Medicinal Herbs

Course CodeSGH2
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

20 hour Short Courses from ACS Distance Education

Learn about herbs which canb be used for medicinal purposes.  Gain knowledge about the chemicals found in herbs and the effects these have on the human body.  The Short Course includes a review of over 50 plant species providing information about their culture, chemistry and medicinal properties and uses.

Lesson Structure

There are 6 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction The Nature and Scope of Medicinal Herbs
    • What are medicinal herbs
    • 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


This is a self paced, 20 hour study program; with everything from your enrolment through to awarding of your certificate of completion, controlled by computer software developed by our programmers.

Utilizing cutting edge technology all the way; you can

  1. Enrol, pay course fees into pay pal; your payment approval then triggers an email explaining how to proceed, and access to the course.
  2. You are then given instructions (options to read or listen to an audio).
  3. Next you proceed to work through lessons as fast or slow as you wish; undertaking automated self assessment tests at the end of each lesson, choosing practical/additional learning tasks to undertake as you go.
  4. On concluding the final lesson; you undertake a major online exam; and on achieving a 60% pass rate, you are given a "Certificate of Completion" carrying your name and date, to download as a pdf, to save or print as you wish


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