The Boston School of Herbal Studies: Herbal Apprenticeships, Advanced Training,
Dec 22, 2013 09:40PM
Founded in 2000, the Boston School of Herbal Studies offers affordable, high-quality herbal education to people interested in learning the time-honored tradition of herbalism. Incorporating scientific knowledge with traditional practice and clinical experience, the school teaches students how to address and heal many common ailments.
Students taking part in its Herbal Apprenticeship program receive hands-on experience making tinctures, teas, salves, oils, herbal baths, sprays and flower essences, and are introduced to such varied herbal traditions as Chinese, Ayurveda and Western herbalism. Courses cover the physiology of each body system and the herbs that nourish and support it. Students learn to identify medicinal plants in the local environment and are taught when and how to harvest each particular herb for its greatest therapeutic effect.
The Advanced Training Program provides instruction on how to become a clinical herbalist, focusing on facial, pulse, tongue, nails and sclera assessment techniques. Students have the opportunity to practice their skills at a monthly herbal clinic. This year, intensive instruction will be offered by nationally prominent herbalists on how to address insulin resistance, mood disorders and addictions.
The Aromatherapy Certification Course teaches students how to blend and use essential oils to heal body, mind and spirit. This comprehensive course addresses the body systems, their common ailments and the essential oils most helpful for addressing each condition. Three different methods of blending are introduced with demonstrations of how to use essential oils in our everyday lives.
Evening classes are scheduled throughout the fall and winter and cover a variety of significant herbal topics including healing depression, addressing Lyme disease, caring for babies and toddlers in a natural way, correcting seasonal affective disorder and learning the ancient art of soap making.
“We are practicing herbalists passing down the time-honored tradition of herbalism, incorporating scientific knowledge with traditional practice and clinical experience. We honor ancestral wisdom and are committed to ecological sustainability, ethnic/gender equality and feminist principles.”