- Assignment 1 | Unit 1 Introduction
- The Western Herbal Traditions
- Practical Herbalism- Introduction and Overview
- Working with Dogs
- Constituents- Basic Biochemistry of Plants
- Constituents: Chemicals Found in Plants
- Constituents of Special Interest for Dogs
- Herbal Actions and Energetics
- Energetics in Everyday Life
- Recommended Herbals
- Recommended Reading and Websites
- Unit 1: Resources for Further Reading
Have you ever felt confused trying to figure out which is the best herbal remedy for your dog, or how much to give?
Disappointed when something you tried didn’t seem to help?
Frustrated when the herbs you added just turned your dog off the food ? Uncertain about which “herbal expert” you find online an really be trusted with your precious dog’s health?
I completely understand how frustrating that can be, and how challenging it is to sort through the incredible amount of herbal information online, and find a resource you can trust. With over thirty years experience, training and practical clinical work under my belt , I’ve seen a need lately for dog lovers to advance their knowledge with a very hands-on, practical program of learning, and so this course was born. You will find an absolute wealth of information here, including recipes, practical exercises you can do long after the course is finished, as well as detailed information about addressing common ailments at home with commercial or better yet, your own home made tinctures, electuaries, poultices and salves. I’ve structured this course to cover everything a home herbalist working with dogs will need on an everyday basis, but presented it system-by system, so those who wish to use this course as a foundation for deeper study will have a very solid grounding in not only herbal preparation and selection but the canine body systems and multiple common health issues and conditions.
Here are some of the things you’ll be able to do after this course.
1) Build a home apothecary geared to the unique needs of your own dogs, filled with herbs you use most frequently, herbs that grow close by or that you grow yourself, and preparations you have made on your own
2) Select, prepare and dose herbs to address a wide range of canine health concerns, from hot spots and split pads to colitis, urinary tract infections and anxiety
3) Select and use herbs on a daily basis for their tonic benefits, health-supportive properties – and best suited to your individual dog’s unique needs and constitution
4) Make your own tinctures, glycerites, salves, infusions, decoctions, electuaries and “goo balls”, herbal honeys and vinegars, for use with your dogs (and yes, you can have some too)
5) Identify and harvest a number of wild plants that are safe and effective herbal helpers for use both internally and externally
6) Understand the basic “filing system” of herbalism – “chunk it down”, so to speak. Understand that herbalism moves beyond using a specific herb for a condition, like a replacement for a drug, but is grounded in really knowing the plants (actions, energetics, constituents, methods of preparation, safety) and the anatomy and physiology of the species you are working with. We will touch on the more academic aspects here, to make sure you are “thinking like a herbalist” and you will feel much less overwhelmed by the vastness of this area of study. In other words, this course will make future leaning much easier for you.
7) Develop your own Materia Medica of useful plants, based on everything listed above (#6)
8) Move forward towards deeper knowledge and study, as this course can form a solid foundation in herbal studies
The course is done entirely online.
- Assignment 4 | Unit 4
- Overview of the Integumentary System
- Nutritional Management of Common Skin Conditions
- Hot Spots
- Seborrhea Dandruff and Acne
- Bacterial Infection
- First Aid for the Skin- Burns, Bites, Scrapes…
- Carrier Oils Differentials
- Glossary for Unit 3
- Materia Medica for the Skin
- Practical Work | Unit 4