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This course is underwritten and accredited by The African National Healers Association


  • The goal of this course is to gain basic knowledge about medicinal herbs.

  • It qualifies you as a CERTIFIED HERBALIST.

  • You access this course online. Study materials are supplied.

  • The time limit to complete this course is a maximum of one year.

  • No previous qualifications are necessary

  • Course fee: Special discount fee of R 1200.00 per module or full course R6000.00

  • To register for this course, contact Dr. P Smit at


Contents of the certificate in medicinal herbs basic (Maximum one year)

Module 1
  • Where herbs began

  • A short history of the documentation of herbs

  • History of South African herbs

  • What are herbs?

  • Work assignment 1


Module 2
  • Doctrine of signatures

  • Botanical classification

  • Plant anatomy and identification

  • Growing herbs

  • Work assignment 2


Module 3
  • Functions of herbs

  • Active constituents

  • Actions of herbs

  • Medicinal herbs – plant parts used.

  • Work assignment 3


Module 4
  • Preparations of medicinal herbs

  • Route of administration

  • Harvesting and drying herbs

  • Using herbs safely

  • Work assignment 4


Module 5
  • Indigenous medicinal herbs


Portfolio - Herb file

At the completion of the Medicinal Herb Basic course, the student will have a herb file with 50 researched herbs as a reference guide for future use.

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