Be your own first responder!

Learn the herbs and skills to provide care and support in emergencies.

Life happens - and that means accidents. Whether it's a scraped knee or a more serious burn or wound, if you've learned what to do ahead of time, you'll have the skills you need.

Those skills can make a huge difference: instead of waiting for help to arrive, you can be taking action in those critical first moments! 


This course contains the most important first aid skills - the skills that we turn to again and again both in every day life and in more serious emergency response situations.

🌿wound and burn care
🌿bandaging skills
🌿strains, sprains, & broken bones
🌿heat stroke & hypothermia
🌿bites & stings
🌿herbs and tools for your first aid kit

And more!


The course includes 10+ hours of video instruction, as well as PDF handouts, quizzes and homework assignments, and integrated discussions where you can talk directly with Ryn and Katja.


New videos are uploading in this course each week through December - jump in today!


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome! (00:00)

  • 2

    Introduction (02:49)

  • 3

    "Spread Calm" (40:37)

    • Spread Calm & Manage Panic

    • Spread Calm & Manage Panic [audio]

    • Preventing Injury

    • Preventing Injury [audio]

    • Start Your First Aid Kit

    • Start Your First Aid Kit [audio]

    • Action Prompt: Start your first aid kit!

  • 4

    Topical Applications for First Aid (45:51)

    • Topical First Aid Preparations

    • Topical First Aid Preparations [audio]

    • Ryn's Favorite Liniment

    • Making Pine Resin Salve

    • Topical Applications Quiz

  • 5

    Wound Care (82:54)

    • Body Substance Isolation

    • Body Substance Isolation [audio]

    • Order of Operations

    • Order of Operations [audio]

    • Stop the Bleeding

    • Stop the Bleeding [audio]

    • Clean & Disinfect

    • Clean & Disinfect [audio]

    • Promote Healing

    • Promote Healing [audio]

    • Wound Care Quiz

  • 6

    Bandaging (45:13)

    • Bandaging Techniques

    • Bandaging the Palm

    • Bandaging the Palm [audio]

    • Bandaging Fingers

    • Bandaging Fingers [audio]

    • Practicing Bandaging

    • Practicing Bandaging [audio]

    • Triangle Bandage Origami 🙃

    • Using a SAM Splint

  • 7

    Burns (39:59)

    • Managing Burns

    • Managing Burns [audio]

    • Dressing A Burn - a case study and demonstration [video]

    • Dressing A Burn [audio]

    • Burns Quiz

  • 8

    Bruises & Haematoma (17:03)

    • Photo in the following video

    • Bruises & Haematoma

    • Bruises & Haematoma [audio]

    • Bruises Quiz

  • 9

    Strains, Sprains, & Broken Bones (57:42)

    • Strains & Sprains

    • Sprains & Strains [audio]

    • Go-To Joint Liniment

    • RICE - not so much.

    • Supporting Broken Bones

    • Supporting Broken Bones [audio]

    • Strains, Sprains, & Breaks Quiz

  • 10

    Heat and Cold Emergencies (33:44)

    • Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke

    • Heat Exhaustion & Heatstroke [audio]

    • Rehydration Solution

    • Frostnip, Frostbite, & Hypothermia

    • Frostnip, Frostbite, & Hypothermia [audio]

    • Heat & Cold Quiz

  • 11

    Bites & Stings (85:25)

    • Bites & Stings

    • Bites & Stings [audio]

    • Tick Bites

    • Tick Bites [audio]

    • Herbal Bug Spray

    • Bites & Stings Quiz

  • 12

    Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac, and plants that make you itch (18:50)

    • Managing Poison Ivy et al.

    • Managing Poison Ivy [audio]

    • Excellent Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac Resource

    • Rash Plants Quiz

  • 13

    Digestive Emergencies (21:27)

    • Dealing with Diarrhea

    • Dealing With Diarrhea [audio]

    • Gut Heal Tea

    • Managing Nausea and Vomiting

    • Managing Nausea & Vomiting [audio]

    • Digestive Emergencies Quiz

  • 14

    Basic Pain Management (21:13)

    • Basic Pain Management

    • Basic Pain Management [audio]

    • Pain Quiz

  • 15

    Psychological First Aid & Trauma-informed Response (78:26)

    • Herbs for Emotional First Aid

    • Herbs for Emotional First Aid [audio]

    • Herbs for Emotional First Aid [printable]

    • What is Trauma-Informed Care?

    • Engaging women in trauma-informed peer support: A Guide

    • Engaging women in trauma-informed peer support: A Guide [printable]

    • The Peer Respite Handbook

    • The Peer Respite Handbook [printable]

    • Intentional Peer Support

    • Psych First Aid Quiz

  • 16

    Creating Your First Aid Kit(s) (74:27)

    • Three First Aid Kits - a complete list of what's inside

    • A Home Kit

    • A Home Kit [audio]

    • A Carry-With-You Kit

    • A Carry-With-You Kit [audio]

    • Sourcing Bottles & Bags

    • A Street Kit

    • A Street Kit [audio]

    • A Tiny Kit

    • A Tiny Kit [audio]

  • 17

    Materia Medica for First Aid (192:28)

    • Materia Medica for First Aid

    • Astringents: Willow, Witch Hazel, Oak, etc.

    • Astringents [audio]

    • The Berberine Herbs: Barberry, Algerita, Goldenseal, etc.

    • The Berberine Herbs [audio]

    • Blackberry, Boneset, & Calendula

    • Blackberry, Boneset, Calendula [audio]

    • Cayenne, Chamomile, & Comfrey

    • Cayenne, Chamomile, Comfrey [audio]

    • Ginger, Jewelweed, & Kava

    • Ginger, Jewelweed, Kava [audio]

    • Kelp, Lobelia, & Marshmallow

    • Kelp, Lobelia, Marshmallow [audio]

    • Mint Family Plants

    • Mint Family Plants [audio]

    • Plantain & Rose

    • Plantain & Rose [audio]

    • Salicylate-bearing Herbs

    • Salicylate-bearing Herbs [audio]

    • Solomon's Seal & St. John's Wort

    • Solomon's Seal & St John's Wort [audio]

    • Usnea, Yarrow, & Yellow Dock

    • Usnea, Yarrow, Yellow Dock [audio]

    • Clay & Charcoal

    • Clay & Charcoal [audio]

    • Honey & Propolis

    • Honey & Propolis [audio]

    • Materia Medica Quiz

10+ hours of in-depth videos, downloadable quick guides, live Q&A sessions, and more - all for $150!

But wait, there's more! 🙂

In addition to the videos, we provide features to accommodate all the different ways people like to learn, so you can internalize the information easily!

  • Lifetime access - so you can review the content as many times as you like, forever!

  • Weekly live Q&A sessions with Katja and Ryn - to ask your questions directly, live and in person! (They're even archived, in case you miss one!) This course has 6 months of live Q&A support.

  • Ask questions anytime - we're always just a click away: you can ask any questions in the integrated discussion forum, and we're committed to personally answering your questions, usually within 24 hours

  • Printable PDF materials - if you like to follow the videos along on paper, or keep them handy for a quick reference

  • Downloadable MP3 files - so you can review the content while you commute, workout, garden, ... anytime!

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Your Teachers

Two heads are better than one!


Katja & Ryn
Katja & Ryn

Katja & Ryn almost always teach together. They each have particular talents and areas of interest, and their perspectives on certain issues are quite different! Together, they convey a fuller picture of the realities of herbal theory & practice than either one could do alone.

Katja is an herbalist and teacher working to help people rebuild their relationships with their bodies and their own ability to heal. She’s been in practice for nearly 20 years, but it all began with a desire to make her own “fancy tea” at home instead of paying high prices for imported blends at specialty stores. She’s kept that do-it-yourself ethic close to her heart.

Ryn has been a practicing herbalist since 2010. He came to herbalism by way of martial arts, where his first experiences with herbs were focused on getting back into the game and becoming more flexible, adaptable, and resilient. Passing that experience on to others is what keeps him motivated every day.

Together, Katja and Ryn teach everyone from children to elders, as well as pharmacy students from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Northeastern University School of Pharmacy, where they both serve as associate faculty. Ryn and Katja are the authors of Herbal Medicine for Beginners, and the creators of the weekly Holistic Herbalism Podcast.

Zero-Risk Return Policy

Teaching isn't just about conveying information - there's also an aspect of being someone's "cup of tea".

So we want you to take the first 14 days to really decide if you love it or not. If for any reason you feel like this program isn’t right for you - if we're just not your cup of tea - we’ll give you a full refund. You don't even need a reason - just please let us know within 14 days of purchase.