Medicinal Herbs A-Z (Part I)


Elecampane flowerBringing more than 25 years expertise as a clinical practitioner and teacher, Christa engages with students to explore the medicinal uses and clinical applications of numerous botanicals that are easily cultivated, native, and/or readily available.

In this dynamic, online materia medica course, students will learn individual herbs arranged by therapeutic theme, according to tissues and organ systems. 

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. 

In order for students to feel more confident in their formulation skills, each class will conclude with examples and a brief discussion of therapeutic compound/s and/or tea blend/s utilizing plants covered in class. 

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 

Class Schedule

Online classes will be held on Tuesdays, from  1:00 - 4:00 pm Pacific Standard time (4-7 EST). There will be a 10-15 minute break.

Classes will be held September 20 through December 13, 2022. Note: There will be no class on November 22. 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 December 20, 2022.


"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. Also, please your emails regularly. Lastly, it is helpful to have a printer for additional handouts that are sent. 


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. 

Be familiar with herbal therapeutic terminology. 


The early bird tuition fee for the live, online program is $850 if payed in full by September 1, 2022. Otherwise, the tuition is $900. Payment plans for the synchronous class are available for an additional fee and are automatically billed on a monthly basis. 

The tuition fee for class recordings / asynchrounous classes is $750. Access to the recordings will be sent 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 $9.50 in the continental US - $204.70). Please contact the author for international shipping rates, as priority mail is required. 

If you are interested in this attending onsite or online, please email us directly at:

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