Welcome to The People's Medicine Course! This course was designed as reasonable way for busy folks to learn about herbs and how to use them for their families and friends- one herb at a time!
Yes, you really can learn herbalism by focusing on one plant per month. Another amazing plant ally will be introduced monthly. You will download the herb booklet to prepare for the weekly lessons. Each week within that plant-of-the-month, there is another lesson to try- wildcrafting, processing, medicine making, or using the plant as food.
Each of these lessons is designed to get hands-on, embodied knowledge, alongside the written word you now have in the booklet and videos on the site.
The internet can be a mixed bag when it comes to herbalism. Know that this course was prepared with intention and love by an actual herbalist. No need to worry about getting bad information any longer!
So let's get off Pinterest and into the woods, into the kitchens, and into real herbalism! As a bonus for signing up, you are getting a couple extra downloads: an herbalist's glossary, which will help you decipher some of the arcane language found within the course and an herb journal- to take notes about what you are learning and want to remember.
How the class is designed
As Lily introduces you to a manageable one herb a month, she teaches you:
what the plant does in the body and why,
how it is used (historically and currently)
how to identify it in the wild
how to grow or wildcraft it
how to process it into medicine
medicines and recipes using this herb
any dosage information you need.
cautions and warnings on use
In addition to a book each month (crammed with high quality information from an actual herbalist), you get a lesson per week complete with recipes, videos, and resources AND membership in an online community of fellow herbalists! The community is there when you want it- connecting people, events, gatherings, and resources.
This class is convenient and self paced (the joys of internet learning) BUT has hands-on learning built in, giving you the best of both worlds in a manageable way. No matter how you learn, we got you covered! If you want to get off Pinterest and actually use the herbs you read about, this class is for you!
If you are busy, but want to make progress in their understanding of herbs this class provides the needed structure without the pressures of mandatory homework and deadlines.
This class also connects a community of herb geeks- We not only offer a specific community around the class, but other areas that show gatherings, classes, meet ups, and resources for everyone to share and talk about.
When you enroll, you will get the bonus glossary of herbalist's terms to help you navigate this brand new world of plant medicine, FREE!
When you sign up monthly, you will be auto billed each month for 12 months unless you cancel (you can cancel at any time). There are more than 12 herbs from which I could create lessons (there are thousands of plants to learn about!), so you can continue onto other modules as well! So far, I have plans to create more than a decade of PMC classes! Read which one in which modules in the FAQ.
When you sign up annually, you will be billed once.
No matter how you choose to be billed, the lessons are yours to keep.
If you are ambitious, you can sign up for the next module anytime it becomes available- taking multiple PMC modules simultaneously if you wish (plant geeks, take note!). PMC module one is not a pre-requisite for any others. I will be uploading lessons every week to continue this project and should have PMC 2 & 3 done by the end of the year!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the People's Medicine Course?
What is the People's Medicine Course? PMC is an course on 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. This approach cuts down on the overwhelm that learning herbs in other courses (or through books or the internet, unguided) can cause and it solidifies what you are learning by immediately putting that knowledge to use through hands-on projects.
Who is it designed for?
The short answer? YOU!
If you want to take a laid back approach to learning and using herbs for health and healing but still want a class taught by an actual herbalist guiding you, THIS IS IT.
If you are interested not only in an evidence-based (scientific data) approach to learning herbs, but also including traditional-based folk medicine, THIS IS IT.
If you don’t only want to learn how herbs in theory through reading, but want to use them with your friends and family, THIS IS IT.
If you are an herb student looking to expand your knowledge of materia medica, THIS IS IT!
If you are busy but want to make progress in your understanding of herbs and how to use them, THIS IS IT.
If you want to connect with others in a community setting (either online or in person in Columbus, Ohio) to share your knowledge and to find help when needed, THIS IS IT.
(Our online community has real-world ties in Columbus and members anywhere in the world.)
Is it really possible to learn herbalism, one herb at a time?
Learning herbs is a life long endeavor. Your teacher, Lily, has been studying herbs since 2006 and continues to learn and advance her craft every day. If you are looking to become a clinical herbalist, this class is too basic- you need Lily's in-person class, (Foundations of Western Herbalism) and advanced study in clinical and apothecary applications.
But if you want to do right by your loved ones and build a home apothecary but you are very busy- this class is perfect for you.
When you study one herb at a time, it helps you to narrow your focus so you can learn many concepts of herbalism (constituents, actions, medicine making- these are all covered in PMC) while keeping it manageable- one herb at a time. This class is designed to take what you have learned about the herb and put it to use in your life -in the first week! Once you know how a plant affects the body, it’s easier to know how to use it appropriately.
PMC gives you one herb at a time in a really strategic way. The knowledge you get each month builds so that you are able to do and know more the following month.
And the best part is that you’re not alone! Not only do you have Lily as your mentor every step of the way, but you have a growing community of students to chat with and learn from too. My hope is that you make life-long plant geek friends at PMC. You will be surrounded by a bunch of other plant geek folks all walking the same path, and learning about herbs is much more fun with friends!
Philosophy of People's Medicine Course:
This class combines generational folk knowledge and wisdom with the latest international science on plant medicine! The internet can be a mixed bag, informationally- so worry no longer!
We will be focusing on plants that grow well in North America and Europe and/or are found on those continents. We believe local is best, and bioregional herbalism is where it's at! What good is arcane knowledge of plants if all you learned about were exotic rainforest plants that have to be shipped to you? We want to empower you to grow your medicine, eat the weeds, and build a home apothecary!
We will include materia medica from time to time in other herbal traditions- for good measure.
How it works, month-by month
In the PMC, we spend one month studying a specific plant. Every plant has multiple actions in the body and we discuss them and how this plant can be used for various issues in myriad ways (different kinds of medicine, food, body care, or tonics).
When you enroll, you get a couple things to help you wade through the course:
- A glossary of herbalist terms to help you understand the lessons, readings, and things you encounter out in the world about herbalism.
- An "Herb Journal" for each unit that help you process the knowledge you get from lessons and your experiences with the herb.
- Four weekly lessons posted on our class site that demonstrates a medicine-making technique or using this plant as a food, body care ingredient, or tonic. Sometimes the lesson is about foraging, harvesting, or identification. Often, we throw in a bonus lesson on a related topic, just for fun.
Your lessons will always explain how the herb is working in the body, and you'll get 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 an herbal concept that’s helpful to know.
You are encouraged to take notes on what you learn in your lessons using the Herb Journal and to make the weekly projects. These are optional, of course- but like all things in life- you get out of this course what you put into it. Doing some or all of these lessons will expand your gnosis in a way that reading alone simply cannot do.
Comments and questions are expected and encouraged on the membership site, in both your PMC course and the general areas- Lily will personally respond to you and possibly other engaged students like yourself! 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 #peoplesmedicine.
How long do I have access to the course?
Each herb will be available to you forever, after you enroll and complete the course. The course is designed to introduce one herb at a time, so the units are available to you in 30 day intervals. It will take one year to complete each module of the PMC- there are more than 10 planned. You will be able to download the herb book and handouts each month. We encourage you to take notes in your herb journal pages to retain lessons learned while watching videos and doing the lessons.
What's your refund and cancellation policy?
We do not refund for classes that you have already accessed, but you can cancel your membership in the course at any time (in other words, you can cancel for future payments).
We encourage you to stick it out though, even if you get busier. Getting busy and not having time for the herbal awesome is the main reason we've seen cancellations happen.
This class was designed for busy adults- because as long as you are enrolled, you have access to past lessons and you can skip around and go back to interesting lessons you may not have had time for at the time. So think about sticking out out til things settle down.
I have a question, how can I contact you?
I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is not covered by this course?
Herbalism is a vast art and science. Herbalists with decades of hands-on experience still learn new things all the time that blow their minds (trust me).
If you have ambitions to treat others as a profession or make lots of remedies and tonics and own an apothecary, you need herb school, like Lily's Foundations of Western Herbalism. While I think this course is great for people wanting to know more and help their families build a home apothecary, it’s unlikely that you will learn how to become a great herbalist simply by studying one herb at a time, especially by yourself online.
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, not this class.
During the PMC, we cover these things on a very basic level. We do not cover these systems in-depth, but we talk a bit about them.
This is primarily a materia medica class with some corresponding medicine making and action study thrown in for true comprehension.
If you are an herb student in a class and find your materia medica lessons are lacking, this class would be a great complement to your other studies. If you are an herbal layperson but want the knowledge to treat your family naturally, this class is a great way to do that.
Will this program overwhelm me? I have a busy life.
No. This program will not overwhelm you, but it will require some work on your part, like all rewarding things!
You will be introduced to one herb each month- how it works in the body, how to make remedies, tonic, and food from it, and why it works.
You are encouraged to do the weekly hands-on lessons, but if a week goes by that is hectic for you, you can always skip it or pick it up later! The PMC is designed to keep things simple so you finish a month having a good working understanding of how to use the herb now and in the future.
If you have time and you want a more in-depth study of the herb on a given month, I’ve made that possible for you 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 in your Herb Journal if you wish.
What herbs are covered in each PMC module?
Module One: Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale Yarrow: Achillea millefolium Stinging Nettle: Urtica dioica Goldenseal: Hydrastis canadensis Lemon Balm: Melissa officinalis Mint: Mentha (so many types!) Chamomile: Matricaria chamomilla or Chamaemelum nobile Tulsi: Ocimum tenuiflorum Rose: Rosa (so many types!) Motherwort: Leonurus cardiaca Chaste Berry: Vitex agnus-castus Elder (berry, flower): Sambucus (nigra, canadensis)
Module Two: Yerba Santa: Eriodictyon californicum Marshmallow: Althaea Black Cohosh: Actaea racemosa Gentian: Gentiana Fenugreek: Trigonella foenum-graecum Gotu Kola: Centella asiatica Ashwaganda: Withania somnifera Red Clover: Trifolium pratense Ginger: Zingiber officinale Mimosa: Mimosa pudica Eyebright: Euphrasia Mugwort: Artemisia vulgaris
Module Three: Licorice: Glycyrrhiza glabra Reishi: Ganoderma lucidum Rosemary: Rosmarinus officinalis Yellow Dock: Rumex crispus Sage: Salvia officinalis Comfrey: Symphytum Wormwood: Artemisia absinthium St. John's Wort: Hypericum perforatum Fennel: Foeniculum vulgare Raspberry: Rubus (strigosus, idaeus) Sumac: Rhus American Ginseng: Panax quinquefolius
Module Four: Turmeric: Curcuma longa Burdock: Arctium lappa Thyme: Thymus vulgaris Meadowsweet: Filipendula ulmaria Catnip: Nepeta cataria Elecampane: Inula helenium Cinnamon: Cinnamomum Angelica: Angelica archangelica Wild Cherry: Prunus avium Capsicum: Capsicum Valerian: Valeriana officinalis Wild Carrot: Daucus carota
Module Five: Slippery Elm: Ulmus rubra Milk Thistle: Silybum marianum Cramp Bark: Viburnum opulus Cleavers: Galium aparine Eleuthero: Eleutherococcus senticosus Wild Yam: Dioscorea villosa Horsetail: Equisetum White Willow: Salix alba Frankincense: Boswellia Jewelweed: Impatiens Oregano: Origanum vulgare Myrrh: Commiphora myrrha or Commiphora molmol
Module Six: Lungwort: Pulmonaria Pleurisy Root: Asclepias tuberosa Nasturtium: Tropaeolum Garlic: Allium sativum Linden: Tilia Calendula: Calendula officinalis Wild Lettuce: Lactuca virosa Kratom: Mitragyna speciosa Tea: Camellia sinensis Uva Ursi: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Cat's Claw: Uncaria tomentosa Oats: Avena sativa
Module Seven: Ginkgo: Ginkgo biloba Jamaican Dogwood: Piscidia piscipula Kava: Piper methysticum Damiana: Turnera diffusa Cinchona: Cinchona officinalis Marijuana: Cannabis sativa or indica Schisandra: Schisandra chinensis Oregon Grape: Mahonia aquifolium Astragalus: Astragalus propinquus Poke root: Phytolacca Lavender: Lavandula Stevia: Stevia rebaudiana
Module Eight: Maca: Lepidium meyenii Rhodiola: Rhodiola rosea Feverfew: Tanacetum parthenium Chokeberry: Aronia Boneset: Eupatorium perfoliatum Alfalfa: Medicago sativa Hyssop: Hyssopus officinalis Agrimony: Agrimonia eupatoria Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera Lemongrass: Cymbopogon Anise: Pimpinella anisum Clove: Syzygium aromaticum
Module Nine: Marjoram: Origanum majorana Coffee: Coffea Borage: Borago officinalis Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Coriander/Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) Mustard (Brassica ...) Maitake (Grifola frondosa) Dill (Anethum graveolens) Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
Module Ten: Shiitake Cordyceps Bladderwrack Lobelia Arjuna Chaga Bacopa Triphala Solomon’s Seal (True) False Unicorn Root Wild Bergamot (Purple BeeBalm) (Sweet Leaf) Plantain
Module Eleven: Corn Silk (Zea mays) Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium) White Pine (Pinus strobus) Passionflower (Passiflora) Gravel Root (Eutrochium purpureum) Arnica Montana Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) Skullcap (Scutellaria) Bloodroot (Sanguinaria) Peach (Prunus persica) Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) Cinquefoil (Potentilla)
Module Twelve: Sarsaparilla (Smilax ornata) Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) Yohimbe (Pausinystalia johimbe) Cottonwood (Populus) Hawthorn (Crataegus) Osha (Ligusticum porteri) Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) Stone Root (Collinsonia canadensis) Lomatium (Lomatium) White Oak (Quercus alba) Wood Betony (Stachys officinalis) Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)
See one I missed and want covered? Let me know and I'll add it to my list for Module Thirteen!