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Course Description

Herbs are used for both culinary and medicinal purposes--and sometimes even spiritual ones. All About Herbs will cover all the basics so that you are ready to explore all of Herbs many uses.

Not only will you know the history and definitions, but you will also be able to:

- List several benefits of cooking with herbs and have a basic understanding of how to prepare herbs and incorporate them into your favorite foods.

- Grasp the main traditions in herbal medicine.

- Understand the benefits of growing herbs at home and how to plan your first herb garden.

- Know how to select the right herbs, the best containers, the ideal fertilizer and the best amount of water to help your container herb garden thrive.

- Know when to harvest your herbs and how to dry them for storage so you can enjoy home-grown herbs all year long.

-How to start a heart-healthy, cold and flu prevention garden using basil, cayenne and garlic.

- How aloe vera and peppermint make wonderful additions to both your herb garden and your medicine cabinet.

- Know the beauty of rosemary, fennel and lavender and how to grow them yourself.

- Understand how these ingredients can add a lovely scent to your garden and delicate ingredients to make your own cosmetic treatments.

-Know about another facet of herbal medicine, aromatherapy, which is based on the power of herbs' fragrances and helps treat both mood and health issues.

-Know how to prepare herbs in a variety of forms to best treat any of a number of conditions. These methods range from a simple tea, or infusion, to a good old-fashioned poultice. We'll also share some advice on being very careful with herbs to avoid negative results.

Course Requirements

An open and curious mind is all that is required. This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Lessons

  • Lesson 1: The History of Herbs
  • Lesson 2: Culinary Herbs
  • Lesson 3: Medicinal Herbs
  • Lesson 4: Growing Your Own Herbs
  • Lesson 5: Container Gardening
  • Lesson 6: Harvesting & Drying Herbs
  • Lesson 7: Heart Healthy & Cold & Flu Garden
  • Lesson 8: First Aid Garden
  • Lesson 9: Cosmetics Garden
  • Lesson 10: Aromatherapy
  • Lesson 11: Making Herbal Preparations

Course Materials

"font-size: 12pt; font-family: ">All course materials are provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources. A suggested reading list is provided as well as links to free published sources.

Grading Policy

There are exams and assignments to help the student master the concepts discussed in the lessons. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the history of herbs.
  • Identify, describe, and evaluate various uses for culinary herbs and medicinal herbs.
  • Know the basic techniques for growing your own herbs.
  • Know the techniques involved in harvesting and drying herbs, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Lesson 1: Define Herbs25
Lesson 1 : The History of Herbs9
Culinary Herbs100
Lesson 2: Herbs in Food Preparation25
Lesson 2 : Culinary Herbs8
Lesson 3: Traditions in Herbs25
Lesson 3 : Medicinal Herbs10
Freight Farming100
Lesson 4: Benefits of Herb Gardening20
Lesson 4: Growing Your Own Herbs9
Lesson 5: Benefits of Container Gardening20
Lesson 5: Container Gardening10
Lesson 6: Consideration for Harvesting and Drying Herbs20
Lesson 6: Harvesting & Drying Herbs10
Lesson 7: Uses and the Medicinal Values of Herbs20
Lesson 7: Heart Healthy & Cold & Flu Garden9
Lesson 8: Uses of Aloe Vera and Peppermint20
Lesson 8: First Aid Garden10
Lesson 9: Uses of Rosemary, Fennel and Lavender25
Lesson 9: Cosmetics Garden9
Lesson 10: Treatment in Aromatherapy20
Lesson 10: Aromatherapy10
Final Thoughts100
Lesson 11: Simple Infused Oil Recipe25
Lesson 11: Making Herbal Preparations10
The Final Exam53
Total Points:707

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