Foundation of Herbalism Course

Explore the energetic aspects of herbal remedies and synergies with aromatherapy.


This course is taught by world renowned author and herbalist, Kat Maier, RH (AHG)

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Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey into the world of aromatic herbalism and aromatherapy?

Kat Maier's course is uniquely built to provide students a comprehensive overview and exploration of herbal medicine and one that goes beyond conventional curricula. By delving into the realms of energetics, elements, and fundamental tenets, the course provides a solid foundation for understanding the intricate dynamics of herbal remedies.

Who is the Foundation of Herbalism Course for exactly?

This course caters to a diverse audience that encompasses both beginners seeking an introduction to herbal medicine, and individuals with prior study looking to deepen their knowledge.

Students will explore the fundamentals of herbal medicine and delve deeply into its practices. Students will gain a holistic perspective, exploring both the energetic aspects of herbal remedies and the synergies between herbal medicine and aromatherapy.

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What you'll learn inside this course:

Introduction to Energetics and Foundational Tenets:

  • Discover the holistic approach to herbalism through exploration of energetics, elements, and foundational principles.
  • Whether you're new to herbal medicine or seeking a refresher, this course offers a comprehensive introduction to essential concepts not covered in traditional curricula.

Exploration of
Herbal Medicine:

  • Exploring forms of herbal medicine with hands on experience,¬†you will explore:
    • tinctures
    • oils
    • salves
    • oxymels
    • vinegars
    • teas
    • infusions
    • syrups
    • building container gardens

A comprehensive materia medica (monograph) is provided for each plant to equip students (or budding herbalists) to integrate the principles of herbalism with practical applications.

Focus is given to understanding twenty (20) common plants used in herbal medicine by taking a deep dive into their characteristics and uses. The plants covered include:

  • Ashwaganhda,¬†Withania somnifera
  • Calendula,¬†Calendula officinalis
  • Chamomile,¬†Matricaria chamomilla
  • Cinnamon,¬†Cinnamomum cassia
  • Dandelion,¬†Taraxacum officinale
  • Echinacea,¬†Echinacea angustifolia
  • Elder,¬†Sambucus nigra
  • Ginger,¬†Zingiber officinale
  • Lavender,¬†Lavandula officinalis
  • Mullein,¬†Verbascum thapsus
  • Nettle,¬†Urtica dioica
  • Peppermint,¬†Mentha √ó piperita
  • Plantain,¬†Plantago major
  • Rose,¬†Rosa spp.
  • Rosemary,¬†Salvia rosmarinus
  • Common Sage,¬†Salvia officinalis
  • St. John‚Äôs Wort,¬†Hypericum perforatum
  • Thyme,¬†Thymus vulgaris
  • Violet,¬†Viola sororia
  • Yarrow,¬†Achillea millefolium

Experience a holistic approach to herbal education, bridging the gap between theory and practice for both beginners and advanced learners.

  • Acquire essential knowledge and practical skills to realize your unique objectives in the field of herbal healing.
  • Kat Maier's course¬†surpasses traditional approaches by providing a comprehensive educational experience tailored for both novices and individuals desiring a more profound insight into herbal medicine.
  • Through the exploration of foundational principles and the acquisition of practical skills in medicine collection and preparation, students gain the knowledge and tools necessary to realize their unique objectives in the field of herbal healing.
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In addition, this course stands out by incorporating practical and accessible medicine-making preparations for the kitchen apothecary.

In doing so, the process of creating herbal remedies at home is demystified. Students will gain hands-on experience in crafting their own tinctures, infusions, salves and more. They will also create their own materia medica. This not only will enhance their practical skills but is empowering them to integrate herbal medicine seamlessly into daily life.

To empower students with the tactical, they will gain experience in the following ways:

  • Herbarium Projects - this entails the collection, drying, mounting and development of a corresponding materia medica on the aromatic herb(s).
  • Culinary Container Garden - this involves the planting of a culinary herb in a container garden and then making an extraction of the culinary herb.
  • Live Sessions - there will be quarterly live sessions with the instructor throughout the course to review the given projects and more.
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Meet the expert behind this unique program:


Kat Maier, RH (AHG)


The creation of this course extends from a deep passion for sharing the profound knowledge of herbalism and that is further driven to wanting to empower individuals in understanding the vastness that plants offer.

Kat's own herbalism journey is distinguished by over 30 years of hands-on experience in teaching and practicing herbalism. Her passion to share has led her to author the book Energetic Herbalism, which has evolved into a trusted textbook in herbal schools over the past two years. Furthermore, Kat has dedicated the last four years to intense teaching and has curated a three-year clinical training program for 25 years.

Energetic Herbalism, by Kat Maier is required text for this course.


Rosemary Gladstar

"Not only insightful and instructional, but also inspiring and a joy to read. This is a book that nourishes and feeds us in places we might never have known we were hungry. Kat offers us a feast for the senses and the soul."

Lorna Mauney-Brodek,

founder of Herbalista Health Network

"Kat weaves together the needs of personal wellness with those of planetary health."

David Winston,

author of Adaptogens

"Maier has distilled the teachings of the world's great herbal traditions into a concise, easy to learn guide."

Who is this course NOT for?

Highly advanced herbal practitioners.

While this introductory course is designed to accommodate a wide range of students, it may not be the ideal fit for highly advanced herbal practitioners in the field. If you are already well-versed in herbology,  herbal formulations, have extensive experience in therapeutic applications, and possess an advanced understanding of holistic principles in herbal medicine, you may find the content of this course to be more foundational in nature.

Why the Foundation of Herbalism Course

As one is starting out in herbal medicine or aromatherapy, without the insights provided by this course, individuals may face challenges in grasping the nuanced dynamics of herbal medicine, hindering their ability to harness the therapeutic potential of plants effectively.

The absence of foundational principles, overlooked aspects, and practical skills in medicine-making could impede your journey towards a deeper understanding and application of herbal healing, limiting your capacity to integrate this valuable knowledge into your wellness practices. 

Additionally, without Kat's course, you might miss out on the opportunity to bridge the gap between introductory knowledge and advanced insights, potentially hindering your progress in achieving specific goals within the realm of herbal medicine and its extension into aromatherapy.

Yes! This is exactly what I need!

As an introduction to herbalism, this course strikes the perfect balance between theory and practice, offering both foundational principles, holistic elements and energetics, and practical skills.

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What you get inside the Foundation of Herbalism Course


21 lessons over 3 modules 

20 hours of course material

  • Energetic Herbalism
  • The Senses
  • The Elements
  • The Seasons
  • Constitutions
  • Vitalism
  • Tissue States
  • Materia medica
  • Forms of Herbal Medicine

Other Benefits:

  • Detailed information that can be continually referenced
  • Comprehensive program that incorporates theory and science with practical use

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Foundation of Herbalism Course

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$995 CAD

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$250 CAD

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Special pricing for Essence of Thyme students

Essence of Thyme students in the Professional Level Certification Program or Certified Master Aromatherapist Program receive special pricing on the Foundation of Herbalism Course

Interested in our certification programs? We’d love to talk with you!

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Aromatherapy professionals who successfully complete the Foundation of Herbalism  Course earn 50 continuing education credits through the Canadian Alliance of Aromatherapy, the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists, and the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

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