Prescribe yourself a healthy life with our Seasonal Foundation in Plant Medicine – explore and use science-backed plants for your health and medicine.
Feedback from FPM students…
A really excellent course that greatly exceeded my expectations in its contents & the presentation of the sessions.
I have found this a fascinating experience overall which has enhanced my life on many levels.
Magical, I had waited for a long time for this experience and it was more than worth the wait, excellent tuition from experienced herbalists. A balanced mixture of theory, science, herbal practice and practical work
The physic garden and herbology house are the perfect place to do a botanical course, like a retreat
Now knowing which herb I am looking at, dog walking is a whole different thing
I’d virtually given up on the human race before I did this course!
A unique course taking place over four seasonal weekends (10 days) in the tranquil setting of Dilston Physic Garden in Northumberland.
This hands-on series explores the health and medicinal value of plants and has been a huge success in the 10 years it has been running. The course is designed to be informative, friendly and fun and is run by qualified medical herbalists, a pharmacognosist and other professionals (– optional course). On completion you receive a Foundation in Plant Medicine diploma certificate.
Learn how to:
- Explore plant medicine to effectively treat many common ailments, from infection to stress
- Make safe plant medicines using common medicinal plants that grow nearby
- Gain confidence to choose the right plant for the right situation including first-aid
- Grow your own medicinal plants: identify, harvest, dry and safely store herbs for future use
- Uncover fascinating facts behind the principles of plant medicine, including its folklore, history & science
- NOTE: The Foundation Course in Plant Medicine is NOT a practitioner course and does not qualify you to become a herbal medicine practitioner or a qualified Medical Herbalist or to individually prescribe plant medicines in any form. Always consult a registered medical herbalist and inform your health care provider before taking any plant at a medicinal level if you are pregnant, have any medical condition or are taking any medication. The Foundation course does however give you an in depth and working knowledge of plant medicine.
10-day diploma all materials provided £750. Payment can be made in monthly instalments.
*Note we have a new maximum of 9 (potentially 14 in 2022) participants per course.
May I just say that it has been an amazing summer in the garden and the learning experience has been inspirational. It’s quite rare to get interests and belief systems in such a balanced impartial environment that respects a wide range of scientific & holistic backgrounds.
That has very much been a positive impact on a personal note. I have enjoyed learning all aspects of herbs, botany and medicine from a great team of people and have been inspired to go on a journey with herbs in some capacity, wherever it leads me to. Thank you once again for sharing your knowledge and passion of herbs, I have found it to be inspiring and informative and will take much information with me.”
Foundation Course Example Modules
Note: the format and content may change
Understanding How Medicinal Plants Work & Their Uses
We look at how, when and why plant medicines are used, both with reference to traditional uses and modern scientific knowledge, as well as considering their safe use. As part of this module, students experience the joy of preparing plant medicines, learning about the different types of medicines that can be made from simple ingredients.
We look at medicinal plants through 8 different effects or actions on the body, identifying important plants and exploring 3 plants in more depth for each action. How these actions might be used for therapeutic effect for specific ailments is also discussed, where appropriate. We look at the following botanical actions:
– Cleansing and detoxing plants
– Bitter plants
– Astringent plants
– Aromatic and carminative plants
– Nervines (calming plants)
– Circulatory plants
– Antiseptics and wound healing plants
– Anti infective and respiratory plants
Materia Medica I Cleansing and Detoxing
In this session explore the appropriate role of detoxification of the body. The signs and symptoms of toxicity will be examined. Various strategies to encourage detoxification will be studied alongside the use of alterative and depurative botanicals.
- What are toxins and how do they accumulate?
- What are the signs of inner toxicity?
- Using dietary change to cleanse the system
- The role of fasting and precautions
- Naturopathic cleansing techniques
- Alterative and depurative herbs – identifying several common examples and exploring how to use them as a part of a broader detoxification process
- Identifying three cleansing medicinal plants
- Collection of plants and preparation of a cleansing remedy
- Dandelion, burdock and cleavers
- Case studies to illustrate herbal first aid.