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This 48-lesson, progress reviewed course is structured to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to practice as an herbalist in your community,  educating others on effective herbal remedies and the feeding of the body and spirit from a Judeo-Christian point of view.

Shonda's Community Herbalist Course is the path to help you become a proficient practicing herbalist and herbal educator. Utilizing six, 1.5-hour TeleSeminars and regular progress review sessions scheduled at the end of each Module, as well as 40 TeleClasses, offered both live and via recordings, the Community Herbalist Course gives you one-on-one instruction and in-depth knowledge of the topics covered in the lessons so you'll have the foundation for practice in your community.

This course is also the first step in pursuing the Clinical Herbalist certification.

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

Community Herbalist / Family Health Educator Course

48 Lessons ¿ May be completed within two years but you may take as long as you like to complete, Self-Paced, Progress Reviewed, Distance-Learning, Certificate Awarded Upon Completion and Passing of Final Exam with grade of at least 75%

Who Might Be Interested in the Community Herbalist/Family Health Educator Course of Study?
  • Those interested in ministering health education with proficient clinical skills to their community
  • Those interested in teaching herbal medicine therapy or serve your community as a practicing herbalist
  • Those desiring to begin the path toward becoming a Clinical Herbalist
  • Those wanting to have in-depth knowledge of over 200+ herbs and how to apply this herbal knowledge to support health in others
  • Those desiring to approach the ministry of health from a Christian perspective

What Materials and Services are Included in the Community Herbalist ¿ Certified Family Health Educator Course of Study if I pay for the package as a whole? (You are always welcome to simply purchase the NH Herbalist materials package for $199.95 and then add the services you need as you need them rather than pay in full if that better meets your budget needs)
  • Naturally Healthy Herbalist  Modules 1, 2, 3, 6 in PDF format and Module 7 in recordings and group discussion
  • ALL TeleClass recordings to accompany each lesson of your study ALL Six modules of the course 
  • The Full Recordings of our Clinicals TeleClasses to give you the opportunity to see how to handle real client cases under mentor oversight, plus you will be required to design your own protocols to case studies during Modules 4 through 6 and receive instructor oversight for those protocols. You will also need to present at least one case study and a complete protocol to your fellow students (all you need is a phone and/or computer with internet access)
  • Admittance to Student Forum/Online Classroom for two (2) years (If your learning takes longer to complete your coursework, we can extend your student forum access for $75/year after your two years have passed) plus admittance to our Private FaceBook Student Group
  • Each of the 48 lessons required to be completed will be reviewed and graded by your instructor with suggestions for further study or practice (you will receive instruction upon payment as to how to send in each lesson as you complete it)
  • 20 hours TeleSeminar Classes recordings: Dietary Evaluation and the Impact of Nutritional Deficiencies; Ancient Herbs, Ancient Medicine: Herbal Therapeutics; Body Systems Health and Herbal Interventions; Informed WomanCare: Divine Design and Decoding Hormonal Messages; Nutritional and Herbal Therapeutics During Pregnancy; Professional Path Decisions: Discovering What is Right for You, Your Family, and Your Clients; Serving Up Health to Your Community; Real Food for Real Health: Menu Planning and Nutrient Calculation; Changing Lives Through Dietary Evaluation; Choosing the Right Herb for Health Concerns; Herbs & Toxicity: Paying Attention to Indications and Contraindications; Respiratory and Ear Infections; Making Herbal Medicines: The Art of Tincturing
What Will You Accomplish in the Community Herbalist - Certified Family Health Educator Course?
  • Jesus Christ as the Cornerstone of Health and the Impact of the Body of Christ Upon Health
  • How to Teach Others to Take Responsibility for their Health Care
  • How to Evaluate Your Own Family's Health and Teach this Skill to Clients Who Seek Your Counsel
  • How to Teach Clients to Alter Lifestyle and Food Choices to Maximize Service to Community
  • How to Research Healthcare Options with Clients
  • How to Work with Clients to Create Protocols for Health Support
  • How to Support Clients' Healthcare Choices
  • How to Integrate Nutritional and Herbal Medicine within Conventional and Alternative Healthcare Settings and Practices
  • In-depth knowledge of Herbs Suited for Particular Body Systems
  • In-depth knowledge of Herbs Suited for the very young, the weakened, and the wise
  • How to Make Herbal Medicines and Custom Formulate for Family and Clients
What is Awarded Upon Completion of the Community Herbalist ¿ Certified Family Health Educator Course of Study?
  • Upon passing the final exam administered upon completion of Modules 1, 2, 3 and 6's lessons (with a grade of at least 75%), presenting a 1.5 hour teaching session to fellow students (teaching is done via your phone or your computer; we provide the teleconference technology for you - you may do an hour's presentation then take questions for the remaining 30 minutes), the completion of one in-depth paper on some aspect of controversy in the herbal medicine community, presentation of one case study and your recommended protocol to fellow students, a Certificate of Completion as a Community Herbalist will be issued by the Institute for Family Herbal Care
  • Upon completion of the Community Herbalist program and  required readings and demonstration of teaching skills, the designation of Certified Family Health Educator by the Institute for Family Herbal Care will be awarded
  • Ability to minister to others as an herbalist
  • Ability to teach classes or workshops professionally
  • Referrals from our office for consult clients and for speaking opportunities
  • Eligibility to continue your study mentoring under a practicing herbalist of your choice.
  • There is no state or federal licensing for herbalists at this time, thus our certification is only a certificate of completion of our educational program. The Certificate does not denote a license to practice. At this particular juncture of time, herbalists are free to practice our trade, as long as we are careful not to overstep our practice boundaries by practicing medicine without a license.

Lessons will average 12 hours of study each; completion of the course is possible in one and one-half to two years. There is no time limit for completion of course. We provide support for you for two years. If you need to extend beyond that time, please contact our office for an extension. We strive to provide extensions as we are available.

Cost: $1200.00 if paid in full.
Divided Payment Plan:

$275 initial payment - Manual, 10 TeleClasses, Student Forum

$275 second payment - 10 TeleClasses, Progress Review, MP3s

$275 third payment - 10 TeleClasses, Progress Review, MP3s

$275 fourth payment - 10 TeleClasses, Progress Review, MP3s

$225 final payment - Final Progress Reviews, MP3s

For Those Who HaveCompleted the Family Herbalist Course, the Following is Required to Complete the Community Herbalist ¿ Certified Family Health Educator Course of Study:
  • Must complete work in Community Herbalist Manual
  • Must participate in at least 10 Webinar/TeleClasses
  • Must teach one lesson in Community Herbalist Manual to fellow students
  • Must complete one in-depth monograph of the herb of your choice
  • Must present one case study with your recommended protocol to fellow students
Total Program Credit Hours: 801

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, Part 1
Lesson 8: Evaluating Dietary Practices/Trends by the Word, Part 2
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
Module 1 Grade Awarded
Teleconference Workshop: Dietary Evaluation and the Impact of Nutritional Deficiencies

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 Glycerites & 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
Module 2 Grade Awarded
Teleconference Workshop: Ancient Herbs, Ancient Medicine: Herbal Therapeutics

Module Three
Lesson 25: Mommy Diagnostics for Little Sprouts
Lesson 26: Vaccinations
Lesson 27: Musculoskeletal System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
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
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 ¿ Male and Female: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Module 3 Project: Complex Case Study
Module 3 Grade Awarded
Teleconference Workshop: Body Systems Health and Herbal Interventions

Module Six
Lesson 61: Infant and Children Under 3 Case Studies
Lesson 62: Children 3-12 Case Studies
Lesson 63: Endocrine System Case Studies
Lesson 64: Musculoskeletal System Case Studies
Lesson 65: Immune System Case Studies
Lesson 66: Integumentary Case Studies
Lesson 67: Nervous System Case Studies
Lesson 68: Gastrointestinal System Case Studies
Lesson 69: Urinary System Case Studies
Lesson 70: Respiratory System Case Studies
Lesson 71: Female Reproductive System Case Studies
Lesson 72: Male Reproductive System Case Studies
Module 6 Project: Complex Case Study
Module 6 Grade Awarded

Module Seven
Lesson 73: Professional Path Decisions: Regulation and Registration, Ministry and Business
Lesson 74: The Well-Nourished Practitioner: Self-Care
Lesson 75: Setting Up Your Practice: Professional Space, Bookkeeping, Gaining Clients
Lesson 76: Establishing Healthy Boundaries with Clients
Lesson 77: Legal Issues in Practice: Legal Guidelines for Unlicensed Practitioners, Informed Consent
Lesson 78: The Consultation: Helping Clients Take Responsibility for Their Own Health
Lesson 79: Guidelines for Intake: Gathering Information from Clients
Lesson 80: Physical Observations
Lesson 81: Nourishing Your Clients: Follow-up Support
Lesson 82: Networking/Integrating Care with Other Healthcare Practitioners
Lesson 83: Continuing Education Opportunities
Lesson 84: Botanical Medicine Health Educator Resources
ALL of Module 7 is provided in Recordings and Papers/Discussion Provided to and for you in Student Forum
Teleconference Workshop: Professional Path Decisions: Discovering What is Right for You, Your Family, and Your Clients

Webinar/TeleClass Seminars: 81 hours
Final Exam: Final Grade for Community Herbalist Coursework Awarded