Discover the fascinating world of edible and medicinal plants.

This course is for fun!

Learn at your leisure for your pleasure and knowledge,

wherever you live, whenever you want.

Learn with the seasons course inclusions

LEARN WITH THE SEASONS:

Forage for and use edible & medicinal plants

Est. 2015

*This online course is packed full of videos to help you identify and show you how to use local plants as herbal medicines and nutritious wild foods.

* Watch these videos over and over again, whenever it suits you so that you become confident at using these plants yourself. 

Discover common, easily-recognizable plants such as:

Lifetime Access

Lifetime Access

Content updated regularly
Jargon-Free

Jargon-Free

Clear identification tips, safety guidelines and instructions for using the plant as food and/or medicine
Private Community

Private Community

To ask Vivienne and other guest teachers your questions
Bring The Lessons With You

Bring The Lessons With You

View videos, photos and guides on your mobile or tablet while you are out walking/foraging
Live webinars

Live webinars

Join in live to ask questions
or play back the recording
Learn At Your Leisure

Learn At Your Leisure

No homework or deadlines: just read & watch the lessons when it suits you

Includes all the common herbal medicine-making techniques 

Watch videos of how to make the following:

Teas, Infusions & Decoctions

Teas, Infusions & Decoctions

Oxymels

Oxymels

Ointments & Balms

Ointments & Balms

Tincture-Making

Tincture-Making

Infused Vinegars

Infused Vinegars

Syrups

Syrups

Infused & Macerated Oils

Infused & Macerated Oils

Poultices & Compresses

Poultices & Compresses

 No specialist equipment necessary.

All of the extracts can be easily made at home using common kitchen equipment.

Got questions? Get help!

 

All courses are supported via webinar and private Facebook group.

Learn easy ways to include tasty wild foods in your diet

Many of the plants covered in these courses are edible and nutritious.

Discover easy ways to include them in your diet

Stunning Salads

Stunning Salads

Wild Flower Cordials

Wild Flower Cordials

Wild Local 'Coffee'

Wild Local 'Coffee'

Infused Vinegars

Infused Vinegars

Tasty Chutneys

Tasty Chutneys

Pretty Floral Ice-Cubes

Pretty Floral Ice-Cubes

Heavenly Infused Honey

Heavenly Infused Honey

Flower Fritters

Flower Fritters

Perky Pestos

Perky Pestos

Edible Floral Decorations

Edible Floral Decorations

Tasty Tubers

Tasty Tubers

Wild Super-Food Juices

Wild Super-Food Juices

SUPPORTED VIA WEBINARS !

  • Webinars are a wonderful way to ask questions and get support.
  • Ask Vivienne your questions about making extracts and using edible & medicinal plants
  • Getting support helps you to become confident at using these plants
  • Can’t attend the webinar live? Don’t worry, all the webinars are recorded. You can send in your questions in advance and Vivienne will do her best to cover them during the webinar which you can then watch back at your leisure.

GET ACCESS TO THE WEBINAR RECORDING LIBRARY!

  • The webinar library contains video recordings of Q&A webinars that Vivienne has given with special guest foragers on specialised topics.
  • Topics & guests include: Using foraged plants in cocktails with Lottie Muir; Starting an Organic Herb Garden with Denise Dunne; Foraging in the City with John Rensten; Tasty Recipes for Foraged Spring Plants with Mina Said-Allsopp; Contemplating Plants with Robin Harford; Foraging for a Professional Restaurant with Clothilde Walenne.

Here’s what people have said about this course:

“You’ve given us SO MUCH useful info in such a good, clear form. Your course is excellent!”

Kathy Locke, Ireland

“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.

“It’s so exciting what you are doing. It’s a unique course. I love it.”

Sinead Fine

“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.”

Catherine Gallagher, teacher.

“I’ve just finished watching the webinar and I wanted to let you know that I loved it all… I liked your mix of videos and text, recipes and medicines. I honestly can’t think of a suggestion to improve it!”

Margaret O’Mahony (Autumn E-Course)

“I’m doing Vivienne’s course, I’d highly recommend it. There’s something special about a course like this designed around the plants and environment that you actually live in. There’s nothing else like it in Ireland that I’ve heard of.”

Kay Bells, e-course student and foraging enthusiast, Ireland.

What’s Contained in the E-courses?

The Bargain Bundle

Contains all 3 e-courses:

 1. SPRING & EARLY SUMMER    

 2. HIGH SUMMER      3. AUTUMN

The Spring & Early Summer Course: 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. New plants will also be included in 2017. When they come in to season Vivienne will record lessons about them.

The High Summer Course: 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. New plants will also be included in 2017. When they come in to season Vivienne will record lessons about them.

The Autumn Course: 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. New plants will also be included in 2017. When they come in to season Vivienne will record lessons about them.

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!’

Each course is supported for set dates while the plants are usually in season (i.e. you can receive help and guidance from me via our Private Facebook group and live webinars).

Learn at you leisure! These courses do not require doing ‘homework’ or a time-commitment each week. Vivienne has designed these courses to fit in with busy lifestyles. You can engage with them at whichever level suits you best and you can return to them year after year, to study and use the plants when they are in season. If all that happens is that you start to recognise some of these plants growing around you then this is a very pleasurable life-enhancing interest to have; if you have more time then you can try making all of the recipes, post photos of plants to learn more about identification, have a go at herbal medicine-making and get advice about experimenting with some recipes of your own.

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.
  • 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).
  • 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 Facebook 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.
  • 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 Videos Include:

  • Hawthorn flower tea (a soothing, centering drink)
  • Hawthorn flower ice-cubes (very pretty indeed)
  • Nettle & plantain tea (can be a natural anti-histamine)
  • Plantain first aid (poultice)
  • Daisy ointment (our native alternative to arnica)
  • Dandelion omlette (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 steam inhalation
  • Elderflower hand-bath
  • Elderflower fritters (delicious!)
  • Elderflower cordial (a sweet treat for the summer)
  • Cleavers deodorant
  • Identification videos for each featured herb
  • And more…..

High Summer 

E-Course Videos Include:

  • St. John’s Wort Oil (to ease aches and pains)
  • 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)
  • Identification videos for each featured herb
  • And more…..

Autumn E-Course

Videos Include:

  • Elderberry cordial (a delicious, immune-boosting tonic)
  • Sea Buckthorn (extracting the fresh juice)
  • 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 herb
  • And more…..

Photo lessons included in this course

  • How to make hawthorn flower cordial
  • Primrose flower ice-cubes
  • Identification photos for every herb
  • And more……

Photo lessons included in this 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
  • And more……

Photo lessons included in this 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
  • And more……

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: if I update any part of these courses or add new lsesons 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!

 

Why learn from Vivienne?

  • I am a qualified and experienced professional Medical Herbalist (I qualified in 2003) based in Ireland.
  • Over the years thousands of people have attended my lectures, talks, classes, guided walks, herbal clinic and/or have watched me on television.
  • I am a knowledgeable, entertaining and engaging teacher.
  • I have been teaching herbal medicine classes for 12 years. You can see my work here.
  • I’ve been taking guided herb & wild food foraging walks for since 2008 (Yes, since before it became trendy! )
  • I co-presented a major national television series in which I foraged for and made an herbal remedy, natural cosmetic or wild food. I presented this show alongside celebrity chef Richard Corrigan and organic gardener Kitty Scully. Click here to see details of this television series.
  • I’ve also contributed to two other television series since then. (One of them is currently in production; you can see details of the other series here).
  • I have a BSc degree (with first class honours) in Herbal Medicine from the University of Central Lancashire, UK.
  • I am a member of the National Institute for Medical Herbalists, the oldest organisation of professional herbalists in the world (151 years old this year!)
  • I have to ensure that I am up to date with herbal medicine by doing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) every year.
  • I constantly strive to learn more: about therapeutic and edible plants; about medical conditions and diseases; about scientific research and evidence.
  • I regularly feature in national newspapers and television and am often asked to comment on issues affecting herbal medicine e.g. changes in legislation etc.
  • I have spent several years researching local plants that were once popular remedies and food sources but which have fallen out of use or been forgotten.
  • And my classes are very enjoyable and people return to them over and over again.
  • The internet is full of information about herbs and foraging but little of it is reliable, lots of it is wrong and some of it is out-right dangerous! Learn from an experienced teacher that you can trust: learn from me!

 Do you have questions about this course?

Then ask me! You can email your questions to me at info@theherbalhub.com. Please put ‘E-Courses’ in the subject line.

Vivienne has featured on the following television channels and national newspapers: 

What this course is not:

  • This is not a qualification: after buying this course you will not be qualified to work as a professional consulting herbalist.
  • It is not a medical consultation: We will look ways to improve general health with herbs and how to use safe and effective remedies for common ailments (e.g. colds, coughs etc.) but we will not learn how to treat specific, serious illnesses and diseases with herbs. We may mention these briefly and talk about them in general terms but, this is always an example of a case where I will recommend that someone consults a professional medical practitioner and/or qualified herbalist. I cannot treat people or give specific medical advice via phone, email, text message, Face Book or Skype.
  • This is not a science course: we will not cover chemistry, medical trials or evidence for the effectiveness of herbal medicines (but I am working on one that will….).
  • Foraging for mushrooms and fungi are not included. This type of foraging is highly specialised and extremely dangerous if you get it wrong. If you want to learn this, then I recommend mushroom expertBill O’Dea at www.mushroomstuff.com
  • This course is not suitable for every country in the world. This course was filmed in Ireland and is suitable for temperate countries e.g. UK, Europe, USA, Canada. There are students enroled from Mexico to Japan! It is does NOT cover plants found in tropical countries.
  • This is not a promise to identify every therapeutic and edible wild and cultivated plant.
  • The information that you learn in this course is not to take the place of a qualified medical practitioner. It is for educational purposes only. Qualified medical practitioners are highly skilled and helpful people. Please consult one! They are there to help you.

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Upcoming Webinars

  • Wild Booze: with special guest UK foraging teacher Craig Worrall of https://edible-leeds.blogspot.ie/ 6th June 2017
  • General Q & A webinars with Vivienne take place regularly from April-Oct.

Get access to all 3 e-courses in this series for only

 £215

Approx €250 | US$279

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