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Herbal Materia Medica Course is now Open for Registration!

Starting this morning, the Herbal Academy is officially opening the Herbal Materia Medica course! If you are participating in the Bundle promotion, use your affiliate link to continue momentum from last week’s bundle. It is only $45 for students to register for the class, and $79 to upgrade with a Materia Medica Journal! 

A little refresher on the course:
Launched earlier this year, the Herbal Materia Medica Course is an excellent addition to your herbal studies, geared for beginners and more advanced herbalists alike. We created the Herbal Materia Medica Course out of a love for herbs and a desire to encourage others to enrich their studies one herb at a time. The Herbal Materia Medica Course teaches students to research and compile herbal monographs to curate an individualized materia medica that is unique to them. This course provides a template to work with as you study and begin to better understand your herbs and is a wonderful resource with many downloads and resources! 
The course also goes beyond just explaining how to work through creating a materia medica monograph. We’ve made sure to add plenty of information on herbal safety, researching tips, and activities to help you connect to each plant in your journal.

The Herbal Materia Medica Course has been our most popular program yet, and at $45 is affordable for people at any level of study who are interested in herbalism.
Join us in sharing about this program! We’ll keep registration open through June 20th!
5 Days of Giveaways!
June 5, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Our 5 Days of Giveaways campaign has quickly become a favorite annual event for the Herbal Academy Community and this is your chance to get in on the action! Throughout the week, we’ll be featuring a new giveaway each day for our readers to participate in and giving you a great opportunity to earn many affiliate clickthroughs! Winners are announced throughout the week via email. We will cap off the week with a surprise 3-day flash sale including 15% off all of our courses.

Here is a sneak peek for the week:
Monday, June 5th - One Year Herbarium Membership
Tuesday, June 6th - Free Enrollment in the Herbal Materia Medica Short Course
Wednesday, June 7th - Herbal Gifts from the Goods Shop (Including the Materia Medica Journal, Plant Identification Tea Towel and Tote, and Herbalist Bookmarks).
Thursday, June 8th - Free Enrollment in the Introductory Herbal Course
Friday, June 9th - Mystery Prize!
All week our readers will be able to participate in a poll to choose the prize for the 5th and final day of the giveaway. Prize options will include free enrollment in the Herbal Academy’s Entrepreneur Herbal Coursethe Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course, or the Family Herbalist Path Package.
This event will go live on Monday, June 5th and will be hosted on the Herbal Academy blog!
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Hello friends,

It’s gift giving season! What are you planning for your loved ones, family, and friends? We have pooled a small selection of herbal products from our Goods Shop and other brands we love to spark ideas to include in your holiday gift (and wish) list. 
Here are some of our gifting go-tos inspired by the plants we love and perfect for not only herbalists, but anyone. And, below, read on for five herbal allies that will help support you during wintertime!
5 Botanical Gifts to Give
Deluxe Herbal Starter kit
Herbal Starter Kits
Our updated and redesigned Herbal Starter Kits are back! These kits make great gifts for beginner and intermediate herbalists (even advanced herbalists love them), and they pair well with the foundational herbal courses we offer here at the Academy! Each kit is a complete box of carefully sourced, high-quality herbs alongside Herbal Academy’s select recipes and herb monographs to get you started making herbal preparations. Never before has hands-on experience with the herbs been so easy!

Tea Blends by Traditional Medicinals

The season of winter is the perfect time for a cup of hot herbal tea. Why not give the gift of health and slow living by putting together a package of tea goods for your tea drinking friends and family members? We love many of the tea blends from Traditional Medicinals. Not only are they delicious tasting and easy to prepare, but they’re formulated by herbalists and made from sustainably sourced herbs. 

Assorted Apothecary Labels - set of 72
Use these to name and date your herbal preparations or label your apothecary herb containers! These labels feature a signature botanical pattern to bring beauty and sophistication to any herbal salve, tea blend, or tincture that you may create! The Assorted Apothecary Labels are complete with six label designs and a handy reusable muslin storage bag to use however you wish. Give yourself or a loved one the perfect final touch for your herbal preparations.

Materia Medica Journal

Give the gift of herbal learning when you present someone with our Materia Medica Journal! The Materia Medica Journal provides space for notes, charts for easy reference, and will help the recipient to organize information in a beautiful way. Combine the journal with our Herbal Materia Medica Short Course, and the receiver will get to walk through the process of learning one herb at a time, leading to an in-depth study of individual herbs and eventually creating a comprehensive materia medica to use for future reference. This is a great resource for herbalists at all stages of learning!  

Find more information here about our Materia Medica Journal and Herbal Materia Medica Course.

Foraging Scissors
Foraging Scissors

These foraging scissors are one of the newest items in the Herbal Academy Goods Shop, and they’re one of our all-time favorites, too! These scissors are perfect for friends and family members who wildcraft herbs or for those who want to start. They are made of high-quality stainless steel and stylish bamboo handles and are a must-have tool in any herbalist or forager’s toolkit. 

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5 Wintertime Herbs to Hold Close

Although its original herbal uses have been largely forgotten in favor of its role in the kitchen, thyme once held an important place in the herbalist’s materia medica, and it deserves a second look for the modern home herbalist – especially during winter.


Elderberry is a mainstay in many an herbalist’s apothecary as the go-to herb at the very initial signs of cold or flu (we always have Elderberry Syrup on hand). Taken at onset, elderberry can reduce the duration of cold and flu because it helps stimulate the immune system and supports the body’s ability to resist infection. 

Did we surprise you with this one? Calendula is perhaps best known as a first aid herb for cuts and wounds, however, it is also used internally as an antimicrobial to help the body resist pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. 
Ginger has a pleasant and warming flavor, so it’s oftentimes more palatable than other herbs. It’s a common ingredient in fall and wintertime sweet treats, such as gingerbread, gingersnaps, and molasses cookies. This is for good reason too, as it is a strong immune system booster and is beneficial in the case of colds and flu, both of which are common during the winter season. Herbalists enlist ginger’s antimicrobial activity and its ability to thin mucus, as well as its diaphoretic action, to help the body progress through a cold or flu.

Marshmallow root has a soft, slippery constituent called mucilage that provides an extra boost to the already nourishing and soothing oils used in a homemade balm. This slippery, mucus–like characteristic will can help soothe and relieve already inflamed or irritated skin. It also acts as a protective barrier for your lips from the weather elements. By adding this one simple herb to your balm recipe, you will be giving your lips an extra kick of nourishment and protection that will keep them looking healthy all year long!
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Have a wonderful weekend, dear friends. May you enjoy the season, every part of it, from planning your holiday gifts to building your herbal apothecary with wintertime preparations!

Marlene Adelmann
& the Herbal Academy Team​​​
Dearest friends, 

Is it the bare trees, the snowflakes falling outside our windows, or the colder days that hint that winter is quickly approaching? We hope your homes are filled with warmth and cheer this season – no matter what is happening outdoors! 

We are just weeks away from holiday celebrations, and we know that time is ticking to get everything done on our checklists and all wish list gifts purchased and wrapped.

It’s on that note that we would would like to mention that tomorrow,December 13th is the last day to order herbal products from the Goods Shop if you want them in time for Christmas! 
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Order by December 13th at midnight EST to be included in our last Goods Shop shipment!
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If you’ve been eyeing products in the Good Shop, don’t delay in moving your wish list items to checkout any longer! Place your order by midnight EST tomorrow to ensure you get your package by Christmas. 

Marlene Adelmann
& the Herbal Academy Team​​​
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"I just wanted to express my gratitude to you for creating such an informative, organized, and beautiful herbalism program. Your Introductory Herbal Course was one of my first real open doors into the world of Herbalism, and I found it to be a clear and concise glimpse into the beautiful experience that we may have with the natural world. I am currently a student of Massage Therapy, so the holistic health field is a strong passion of mine. I also work in a plant nursery, and my “happy place” just so happens to be the outdoors. This course was a great way for me to combine my whole world into one great format. I am inspired to keep learning and growing... Thank you for being a part of my journey!"
– Jean, Introductory Herbal Course graduate