Grow your herbal knowledge in a real way by studying and using one herb a month

(without all the unproductive googling and Pinterest-overload confusion)

You’re reading the books, drinking herbal tea, stocking your essential oil and herbal apothecary and pinning all things natural and herbal. You really want to use herbs to take charge of your family’s health naturally, but you don’t have ANY free time to learn and it seems very overwhelming to “do it all.” So you close Pinterest to get the whimpering baby up from his nap. The herbal information goes unread and you feel even more confused and behind in your herbal journey.

Herb Folk is an exclusive membership site dedicated to helping herbal-minded folks learn about and use herbs through the study and use of one herb a month.

Not only does this approach cut down on the overwhelm that learning herbs can cause, but it solidifies what you are learning by immediately putting that knowledge to use through hands-on projects.

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What You Will Learn Each Month:

  • How the herb is used
  • How it works in the body
  • The energetics of the herb and how they affect its usage
  • Safety and dosing information
  • How experienced herbalists are using it
  • What medicine and science are currently saying about it
  • How to put the herb to use in your own life through hands-on projects

Who Is Herb Folk For?

  • Every day people like you and me who want to take a laid back approach to learning and using herbs for health and healing.
  • People who are interested not only in an evidence-based approach to learning about herbs but a traditional-based approach as well.
  • People who don’t only want to learn how herbs work by reading about them, but by using them day in and day out.
  • People who are busy but want to make progress in their understanding of herbs.
  • People who want to connect with others in a community setting to share their knowledge and to find help when needed.

Who Are “Herb Folk”?

Herb Folk | (h)ərb fōk |

noun
1 – a group of like-minded people interested in learning about and using herbs: We are herb folks.

adjective
1 – of or relating to the traditional art or culture of using herbs: folk herbalism.

How Herb Folk Works

HERB INTRODUCTION & MONTHLY SUPPLY LIST

Two weeks before your lessons are available, you will receive an introduction to the herb you’ll be studying over the course of the coming month. Here you’ll receive information on the four “actions” or uses you’ll be learning about the herb, the four projects you’ll be making, and the list of supplies you’ll need to gather before your study begins. 

WEEKLY LESSONS

When class starts, you will receive one new herb lesson at the beginning of each week (4 lessons a month). Each lesson covers one use or “action” the herb has as well as anecdotal and evidence-based information to support its use. Questions, comments, or thoughts about each lesson can be left in the comments section. I will be responding to you there, and I encourage you to respond to each other as well. Remember, Herb Folk is a community that helps and supports one another!

WEEKLY PROJECTS

Alongside your weekly lessons, you will get access to specific herbal projects that support the lesson you just learned. Each project is designed to be made by you and used over the course of the week so you can see the herb work first-hand. To get the most out of Herb Folk, it’s important that you set aside time to complete these projects as they will bring the herb to life and help you retain what you’ve learned about the herb you’ve just studied.

AFTER THE MONTH

All Herb Folk lessons will remain on the site for two months (the month class is in session and the following month) to give you time to complete lessons and projects. After two months, the lessons will be gone, so make sure you take notes of anything you want to keep track of in a journal or using the free Herb Folk workbook you’ll find inside the membership site.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it helpful to study one herb at a time?

Learning herbs is a life long endeavor. I mean, there are a crazy amount of herbs on this earth so it only makes sense to learn about them one herb at a time. Otherwise, it’s like trying to drink out of a fire hydrant. Follow me with this analogy for a second.

When you study one herb at a time, it helps you to narrow your focus so you can get small drinks of water instead of immediately being knocked off your feet and dazed by the gush of water that just hit you in the face (hello, herbal school!).

Not only that, but it actually allows you to take the herb and what you’ve learned about it and put it to use in your life. Once you know how a plant affects the body, it’s easier to know how to use it appropriately.

Herb Folk helps you study one herb at a time in a really strategic way. And the best part is that you’re not left to do it all on your own. I’m there to guide you and help you along the way. Plus, you’re surrounded by a bunch of other herb-minded folks all walking the same path, and learning about herbs is much more fun with friends!

What does it look like to study one herb at a time?

There are plenty of ways to study one herb at a time. It really depends on how much time you have and how in-depth you want to go.

You can read about the herb from various sources and take notes, you can create an herbal monograph of the plant, or you can use the herb in various ways for a set amount of time.

In Herb Folk, we spend one month studying a plant. Each week, you learn one way the plant works (referred to as it’s “action”) in the body. You’ll also be encouraged to make the herbal project that goes along with the lesson. Each project corresponds to the herbal action so you can get a first-hand experience with the herb in order to see for yourself how the action works or how the herb makes you feel. You’ll get a total of four lessons a month, and some months, you’ll get a bonus lesson on some sort of herbal concept that’s helpful to know.

You are encouraged to take notes on what you learn in your lessons using the Herb Folk Journal (downloadable inside the membership site) and to make the weekly projects. Comments and questions are encouraged in the comment section of each lesson where I will personally respond to you. Also, you are encouraged to share what you’re learning as well as any photos of the herb or your projects on social media using hashtag #herbfolk.

Am I missing out on other important herbal concepts when I study one herb at a time?

Herbalism is a vast art and science, and it’s unlikely that you will learn how to become a great herbalist simply by studying one herb at a time. There’s a bit more to it than that, although knowing about herbs is a great start.

To use herbs well, you should also learn anatomy (the structure of the body), physiology (how the body works in a normal, healthy state), and pathophysiology (how the disease process works in the body). All of these topics are taught in herbal school.

In Herb Folk, we cover these things on a very basic level. For example, with the free trial of herb folk, you learned how ginger was an antiemetic and how it works within the digestive and nervous systems to achieve a state of balance. We didn’t cover these systems in-depth, but we talk a bit about them.

Now, I’m a big fan of herbal school, especially if you want to sell herbal products, do consulting work, or become a clinical herbalist, but one thing most herbal schools are missing is the study of specific herbs. And I get it. There’s a lot of material to cover, and there simply isn’t time to study one herb at a time. That’s why I created Herb Folk.

Will Herb Folk overwhelm me with information? What if I’m looking for an in-depth study of each herb?

No. This program will not overwhelm you, but it will require some work on your part.

Like I mentioned earlier. You will only learn four things about each herb each month. Herb Folk is designed to keep things simple so you can actually walk away from the month having a good understanding of how to use the herb now and in the future.

With that said, if you have time and you want a more in-depth study of the herb, I’ve made that possible as well. All lessons contain references and links to more information on the herb being studied, and I encourage you to read that information and take notes on it if you wish. There’s also extra ways to boost your studies inside the Herb Folk Journal. There, you will have access to notes pages for each lesson to help you keep track of what you learn as well as a basic outline of how to create a monograph of your herb and a 30-day exercise that will help you spend even more time getting to know your herb intimately.

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In case we haven’t met yet, I’m Meagan, a registered nurse turned herbalist, and blogger at Growing Up Herbal. I want to live life naturally and you can follow along on my blog as my husband and I and our four sons figure out what natural living looks like for our family. And of course, I’d love for you to join me on this journey, too! There’s nothing better than having a good hiking buddy with a compass!

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