herbalist holding plant rootsBecoming a herbalist today can be accomplished by attending a formal training at a herbalist school. The herbalist education typically covers herbal medicine derived from European and North American plants, but a herbalist can use plants with medicinal properties from all over the world. The length of study can vary as well as cost of the education.

The Herbalist Profession

As a herbalist you may concentrate on growing herbs, wildcarfting, manufacturing herbal products, teaching or counseling people on the use of herbs. You may also become a herbalist as a supplement to another career such as massage therapist, esthetician, nutritionist or a chiropractor.

Herbalism Training and Education

Herbalist training typically includes study of plant identification, physiology, body systems, nutrition, pathology, application and preparation of herbs, as well as other courses in medical herbalism. Often training includes field trips, work at a greenhouse or a garden. Education that offers you the ability to participate in practicum work is invaluable experience gearing you with confidence towards your herbalist career.

Length of Study

The length of study can range from a few hundred hours to over 1000 hours depending on schooling you choose. Program length can vary from 6 months or more to several years.


You may be able to take some individual classes or shorter programs for a few hundred dollars per class. A full time training can range from about $4000 to over $10,000.

Herbalism Roots Herbalist Training

Our cutting edge program is 500-hr program that cover not only plant identification and preparation, but also connecting nature with our body systems. The program weaves science: pathology and physiology with plants and herbal preparations. In addition we offer an extensive practicum for the students to practice on the newly learned skills. View the complete 500-hr program description.