First Course in Medical Herbalism Resources Kit (Regular Price $129)

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This product contains all the print, audio, herbal materials and supplies necessary to complete the hands-on portions of this course. If you wish to take the course, first purchase the materials, which will include your enrollment form. Then when you are ready, you can select the start date for your course by sending in the enrollment and tuition for faculty support. You can see the full details of this course at

 This course may be taken stand-alone for 36 hours of Continuing Education credit. It is also the first course in our Foundations in Western Herbalism Certificate program.

 You can take the course without purchasing this kit, by purchasing the Digital Download version, but you will need to either obtain your own herbal materials and supplies (See below), or buy these reduced contents of the kit separately here: First Course in Medical Herbalism Resources Kit (herbs and supplies only)

The Course

  • Learn the use of 15 herbs and their combinations for more than 20 common conditions.

  • Learn six of the most important herbal actions, and several herbs in each category.

  • Learn the basic principles of vitalist herbalism, relying on the natural healing forces in the body.

  • Learn how herbs fit into the larger pattern of diet, nutrition, and lifestyle

  • Learn the basic principles of herbal formulation

  • Study actual cases of vitalist herbalism in action

  • Learn the basic principles of safety when using herbs to avoid adverse effects or drug-herb interactions

  • Learn how to save money by making your own herbal tinctures 

This entry-level course for the study of herbal medicine presents the context of the vitalist approach to healing, nutrition and lifestyle, a basic introduction to formulation, with case-based study, You will learn 15 herbs and how to use them to care for more than twenty different conditions. Most important you will learn how to study an herb, which will establish a foundation for effective future learning. This is a project-oriented course, you will taste the herbs, journal their effects, make your own tinctures, devise formulas, and study actual clinical cases. Do not mistake this to be a simplistic introductory course, it contains within it the inspiration, hands-on experience, tools, terms and concepts, and methods of application, and case based learning that many contemporary herbalists missed out on in their own education.

KIT materials

  • The course includes activities of making and taking herbal preparations, and the kit provides all the materials necessary. See list below.
  • The kit contains herb materials and supplies, 8 lessons in a binder, and the Introduction to Medical Herbalism audio CD-ROM set.
  • It includes samples of 15 different herbs as bulk herbs or tinctures, with instructions for making teas and tinctures.
  • The 100-page Study Guide includes the 8 lessons of the First Course in Medical Herbalism, with exercises and assignments for each.
  • You may purchase the kit as-is for self study.
  • For faculty support, graded assignments, and a certificate, additional fees and tuition are required.
  • See the full details of this course and tuition at
  • To enroll in the course, first purchase the kit, and then mail in the enclosed enrollment form.

 WE CANNOT SHIP THE KIT OUTSIDE THE US because of customs restrictions on herbal material. 

You may purchase all course materials without the herbs and supplies for DIGITAL DOWNLOAD. You may also purchase the herbs and supplies separately First Course in Medical Herbalism Resources Kit (herbs and supplies only)To complete the course with the digital download, you will need to obtain the following herbs for sampling, and the jars and bottles. Depending on your country, we may be able to make adjustments to these herbs. 


BONUS Materials

  • Herbal Classics Library
  • Folk Remedies Database

Bulk Herbs for tea:

Red clover blossoms
Burdock root
Dandelion root
Stinging nettle herb
Valerian root
Lemon balm herb
Skullcap herb
Chamomile flowers
Calendula flowers
Raspberry leaf
Licorice root
Marshmallow root

Herbs in 4 oz. jars, for making tinctures (15 grams each)

Echinacea root
Cramp bark
Skullcap herb

Dropper bottles

3 empty 4-ounce amber dropper bottles for your home-made tinctures.
The bottles are either pre-labeled with blank labels, or the blank labels are included separately in the kit. 


1/2 ounce  bottle of Siberian ginseng tincture (Russian Pharmacopeia preparation)


1 container of Calendula salve.


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  • 5
    First Course in medical Herbalism

    Posted by Marisa Marinac on 3rd Mar 2020

    LOVED the fact it came with actual bags of herb samples, jars, and instructions! The CDs were pretty good as well. Wish the written material had contained pictures of the plants as well as listing plant families along with the Latin names but each lesson was well laid out and I had fun with the journaling. I also appreciate you can either take the course for credit or just for personal interest. A great introduction to fifteen commonly used herbs!

  • 5
    Read, Listen and Write

    Posted by Janis Macleod on 17th Apr 2018

    I really like the way it is laid out and the fact that you read, listen and write. Great way to absorb the information. I look forward to sending in my application and starting an education that I have wanted to do for many years.

  • 5
    It is worth the money!

    Posted by Unknown on 14th Jan 2018

    I recently learned about this program and decided to give it a try. Not only does the kit include a lot of herbs, but tons of information is included also. Lots of resources!

  • 5
    First Course in Medical Herbalism - Excellent

    Posted by Leanne on 21st Dec 2016

    Received my package and love it! So nice to get a bunch of packets containing herbs needed for homework, plus tincture bottles to make your own and a salve and tincture already made! just started this course and am LOVING it. Paul Bergner is a wonderful speaker; poetic in his descriptions. Can't wait to move forward in this field of Vitalism. Speaks to my heart and soul.

  • 5
    Herbs in kit are high quality.

    Posted by Judianne on 26th Feb 2016

    Well worth the money! I am very pleased with the quality of the herbs that come in the kit. They are vibrant colors and smell strong. Good signs that they are fresh. The bottles and jars are glass which I prefer to plastic due to leaching of toxins. Very high quality kit overall.

  • 5
    Clear consice teaching. Very well explained.

    Posted by Judianne on 26th Feb 2016

    I am very happy with this product. The teaching is clear and Paul Bergner explains the concepts very well. I will be joining the course offered with faculty support and credit. I also plan on taking the other courses offered by NAIHM. Highly recommended.

  • 5
    Learning So much

    Posted by Ryan Hendrick on 29th Oct 2015

    This class is everything you could hope for. Hands on experience with herbs, learning from a true herbal master, and applying vitalism is a winning formula for anyone who wants to learn about herbs.