I have been drawn to herbs for many years. Way back 20+ years ago when I was newly married and we had little babies, we lived in an 800 square foot townhouse. I had only a few square feet to plant anything next to the steps, but I remember going to the farmers market and picking out flowers and herbs. I didn’t know how to use herbs at all back then, except for a few culinary herbs like thyme and oregano, but I liked having them around me. Back then I didn’t have the internet to look them up, but I bought the book, Growing Herbs. That was it. I dreamed of one day have an herb garden and maybe even selling plants like the book suggested. I’ve never gotten much past the basics of herb growing until this year. More on that another time.
About two years ago I decided to learn more about herbs and their uses for health and healing. Herbs are so amazing in their abilities to help the body heal itself. I never realized how much there is to learn, though! So I began watching videos, listening to podcasts and reading everything I could about herbs. There is so much we can learn on the internet for free these days and that is how I began my education. I have compiled a list for you of great mentors for learning about medicinal herbs. There are online herb courses that are great, too, if you’re ready to begin investing in your herbal education. Many of the Herbal Schools and Herbal Websites with paid courses also offer free info on their sites. Also, sites that sell herbal products also have free information.
Free Herbal Education online
She has a weekly internet radio show every Tuesday evening on Blogtalk Radio. She usually features a guest and takes call-in questions. You can listen to it here. There is also a separate page with a list of all the shows with summaries at Wise Woman Radio. You can also find her on iTunes.
Jim McDonald on his site Herbcraft. He does great herb walks. He has both articles and videos on his site.
The Practical Herbalist has a lot of good information for free on their site including an herbal library, herbal encyclopedia, and their blog.
Mountain Rose Herbs Blog with lots of information and recipes for using their products and Mountain Rose Herbs Podcasts of their Free Herbalism Podcast
Bulk Herbs blog Speciality in Family Herbalism and herbs for pregnancy.
Strictly Medicinal with Richo Cech — This is brand new, starting today. His online Materia Medica daily videos.
Herb TV on youtube. Lots of videos from top herbalists.
I hope you enjoy learning about herbs as much as I do. Let us know if you know of more free herbal resources in the comments.