine Walk
  • Medicinal Formulation
  • Nutritional Preparations
  • Personal Wellness I and II
  • Topical Preparations

Herbal Therapeutics

Herbal Therapeutics are a series of modules that focus on the anatomy and physiology of body, along with Materia Medica corresponding to each system. These modules include:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Children’s Care
  • Digestive
  • Elder Care
  • Endocrine
  • Immune, Lymphatic, and Prevention
  • Integumentary
  • Men’s Health
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Nervines
  • Nourishing & Restorative Tonics
  • Respiratory
  • Urinary
  • Women’s Health


From the Class to the Garden

Our 2022 Fall Family Herbalist Program meets one weekend a month, in-person, in Orlando, FL from September through December. The program is currently full, but you are welcome to join the waitlist.

Spring 2023, Family Herbalist meets online, one evening a week, Tuesdays 6:30-9 pm for twelve weeks, with a final daylong session to conclude the program. Digital resources, supplemental videos, hands-on exercises, and medicine making demonstrations offer diverse forms of learning. Registration opening soon. To sign up for for Spring 2023, register here.


Value Added Bonuses

  • 10% off Mountain Rose Herbs for 3 months
  • Seasonal Roots Roundtable Subscription – includes monthly LIVE gatherings—October through April—with herb teachers and fellow students plus loads of digital resources including video audio and ebooks: now available at a Name Your Price option.

What Our Graduates Are Saying

Shannon Lockhart: “For many years, I longed for a chance to deepen my knowledge of Herbs, but finding a place I felt comfortable doing so proved to be a challenge. Then one day I had a chance to listen to Emily speak about health and sustainability and realized just how much knowledge she was willing to offer us. Upon meeting her she was gracious enough to welcome me into the school and her kind nature let me know that she was happy to guide me along my journey. I firmly believe taking herbal classes was the best decision I have ever made. In all my schooling, Emily is the most helpful, assertive teacher/Mentor I have ever had and I truly feel blessed to have been able to have such a wonderful guide on my path of all things holistic and herbal. She has left me with enough knowledge and confidence to pursue my career as a holistic healer.”

Leore Wohl: “I was fortunate to continue my learning in the Family Herbalist Intensive courses. This was a beautiful course where I learned how to make my own medicine, how to listen to the plants, and how to identify them. Above everything else, this has changed my life. I am a practicing herbalist with a cabinet full of herbs that I use DAILY, as well as a garden with medicinal herbs growing.  I am constantly talking to friends and family of how greatly this has impacted me. Not only have I learned a new way of healing for myself, but I am able to help my friends as well. I have also met so many beautiful beings along the way that have been supportive and open instantly. I have so much appreciation and gratitude for Emily, Patty, and everyone else at the Florida School of Holistic Living for shedding this beautiful light on me. I am forever grateful.”

Still Need to Plant Your Roots?

Check out our listings for upcoming Roots of Herbalism Intensive Weekends

Throughout the year we meet in-person and over the course of one weekend learn about twenty foundational herbs and their primary uses; delving into the characteristics of all sample herbs and tasting each one along the way. We also discuss the philosophies of being ecological in herbalism, practicing herbal nutrition, and the foundations of holistic health. And, this is a hands-on weekend, where students participate in preparing their own herbal tisanes, tinctures, and teas. Find upcoming Roots of Herbalism Weekend Intensive dates here.

Can’t travel to Orlando? We offer our Roots of Herbalism Home Study Course as well. Learn more here.

Want to learn from home?

Register for the Roots of Herbalism Home Study + Family Herbalist Program Distance Learning Bundle. You’ll be shipped everything you need for a self-paced, hands-on home study option for Roots of Herbalism and be enrolled in the Spring 2023 Family Herbalist Virtual Program. Plus, when you choose this option, you save money on your tuition!

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