Medicinal Herbs

Learn to grow many of the commonly grown medicinal herbs. Understand the chemistry and medicinal applications better with this correspondence course.

Course Code: SGH2
Fee Code: SG
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 20 hours
Qualification Certificate of Completion
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Learn to Grow and Use Medicinal Herbs

The Lessons

  1. Scope and Nature of Medicinal Herbs

  2. Chemicals that are found in Herbs and Effects on the Human Body

  3. Ways Herbs are Used in Medicines

  4. Methods of Preparing Herbs for Medicinal Use

  5. Review 50+ plant species: their physical appearance, growing them, their chemical attributes, medicinal properties and uses.

  6. Working with Medicinal Herbs

Lesson Structure

There are 6 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction The Nature and Scope of Medicinal Herbs
    • What Are They?
    • Uses of Medicinal Herbs
    • The Evolution of Medicinal Herbs
    • The Scope of Medicinal Herbs
  2. Chemicals in Herbs and Their Effects on the Body
    • Terms Used To Describe Medicinal Effects of Herbs
    • Types of Chemicals found in Medicinal Herbs
    • Other Terms Describing Medicinal Herbs
  3. Ways Herbs Are Used
    • Different Applications
    • Medicinal Uses
    • Some Important Points
  4. Methods of Preparing Herbs for Use
    • How to Make Herbal Tea
    • How to Make Herbal Decoctions
    • How to Make Herbal Ointments
  5. Directory of Medicinal Herbs
    • Agrimonia eupatoria
    • Allium sativum
    • Aloe vera
    • Alpinia galanga
    • Angelica archangelica
    • Armoracia rusticana
    • Asparagus officinalis
    • Asperula odorata (syn. Galium odoratum)
    • Betula spp.
    • Borago officinalis
    • Calendula officinalis
    • Cannabis sativa
    • Capsicum annum
    • Citrus limonum
    • Echinacea purpurea
    • Elettaria cardamomum
    • Eucalyptus spp.
    • Ficus carica
    • Foeniculum vulgare
    • Glycyrrhiza glabra
    • Humulus lupulus
    • Hyssopus officinalis
    • Lavandula angustifolia (syn. L. officinalis)
    • Levisticum officinale
    • Linum usitatissimum
    • Matricaria recutita (syn M. chamomilla)
    • Melaleuca alternifolia
    • Melissa officinalis
    • Mentha x piperita
    • Mentha pulegium
    • Mentha spicata (syn. M. viridis)
    • Oenothera biennis
    • Origanum vulgare
    • Panax quinquefolius
    • Papaver orientale
    • Petroselinum crispum (syn. P. sativum)
    • Pimpinella anisum
    • Rheum palmatum
    • Ribes rubrum
    • Rosmarinus officinalis
    • Rubus idaeus
    • Ruta graveolens
    • Salix alba
    • Salvia officinalis
    • Sanguisorba officinalis
    • Satureja hortensis
    • Symphytum officinale
    • Taraxacum officinae
    • Thymus vulgaris
    • Ulmus rubra (syn. Ulmus fulva)
    • Valeriana officinalis
    • Vanilla aromatica
    • Zingiber officinale
  6. Working with Medicinal Herbs
    • Selling Medicinal Plants: Opportunities
    • Where to Market Herb Products
    • Processing Concerns
    • Starting a Herb Business
    • Planning
    • Preparing a Business Plan for a Herb Farm or Nursery
    • Production Requirements

How Your Course Works

  1. Enrol any time. Your enrolment will be processed usually within a day or two; and during business hours, often within an hour.
  2. You will then receive an email explaining the course and how to access to a study guide, and our help desk. The guide contains both an audio and written explanation of how the course can be undertaken in a way where you can choose to emphasise or de-emphasise aspects of your learning, according to where your greatest interest or needs may lay.
  3. You then follow the study guide, reading and undertaking varied learning tasks, designed by professional educators to broaden and deepen your understanding of the subject. These tasks can vary from practicals to research and more.
  4. If and when you need to; you can contact our academic staff via a help desk. Emails are answered every working day.
  5. On concluding each lesson, you are presented with a series of automated self assessment questions, to review and reinforce your learning experience.
  6. On conclusion of all lessons; you are presented with a major online exam; comprising lots of questions, reflecting the scope of all lessons.
  7. A final exam is able to be tackled in completion of all lessons; and when you feel comfortable and confident of having understood and retained most of what has been studied.
  8. The exam is assessed in our online training system immediately it is submitted; and if you achieve a result of 60% or more, you are given access to download a “Certificate of Completion” This certificate carries your name (extracted from the original enrolment order); together with a current date, and carrying endorsements from this school and the ACS Global Partners Network.

    Everything is automatic; but if you do need help at any point along your journey of discovery; but there is a help desk, with real people who have real expertise –only an email away.





Member of the Future Farmers Network

Member of the International Herb Association since 1988

UK Register of Learning Providers, UK PRN10000112

Member of the Nursery and Garden Industry Association since 1993

ACS is a silver sponsor of the AIH. The principal, John Mason, is a fellow. ACS certificate students are offered a free membership for this leading professional body.Provider.

Member of the Permaculture Association

Member of Study Gold Coast

College Member of Complementary Medicine Association assessed to teach a range of areas including Counselling, Nutrition, Natural Therapies.

Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Dr. Lynette Morgan (Crops)

Lyn has a broad expertise in horticulture and crop production. Her first job was on a mushroom farm, and at university she undertook a major project studying tomatoes. She has studied nursery production and written books on hydroponic production of herbs.

John Mason (Horticulturist)

Parks Manager, Nurseryman, Landscape Designer, Garden Writer and Consultant.
Over 40 years experience; working in Victoria, Queensland and the UK.
He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 70 books and edito

Adriana Fraser (Horticulturist)

Adriana has worked in horticulture since the 1980's. She has lived what she preaches - developing large gardens and growing her own fruit, vegetables and herbs and making her own preserves.
In 1992 she formalised her training by graduating with a certif

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