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Master Herbalist Diploma Course

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Herbal medicine has played a huge part in the natural healing process for generations (the use of herbs even dates back to the days of the Bible) and in many cultures. Over the years many people discovered the powerful healing properties of herbs and the many ways in which they could be used for one’s own benefit. In particular, herbs can help with treating many diseases and medical conditions whilst also relieving many symptoms.

The Master Herbalist Diploma Course is dedicated to helping you to understand how herbs can be used in your life and how you can take advantage of the multifarious natural healing options. Throughout the course you will learn how to use hundreds of different herbs to help yourself and others to heal naturally.

What You Will Learn

The course covers everything about different individual components of herbs and how they all work, as well as the many different parts of plants that are responsible for helping you get the most powerful healing from your own body. Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, and Essential Oils are also discussed in detail.

You will also learn about the many aspects of flower essences, cooking herbs, and the spiritual benefits of such herbs. The course also details how to use, make, and apply dozens of essential oils. In addition, the final module talks you through how you can put your newly-learnt skills to practice by setting up your own herbalist business.

Who Would Enjoy the Course

Taking students from the basics onwards, this course is accessible to anyone who would like to learn more about aiding the healing process with a natural alternative to medicines and invasive sciences. Students of Naturopath, Homeopathy, and Chinese Nutritional Therapy in particular will enjoy the contents of the course, and will be able to put the knowledge learned to use in an existing business or to start a new business.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Master Herbalist Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus


Module 1: A History of Herbal Medicine

  • A History of Herbal Medicine
  • What Is an Herb?

Module 2: Botany – Understanding Plants

  • Stem
  • Leaves
  • Buds
  • Bark
  • Roots
  • Flowers
  • Fruit
  • Seeds

Module 3: Biochemistry and Chemistry

  • Vitamins
  • Acids
  • Alcohols
  • Esters
  • Carbohydrates
  • Glycosides
  • Oils
  • Saponins
  • Tannins
  • Coumarins
  • Alkaloids

Module 4: Contra-Indications and Cautions

  • Contra-Indications
  • Usage Considerations
  • Adverse Effects
  • Adverse Drug Reactions
  • Allergic Reactions

Module 5: Phytonutrients

  • Lycopene
  • Ellagic Acid
  • Resveratrol
  • Lutein
  • Allicin
  • Indoles
  • Alpha-Carotene
  • Beta-Carotene
  • Phytoestrogens
  • Glucosinolates
  • Flavonoids

Module 6: Herbs to Use

Module 7: Herbs of the Bible

  • Aloe
  • Anise
  • Balm
  • Bitter Herbs
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Frankincense
  • Garlic
  • Hyssop
  • Mint
  • Mustard
  • Myrrh

Module 8: About Chinese Medicine

  • Yin and Yang
  • A Holistic Approach
  • Zang Fu
  • Jing Luo System
  • Multiple Solutions

Module 9: Outline of Ayurvedic Medicine

  • Three Key Aspects
  • The Doshas
  • Vata
  • Pitta
  • Kapha

Module 10: Outline of Clinical Medicine

  • Clinical Master Herbalists
  • How Clinical Reviews Work
  • How Pills are Used

Module 11: How to Make Compresses, Infusions, Decoctions and Tinctures

  • Compresses
  • Infusions
  • Decoctions
  • Tinctures
  • Syrups

Module 12: Tissue Salts

  • How Tissue Salts Work
  • Why Phosphate?
  • How They Are Prepared
  • How to Make an Essential Oil with Oil
  • How to Make an Essential Oil with Alcohol
  • How to Make an Essential Oil Through Distillation
  • Storing Your Oil
  • Diluting Your Oil
  • Using an Essential Oil
  • Important Terms of Use
  • Types of Essential Oils

Module 13: Herbs Used in Homeopathy and Batch Remedies

  • What Herbs Are Used?
  • Is This a Safe Practice?
  • Bach Flower Remedies
  • What These Are Used For
  • How to Make a Bach Remedy
  • How to Take a Bach Remedy

Module 14: Flower Essences

Module 15: Nutrition, Cooking and Cultivation of Herbs

  • Nutrition
  • Cooking
  • Cultivation
  • Choosing a Space
  • Getting a Plant Bed Ready
  • What Temperature?
  • Keeping Herbs Fresh

Module 16: The Spiritual Dimension of Herbs

  • The Pineal Gland
  • What Impacts Your Mind the Most?
  • Other Spiritual Benefits

Module 17: Setting Up Your Own Business As a Herbalist

  • Getting Herbs Ready
  • Promoting Yourself


Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


If you would prefer to pay via bacs payment or via cheque please email us at or call us on 0800 955 6808 for more assistance.


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