Learn to make herb products. Edible, therapeutic and cosmetic products frequently use herbs in their manufacture. Study online self paced course

Course Code: BHT345
Fee Code: S3
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Manufacture Herbal Products

  • Develop a business on a small scale or larger scale
  • Work with herbal products in a cottage industry, factory, retailing or elsewhere.
  • Learn to make hundreds of different products from herbs.

Explore the possibilities.

  • The diversity of products
  • How they might be made and marketed
  • Be innovative and develop unique products in a unique business

Who is this course for?

People who choose to study this course may be working with herbs already, or simply have a passion to work with herbs. They may be starting a manufacturing or retail business, on a small part time basis; or something more. They may be wanting to build on and expand an existing enterprise -diversifying/ value adding. They may work for someone else in a herb shop or factory, manufacturing products from herbs.


Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Commercial Herb Product Industries
    • Running An Herbal-Based Business
    • Brief History of Herbal Crafts and products
    • Properties of Herbs
    • What are Herbs?
    • Beneficial Properties of Herbs
    • Overview of Herbal Products
    • Herbal Teas
    • Herbal Tinctures
    • Culinary Products and Edibles
    • Herbal Vinegars
    • Herbal Oils
    • Herbal Honeys
    • Herb Salts
    • Essential Oils
    • Compresses
    • Poultices
    • Herbal Liniments
    • Ointments
    • Herbal Baths
    • Sachets
    • Fresh Herbs
    • Oils
    • Bath bombs
    • Pot Pourris
    • Sachets
    • Tussie-Mussies
    • Pressed Herb Crafts
    • Legalities
  2. The Raw Products
    • Harvesting Herbs
    • Post-Harvest Processing
    • Preserving, Storing, and/or Treating Herbs
    • Drying Herbs
    • Ageing
    • Sweating
    • Parboiling/Blanching
    • Boiling and Steaming
    • Baking or Roasting
    • Freezing Herbs
    • Essential Oils
    • Extracting Essential Oil
    • Expression
    • Hydrosols and Floral Waters
    • Steam Distillation
    • Process of steam distillation:
    • Chemical compounds in herbs
    • Primary Metabolites
    • Secondary Metabolites
    • Nitrogen-containing compounds
    • Flavonoids
    • Coumarins
    • Tannins
    • Terpenes
    • How chemical compounds in herbs affect human senses
    • How processing can affect chemical compounds in herbs
    • Cutting
    • Drying
    • Freezing
    • Choosing the Correct Herbal Solvent
    • Oil
    • Water
    • Vinegar
    • Alcohol
    • Glycerine
  3. Skin Care and Cosmetics
    • Working with Allergies and Sensitivities
    • Natural Preservatives
    • Using Essential Oils
    • Containers and Storage
    • Applications of Herbal Products in skin care
    • Layered Lavender Flower Water
    • Clarifying Toner
    • Herb-Scented Water
    • Rose Cold Cream
    • Lavender and Lemon Eucalyptus Lotion
    • Body Lotion
    • Oil Cleanser
    • Lip Balm
    • Lip Scrub
    • Shea Butter Lip Balm
    • Clay Face Masks
    • Lavender Salve
    • Herbal Facial Steam
    • Perfume
  4. Personal Hygiene Products
    • Growing Herbs at Home
    • Purchasing High Quality Products Online
    • Selecting the Right Herbs
    • Blending Scents
    • Keeping Notes
    • Applications of herbal products in personal hygiene products
    • Lavender Bath Elixir
    • Scented Bath Lotions
    • Bath Perfumes
    • Lavender and Chamomile Wash Balls
    • Herbal Soap
    • Hair Rinse
    • Scented Lavender Water
    • Gargles
    • Sage Gargles
    • Botanical Mouth Wash
    • Rose Tooth Powder
    • Toothbrushes of Liquorice Root
    • Herbal Aftershave
    • Herbal Toothpaste
    • Nail Strengthening Oil
    • Nail Oil
    • Fragrant Body Powder
    • Vinegar Rinse
    • Herbal Rinse
    • Aloe Gel Conditioner
    • Neutral Henna Conditioner: Treatment to Strengthen Hair, and Control Dandruff and Excess Oiliness
    • Citrus Energy Bath
    • Herbal Body wash
    • Salt Scrub
  5. Health and Wellbeing Products
    • Harvesting herbs for medicinal use
    • Leaves
    • Flowers
    • Bulbs
    • Barks
    • Seeds
    • Different Applications
    • Astringents
    • Bitter Tonics
    • Carminatives
    • Cathartics
    • Demulcents
    • Diuretics
    • Emollients
    • Expectorants
    • Relaxants
    • Stimulants
    • How to Make Herbal Decoctions
    • Hints
    • How to Make Herbal Ointments
    • Hints
    • Calendula Ointment
    • How to Make Herbal infusions
    • How to Make Tinctures
    • How to Make Herbal Poultices
    • Syrups
    • Syrups Made with Tinctures
    • Absorption Through Inhalation
    • Absorption Through the Skin
  6. Edibles
    • Food Grade Ingredients and Storage
    • Permits and Licensing
    • Unusual Products, Flavour Profiles
    • Adding Flavour to Herbal Food Products
    • Markets and Places to Sell
    • Herbal Food Product Applications
    • Herbal Teas
    • Herb Vinegars
    • Herb Infused Oil
    • Herb Butters
    • Herb Cheeses
    • Herb Salt
    • Herb Scented Sugar
    • Herb Honey
    • Herb Confectionery
    • Peppermint Cream
    • Herb Biscuits
    • Savoury Herb Muffins
  7. Crafts
    • Candle making
    • Scents
    • Dyes
    • Wax
    • Whitening Crystals
    • Wicks
    • Shape
    • Potpourri
    • Mixing Herbs
    • Moist Potpourri
    • Dry Potpourri
    • Various Potpourri Recipes
    • Fixatives
    • Sachets
    • Rose Sandalwood Sachet
    • Clove Pink Sachet
    • Lemon Verbena Sachet
    • Mint Sachet
    • Verbena Sachet
    • Geranium Citrus Sachet
    • Herb Pillows
    • Rosemary Herb Pillow
    • Mint and Lemon Pillow
    • Lemon Verbena Pillow
    • Hops Sleep Pillow
    • Floral herb pillow
    • Tussie Mussies
    • Papers
    • \Lavender Letters
    • Incense
  8. Lesson 8: Products for Homes or Workplaces
    • Expressing Citrus Oils
    • Herbal Cleaning Products
    • Lavender Furniture Cream
    • Herbal Fabric Softener
    • Surface Spray Cleaner (Non-Porous Surfaces)
    • All-purpose Surface Spray Cleaner
    • Herbal Dishwashing Tablets
    • Herbal Insect Repellents
    • Pomanders
    • Clove Pomanders
    • Rose Bud Pomander
    • Garlic Spray
    • Other Sprays
    • Moth Repelling Sachets
    • Insect Repellent Oil
    • Scented clothes hangers
  9. Packaging, Handling, Storage and Presentation
    • Harvesting
    • Annual Herbs
    • Perennial Herbs
    • Post-Harvest Handling and Storage
    • Storage Conditions
    • Relative Humidity
    • Temperature
    • Atmospheric Composition
    • Preservation Methods
    • Processing Equipment
    • Packaging Herbs
    • Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)
    • Packaging Herbal Products
    • Packaging Materials
    • Labelling
    • Food Packaging
    • Examples of Food Product Packaging
    • Examples of Other Herbal Product Packaging
  10. Making Good Business Choices
    • Developing a Business Plan
    • Points of Difference
    • Developing the Product
    • Scalability
    • Partnerships
    • Branding, Design, and Labelling
    • Business Types
    • Cottage Businesses
    • Herbal Farm or Nursery -- Businesses that Grow Herbs
    • Herbal Product Manufacturer -- Businesses that Process and Manufacture Products
    • Different types of refrigerators
    • General Logistics & planning a delivery schedule
    • Businesses That Retail Products
    • Risk Management
    • Labelling
    • Safety
    • Claims and Therapeutic Claims


  • Discuss the scope, nature, and commercial potential of different herbal products.
  • Compare ways to process herbs for use in herbal products.
  • Create cosmetic products that use herbs.
  • Create personal hygiene products that use herbs.
  • Discuss the process of creating and marketing herbal ingredients and products for broad therapeutic, health and wellbeing purposes.
  • Create edible products that use herbs including both food ingredients (e.g., spices, dried herbs) and foods (e.g., teas, confectionary).
  • Develop different craft products that use herbs.
  • Create a variety of other products that use herbs that can be used in home care or in many workplaces.
  • Create a variety of other products that use herbs that can be used in home care or in many workplaces.
  • Explain different handling methods for manufactured herb products including packaging, storage, transport, and presentation.
  • Analyse and manage risks associated with a business that deals with herbal products.

Learn about Different Base Products and their Uses

Herbal products are generally made from herbs with simple processing, with the intent of maintaining wholeness. The quality of the finished products is highly dependent on the quality of the raw materials used.
Different types of herbal products require different base ingredients. This means that the post-harvest processing techniques will vary according to the type of product being made. In soaps, for instance, oils, infusions, and dried herbs may be most appropriate as fresh herbs may lead to problems with mould. Conversely, fresh herbal products may be sold for culinary uses, some teas, and making infusions. 

Processing can yield base products such as:

  •  Extracts
  •  Decoctions
  •  Essential oils
  •  Teas
  •  Ointments
  •  Creams 
  •  Tinctures
Why Study this Course?

By taking a systematic, guided approach to learning about herb products, you will reduce the risk of overlooking aspects of the business that might otherwise negatively impact your work. You can save time, because you will know how to better approach making different products earlier.

There is still always an element of experimentation, in any product development, but better decisions should be able to be made along the way, when you have greater knowledge, and while studying are able to be supported by our expert tutors. 



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