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Certificate in Western Herbal Remedies

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Herbal Medicine has been used for thousands of years and is one of the oldest holistic therapies known. The Certificate in Western Herbal Remedies course provides strong a foundation and introduction into the amazing world of natural, plant based medicines and their application in therapeutic use.

Herbal Remedies can take the form of tablets, capsules, tinctures, extracts and other herbal preparations, which have been sourced from various parts of plants, from bark to leaves, flower to roots all other plant forms, depending on the herb, used to prevent and treat physical illness and increase vitality.

Studies include Medicinal herbs, history, theory and philosophy and herbal medicine materia medica (the therapeutic properties of specific herbs), and how these are used in practice.

Providing a great overview of Western Herbal Medicine, the Certificate in Western Herbal Remedies is ideal for those wishing to gain training in the core aspects of Herbal Medicine to complement their current skills or practice, for those wishing to 'taste test' Herbal Medicine to see if a future as a Herbalist is for them, or can be done as a general interest course to incorporate into your current lifestyle.

This program will give you credit towards the Advanced Diploma if you choose to continue on with your Herbal Medicine studies.

With a wide range of flexible study options and alternate payment plans, the Certificate in Western Herbal Medicine offers the ideal pathway to discover our unique Natural Medicine programs.


Course Duration: 1 year part-time

Commences: Annual intake commencing in February 

Next Intake: Starts February  2023    

Missed the Annual Intake? The first subject in the Certificate of Western Herbal Remedies, Herbal Medicine A is offered every term as a stand-alone short course


Study anywhere, any time! – In our virtual classroom

Making learning accessible for everyone is the key to all our course programs. Nature Care’s virtual classroom is accessed through the colleges secure online Student Portal which you can access day and night 7 days a week. 

Study Options - All subjects have a scheduled duration & an online scheduled class time.

Enjoy the ease of watching the class live in our virtual classroom or watch the recording at your leisure.

You can choose to:

  • Attend the scheduled class lesson live in real-time online via the Nature Care Student Portal OR
  • Review the live recording and course content at your leisure in-line with your own weekly study schedule
  • You can attend the live class and watch the recording as revision.

Each class recording is available for the whole duration of term to optimise your learning experience.



What a wonderful course and fabulous teacher sharing her personal knowledge and insight into these plants, making the course so much alive and interesting! Adeline

Thank you ever so much for my very precious newly learnt knowledge of Western Herbal Medicine.
Lis, you're VERY professional, considerate, loveable, and inspiring. 
Thank you also to everyone working behind the scenes who made this course possible, much appreciated.  Cora

The course was absolutely fantastic! I learned so much and Lis was truly wonderful. Such an inspirational woman and a fountain of knowledge! She presented the course in a way that was easy to understand, a good pace and lots of extra anecdotal information to help us. - Nicola

It is a real pleasure to learn herbal medicine with Lis. She is so knowledgeable and really pays tremendous attention to the way she can help students remember the lessons. It is a real pleasure. - Sandra

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Herbal Medicine A - Materia Medica

Description: Welcome to the wonderful world of Herbal Medicine! This one-year Unit of Study introduces the philosophy and science of herbalism in its historical perspective. You will explore the materia medica, learn about the therapeutic effects, constituents,
preparation and usage of plants as medicine.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this unit of study. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

This unit is assessed by:

  • One written assignment
  • One mid-term exam
  • One end of term exam

Pre-requisites: Nil

Co-requisites: Nil


Herbal Medicine B - Materia Medica

Description: This unit of of study builds on the knowledge covered in Herbal Medicine 1A.

This unit is assessed by:

  • One written assignment
  • One mid-term exam
  • One end of term exam

Pre-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1A - Materia Medica

Co-requisites: Nil


Herbal Medicine C - Materia Medica

Description: This unit of of study builds on the knowledge covered in Herbal Medicine 1A & 1B.

This unit is assessed by:

  • One written assignment
  • One mid-term exam
  • One end of term exam

Pre-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1A & 1B - Materia Medica.

Co-requisites: Nil

You enrol and pay on a term by term basis.

Year 1 Fees:

Term 1 : $720.00

Term 2 : $720.00

Term 3 : $720.00

Get 5% Discount

If you pay each terms fees upfront prior to the start of term you are eligble to receive a 5% discount. So take another 5% off each terms fees published above.



I discovered that I really loved the Anatomy & Physiology short course it was fascinating, challenging and very personally rewarding. The course notes and references were very clear. My trainer Inga Saliba, provided great links to the best of online material relevant to the subject (appropriate to our level) and some extra more challenging material for the intellectually curious.

I initially signed up for the face to face training at the college before Covid 19. I am now a convert to the online course and will continue my studies in this format.
Thank you Inga you helped ignite a passion I never knew I had! – Sandra


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