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Become a Community Herbalist in Just 9 Months

Do you want to strengthen your ability to use and practice herbal medicine? Do you want to UP your understanding and feel clear and confident using plants for health? 

The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine is one of the most comprehensive online training programs in the country. Our online Community Herbalist Training Program is the best and most thorough preparation to take your herbal medicine knowledge to the next level--with no travel required.


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Become a Community Herbalist

One of the most comprehensive online training programs in the country for community herbalists, this program distills herbalist Holly Bellebuono’s three decades of teaching, writing, and research into a welcoming format packed with herbal medicine details, anatomy and physiology, aromatics, gardening, personal empowerment, herb identification, remedy-making, family care, and much more.

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Comprehensive for All

If you want to help your family, this course will guide you in the foundations of herbal medicine and natural health.

If you're already a health care practitioner (acupuncture, aromatherapist, chiropractor, nurse, pharmacist, massage therapist, social worker, etc), this comprehensive program will give you the solid basis you need to integrate plants into your practice.

And if you're a gardener or farmer, this is the best course to build your confidence using the plants you grow and harvest in healthy, safe, and creative ways.

This program is both:

  • artistic and scientific
  • welcoming and challenging
  • detail-oriented and broad-scope

This inviting online program is PACKED with herbal medicine details, anatomy and physiology, aromatics, gardening, personal empowerment, herb identification, remedy-making, family care, and much more.

Herbalist Holly Bellebuono distills her three decades of teaching, writing, and research into this incredible herbal experience for you.

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Combine Your Love of Plants with Work

You've decided herbalism is your path! You have pride in your work, a love of plants, a desire to help fellow people or animals, a longing to work with the natural world… these and many other reasons are why so many talented and innovative people pursue herbalism, aromatherapy, acupuncture, pharmacy, and more.

You want to support others with natural healing but you're not sure where to start. Or, you don't have a garden. Or, you're not the grandchild of a healer. You may think there are rules for who can be an herbalist, but let me assure you: herbalism is for everyone! Our program is, above all, welcoming. We welcome you and every person who wants to learn more about herbal medicine.

We share our love of the garden and the wild and apply it to human health. Studying with Holly helps you to confidently support the physical, emotional, and mental issues faced by people of all ages and in all cultures.


Ancient Roots

Plant medicine has come a long way from our ancient sisters who practiced making poultices and lotions. Aromatherapy thrives today because of Maria Prophetissa who, in ancient Egypt, designed the bain de-marie, or Mary’s Bath, a revolutionary way to harness hydrosols and eventually essential oils.

Today, dozens of pharmaceutical medicines are developed from an ancient knowledge of plants and our pharmacies would be at a great loss without the trees, shrubs, flowers, roots, barks, and seeds of hundreds of other useful medicinal plants. We are lucky to be able to continue sharing our knowledge, and Holly Bellebuono’s comprehensive online Community Herbalist Training Program is the best opportunity to master the academic foundation of herbalism from a practicing, world-renowned herbalist.

The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine is an official school of The American Herbalists Guild.

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Benefits of Being a Community Herbalist

Completing this program allows you to flourish within your chosen profession with confidence, grace, and value. The skills learned here are equally important to herbalists, homeopaths, chiropractors, aromatherapists, and acupuncturists.

In the 3 decades Holly has taught this program, her students have included nurses, midwives, aromatherapists, massage therapists, yoga instructors, pharmacists, researchers, farmers, social workers, therapists, and of course herbalists.


As a community herbalist, you can:

  • establish yourself as a knowledgeable herbalist and use your understanding to promote wellness;
  • integrate herbal healing into your existing health practice;
  • gain a rich understanding of the nuances of herbal medicine theory and practice, with an in-depth study of our materia medica;
  • connect with a like-minded community learning best practices and strategies that promote health of the body and mind
  • empower your farm, family, retreat center or community with solid, science-based health practices using plants
  • apply your knowledge to a variety of healthcare professions
  • support your family and community with common-sense, practical natural healing strategies
  • expand your knowledge of edible and medicinal plants for gardening, farming, and handcraft businesses
  • Confidently run your herbal or natural products business, or join an existing company to strengthen your career

Learn to Heal

Learning to heal with herbs and natural strategies is one of the smartest things you can do for your own health, for your loved ones, and as part of a career path. Herbal remedies and nutritive foods complement the best therapies and can be used in a wide range of situations, both personal and professional.

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What You'll Learn...

Inside Holly Bellebuono’s program, you will discover a wealth of information about harvesting, making, using, applying, understanding, and explaining herbal medicine. You'll learn useful and practical details about plants and human health with an emphasis on botany, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology—though it is provided at a foundational level and students are not expected to have prior experience. The course introduces botany, anatomy/physiology, pharmacology, formulary, holistic healing, and herbal identification, and it touches on harvesting methods and hands-on crafting of a wide range of herbal remedies.

Packed with video lectures, full-color photographs, mini-courses, and additional resources and bonuses, the course comes with life-long access and is meant to be both a lesson and a reference for years to come. The course also includes a Welcome Package and printed Course Manual with printed copies of Holly Bellebuono’s books, teeming with stories, recipes, glossaries, indexes, and guidance as key curriculum references.

In this comprehensive training program, you will learn:

  • The botany and chemistry of medicinal herbs with a focus on Western herbalism (with brief introductions to Ayurvedic, Eastern and other cultures’ herbal protocols)
  • How herbs are used for healing the body based on body system, including the following systems: 
    • Digestive
    • Cardiovascular
    • Endocrine
    • Respiratory
    • Urinary
    • Nervous System and the Brain
    • Skin
    • Men’s Health
    • Women’s Reproductive (including Pregnancy, Labor/Delivery, and Infant & Child Care)
    • plus a module on Inflammation and Pain 
    • plus a bonus e-book and lecture on first aid, and ebooks on tonic herbs and herbal teas
  • The specific, basic pharmacology and chemistry of plants and how these interact with the human anatomy to address a wide range of diseases and symptoms
  • How to THINK about herbs in categories so you don't feel overwhelmed by learning about hundreds of plants
  • Formulary techniques for a wide range of remedy blending and combining based on Holly’s decades’-long experience building herbal formulas for both acute and chronic conditions
  • 35 key herbal actions that are the foundation for herbal medicine use
  • Guidance in how to organize your knowledge about plants in order to create effective, healing, and wholistic remedies
  • Powerful, hands-on skills for acute and chronic conditions, for all ages
  • Herbal medicine guidelines and protocols for basic pregnancy, labor and delivery, and infant/childcare
  • How to expand your understanding of local herbs and harvesting and take your knowledge to a new level through theory and application
  • Extra lessons on how herbal medicines support the nervous system and the brain especially for neuro-diseases, depression, and anxiety
  • A variety of ways to implement and use your herbal knowledge to support your family, business, community, and clients
  • A wholistic framework to embed herbal healing into your career path

What this program does not cover: Cancer, cannabis, or homeopathy.

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What You’ll Get...

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  • A comprehensive herbal medicine curriculum with modules and lessons organized clearly from herbalist Holly Bellebuono, a 30-year herbal practitioner, instructor, author, speaker and apothecary
  • Video lectures and lessons addressing all major body systems plus 35 herbal actions with gorgeous original photographs from Holly’s teaching gardens
  • Self-paced learning allowing maximum absorption of material on your own timeline (certificate conferred upon successful completion within nine months, optional)
  • Multiple learning formats including videos, audio files, and printed books
  • A printed Welcome Package and Course Manual delivered to your mailing address
  • Printed, physical copies of two of Hollys' most popular books (available to US mailing addresses only):
    • An Herbalist’s Guide to Formulary
    • An Essential Herbal for Natural Health
  • More than 140 Recipes for using edible and medicinal herbs in remedies, along with glossaries, tonic lists, United Plant Savers quick-references lists, tables, charts, indexes, materia medica, and stories included in the books
  • Written instruction in crafting a wide variety of herbal remedies, including hydrosols, salves, tinctures, tea blends, salts, capsules, suppositories, tonics, lotions, drinks, and foods
  • Guidance and training in harvesting and using cultivated and wildcrafted herbs for health
  • A hefty printable course manual (PDF), with lessons, questions, photographs, and lecture notes
  • Email access to herbalist Holly Bellebuono for questions and guidance for 90 days after enrollment
  • Lifetime access to live, quarterly online Herbal Meet-ups where students can meet Holly and each other, ask questions, share progress, mastermind their businesses, promote their work, and connect
  • Lifetime access to all course materials, archived videos, lessons, and reference materials (priceless!)
  • Bonus tips, guides, and videos (a $497 value)
  • A printable Certificate of Completion (when course is completed within 9 months, optional)
  • Inclusion in the Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine Facebook Student Forum for ongoing connection with current and former students (a group of lively and incredible people!!)


There's MORE!!! In addition to the comprehensive primary body system training program with detailed video lessons (valued at $5,997) and its printed books and course manual ($297), you'll also get:

  • The complete Herbal Actions Course (a $397 value)
  • The Herbs for Mama & Baby Course (a $179 value)
  • The Herbs for the Brain and Neurodegenerative Diseases Course (a $179 value)
  • The Herbal Audio Series (a $97 value)
  • The Formulary Intro Class (a $47 value)
  • The Herbal First Aid for Children E-Book (a $37 value)
  • The Safe & Tonic Herbs E-Book (a $37 value)
  • Hot Herbal Teas E-Book (a $37 value)
  • Quarterly live meet-ups and online coaching with Holly and a fellowship of herbal students (a $997 value)
  • Early reserved seat and a 5% discount off in-person retreat tuition (national and international) (a $200-$500 value)

The full value of this comprehensive program is more than $8,800 with so much more that will increase your skills and understanding using plants for health.

Become a Community Herbalist

Your investment: $2,997

Full value is more than $8,800!


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A note from Holly:

"For seven years while writing my award-winning book Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History & Geography of Herbal Medicine, I had the pleasure of immersing myself in the world of international women who are deeply involved with healing herbs.

Every country and culture has its own history of herbal heritage and healers who work with individuals to bring relief from acute and chronic disease. To celebrate these healers, I traveled to meet an acupuncturist from China, a kupuna from Hawaii, a midwife from Zapotec, Mexico, and with every interview I learned more about the healing that was going on throughout the world. The book took me literally to countries far and wide and figuratively it opened up the world, allowing me to share the gifts of healing and plants and to inspire others with the extraordinary stories of women preserving their unique traditions.

Herbalism is a noble pursuit and is one of the oldest professions in the world. Women Healers of the World with a forward by Rosemary Gladstar shares the lives of 30 women from 20 countries and 16 global healing traditions who used plants in their research and work. It was an absolute pleasure to meet and learn with these amazing women and to discuss the differences in the world's great variety of healing methods and ideas.

I’m thrilled to share this knowledge and much more with you through the comprehensive Community Herbalist Training Program."

- Holly Bellebuono
Founder of The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine, Coach, Author, & Speaker

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About the Program & Instructor

For 30 years, herbalist, award-winning author, international keynote speaker and entrepreneur Holly Bellebuono has taught tens of thousands of people how to use herbal medicine for health. In 1994 she opened Sweet Cicely Herbs in the mountains near Boone, North Carolina, and in 2005 she moved to Martha’s Vineyard and founded Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary. In 2010 she founded The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine to teach hands-on application and knowledge to students who, over the years, traveled from Puerto Rico, Columbia, Nigeria, Canada, and across the United States to learn with her, and she lectured in Costa Rica, Canada and England about the power of healing.

Her seven published books are all nonfiction books on using herbal medicine or celebrating the power of women and healing. She is the author of Women Healers of the World (awarded Book of the Year by The International Herb Association), The Essential Herbal for Natural Health, The Healing Kitchen, The Authentic Herbal Healer, An Herbalist’s Guide to Formulary, Llewellyn’s Little Book of Herbs, and A Goal-Setting Guide for Open-Minded Business Owners. Holly is also the CEO and founder of The Selle Entrepreneur Network where herbalists and other creative entrepreneurs gather for connection and resources.

The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine has graduated hundreds of community herbalists, many of whom traveled to Martha’s Vineyard to experience two- and three-week intensives to study North American plants and plant medicine with Holly. These rich in-person experiences led to many friendships and the advancement of numerous herbal businesses.

Today, all the knowledge, learnings, skills, and trainings of these intensives is crystalized into the comprehensive Community Herbalist Training Program. The program distills the wide range of lessons needed by herbalists into easy-to-learn, accessible, pragmatic topics that provide a solid foundation upon which to build an herbal career and serve their communities.

The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine is an official school of The American Herbalists Guild.

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Become a Community Herbalist

Your investment: $2,997

Full value is more than $8,800!


Or, pay in 3 Monthly Payments


per month