Become a Master Herbalist

Become a Master Herbalist


What is a Master Herbalist or Clinical Herbalist?


Become a Master Herbalist; the Master Herbalist is a title used to describe a level of skill and knowledge. You will never be, indeed a master if you stop learning. No one ever masters a skill if they stop learning. No master in any field ever stops learning. A Master Herbalist learns from every client, friend, herbalist, child, and the plants themselves. When we use the term master clinical, it means you have exceeded educational requirements for an advanced clinical level of herbalism. Some people suggest that a school shouldn’t be able to use the term and that only your peers should bestow this upon you. I see a few problems with that.

  1. The “herbalist” is the only profession where your peers are the only ones to validate your education? So, no matter how long or hard you work, you will never be a master until someone else says so. Someone who doesn’t know you or maybe your business competition, or a friend in the field bestows this on you? So, if you are well-liked, “popular,” have the resources, as in money, to attend a lot of herbal events to make connections, aren’t shy, or  “different” you may have your community bestow this title on you? We believe in honoring your time and education in excellence instead. Our program exceeds the American Herbalists Guild hours for this very reason to ensure that you have the highest level of education, but we also acknowledge and realize as any professional in any industry realizes you will always have more to learn. To me, a Master Clinical Herbalist and Heart of Herbs Herbal School, and organizations all over the world, is someone who has exceeded academic goals and continues to learn to maintain the mastery of their craft. This is what we teach you to do in our evidence-based clinical, educational programs. The United States is the only country that doesn’t educate to this distinction; the only one that relies on peer adoration for recognition of skills. Our program offers a solid education, exceeding all recommendations and is at a sustainable price, and we help you every step of the way, if it takes you one year or five years, at your own pace education at work. At Heart of Herbs Herbal School, we have educated over 25,000 students worldwide since 1998, offering robust academic and experiential education programs. Become a Master Herbalist

  2. This idea is classist. It only gives value to a slow and steady approach but does not honor students who can’t self-study for 20 years and need an intensive educational approach to learn what they need to learn to be an excellent and skilled herbalist. We know our students have families and we honor that. We know that you have jobs, families, lives to attend to and understand. This idea also offers students more value who can afford to travel or take six months off to study in an apprenticeship way from home. We live in a new world and need to offer students options that work for them and their lives.

  3. This can also be a sexist or racist process. If your peers are the ones to designate your value to the herbal world, it could depend on a lot of factors; some could be sex, gender or sexual orientation, race, religion, etc. Herbalism is not void of issues that the outside world faces.

  4. Why are we the only profession set up this way? We can have master plumbers, master electricians, master’s degrees, master chocolatiers, master gardeners, and so many other professional distinctions that use the world master. No one would ever suggest that upon education all skill, knowledge or growth in the profession ends, it is quite the opposite, professionals at an advanced level in my experience all want and strive to keep on top of their field. Certification shows clients you have completed an in-depth professional program.  Master Herbalist Certification

  5. These attitudes keep herbalists from being able to ask for a living wage, lots at the bottom, and a few at the top. Seeking appropriate fees for their work, sale of their products, etc.. We can’t support ourselves when we set up a false hierarchy. Herbalism is a needed skill, and it is essential we value each other or time and our abilities to make it so herbalists can make a living wage. These attitudes are a form of bullying. We all deserve to make a living wage and not just scrape by. We deserve to sell our products at fair prices. People will pay $5 for a coffee but balk at a 30-day supply of a tincture for $15. We have to change these attitudes, and the first step is honoring and protecting ourselves and making our profession sustainable.

Become a Master Herbalist

What can I do after I become a Master Herbalist?

You can act as a consultant, teacher, formulator, etc. Many students have in the past started their own businesses, began consulting practices, clinics, and work in herbal companies.  Some students have become professional tea blenders; others help seed companies decide what herbals to stock; others combine herbalism into their medical practice; others write articles and books. Some of our past students have been runway models, chefs, greenhouse owners, doctors, nurses, midwives, and all of them use herbalism in their professions. We have lots of ways and advice to assist students in shaping the herbal career they want and desire.


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