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Career in Herbalism

Start yourself on the path of the Herbalist with our two part Master Herbalist Certificate. The first course is The Modern Herbalist where you will gain a vast amount of knowledge of herbs and their modern applications. The second and final part is the Advanced Herbalist Certificate where we do a deep dive into everyting we learned in The Modern Herbalist Course.

Career in Cannabis

Our Master Cannabis Certificate is designed to assist you in establishing yourself as a well qualified Cannabis Expert helping you to posistion yourself as a professional. Cannabis 101 handles everything from SA Law to Industry Fundamentals and Horticulture all the way to Medical Productionand Bottanical Classifications in Cannabis 103.

Career in Psychotropics

Since the 1970s and the barrage of scientific studies that have explored the therapeutic effects of psychedelics, the mind-bending substances have exhibited immense promise in transforming how we think about mental health care, most notably when it comes to understanding how people can heal from depression, anxiety, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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BIOCHEMICS AND THE STUDY OF TISSUE SALTS

This course has been specifically designed for anyone with an interest in the complementary therapies.

You will discover the 12 biochemic Tissue Salts for your health and how these play a vital role in both the physical integrity and proper functioning of the organism as a whole.

UNDERSTANDING SWEDISH BITTERS

Swedish bitters is said to have been formulated in a similar way to ancient bitters by Paracelsus and rediscovered by 18th century Swedish medics Dr. Klaus Samst and Dr. Urban Hjärne.
Though this appears to be mistaking the latter for his son, Kristian Henrik Hjärne, who himself invented a bitter.

UNDERSTANDING OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT

The olive leaf is a staple of the Mediterranean diet, which scientists study for its potential to prevent chronic diseases. Research points to lower rates of illnesses and cancer-related deaths among people who regularly consume. The positive effect is due in part to the powerful and health-boosting benefits of the olive leaf.

UNDERSTANDING MILK THISTLE BETTER

Although milk thistle is most often used for liver conditions, such as hepatitis and cirrhosis, the herb is believed some to prevent or treat high cholesterol, diabetes, heartburn, upset stomach (dyspepsia), hangover, gallbladder problems, menstrual pain, depression, and even certain types of cancer.

UNDERSTANDING SAGE

Sage tea is an aromatic infusion made from the leaves of common Sage (Salvia officinalis), an herb in the same family as mint.

Commonly used as a spice, sage also has a long history of use in alternative and traditional medicine. Notably, Sage is packed with potential health benefits.

UNDERSTANDING ASHWAGANDA

Since ashwagandha is traditionally used as an adaptogen, it is used for many conditions related to stress. Adaptogens are believed to help the body resist physical and mental stress. Some of the conditions it is used for include insomnia, aging, anxiety and many others, there is good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.

UNDERSTANDING RED CLOVER

 

Red clover is a dark-pink herbaceous plant originating from Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Plus, it’s now popular as a fodder crop to improve soil quality. It’s widely used as a traditional medicine to treat osteoporosis, heart disease, arthritis, skin disorders, cancer, respiratory problems like asthma, and women’s health issues, such as menstrual and menopausal symptoms.

UNDERSTANDING SILICA

Silica is a trace mineral required by human body for strong hair, flexible joints, glowing skin, and strong bones. It also increases the overall benefits of vitamin D, glucosamine, and calcium. It was believed silica was just a trace mineral, and that we only needed a very small amount of it to maintain health. However, with further research, silica is now considered one of the top 12 elements necessary for life.

UNDERSTANDING MORINGA

Moringa has many important vitamins and minerals. The leaves have 7 times more vitamin C than oranges and 15 times more potassium than bananas. It also has calcium, protein, iron, and amino acids, which help your body heal and build muscle.
It’s also packed with antioxidants, substances that can protect cells from damage and may boost your immune system. There’s some evidence that some of these antioxidants can also lower blood pressure and reduce fat in the blood and body.

UNDERSTANDING BUCHU

According to Cape Kingdom Nutraceuticals buchu is recognised as South Africa’s “miracle herb” with potent natural anti-inflammatory properties.

Buchu also has anti-infective, antifungal and antibacterial properties, enabling it to act as a natural antibiotic with no side effects. Buchu contains naturally occurring antioxidants and bioflavonoids such as Quercetin, Rutin, Hesperidin, Diosimin, Diosphenol and Vitamins A, B and E.

UNDERSTANDINGTURMERIC

Turmeric is an ancient spice that many experts consider to be one of the most powerful and effective herbs.

Over the centuries and into today, it has been used to prevent and treat many ailments. More than 10,000 published studies discuss the benefits of this spice and its use in healing diseases and illnesses.

Many highlight that curcumin, a compound in turmeric, has more effect than some prescription drugs.

UNDERSTANDING FLAX SEED

A serving of flax seeds provides impressive amounts of good for you nutrients like fiber, magnesium, and iron. Evidence-based benefits of flax seeds include improved digestion and reduced cancer risk. Not only do these seeds add a nutty flavor to dishes, but they’re also bursting with nutrients like heart-healthy fats, fiber, plant protein, and key vitamins and minerals. For the past few years, flax seeds have become increasingly popular thanks to their abundance of health benefits.

UNDERSTANDING PRIMROSE OIL

Evening primrose oil is not an essential oil commonly used for aromatherapy. Rather, it is one that can be taken by mouth. Alternative healthcare providers believe that evening primrose oil can aid in the treatment of numerous health conditions, including skin conditions and nerve and joint pain. It’s also sometimes taken for premenstrual syndrome (PMS), or symptoms leading up to menstrual periods, or the transition to menopause, or the end of menstruation.

UNDERSTANDING TEA TREE

Extracted from the leaves of the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree, tea tree essential oil has a reputation as nature’s do-it-all secret weapon. It has a variety of uses, an antiseptic, homemade cleaner, DIY mouthwash, or natural deodorant, and many home remedy enthusiasts turn to this essential oil for its skin healing benefits. From treating acne to dandruff to bug bites, tea tree oil might be the product your medicine cabinet has been missing.

UNDERSTANDINGECHINACEA

Echinacea contains active substances that boost immune function, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have hormonal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects. Professional herbalists may recommend echinacea to treat urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast (candida) infections, ear infections, athlete’s foot, sinusitis, hay fever, allergic rhinitis, as well as slow-healing wounds. Echinacea may help inhibit colon tumors when combined with cichoric acid.

UNDERSTANDING GRAPESEED

Grape seed extract is an industrial derivative of grape seeds. It is rich in antioxidants and oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes and has been linked to a wide range of possible health benefits. These include the treatment of conditions such as high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, macular degeneration, poor circulation, and nerve damage. Antioxidants in grape seed help you maintain healthy blood pressure and improve your circulation.

UNDERSTANDING REISHI

Incredibly rare in the wild, reishi mushrooms grow at the base of deciduous trees such as maple and are also known as the ‘mushroom of immortality’. This might explain why they have had such a firm place in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. They are known to have antioxidant properties, and have been of increasing interest in the treatment of cancer. This is probably due to their ability to enhance tumor response to chemotherapy by sharpening the body’s own immune system thanks to the beta-glucans found within them. In addition, the plant sterols found in reishi mushrooms act as steroid precursors and can help in lowering cholesterol levels in those with mild elevation according to one trial.

UNDERSTANDING LIONS MANE

The lion’s mane fungus has many different names, including the very apt ‘pom-pom mushroom’. Found across North America, Europe and Northern Asia, it has been used as medicine for hundreds of years. It is known for its neuroprotective and nootropic effects – it goes much further than simply preserving brain cells, it can actually enhance their function by improving memory and functioning. This is achieved by increasing nerve growth factor levels in the brain, growing brain cell insulation, or myelination, and improving long-term electrical signals. As if this was not enough, lion’s mane has anxiolytic effects and anti-inflammatory properties. Its only apparent downside is a hypersensitivity in those with allergies or asthma, much like taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and so it’s generally advised that those affected should avoid lion’s mane.

UNDERSTANDINGCHAGA

Found on the back of birch trees, the blackened charcoal appearance of chaga comes from the large amount of melanin, a type of pigmentation that even us as humans have in our skin. Most commonly seen in Russian forests as a parasitic tree infection, it has been historically made into a fine powder and brewed as a tea or coffee, which releases the beta-glucans renowned for their selectivity in killing cancer cells. It is also suggested that chaga mushrooms can reduce fatigue and increase cognitive performance, but they should be consumed only in small amounts as they are very high in oxalates, a contributor to kidney stones.

UNDERSTANDING SHIITAKE

One of the most famous of all the edible mushrooms, shiitake is native to Eastern Asia and actually makes up around 25% of the world’s yearly mushroom crop! They have less than one percent fat as a raw food, and are rich in those elusive B-vitamins. In Japan, they are served in miso soup, whereas Chinese chefs tend to sauté them into vegetable dishes. Moreover, they have been used over hundreds of years for their antibacterial and antiviral properties, and contain a chemical called lentinan which appears to help heal chromosomal damage caused by cancer chemotherapy. In fact, shiitake mushrooms contain all eight essential amino acids and plenty of helpful phytonutrients which improve blood flow and prevent plaque build-up in the walls of blood vessels, protecting against lifestyle-related cardiovascular disease.

UNDERSTANDING TURKEY TAIL

Turkey tail contains a compound called polysaccharide-K (PSK) that stimulates the immune system. PSK is so effective that it’s an approved anticancer prescription drug in Japan. Turkey tail has been shown to improve the survival rate of people with certain cancersTrusted Source, fight leukemia cellsTrusted Source, and improve the immune system of people receiving chemotherapy. (Of course, don’t stop your prescribed cancer treatment without consulting your doctor.)

UNDERSTANDING CORDYCEPS

Feeling low on energy or need a pre-workout boost? Cordyceps is the fungus for you. This mushroom is known for being very stimulating — for both energy and the libido.

Cordyceps can help the body utilize oxygen more efficiently and enhance blood flowTrusted Source. This can be especially helpful for athletes or those who regularly work out. This mushroom has been shown to not only improve exerciseTrusted Source and athletic performance, but also speed up post-workout muscle recovery.

UNDERSTANDING
MAITAKE

Maitake is among the world’s most beneficial functional mushrooms. Its name, which is translated as the dancing mushroom, perfectly describes the beautiful array of overlapping caps that resemble a bird’s plumage. Thanks to its bird-like appearance, it is known as the “hen-of-the-woods” in Europe and North America.

This feathered mushroom offers a wide range of health benefits, including its ability to help support healthy blood sugar levels and immune health.

UNDERSTANDING MESHIMA

With a bitter taste and better resigned to consumption in tea.It has been shown that the mushroom has anti-breast cancer activity, backed by Harvard. Meshima mushrooms were found to stimulate humoral immune function, and dampen inflammatory responses. Most popular in Korea, meshima is dried to a powder and steeped in hot water as a health tea, as it has high levels of antioxidants. Those with eczema may benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects of a skin care preparation containing meshima, and helps skin cancer and melanoma prevention.

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