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What does an herbalist do?

We get asked this all the time.

Along with the ever challenging question of "How do I become an herbalist?"

It can be challenging to explain the multi­faceted life of an herbalist! Though herbalists work in the wellness field, herbalists are not doctors! In fact, in many areas of the world, herbalism is not a licensed profession.

An herbalist may work in a clinical setting, sell herbal products as a business owner, grow herbs, write about herbs, or be a family herbalist who uses herbs at home.

For any type of herbalist, even more challenging than explaining what an herbalist does can be navigating the legal, ethical, and logistical considerations of using herbs, when there are not a lot of guideposts available along the path

If you are searching for this guidance, we welcome you to check out the 
Herbal Academy's Free Becoming an Herbalist Mini Course
a series of guideposts on your journey as an herbalist.

This FREE exploratory course will inform and enlighten your herbal path – wherever it takes you. 

Pre-­registration runs through August 5. Class begins August 6.


Becoming an Herbalist


It’s common to begin your herbalist training with a particular career or personal goal in mind, but sometimes it can be difficult to start goal setting when you don’t have a good understanding of the options available to you as an herbalist.

With the copious amount of information available on herbalism in this increasingly overly ­saturated market, finding safe and secure guidance on how to get started is not always easy.

Licensure, certification, words you can say and not say in herbalism, legal considerations for herbalists, the safety of using and sharing herbs...

Your list of questions may go on and on.

Let us assure you, becoming an herbalist doesn’t need to be a daunting task! The vast diversity of options for learning and practicing herbalism should bring you joy, not leave you feeling dizzied at the abundance of choices.

So let the Herbal Academy guide you through the journey of Becoming an Herbalist!

Sign up for the FREE Becoming an Herbalist Mini Course!  

What you can expect to learn:


  • Explore the directions you can take to become an herbalist including certification and licensure – both here in the US and internationally
  • Learn the language of herbalists, and how to use safe words that protect you from legal issues.
  • Gain an understanding of the ethics of herbalism, the limitations you have as an herbalist, and important safety considerations to recognize – no matter what your education level
  • Discover solutions to common obstacles of running an herbal business.
  • Finally, walk away with ideas to network with other herbalists, build
  • community, and continue your herbal education.

You will be provided with a number of interactive exercises to help you discover your own unique herbal path with online access for three months after starting your course.

The Becoming an Herbalist Mini Course is completely free! You will even get a PDF download of the course lessons so you can continue to use it as a reference after your studies are completed. As an upgrade option, you can purchase the Herbal Journey Planner which is complete with all the lessons from the course along with additional discovery activities, calendars, and notes pages. This Planner will become an essential tool in your journey as an herbalist.


In the Becoming an Herbalist course you will get:


  • 5 INSTRUCTIONAL LESSONS Thoughtful lessons that will help you navigate your herbal path  
  • 3 MONTH ACCESS Intended to be a mini course, you will have online access for three months after starting your course
  • HERBAL JOURNEY PLANNER Upgrade with our Printed Course Planner which includes all the lessons from class and much more ­­
  • CHECKLIST AND ASSIGNMENTS Each lesson is complete with activities and checklists to help guide you in your path to becoming an herbalist
  • REFERENCE CHARTS Helpful study aids, tools, and charts are available for download
  • RESOURCE RECOMMENDATIONS An extensive list of online resources and books for further learning ­­
  • EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS Enjoy discounts from our herbal friends and partners with your enrollment
  • LESSON PDFS All lessons are available for download and print for your continued use
  • COMPLETION BADGE Receive a badge in your Student Dashboard with your course completion





Lesson 1 looks closely at certification and regulation for herbalists and explores some of the educational options that are available to those interested in herbal careers. Learning about these important topics will help you begin to develop confidence and lay the groundwork for a career as an herbalist.
In Lesson 2, we will take a look at the language that herbalists use – words you can and cannot use legally, regardless of education, due to the current state of herbalism as an unlicensed practice. While this topic is sometimes confusing for beginning herbalists, it is important to understand the appropriate use of language when talking or writing about herbs. 
Lesson 3 dives deep into the ethical considerations of becoming an herbalist. We’ll give you the lowdown on scope of practice, confidentiality, informed consent, and full disclosure. For those interested in clinical practice, we’ll go over basic red flags, safety concerns, and referrals. Introducing yourself to these key concepts will continue to build your confidence in building an ethical and safe herbal practice.

In Lesson 4, we will outline key aspects of starting your own herbal business and the many details that go along with each. Considering the diversity of options covered in this important lesson is an invaluable stepping stone to dreaming up an herbal business and writing a business plan.

Lesson 5 discusses the importance of keeping your finger on the pulse of herbalism. The way that herbalists use herbs is constantly evolving, with new clinical research being published all of the time and practicing herbalists discovering novel ways of bringing balance to human physiology with herbs.

Get inspired by all of the ways you can stay connected, network, and continue your herbal education in the last lesson of this free mini course.

By the end of this course, you will be brimming with ideas on how you want to be an herbalist and the steps you need to take to get there.

We hope that the exposure to so many important herbal considerations (some you may have not even thought about!) inspires you to continue growing as an herbalist and that the groundwork we have provided is a foundation for your confidence as you step forward on your herbal path.
Enroll in the FREE Becoming an Herbalist Mini Course and discover your herbal path