This course helped bolster my confidence as a student. It was the first step in a direction that I have always been interested in. Herb 101 gave me a great foundation and rekindled an interest in holistic living that will benefit everyone I know. I look forward to using the information from this class to continue my education in the holistic health field!  Herb 101 Erin Briggs

I love ACHS. The format, content, delivery methods. I was worried that distance learning classes would be easy- not challenging. It is challenging and fun.

-Mary Yamaguchi

I feel like I have so many more ways to work with herbs now than I did before. Additionally, the homework assignments have really helped me to synthesize material from a variety of sources, including ones outside of the course materials.

Herb 101 Amy Bartlett

As with my other two classes, I have enjoyed having Scott Stuart as a teacher and guide through these lessons. I would also like to add it was a bonus this class to have Dr. Arianna Staruch as our instructor. Her comments were fresh and different as well as very helpful. My thanks to everyone at ACHS for a great term. A special thanks to those who work in the store for exceptionally prompt service. Thank you and see you next term, Ginger Meredith Herb 302

Basics of Herbalism Online

Herb 101 Basics of Herbal Medicine is the first step in your herbal training and is ideal if you have just discovered herbs and want to know more. Herb 101 provides students with an in-depth understanding of the history and uses of herbs including basic methods of administration and therapeutic actions of each of the botanicals studied. Herb 101 is also a pre-requisite for advanced herbal training. Students in this course may also study some of the topics covered in NAT 101, but in more depth.

Upon successful completion of this course, each student will be able to:

  • Explain and discuss the foundation of herbal medicine and its history.
  • Identify what makes herbs work.
  • Create basic herbal preparations.
  • Recognize and confidently use sixteen common herbs, including borage, dandelion, chamomile, sage, horehound, and lavender.
  • Grow herbs organically, gather wild herbs ethically, dry, and store herbs.
  • Create herbal cosmetic.
  • Cook using herbs, including edible flowers, culinary herbs, and weeds.
  • Create and use herbal remedies for your family for optimal health.
  • Create and use herbal remedies for women, babies, and children, including natural remedies for common problems such as colic and diaper rash.

Maximum Enrollment: 30 students

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials (or Course Pack) cost—including standard shipping to the continental United States—is $321.60. This includes:

  • ACHS Textbook eBook (Optional: Printed copy available for an additional $98)
  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) $99
  • Access to the Wonderful Weeds Online Video
  • Lab Kit: Herb 101 Herb Kit - a selection of 10 organic herbs in 1-oz quantities.
  • Lab Kit: Herb 101 Study Kit - 1 oz bag of Red Rose Buds & Petals, 5 ml Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Seeds, & Press-n-Brew Tea Bags.

Total Course Price: $915 (3 credits x $305 per credit) + $321.60 Course Pack = $1236.60

Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.

Tuition Includes:

  • Interactive, instructor-led ACHS online classroom.
  • Online lectures updated with the latest information and applicable research.
  • Regular tests designed to enhance your understanding as well as assess your learning to date.
  • Ongoing, instructor-led and peer-to-peer discussions for each module to enhance your learning and connect you with your fellow students, all of whom are adult learners from varying walks of life, enriching your learning experience. Add to discussions 24/7, giving you flexibility to work in with your busy lifestyle.
  • Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online

Get a sneak peek of ACHS HERB 101 Instructor Scott Stuart sharing his wildcrafting essentials:



Course Availability

  • Summer 2014
  • Fall Accelerated 2014
  • Fall 2014
  • Summer Accelerated 2014