Online Courses


Forage for and use Edible & Therapeutic Herbs – an Introductory E-Course with Vivienne Campbell BSc.(Hons) Herbalist

Discover the fascinating world of edible & medicinal plants.

You can enrol in these courses at any time and start to watch and use the lessons right away, then follow the herbs as they come in to season year after year.

Did you know that:

The common daisy flower (Bellis perennis) is edible?
Fresh Dandelion leaves are rich in vitamin C?
A common local flower can be used just like arnica?
The seeds of a prolific ‘weed’ are a rich source of Omega oils?
Or that you probably have a herb right now in your kitchen cupboard or garden that is a natural antiseptic?

  • Are you a health-conscious person?
  • Do you love natural remedies, herbal medicines and healthy eating?
  • Do you try to look after yourself and your family with natural health products?
  • Are you an aromatherapist, nutritionist, acupuncturist or health-food shop owner?
  • Do you spend a lot of money buying supplements and herbal remedies?
  • Are you a nature-lover or keen gardener?
  • Would you love to be able to make your own remedies from local herbs but can’t because you don’t know how to identify them?
  • Would you like to learn how to safely forage for tasty and nutritious edible wild plants so that you can enrich your diet and boost your over-all health?
  • Do you have a few books about herbs and foraging but you find them hard to follow and impractical to use?
  • Do you love reading about herbal remedies and using shop-bought products but don’t know how to recognise the plants themselves?
  • Are you itching to start making your own herbal remedies but you have so many questions that you just don’t know where to start?

Fields, gardens, hedgerows, parks and woods are bursting with plants that are edible and therapeutic (there are even some in cities too!).
You just need an experienced teacher to guide you.



Vivienne harvesting sea buckthorn fruit (full of Omega oils)

Would you love to attend herbal medicine or foraging classes but you can’t find any near you?

Or you just can't get time to attend a workshop because you're too busy with your work or family?

Well despair no more because now you can learn from an expert wherever you are, whenever it suits you with my new interactive E-Courses.

  • Simply login in with your email address and password.
  • Watch videos showing you edible and medicinal plants.
  • Learn how to safely identify these plants.
  • Watch videos showing you easy ways to include these nourishing herbs in your diet.
  • Delight as you begin to recognise these plants growing around you.
  • Have the confidence to begin to use them yourself.
  • Start making your own herbal remedies, tonics and balms (e.g. tinctures, syrups, ointments etc.) by following the demonstrations shown in my videos.
  • Many of the recipes can be made using dried herbs so you can buy dried herbs and start making your own extracts right away. You don’t need to wait until the plants are back in season. (Recommended suppliers of dried herbs are also included in these courses).
  • Save money! As you learn to use local nourishing plants you should have less need to buy imported herbal products and supplements.
  • It only takes a handful of foraged leaves to liven up a dull salad: enjoy impressing your friends with your new culinary skills!
  • You don’t need to live in the country or have an organic garden to do this: numerous edible and therapeutic herbs grow in towns and cities too and it is usually possible to harvest some of them. My courses included a guide to finding herbs when you live in the city.
  • The courses cover easily recognisable plants that are available to harvest during different seasons of the year, from spring- late autumn. They include St. John’s Wort, nettle, dandelion, hawthorn, elder flower, elder berry, calendula, red clover, roses, meadowsweet, silverweed, daisy, wild raspberries, rosehips, sea buckthorn and many more.


Making a poultice from Self-Heal flowers

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A cup of raspberry oxymel

A sore throat remedy made from raspberries

Learn at your leisure

  • I’ve designed these courses to be flexible and to fit in around busy life-styles.
  • There isn’t any minimum time-commitment, home-work or deadlines.
  • Engage with the courses at a level that suits you.
  • Simply login to watch the videos, read the documents and recipes and look at the photos.
  • You get life-time access so you can do this year after year.
  • Open your eyes to the abundance of wild food and natural remedies that grow all around you.

Are you a holistic therapist or health care professional?

Earn CPD points* with these e-courses (*subject to approval by your professional association)

I am in the process of getting these e-courses approved as CPD by various organisations.
Please contact me on if you would like me to send information to your professional association.

Roasting dandelion roots

Roasting dandelion roots to make coffee

Student Testimonials & Media Reviews

Students who have already enjoyed these e-courses include: holistic therapists, reflexologists, homeopaths, herbalists, doctors, gardeners, health food shop owners, foragers, teachers, horticulturists, nature-lovers and hobbyists. Here’s what some of them have to say about them:


  • "I know I've said it already, but I'm in heaven with this course! Best thing I ever did.

    You're so enthusiastic yourself and so generous with your time and knowledge.

    It's great that people from around the world can access it too."

    [about 'Learn with the Seasons':

    my online herbal medicine and wild food course,

    from June 2015]

    Catherine Gallagher
  • "You've given us SO MUCH useful info in such a good, clear form.

    Your course is excellent!"

    [about 'Learn with the Seasons':

    my online herbal medicine and wild food course,

    from June 2015]

    Kathy Locke
    Online course student
  • "I am just sending an e-mail to you to say thank you for the 1st series of your E-course. I found it very interesting, full of useful information, easy to follow and profound in knowledge.

    And you know what? It turned out that I did not have to go further than our own garden to find all of the herbs... 

    I made Hawthorn syrup for the very first time in my life and it is delicious with ice cubes especially on a hot summer day. So thank you again and I am looking forward to the next series."

    [about 'Learn with the Seasons':

    my online herbal medicine and wild food course,

    from June 2015]

    Edit Varga
  • “Informative, lovely atmosphere, great location, fun.

    Thank you.

    Can’t wait to get started.”

    Cosmetics class, Ennis, Ireland, 2015.

    Cosmetics Class Participant, Ennis 2015
  • “Just finished that serum we made in your class.

    It was the best thing I ever used for my skin.

    My skin is so good now, I don’t have to use foundation any more.”

     Jana Callinan (serums, salts, scrubs and body butters class),

    Dublin, Oct 2016; Message sent in April 2017 about a class in Oct 2016

  • “So interesting, hands-on and the spa treatments were a lovely ending.

    Vivienne is wonderful”

    Cosmetics Class participant, Gorey, Jan 2015

  • Thanks Vivienne, Very enjoyable and informative class.

    Looking forward to your internet classes”

    Stephanie, Herbal Medicine Class, 2015

  • “Can’t wait for next year’s additions. 

    The great thing is that you can look at all information in your own good time,

    and, you can’t get enough of a good thing!”

    Julie Stark, Scotland, 2016.

    Online course, Learn with the Seasons (herbal medicine & wild food)

  • "This lady is a force for green power!

    What an inspiring, energetic and contagiously enthusiastic talk.

    So grateful to be in the room."

    [Clare Robilliard, Aromatherapist

    talking about my lecture 'Using Herbs in Natural Skincare'

    for the Formula Botanica annual conference,

    2017, Covent Garden, UK]

Review in national newspaper

My e-courses also got a lovely review in a major national newspaper.
Click this link to read a review of this course in the Irish Examiner

Meadowsweet ID 2

Identifying meadowsweet (the original source of asprin)

There are 3 E-Courses available

Spring & Early Summer, High Summer, and Autumn.

You can enrol in them at any time and you have life-time access to the lessons in each course. Just click on the lessons to start to use them right away. Many of the featured herbal remedies can be made using dried herbs so you do not need to wait until the plants are in season. You can buy dried herbs and start to make your own extracts right away, and then look out to see if you can spot the plants later when they come back in to bloom again. It really is a real pleasure to discover the plant that makes the remedy!

Spring & Early Summer

Spring & Early Summer

This course features wild and cultivated medicinal herbs and edible plants that are usually available to pick and use in April, May & June (please note that seasonal variations in the weather will determine if and when the plants are available). It includes Nettle, Plantain, Cleavers, Hawthorn flowers and leaves, Silverweed, Daisy, Dandelion, Sorrel, Blackberry Leaves, Raspberry Leaves, Red Clover, Primrose and Elderflower.
High Summer

High Summer

This course features wild and cultivated medicinal herbs and edible plants that are usually available to pick and use in July & August (please note that seasonal variations in the weather will determine if and when the plants are available). It includes Calendula, St. John’s Wort, Self-Heal, Meadowsweet, Roses (wild & cultivated), Rosemary, Yarrow, Lemon Balm, Honeysuckle, Raspberries (wild & cultivated) and Cleavers seeds.


This course features wild and cultivated medicinal herbs and edible plants that are usually available to pick and use in September & October (please note that seasonal variations in the weather will determine if and when the plants are available). It includes sea buckthorn, elder berry, dandelion root, dock root, rose hips, hazel nuts, silver weed roots, blackberry, plantain leaves & seeds, nettle roots, the haws of hawthorn and guelder rose/cramp bark.
Bargain Bundle

Bargain Bundle

Receive an excellent discount of £55 if you book all 3 E-Courses together.
Contains the following courses: Spring & Early Summer, High Summer, and Autumn

The courses include a mixture of recipes for making medicinal extracts and unusual culinary dishes. There is sometimes a bit of a cross-over between these recipes because many medicinal plants are also edible. ‘Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food!

You receive:

  • Videos showing the featured plants that are currently in season and how to identify them.
  • Videos or photos demonstrating how to include foraged herbs in an easy, everyday meal.
  • Videos demonstrating how to make your own herbal remedy, tonic or balm safely and easily in your own kitchen using ordinary house-hold equipment.
  • Detailed documents about the herbs featured in each video so that you can read the key properties of each plant (e.g. nutritional content, medicinal uses etc.), try out recipes and have clear guidelines so that you can use them safely.
  • Suggested simple activities for you to try out to help you to begin to engage with the plants.
  • Photographs of the featured herbs to help you to safely identify them.
  • All of these lessons are available now. Just click on the lessons below to get started right away!

Digestive tea

Blending a digestive tea

You also receive:

  • A chance to ask me your questions: The last week of each course features a bonus live webinar. This is your chance to put your questions to me so that you can feel confident about using your new skills (Please note: this is not a chance to have a medical consultation or to ask direct medical questions: I cannot treat people via phone, email, text message, Face Book or Skype but, I can educate you this way).
  • Access to a private Face Book group: Here you can let us know how you’re getting on with your new journey into the plant world, post pictures of the plants that you’ve found, the delicious dishes that you’ve created and/or the remedies that you’ve made. I will pop in and out of this group so this is also a good place to check things that you are unsure of and post questions for me. It’s also a great place to receive the support and encouragement of others who are learning and to see new recipe ideas.
  • Documents and recipe sheets for making herbal tonics and extracts e.g. tinctures, infusions, syrups, cordials, infused oils, ointments etc.
  • My basic, jargon-free, beginners’ guide to safely identifying plants (to help you to avoid any mishaps when foraging).
  • My guide to using herbs safely: for adults, children & in pregnancy; including when not to use them and when to seek professional advice instead.
  • A list of recommended herbal suppliers so that you can buy herbs that you want to use but can’t find growing near you.


Spring & Early Summer E-Course


Some of the Video Demonstrations included in the Spring & Early Summer E-Course

  • Identification videos for each featured herb
  • Hawthorn flower tea (a soothing, centering drink)
  • Hawthorn flower ice-cubes (very pretty indeed)
  • Nettle & plantain tea (can be a natural anti-histamine)
  • Nettle and spinach side dish (a tasty and simple accompaniment to meals)
  • Plantain first aid (poultice)
  • Daisy infused oil (can help to ease aches and pains)
  • Daisy ointment (our native alternative to arnica)
  • Dandelion omelette (an easy way to use dandelion leaves)
  • Sorrel sauce (a tasty, lemony sauce)
  • Silverweed gargle (to ease swollen gums and sore throats)
  • Silverweed compress (to ease varicose veins and piles)
  • Elderflower hand-bath (to soften and soothe the skin)
  • Elderflower eye compress (to soothe tired eyes)
  • Elderflower tea (can help to ease hay fever)
  • Elderflower steam inhalation (to help to clear stuffy sinuses)
  • Elderflower fritters (delicious!)
  • Elderflower cordial (a sweet treat for the summer)
  • How to dry herbs
  • How to make herbal tinctures
  • Identification videos for each featured herb

Some of the photos included in the Spring & Early Summer E-Course

  • How to make hawthorn flower cordial
  • Identification photos for every herb

Infused oil of daisy

Making a first aid remedy from daisies


High Summer E-Course


Some of the Video Demonstrations included in the High Summer E-Course

  • Identification videos for each featured herb
  • St. John’s Wort Oil (to ease aches and pains)
  • How to make herbal tinctures (a concentrated, medicinal extract)
  • How to make herbal ointments (to soothe and heal the skin)
  • Poultices for first aid (medicine directly from the garden or hedgerow)
  • Raspberry oxymel (a delicious tonic drink to ease sore throats and colds)
  • Rosemary & nettle hair tonic (to revitalise thinning or dull hair)
  • Honeysuckle cough syrup (a heavenly-tasting medicine)
  • Cleavers seed coffee (a tasty, nourishing alternative to caffeine)
  • Calendula poultice for varicose veins (a little known use for a common garden plant)
  • Chickweed pesto (delicious, easy, quick and good for you!)
  • Chickweed poultice (to soothe inflammation and itching skin)
  • How to make fresh herbal tea (make your own blends from garden to cup)
  • How to dry herbs

Some of the photos included in the High Summer E-Course

  • How to make rose petal ice-cubes
  • How to make meadowsweet cordial
  • How to make rose petal infused oil
  • How to make a soothing tea blend

Pouring out ointment (2)

Pouring out ointment 

Self Heal in the mortar and pestle - Copy (2)

Pounding Self-Heal flowers in the mortar & pestle


Autumn E-Course


Some of the Video Demonstrations included in the Autumn E-Course

  • Identification videos for each featured herb
  • Sea Buckthorn (extracting the fresh juice from this Omega-oil rich plant)
  • Elderberry cordial (a delicious, immune-boosting tonic)
  • Blackberry oxymel (a great remedy for sore throats)
  • Plantain infused oil (a healing first aid treatment)
  • Plantain ointment (great to treat cuts, scrapes and grazes)
  • Cramp Bark decoction (a natural muscle relaxant)
  • Dandelion root coffee (a nutrient-rich, caffeine-free roast)
  • Hazelnut & Sorrel Pesto (delicious and local)
  • Cooked Silverweed roots (our native alternative to potatoes)
  • Dock root iron tonic (easy to make at home)
  • Using plantain seeds (rich in Omega oils)
  • How to make herbal tinctures (including decocted root tinctures)
  • Identification videos for each featured plant.

Some of the photos included in the Autumn E-Course

  • How to make hawthorn chutney (really tasty, great with cheese)
  • Rosehip syrup (boosts the immune system; rich in vitamin C)
  • Identification photos for every herb

Chickweed pesto

Making Chickweed Pesto

E-Course Bonus Features


As well as the above features, you will also receive the following:

  • My list of recommended books so that you can learn more about wild food foraging and herbal medicine.
  • My list of recommended, reliable websites.
  • Further study: a list of courses where you can train to become a professional, qualified herbalist; information on informal apprenticeships where you can gets some hands-on experience with an working herbalist.
  • A list of suppliers of ingredients e.g. herbs, bottles, jars, oils, waxes etc.
  • Herbs in the City: an info sheet with tips on how to forage when you live in towns and cities.
  • A brief guide to organic versus conventional gardening: otherwise known as the alarming truth about weed-killers and why you should avoid them like the plague!
  • A guide to common poisonous plants (so that you can avoid them!)
  • Plants for bees: bees love herbs and herbs love bees! A list of herbs to plant to encourage bees into your garden.
  • Free updates for 12 months: if I update any part of these courses within the next year then you’ll receive these updates free of charge.

All students get life-time access to the resources (documents, videos, photos etc.) in this course. On-line support from Vivienne is currently provided seasonally but will not be available for life-time!

St John’s Wort infusing in oil : Honeysuckle Honey : Rosehip Vinegar


  • Plants are seasonal so they are only available to see or pick fresh at certain times of the year.
  • The landscape is bursting with plants that are edible & therapeutic and I am aching to teach you about them.
  • Make this the year that you choose to reconnect with nature by learning about the plants around you.
  • Start to harvest delicious wild foods and make your own herbal tonics.
  • Change the way that you see your surroundings forever.