Western Herbalism

Holistic healing with plant medicines is far from a new practice, yet it is regaining approval as more healthcare practitioners recognize its value.
Choosing herbalist training is a wise decision; creating a career you love that will benefit all.

Western Herbalism
On-Campus – Diploma – 700 hours – 14 months full-time

Our program includes hands-on herbalism work. Field work in the desert allows the class to become familiar with local plant life and encourages sustainable wildcrafting practices. There is also an externship which includes opportunities for community education, supervised clinical intake, retail experience and research thesis.

A 30 hour introduction creates the foundation of herbal studies, presents the working language of the herbalist, and supports discussion of contemporary issues in the field. This class begins cultivation, medicine making and local plant identification study.

Start Dates

Diploma

October 4, 2017

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.

Other lesson topics include traditional Chinese herbals, Ayurveda, plants native to America, endangered plants, earth stewardship, plant chemistry, botanical plant families, herb gardening, studies of medicinal plants and the applications of these for all human body systems. A thorough series of herbal pharmacy and medicine-making lessons are included midway in the course. Field study emphasizes desert botanicals identification and use and includes native uses, plant spirit medicine, flower study, and harvesting.

You will also have hands-on, guided intermediate application and experience in seven arenas: herb cultivation, research writing, teaching herbalism in the community, retail work, supervised clinic and botanical pharmacy. The herbalism core is further enhanced with science courses including Pathology, Homeopathy and Biosciences, making the connection between body and earth complete.

Aspiring herbalists can receive focused instruction in herbal product formulation, herbs for children, herbs for women and herbal manufacturing practices. These courses emphasize hands-on learning.

Completing this program allows you to serve as a professional herbalist and create a productive, enriching, sustainable, successful work life.

Western Herbalism practices
Western-Herbalism Degree
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Completing this program and earning an AOS Degree gives you the framework and experience to become a professional, successful, qualified business person as an Herbalist. You will be introduced to an array of vocational choices after you have completed the program, plus be guided with entrepreneurial and placement support along your journey and continuing after graduation. Click on the “Program Courses” above to see all of the courses in this program!

Western-Herbalism and Holistic Nutrition
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In the Western Herbalism and Holistic Nutritionist program you will learn to use herbs for natural healing and how to coach people on improving their nutrition, food choices and eating habits for a healthy and energized life. With SWIHA’s Associate Degree in Holistic Healthcare with Concentrations in Western Herbalism and Holistic Nutrition, you can educate others to live more sustainable lives by using non-toxic, affordable, renewable and accessible health choices, and avoid the overuse of expensive medications and invasive procedures. You will also learn to support others with a healthier, mindful “diet” called S.O.U.L. nutrition, which means choosing foods that are Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed and Local.

In Western Herbalism, you learn hands-on, guided intermediate application and practice in areas including herb cultivation, research writing, teaching herbalism in the community, retail merchandising, supervised clinic work and botanical pharmacy application. Science courses include Pathology, Homeopathy and Biosciences provide the focused connection between body and earth.

Western Herbalism and Holistic Nutrition

In Holistic Nutrition, you learn to shop, chop and prepare ahead. Then dive into valuing, cooking, tasting and coaching others on the benefits of truly healthy foods! You gain a comprehensive understanding of the foundations of whole food nutrition and how it contributes to the prevention of illness and the promotion of optimal health. You will come to understand the therapeutic properties of unrefined whole-food nutrients, develop healthy purchasing habits, utilize high-quality seasonal recipes, and learn specific holistic cooking and storage techniques. The foods we choose to eat profoundly affect our lives and our total well-being. At SWIHA, Holistic Nutrition is mindful of the mind-body-spirit connection, recognizing that high nutritional value of the food taken into the body is essential for completing the circuit between all aspects of our being. Discover and share the facts about healthy whole foods as the foundation for a new, healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

Completing this program and earning an AOS Degree gives you the framework and experience to become a professional, successful, qualified business person as an Herbalist/Nutritionist. You will be introduced to an array of vocational choices after you have completed the program, plus be guided with entrepreneurial and placement support along your journey and continuing after graduation.

A Career and Life in Western Herbalism

Science courses in both plant and human disciplines build the foundation of expertise in the curriculum. Entrepreneurial classes prepare the students for future success. Graduates of this program are fully supported in our Placement Resources and Entrepreneurial Support Division– Our Success Center.

SWIHA Western Herbalism graduates are working as herbal remedy producers, guides for plant exploration hikes, teachers of herbal agriculture, herbal foods chefs, working for naturopathic doctors, write research papers and journal articles, and are creating educational organizations centered around herbal wisdom. Many self-employed graduates are working as herbal consultants to private clients and other health professionals.

Your Success Is Our Success

Following your graduation, your professional career in Western Herbalism is fully supported at our Success Center, SWIHA’s Career Placement Resources and Entrepreneurial Support Division. All SWIHA graduates receive life-long job placement assistance, entrepreneurial and career coaching, resume assistance, full licensing support and more.

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Are you interested in Western Herbalism? Are you unsure about signing up for the full length of the program? At SWIHA, we are so committed to helping you achieve your dream, we invite you to sit in on the first 4 hours of any introductory class before you decide whether to enroll.

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Are you ready to do Big things in the world?

We will never sell or share your information with anyone.

I hereby give my express consent for Southwest Institute of Healing Arts to contact me by phone, email, mail, and/or text message.

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