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Meet the Newest Student at the Herbal Academy of New England

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I freely admit I am mostly self-taught in many areas of homesteading and chicken keeping.  Over the years, I have read as much as I can from reputable sources including books and magazines, forums and websites moderated by experts in their field, etc. but have not embarked on any formal training or course of study ... until now.
medicinal herbs
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So....I am so excited to tell you all that I have been accepted into the Online Herbal Course at the Herbal Academy of New England starting later this month! Yay! I have been offered the opportunity to do coursework in a field in which I am really interested. As many of you know who read my blog, I have incorporated herbs into so many facets of both our family and our chickens' lives, that to be participating in this course is a dream come true!

"The mission of the Herbal Academy of New England is to teach the art and science of plant medicine honoring our intrinsic connection to nature. We are dedicated to teaching and promoting a lifestyle of wellness and vitality through the use of herbs, sound nutrition, and optimal health practices."

The course teaches the most current herbal information citing scientific data and clinical studies and incorporating well documented criteria, facts, theories, innovation, and guided practice..It will also entail some herbology mixology and teach me to prepare herbal as well as beauty-enhancing and life-rejuvenating time-tested formulas. According to the brochure, "We'll have you singing in the kitchen, soaking in the bath, and sniffing your way through this course!" What could BE more fun? 

I'll be blogging here about what I'm learning over the next few months as I go through the course and sharing some of the knowledge I gain.  Impatient to start, I've been perusing their website and am impressed with the amount of information there.

Scrolling through their blog, this article on Five Kitchen Herbs for Cold Season caught my eye immediately, since it is certainly seasonally-appropriate and packed with great information.

Herbs for Cold Season
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This article on Three Ways to Dry Herbs is also very apropos for this time of year as I try to harvest the last lingering herbs from our garden before the first frost.

EASY ways to dry herbs
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Their Pinterest boards are a wonderful resource as well.  I could get lost there reading articles and tips on using herbs for better health, decorating and cooking.

If you can't tell, I'm SUPER excited about this course. I am looking forward to beginning on my next step to healthier living for both our family and our animals, especially our chickens!  So stay tuned. I hope you'll all come along for the ride with me.

For anyone interested in learning more about the healing power of herbs, I invite you to check out their website, as well as their fantastic blog and other free resources.  For more information on signing up for the Online Herbal Course or any of the other course offerings from the Herbal Academy of New England, click HERE.  It would be fun for some of you to take the course alongside me, so we could compare notes and experiences!


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  1. Congratulations! That's exciting! I've been learning about herbs for more than cooking. I want to know more about medicinal uses of herbs and herbal companion planting to ward off garden pests and disease. I'm going to check out the Academy's website. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Congratulations! I thought some time ago I really wanted to do this to but for my own reasons decided against it. I'll be thrilled to learn a little along as you go on your journey.

  3. Congratulations on this adventure :) I live in MA, but have never heard of this academy. Heading over to check out their courses now!

    Best of luck, you'll do great!

    1. I grew up in MA, so I was so excited that they are located there! So far I am loving the course. I've done about 10% and will be sharing more about what I learn as I go on. Let me know if you do decide to take the course, we can compare notes!