Level: Practitioner QLS level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to practice Herbalism – graduates of this course can also obtain professional liability insurance
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Become a Registered BSY Herbalism Practitioner
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

All animal life depends upon the existence of plants. When Man first started to look for means of curing his ailments, it was to the plant kingdom that he turned. Today, over three-quarters of medicine taken across the Globe is derived from herbs. Today international scientific research has confirmed irrefutably the healing powers of the herbs used by Herbalists, and even conventional doctors rely heavily on plant-based medicines. This course trains you thoroughly in the use of ‘Nature’s Pharmacy’.  This course was written for BSY by a medical doctor and herbalist.


  • Lesson One
    • The World of Herbs
      • A Few Definitions
      • Basic Botany
      • Types of Plant
      • Classification
      • Herbalism – a Way of Life
    • Your First Two Herbs
  • Lesson Two
    • Introduction to Herbal Medicine
      • The Orthodox View
      • The Herbalism View
      • A Simple Balance Model
      • A Short History of Herbal Medicine
    • Your Next Three Herbs
  • Lesson Three
    • Cold Conditions / Warming Herbs
      • What is in a Name?
  • Lesson Four
    • Hot Conditions/Cooling Herbs
      • Allergies and Cooling Herbs
      • Bitters and Relaxants
      • Coriander – a Wonderful Spice
  • Lesson Five
    • Different Types of Herbs
      • Tonics
      • Aphrodisiac Herbs
      • Harmonisers and Adaptogens
      • More about Bitters
      • Blood Purifiers
      • Oats – a Wonderful Cereal
  • Lesson Six
    • Poultices, Pills and Tisanes
      • Procuring Ingredients
      • The Main Vehicles
      • Some Working Examples
  • Lesson Seven
    • Additional Medicinal Use of Herbs
      • What’s in a Name?
      • Homoeopathic Herbs
      • Aromatherapy Oils
      • Bach Flower Remedies
      • The Individual Indications
  • Lesson Eight
    • Herbs in the Kitchen
      • Antioxidants
      • Cooked Herbs
      • Herb Vinegars
      • Herb Salts
      • Herb Bouquets
      • Vegetable Oil
      • Bread
      • Don’t Forget the Prune!
  • Lesson Nine
    • Cosmetic Use of Herbs and Herbs around the Home
      • Hair Tonics
      • Mouth and Teeth
      • Eyes
      • Lips
      • Skin
      • Pot-pourri
      • Herb Jars and Herb Pillows
      • Pomanders
  • Lesson Ten
    • Rounding Off
      • Keep it Simple
      • Herbal Baths
      • Kitchen and Indoor Herbs

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration fee included.