Traditional herbal usage and modern herbal research combine in this exceptionally complete course — the cornerstone of the Wild Rose College Herbal Diploma courses. Both the novice and the studying practitioner benefit. Herbology 1 contains essential information that you can immediately put to use in helping yourself, your family and your community utilize the power of plant medicine to restore and maintain health.
Herbology I has been taught live in Calgary for over 35 years. Your instructor, Blaine Andrusek, has been teaching the material twice a year for 25 of them.
Each class includes a review of the physiological functions of a body system (such as the lungs and respiration) followed by the herbs and other modalities that best affect that aspect of our physicality.
The Mind/Body/Spirit connection is maintained throughout the course, in a clearly presented format. Learn basic botany for identifying plants, study each body system’s function and design, and herbal formulas for the treatment of each system.
The structure of this course works equally well as a stand alone event for people with general interest, as well as to springboard the more career minded student towards additional training.
Herbology I is a Wild Rose College foundation course and is mandatory for all diploma programs.
- Classroom deliver of 14 informative Lessons
- 14 Lesson Quizzes (electronic)
- 2 exams (midterm and final – electronic)
- An electronic (PDF*) copy of Terry Willard’s “Textbook of Modern Herbology”
- Course manual provided in electronic (PDF*) format. (Extra costs apply if you would like a paper copy. We highly recommend bringing a computer or iPad to class.)
The Lesson Plan:
- Lesson One: Introduction to the Realm and History of Herbology
- Lesson Two: Introduction to Botany
- Lesson Three: The Digestive System – Bitters and Tonics
- Lesson Four: The Circulatory System – Vascular Stimulants
- Lesson Five: The Lymphatic System – Astringents and Toning
- Lesson Six: The Skin, Elimination and Diaphoretics
- Lesson Seven: The Kidneys and Diuretics
- Lesson Eight: The Lungs – Expectorants and Demulcents
- Lesson Nine: The Colon – Fiber, Function and Parasites
- Lesson Ten: The Wiring – Nerves and Nervines
- Lesson Eleven: Endocrines – the Silent Tides and Vibrational Healing
- Lesson Twelve: The Reproductive System and more on Hormones
- Lesson Thirteen: The Immune System – Alteratives and Adaptogens
- Lesson Fourteen: Additional Herbs and Tips on Formulating and Wildcrafting
What to bring:
- Paper and pen for taking notes
- iPad or Laptop with pdf of course manual and textbook
- Your enthusiasm for Herbal Medicine!
About the Instructor
Blaine Andrusek, Master Herbalist & Aromatherapist
Blaine Andrusek has been teaching various aspects of herbal medicine for 36 years, perhaps best known for his long standing affiliation with Wild Rose College in Calgary. In 1991 Blaine dedicated his career to full-time clinical practice, and the formulation and distribution of essential oils. He has taught for numerous aromatherapy and massage schools from Toronto to California, and continues his Calgary practice.
Blaine Andrusek grew up in north central Saskatchewan where he spent a good deal of time in his beloved Boreal forest. By the age of 14, Blaine was regularly hunting and trapping and had a keen interest in native traditions and all that the forest had to offer. At 18, Blaine ran off with a few provisions and adequate gear to survive minus 27 and five feet of snow, and ended up spending nearly four months living mostly off the land. Although he didn’t understand the concept of ‘totems’ at that time, Blaine had many experiences with Owl, who told him that his mission, this time, was to never stop learning, and to teach.
When Blaine returned to Calgary a few years later, he met Terry Willard, who had just started his practice, and founded the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing. Blaine was one of the earliest graduates of the Master Herbalist program, and by the Spring of 1981 began teaching. Although mostly a hobby interest at first, ten years later, Blaine gave up other interests in favour of becoming a full time teacher, public speaker and practitioner. A focus on essential oils captured his interest, and Blaine was soon formulating and supplying fellow herbalists, aestheticians and massage therapists from coast to coast, and speaking to eight to ten audiences a week. From children’s summer camps to Elder Hostel, numerous massage schools, television work, and eventually keynoting national and international conferences, Blaine continues to enjoy his extremely diverse and rewarding career.