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Master Herbalist Diploma

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School of Natural Medicine USA

Graduating Authentic, Highly Skilled Practitioners Since 1977 – Quality Training Recognized Worldwide

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master herbalist diploma

master herbalist diploma


Master Herbalist Diploma study with the School of Natural Medicine USA offers a multi-dimensional field of opportunity. Students explore the many facets of Herbal Medicine (botany, wildcrafting, growing, formulas, treatments, pharmacy, dispensary etc.) with a strong foundation based on Self-Healing with hands-on classes.

Potential future business and private practice, growing,  wildcrafting and harvesting, creating products, and working for ethical natural product companies, spas, health food stores or clinics, or running booths at festivals and fairs. Advanced Herbalists combine the best of Herbal Medicine with other therapeutic modalities, turning what they love into a life they love to live!

School of Natural Medicine USA Master teachers include: Heidi Jarvis ND MH, SNM 2000 Graduate, owner of Natur LLC & Earth Pharmaceuticals created her own practice, herb gardens and product company after graduating from the School of Natural Medicine. She is also the Manager of SNM’s Herbs of Grace Herbal Pharmacy/Dispensary; Marco Lam, Doctor of Oriental Medicine shares his work with permaculture, herbal product creation, essential oils, wildcrafting and more; Brigitte Mars, AHG, renowned author and teacher offers depth information in inspiring, dynamic classes on Herbal history, raw wild foods & herbs, philosophy and wildcrafting; Farida Sharan ND MH shares the wisdom of 40 years clinical experience in a complete system of Natural Medicine. In her teachings, nutrient dense herbs and personal formulas create the foundation for transforming the individual inner ecology of clients and students in harmony with Healing Diets, Naturopathy treatments, Essential Oils and Flower Essences.

. . . effective, creative Herbal Medicine for Independently Healthy wisdom skills 

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal Medicine is the study of the medicinal qualities of plants, and their practical applications to heal the symptoms and cause of disease. Discoveries of early humankind include proof of close connection with medicinal herbs. Ayurveda, the oldest system of Herbal Medicine, is than 5000 years old.

Currently the majority of medicines offered by mainstream medical doctors are based on the medicinal properties of plants, including common medicines such as anti-inflammatory drugs, fever reducers and pain killers. Penicillin, used to heal bacterial infections, was discovered by herbalists long before Alexander Fleming took credit for antibiotics. As corporate drug companies focus on chemical properties of ‘recognized’ active ingredients of plants, their synthesizing drugs extract a heavy price on personal health and the health of the planet. Because plants are chemically complex and scientists cannot reproduce their holistic actions, increasing numbers of people are returning to proven and significantly safer plant medicines for supporting health, wellness and healing.

Master Herbalist Diploma Modules

Master Herbalist Diploma includes:

  • Herbal Medicine Online Course – 12 Lessons
  • Self Healing Module – 3 month program: consultation, mentoring, Herbal nutrient formulas, Flower Essences, Healing Diets, Naturopathy treatments
  • Herbal Medicine Levels I, II & III A & B –  School Calendar for SNM USA classes in Boulder, Colorado
  • Healing Diets I & II
  • Essential Oils I & II
  • Flower Essences I & II
  • Naturopathy I & II
  • Iridology I & II
  • Clinical Training

Herbal Medicine Online Course includes:

  • Personal mentoring with Farida Sharan ND or Bonny Casel Melendy ND
  • ‘Herbs of Grace’ by Farida Sharan
  • ‘Creative Menopause’ by Farida Sharan
  • ‘The Old Man & His Soul’ by Farida Sharan
  • ‘Iridology’ by Farida Sharan
  • 5 DVD’s Elements of Life with Farida Sharan ND

Graduates of the School of Natural Medicine USA receive the Master Herbalist Diploma and are mentored by are mentored by Farida Sharan ND

Herbal Medicine Online Course Topics

Herbal Medicine Lessons include:

  • History and Philosophy of Herbal Medicine
  • Use of herbs in ancient and traditional societies
  • Chemistry of Herbal Medicine
  • Climate, soil, active principles
  • Collecting, harvesting, storage of herbs
  • Extraction methods of herbs
  • Food as Medicine
  • Food as Poison
  • Food addictions
  • Affects of diet, coffee, alcohol, drugs, etc on Self-Healing
  • Creating herbal nutrient formulas
  • Prescription symbols
  • Herbal Pharmacy terminology
  • Contra-Indications
  • Materia Medica – action, active ingredients, activity, applications, aromatherapy, astrology, Ayurveda, cautions, contraindications, chakras, elements, emotions, Chinese medicine, combinations, cultivation, dosage, energetics, flower essences, formulas, habitat, history, homeopathy, meridians, organs, names, nutrients, part used, personality, plant description, research, spiritual properties, substitutions, systems, taste, tissues, wildcrafting, and preparation.
  • Body Systems and Herbal Medicine
  • Anatomy and Physiology is taught by body system and integrated throughout the course
  • Holistic perceptions
  • Body/Mind/Spirit
  • Vitamins and Minerals for body organs, systems and glands
  • Botany
  • Naming and identifying plants
  • Collecting and preparing herbarium specimens
  • Plant classification appendix
  • Pharmacy and Dispensary
  • How to set up an Herbal Pharmacy
  • Dosage
  • Methods of herbal applications
  • First Aid Treatments
  • Acute conditions and symptoms
  • Chronic conditions and symptoms
  • Fomentations
  • Infusions
  • Ointments
  • Ovules
  • Pill making
  • Poultices
  • Smoking – alternative healing herbal blends
  • Syrups
  • Tinctures
  • Iatrogenic drug induced disease
  • Herbs and Healing

The Herbal Medicine Course includes:

  • ‘Herbs of Grace’ by Farida Sharan
  • ‘Creative Menopause’ by Farida Sharan
  • ‘The Old Man and His Soul’ by Farida Sharan
  • ‘Iridology’ by Farida Sharan
  • 5 DVD’s ‘Elements of Life’ with Farida Sharan

Master Herbalist Diploma Herbal Medicine Course Class Topics

Herbal Medicine classes focus on hands-on training in the School of Natural Medicine USA Herbs of Grace Herbal Pharmacy/Dispensary and also include wildcrafting, supplement and body system study, treatments, plant recognition and vibrational medicine . Students experience the many ways in which plants are used for healing: tinctures, salves, poultices, treatments, foot baths, herbal formula creation, healing diets, flower essences and essential oils. Product creation, clinical practice, consultation skills, business skills, healing programs, Pharmacy and Dispensary skills and more build confidence to assist students to achieve success in their chosen area of Herbal Medicine.

Course Fees and Options

Each module is reserved with a deposit of $150, and the balance plus any Lab Fee is paid at registration on the first day of class. Students may begin with Online Courses, or with class modules. Students progress through their studies at their own pace, as time and finances allow. Students may enroll and begin any Online Course or Courses at any time during the year.

  • Herbal Medicine Online Course – click on SNM USA link on the Contact Us page
  • Self Healing Module $1150 + appropriate mailing if needed
  • Herbal Medicine Immersion - Level I, II, III – 60 hours – $2400 + Lab Fee
  • Herbal Medicine Levels I & II & III as separate classes $800 each level + Lab Fee
  • Essential Oils I & II – $800 per Module + Lab Fee
  • Naturopathy I & II - $800 per Module + Lab Fee
  • Healing Diets I & II – $800 per Module + Lab Fee
  • Flower Essence I & II $800 per Module + Lab Fee
  • Iridology I & II – $800 per Module + Lab Fee
  • Clinical Training – Advanced Study – $800 per Module + Lab Fee

How Do I Enroll?

Students begin their Master Herbalist Diploma Herbal Medicine studies with selected Class Modules and/or Online Courses with SNM USA, Boulder, Colorado USA.

If you wish to enroll in the USA School, browse this website and the school blog, complete the Contact Form, email, then telephone 720-746-9961 weekday mornings to talk in person and/or set a time to visit the school.

How To Enroll in the Master Herbalist Diploma Course or the Online Course(s): If you are a student of SNM USA Complete the application form:

  • Complete the application form
  • Scan a copy of a photo ID and attach to your application,  mail the application along with a photograph, or visit the school in person
  • Email a personal photograph of yourself.
  • Write a paragraph or two about what has drawn you to study this course(s) and your goals, and include with your application.

Once your application is accepted, method of payment is established. All enrollment is through personal discussion to help you determine your best choices and answer any questions.

Kindly advise your payment choice:  PayPal invoice, credit card, cash, check, money order, bank wire.

Once your application is accepted, and payment arrangements are completed, you are enrolled in your class choices and study materials are sent to you.

We look forward to welcoming you to Herbal Medicine studies!

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