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How To Choose Between Michigan Herbalist Schools

An herbalist uses natural plant remedies for improving health. There are several reasons that one might want to become an educator or researcher on the topic, but it seems that the common interest of becoming an herbalist is to help people. Before choosing your herbalist school in Michigan, you’ll have to follow a few key steps.

Do Your Research

Research herbalist schools in Michigan online, then make a list of all the schools you come up with. Make sure you look up all the courses, programs and workshops each herbalist school offers. Make a note next to each Michigan herbalist school that stands out to you most for any reason. You may end up finding an herbalist category you’re more interested in than what you originally had in mind. Make a list of pros and cons for each of these schools to figure out which is best for your desired career.

For example, herbalist Jim McDonald offers herbalist classes and workshops in Michigan that focus primarily on the herbs themselves, and Gaia Center for Herbal Studies in Ann Arbor offers educational courses on herbal medicine. If you’re interested in more advanced training, the Naturopathic School of the Healing Arts offers naturopath and massage therapy diploma programs. Here at the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education, we offer a comprehensive list of classes in holistic doula, massage therapy, and a four-year naturopathy program for advanced training to become a certified naturopath – which includes several courses in herbology.

Determine Your Herbalist Discipline

herbal medicineSearch for schools online that offer holistic health programs along with classes on botany and biology. Many different types of herbalist programs exist, so it’s important to try to find one in Michigan that closely reflects your desired career path. For example, you could focus on Traditional Chinese medicine, botanical medicine or even several disciplines at once if you so choose. You may even want to become familiar with herbal remedies so you can make them yourself. Some people would prefer to learn about gardening and farming. If you’re more interested in the plants themselves, consider choosing an herbalist school that focuses more on herbs and less on how they can help people.

Consider an Herbalist School that Offers Online Course

In choosing an online school, please keep in mind that if you want to be a true herbalist and/or want to make your own remedies, you definitely need real, live classes. If you want to learn properties and uses, then online may be for you. Having the option of taking online courses or face-to-face courses allows you to be in control of your schedule, while getting the most out of the program.

Consider How Long You Want to Go to School For

spoonful of herbsBefore choosing an herbalist school, you have to ask yourself, “do I want this to be my career, or do I want this to be a side job or hobby?” If you said hobby or side job, you might want to consider finding schools that offer a specific discipline that you can take a few key courses on. If you’re in it for the long-haul and interested in an advanced herbalist education, choose a school that you’ll be attending for two or three years. If this is the case, you may want to consider studying more than one discipline in the herbal field because it will give you more career options to choose from. You may even want to consider completing four years of training to become a naturopathic doctor if you’re interested in helping people improve their health with herbal remedies.

There are so many Michigan herbalist schools to choose from, so do your research if you’re ready to get started on your career. However long it takes you to decide, know that it’s never too late to go back to school and become an herbalist.