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The Certified Family Herbalist Course is custom-tailored for those individuals wishing to have personalized interaction with their instructor as they learn how to use herbs safely and effectively for their own families.

In this 36-lesson course, you'll learn valuable lessons including the foundations of health and how to make a naturally healthy home. You'll also learn how to evaluate your own family's health.

Do you desire more knowledge about family health care and administering home health care in self-limiting, and some chronic, diseases? How about knowing when to access outside help when necessary and how to blend conventional medicine with complementary nutrition and herbal therapies? The Certified Family Herbalist Course will point you in the right direction.

What our students are saying about our course programs:

"I would recommend this course to all Christian ladies, mothers, and especially Christian midwives. I chose Naturally Healthy because I knew I would get all the info I needed for the safety of the unborn who are in need of our protection from those who know how to use herbs and don't hold value in the sanctity of life. The NH family of herbalists and students have the right to take on healing in our life and the use of nutrition and lifestyle to our bodies to heal as God designed them to do." Deb Phillips, CPM - Little Rock, AR

"Taking this course was something I have wanted to do for a long time. When the opportunity came and I was able to take the plunge, there has never been a moment's regret! I am constantly challenged, learning something new every moment I study, and have made the most wonderful friends through our online student support forum. I had looked at a lot of other study courses but decided there was no way I would get the Christian emphasis with another program. Naturally Healthy allows me to combine my faith with my gift of wanting to help others. It has made a huge impact in my life, and I am already able to be of benefit to others. Personally it took me a couple of months to really grasp a good study routine after being out of school for so long. If you are serious about learning to become an herbalist, whether for your own family or as a professional, you will get what you need here. You will be stretched. The material is not easy, but you will get a very solid foundation for what an herbalist is and how to put that into practice. After my first on-site workshop in Louisiana, meeting Shonda and the other ladies in person, that sealed it for me. I knew I had made the right decision. Not only had this course already impacted my life, it also impacts others in a very significant and personal way. It has been an amazing journey so far! Nichole Wade, Herbalist at Leap of Faith Farm in Windsor, MO

"Shonda Parker of Naturally Healthy strives for excellence in her practice as an herbalist, and she expects the same of her students. The Naturally Healthy course content and instructor feedback provides a thorough and in-depth foundation of herbal and nutritional knowledge, equipping you with all that you need to become competent in treating your own family naturally, or continue on further and become a Community or Clinical Herbalist. After completing the Community Herbalist course, I felt prepared and equipped to start my own business providing natural health education; and in my practice as a midwife, to counsel my clients in appropriate use of herbal therapies during pregnancy. As a Clinical Herbalist student, what I love most about learning from Shonda is how she presses her students to develop protocols for clinical practice that are evidence-based. I highly recommend Naturally Healthy to anyone seeking to learn more about herbs and whole health!" Kristen Benoit, LM, CPM, Community Herbalist, Clinical Herbalist student

Certified Family Herbalist Course
36 Lessons ¿ May be completed within one year but may take as long as you like to complete
Self-Paced, Progress-Reviewed, Certificate of Completion Awarded

Who Might Be Interested in the Certified Family Herbalist Course of Study?
  • Those interested in instructional oversight and evaluation of progress as they seek to understand how to choose and prepare healthful food for one's own family
  • Those interested in learning to oversee family health care and administer home health care in self-limiting, and some chronic, diseases, knowing when to access outside help when necessary and how to blend conventional medicine with complementary nutrition and herbal therapies
  •  Those interested in the possibility of pursuing the Community Herbalist ¿ Certified Women's Health Educator ¿ Certified Family Health Educator - Clinical Herbalist Course of Study at some later date
  • Those desiring to approach the ministry of health to their family and brethren from a Christian perspective

What Materials and Services are Included in the Certified Family Herbalist Course?
  • Naturally Healthy Cuisine: Real Food for Real Families
  • Mommy Diagnostics
  • Naturally Healthy Woman
  • Naturally Healthy Herbs PDF
  • ALL of the Naturally Healthy Clinical Herbalist Modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 in PDF format of the Naturally Healthy Herbalist Course to allow you to dig as deeply into your herbal education as you desire and to transition to one of our Community Herbalist or Clinical Herbalist programs with ease
  • Admittance to Student Forum - you are welcome to one year's access to the forum and may continue access beyond a year, if needed for a small fee
  • Evaluation and Review of each of the lessons in Modules 1, 2, and 3 (Lessons 1-36) plus your Final Project and Exam
  • Three 1.5 hr TeleSeminars in MP3 format: Dietary Evaluation and the Impact of Nutrient Deficiencies; Ancient Herbs, Ancient Medicine: Herbal Therapeutics; Body Systems Health: Herbal Intervention Strategies
  • ALL of the TeleClasses Recordings for ALL lessons in Modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 to allow you to listen anytime you like as many times as you like
  • Recordings of Shonda's Workshops: Mommy Diagnostics, Naturally Healthy Women, Naturally Healthy Pregnancy and the Clinical Herbalist Intensive

What Will You Accomplish in the Certified Family Herbalist Course?

  • The Foundations of Health in Trusting God as the Great Physician
  • How to Make Your Home as Naturally Healthy as possible
  • How to Evaluate Your Own Family's Health
  • How to Make Herbal Medicines for Family Use
  • How Herbs Work and How to Use Them Safely
  • How to Create and Follow a Plan to Support and Restore Health When Illness Occurs
  • Which Herbs are Suited for Particular Body Systems and Seasons of Life
  • Herbal and Nutritional Care for the Pregnant Woman
  • Informed WomanCare: Divine Design and Decoding Hormonal Messages

Are Other Books/Resources Recommended, Though Not Required, for Reading Should You Want to Pursue Further Study at Some Point?
Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy by Simon Mills and Kerry Bone, 2nd Edition or
The Modern Herbal Dispensatory by Thomas Easley and Stephen Horne and
Foundational Herbcraft Energetics by Jim McDonald

What Amount of Time Will I Spend Studying the Course and In What Areas?
Pathophysiology: 50 hours
Medical Terminology: 12 hours
Biochemistry: 30 hours
Nutrition: 68 hours
Materia Medica/Therapeutic Herbalism: 100 hours
Pharmacy, Pharmacognosy, and Dispensing: 52 hours
Clinical Skills: 100 hours
History & Philosophy of Herbal Medicine: 20 hours

Total Study Hours: 432 hrs (average 12 hours per week)

Cost: $450.00 +$10.00 Shipping Fee

Lesson Structure:
Module One
Lesson 1: Nourishing the Spirit: Health Attitude with Altitude
Lesson 2: Nutritional Foundations: Whole Health for the Whole Family
Lesson 3: Nutrient-Dense Foods: Carbs, Proteins, Fats, and Fiber
Lesson 4: Vitamins
Lesson 5: Minerals
Lesson 6: Nutrient Needs of the Pregnant Mama
Lesson 7: Evaluating Dietary Practices/Trends by the Word
Lesson 8: Evaluating Dietary Practices for Health Concerns
Lesson 9: Mommy Diagnostics: Evaluating Family Health
Lesson 10: Prevention and Intervention: Health Tools, Vaccinations, Acute Crises
Lesson 11: Using Herbs for Medicine: Herbal Properties & Actions
Lesson 12: Equipping a Naturally Healthy Household
Module 1 Project: Dietary Strategies for Specific Health Concerns

Final Grade for Module 1 after Review

Module Two
Lesson 13: Ancient Herbs, Ancient Medicines
Lesson 14: Pharmacognosy & Herbal Therapeutics; Making Herbal Infusions
Lesson 15: Plant Gums & Mucilages Materia Medica; Making Herbal Decoctions
Lesson 16: Immune-Stimulating Polysaccharides Materia Medica; MakingBaths, Bath Salts & Socks
Lesson 17: Glycosides: Anthraquinones and Alcohol Materia Medica; Making Fomentations & Poultices
Lesson 18: Aldehydes and Cyanophose Materia Medica; Making Suppositories & Enemas, Private Washes
Lesson 19: Phenols Materia Medica; Making Glycerties and TincTracts
Lesson 20: Fixed Oil, Plant Acids Materia Medica; Making Lotions, Salves, Ointments, and Oil Infusions
Lesson 21: Volatile Oils or Essential Oils & Terpenoids Materia Medica; Making Tinctures
Lesson 22: Alkaloids Materia Medica; Making Elixers (Syrups)
Lesson 23: Growing Herbs for Medicine; Garden Planning; Making Powders
Lesson 24: Herbal Formulations: The Art and the Science; Making Herb Jello
Module 2 Project: Making Your Own Formulation
Final Grade For Module 2 after Review

Module Three:
Lesson 25: Mommy Diagnostics for Little Sprouts
Lesson 26: Vaccinations
Lesson 27:
Musculoskeletal System: Pathophysiology and Healing Option
Lesson 28: Nervous System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 29: Endocrine System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 30: Circulatory System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 31: Immune System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 32: Integumentary System, Skin: Pathophysiology and Healing Options, including Herbal and Essential Oil Training
Lesson 33: Gastrointestinal System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 34: Respiratory System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 35: Urinary System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 36: Reproductive Systems ¿ Female: Pathophysiology and Healing
Lesson 36: Reproductive Systems - Male: Pathophysiology and Healing Options

Module 3 Project: Complex Case Study

Final Exam and Final Grade - Certificate Awarded with passing grade of at least 75%

Total Credit Hours: 432 hours