Medicinal Herbs A-Z (Part I)


Elecampane flowerBringing more than 25+ years expertise as a clinical practitioner and teacher, Christa engages with students to cover the medicinal uses and clinical applications of numerous herbs.

In this highly informative, live online materia medica course, students will learn medicinal  uses of herbs arranged by therapeutic theme, according to tissues and organ systems. Applicable physiology is integrated into the lectures. 

In order to enhance and streamline the information and the plants that are covered, Christa's new textbook - "The Essential Guide to Western Botanical Medicine" is required for this program. 


Through the integration of the textbook, students will be able to quickly access the following: 

  • Latin binomials and common names
  • Elecampane budsPreparation and dosage
  • Temperature and flavor 
  • Contraindications (when not to use the herb)
  • 1,000 botanical photographs 
  • Botanical descriptions for 128 plants 
  • More than 100 therapeutic compounds 

Time-permitting classes will conclude with a brief discussion of therapeutic compound/s and/or tea blend/s utilizing plants covered in class. 

Class Schedule

Online classes will be held on Tuesdays, from 2-4 pm PST (5-7 pm EST). There will be a brief break (5-10 minutes or class may end that much earlier).

Class dates: February 7 - April 25, 2023. Note: Class will not be held on March 28. In the unusual case that we have to cancel due to extenuating circumstances (power outages, internet disruption, fire evacuation, illness, etc.) a make-up class will be held on date - TBA 2023.

Class Requirements 

"The Essential Guide to Western Botanical Medicine" is the textbook required for this class and is an expense seperate from the tuition fee. To purchase this book or for more information visit:

For synchronous version of the class, online access is essential. It is highly recommended to have a printer (printer access is necessary). Check your emails weekly, prior to class. 


We realize everyone has bad-hair days. However, if you are attending our live online class, we'd prefer to see you on the screen. Not only have we found this policy to be most engaging for our students; it encourages more presence and accountability, a deeper understanding and retention of class material, and a more joyful connection with their teacher and classroom community. Teaching is a reciprocal process that involves student participation; who wants to talk to a black box with a name printed on the bottom? 


Attend our herbal medicine making class and confidently prepare: fresh and dry plant extracts; syrups and honeys; oils and salves (including alcohol intermediary oil method); glycerites and acetums; decoctions, and hot and cold infusions. 

Have a firm grasp of herbal therapeutic terminology. 


The tuition fee for the live, online program is $600 if payed in full by September 21, 2022. A check, money order, and Venmo are acceptable forms of payment. Otherwise, the tuition is $650, due by September 30, 2022. Payment plans can be arranged through Paypal for an additional fee ($650 for the program) and are automatically billed in two installments on (9/30 and 11/4).  

The tuition fee for class recordings / asynchrounous classes is $550. Access to the recording links will be emailed within one week of the class and are accessable for up to one year. Handouts will be emailed to participants.

Book Expense 

The cost for "The Essential Guide to Western Botanical Medicine" is $179.95 (plus $15.30 tax and media mail shipping rates that averages $9.75 in the continental US - $205). Please contact the author for international shipping rates, as priority mail is required. 

To register for class, please email us through our contact page. 

Note: A twelve person minimum is required for this class. All tuition fees will be refunded if class is cancelled by NWSBS. For more information, please review our policies page.