Roots of Herbalism Home Study Course


The Roots of Herbalism home study course explores the philosophies of ecological Herbalism, the practices of herbal nutrition, and the foundations of holistic health.  Students learn to make their own herbal preparations, including tisanes and tinctures, to apply the knowledge they learn about the plants through a DVD, course workbook, textbook, and herb materials. Students explore over twenty herbs and their uses and receive a full packet of materials including sample herbs to have everything needed to learn about herbs hands-on from home.

Our Home Study Course Package includes

  • Instructional Core Video
  • Course Book
  • Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health
  • Twenty herbs to practice in your own kitchen
  • Five-part Basics of Herbal Medicine Making series
  • Subscription to Roots Roundtable

Pay $297 in full or make 2 payments of $165

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12 CEUs are available to Massage Therapists, Dietitians, Nurses & Midwives in the state of Florida through CE Broker for students who successfully complete the course through attendance and submission of assignments. To add CEU credits to your enrollment, click here. An additional $15 educational credit processing fee will apply.

Core curriculum video lessons are featured as streaming videos through our student website, or as a physical DVD mailed with your course materials by mail. Check this box to confirm your preference.

Please note: Basics of Herbal Medicine Making and Materia Medica are provided as streaming videos by default.

Payment Options
  • (2 interest-free payments)
    • 2 interest-free payments $165.00


Ready to jump-start your herbal journey?

Visit this link to learn more about signing up for the Family Herbalist Program which follows Roots, or visit this link to learn more about joining both Roots of Herbalism and the Family Herbalist program in a discounted bundle to save $100.

Through this course, you will:

~ Discover your relationship to plants and the environment, and its impact on your personal health

~ Explore the theory, philosophy, and history of ecological herbalism and ethnobotany

~ Understand the role of the nervous system and emotional, mental, and spiritual health in our physical well-being

~ Learn techniques to integrate herbal wellness into a daily lifestyle practice

~ Discuss important foundational nutritional principles to nourish your body’s own healing capacity

~ Learn the botanical classification, parts used, and prominent medicinal uses of over 20 herbs from Native American and Western Materia Medica, to begin building your knowledge of herbs

~ Explore how to make your own herbal preparations to apply your herbal knowledge through practical application, including tisanes, tinctures, infused oils, and topical applications

~ Learn how to integrate these ancient teachings into our modern-day world

Roots of Herbalism is intended as a comprehensive introduction to the art of herbal healing for those who wish to help themselves and their families achieve radiant well-being through natural health.

It is a practical course well-suited for laypeople and health professionals alike.  Both those with no herbal experience, and those with years of self-study and practice, will gain insight from this program.

The course seeks to marry ancient traditions with the scientific context of our modern world. Our goal is to reclaim our herbal heritage and empower students to apply these teachings for optimum well-being in balance with today’s society. We focus our study on plants that are common in the Native North American and Western European traditions, which grow commonly in the wild or can be easily cultivated.

This correspondence course includes a two-part full-length DVD, course booklet, herbal samples, course textbook, Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, and assignment feedback.  Tuition is $260, and a two-part payment plan is available (digital materials including Basics of Herbal Medicine Making and access to Roots Roundtable are sent with your initial payment, and your physical course materials are mailed upon receipt of your second payment one month later). Course materials are shipped within seven days of purchase via USPS to any address in the continental United States; you will receive a separate invoice for shipping costs if this package is mailed to any territory or country outside this region. Students registering outside of the United States are mailed herbal plant samples dependent upon customs regulations for your country.

This course offers 12 Continuing Education Units for Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists, Dietitians, Nutritionists, Nurses and Midwives for licensed practitioners through the State of Florida for an additional $15 processing fee.*

*Please note, an assessment is located at the end of our course booklet. To receive Continuing Education Credits, this assessment must be completed and turned in via email or mail.

Students have access to digital materials for one calendar year upon enrolling in the course; physical materials are yours for a lifetime.


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Discover your relationship to herbs through hands-on learning
centered in the earth and your personal journey along the plant path

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This expanded course package combines a wealth of tools and resources
for establishing a solid foundation as an herbalist.

The Roots of Herbalism Home Study Course includes:

  • Full-length Roots Home Study instructional video
  • Samples of over 20 herbs covered in class, to gain sensory knowledge and work with these plants in your own kitchen
  • Roots Home Study coursebook featuring foundational teachings, herbal exercises and medicine making instructions
  • Rosemary Gladstar’s classic text, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health
  • Basics of Herbal Medicine Making, our five-part video course
  • Materia Medica video classes for all herbs covered in the course
  • A seasonal subscription to Roots Roundtable, our signature student community and resource hub featuring monthly live online gatherings and Q&A plus customized video and ebook resources plus student discounts each month. Each season’s Roots Roundtable runs from October through April.
  • Plus 12 Continuing Education Units available to Massage Therapists, Nurses, Dietitians, Midwives, and Acupuncture physicians (for an additional fee)

All these resources for just $297, or two payments of $165

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Roots Home Study Package


Roots of Herbalism
Home Study Curriculum Includes:

• Full-Length Instructional Video

• 20+ Herbs to Sample at home

•  Our signature Roots of Herbalism Home Study Coursebook

•  Rosemary Gladstar’s classic text, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health




PLUS: Enjoy our Basics of Herbal Medicine Making 5-part video series

  • Tea Blending and Formulation
  • Vinegars and Oxymels
  • Syrups
  • Tinctures
  • Steams and Chest Packs

Making herbal medicines in our home kitchen is empowering, economical, and just plain fun. Learn hands-on how to create many of the most widely used herbal medicines. Recipes and handouts will be provided to complement the webinars. The Basics of Herbal Medicine Making Series is a new online video series and is a perfect companion to the Roots of Herbalism Home Study course, giving you the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and make herbal medicines under the expert guidance of Emily, Shannon and Maggie.

This series is offered on its own for $50 tuition, and included for free as part of our introductory Roots of Herbalism Home Study package

Materia Medica

Meet our Plant Friends during Materia Medica Classes

(Also known as Plant Profiles)

Our friends in the garden
Whether it’s a new friend or one you’ve known for a while, it’s always nice to revisit friends and give special attention to create a deeper more meaningful relationship.

What is it to develop a relationship with a plant?
Beyond the introduction of scientific names and common names, plants like people deserve some one-on-one time to really get to know them. You’ll learn attributes like appearance, taste, smell, touch, where it’s from, where it lives, what’s its character is like, energetics, medicinal benefits, and its history with humans.
These plant profiles are articulated both through a written, blog format as well as a short video class. They include the herbs that you will receive in your physically mailed package to support your hands-on learning.

Receive our entire catalog of Materia Medica classes and articles with your Roots of Herbalism Home Study Enrollment

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Join us for our monthly live, online sessions of fun and friendship with fellow
herbalists, plus teaching from our Community Herbalist students.

The Roots Roundtable Subscription includes:

• Monthly virtual class from October through April
• Discounts from herbal companies
• Curated collection of videos, PDFs and e-books
• And More!!


The comprehensive
Roots of Herbalism Home Study
package includes:

Roots Home Study | $260 value
Basics of Herbal Medicine Making | $50 value
Materia Medica | $60 value
Roots Roundtable Season | $75 value
All components a $445+ value
All this for only $297
Pay $297 in full or make 2 payments of $165
$15 additional fee for CEU credits


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Weight 48 oz
Dimensions 12 × 15.125 × 1 in
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