Holistic Herbalism Materia Medica
Start your herbal education on strong foundations.
"Materia Medica" is your complete list of herbal allies ready to assist in times of need!
The most important part of herbalism is the plants themselves!
Get in-depth with more than 90 of the most versatile and prominent plants in contemporary herbalism in this fun course.
Katja and Ryn make learning herbalism as easy as watching TV!
This course includes:
🌿 Over 50 hours of videos about how to work with and identify more than 90 plants
🌿 Printable PDF quickguides
🌿 Recipes and activities
🌿 Answers to your questions fast - next-day answers when you submit questions in writing, and twice-a-week LIVE Q&A sessions with Ryn and Katja, where you can ask your questions in person!
🌿 Lifetime access, so you can learn at your speed. And, every time new material is added, you get it for free, automatically - we're currently in the process of adding 25 hours of new content!
Learn each new herb as if it's a new friend - because it is!
You'll learn all the ways that we work with each herb, and how it can help you. Detailed safety information, plus how to know which herb to pick for which person - and more!
The complete list of everything you'll find in every chapter!
Welcome to Materia Medica!FREE PREVIEW
Live Q&A sessions twice a week!
Mountain Rose Herbs + Foster Farms discount codes
How many hours is this course?
How to use this platform
How to use Closed-Captioning
The "What's New" button on your dashboard
How to use the Discussions feature
Meet our Friends!
Chatting in the Community Space
Use of Course Material (Intellectual Property)
Every Body is Different
Materia Medica Orientation & Introduction
How to Read Materia Medica Entries
How To Read Materia Medica Entries
Herbal Actions Glossary
Full Set of Monographs
Starter Herbs List
Gardening and Wildharvesting
Don't let your herbs just sit there!
Plant ID Resources
Herb of the Week or Month
Herb of the Week/Month [printable]
A Plant Sit Meditation
Activities with Kids
🌿 Herb Safety in Pregnancy 🌿
🌿💊 Herb-Drug Interaction notes for Materia Medica
Working "in the round"
Ginger - Zingiber officinale
Ginger - Materia Medica text entry
Ginger: Herb of the Week
Ginger Growing Notes
More about Ginger with plant identification
Cinnamon - Cinnamomum verum & C. cassia
Cinnamon - Materia Medica text entry
Studies about Cinnamon and Type II Diabetes
Working with Cinnamon safely if you're a medicated diabetic
More on Cinnamon with plant identification
Cinnamon growing notes
Growing Cinnamon at home?
Marshmallow - Althaea officinalis
Marshmallow cold or hot?
Marshmallow - Materia Medica text entry
Marshmallow: Herb of the Week
Can you tincture Marshmallow?
More on Marshmallow with plant identification
Marshmallow Growing Notes
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 1 year 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!
We want to make this course as accessible as possible, so there are two ways to enroll.
If you prefer a monthly payment plan, we made it super easy - just $20/month!
You'll get all the videos, activities, printables, and more for a new herb every week for 23 months!
This is great if you're on a budget, or if you prefer to focus on one thing at a time. Each week a new herb will unlock, like an adventure, so that you always have something new to work on!
If you prefer a one-time tuition payment, you can do that for $400, which saves you $60!
You can access all of the content in this course immediately.
This is great if you know that you like to skip around in the material, so that you can find what you need in the order you need it.
$400 one-time payment - save $60!
Either way, your access never expires, and you get free updates for life!
I am no spring chicken :) As such, deciding to study herbalism at a later stage in my life was something that, although I knew was the path for me, I was hig...Read More
I am no spring chicken :) As such, deciding to study herbalism at a later stage in my life was something that, although I knew was the path for me, I was highly skeptical of. I looked through so many schools and various courses and each one sounded great! Then I came across Ryn and Katja. As soon as I watched the first introduction video, something clicked. I saved up and bought this first module, the Materia Medica. I have loved every minute of every video. I am so pleased with the way they both teach and I simply cannot sing enough praises for the two of them. Their vast knowledge and true passion for what they do is evident in this course. I cannot wait to venture further in my own studies.Read Less
I learned so much in this module. I'm so glad I decided to take it as a part of the herbalism 101 bundle. Katja and Ryn make learning extremely accessible an...Read More
I learned so much in this module. I'm so glad I decided to take it as a part of the herbalism 101 bundle. Katja and Ryn make learning extremely accessible and I appreciate how sensitive they are to environmental, social and economic injustices when talking about herbalism. I'm looking forward to the medicine making portion of the bundle and feel like this gave me a really good foundation. I highly recommend it!Read Less
I have thoroughly enjoyed this program and look forward to continuing my herbal education. It has been so informative and completely enjoyable!! Thank you ...Read More
I have thoroughly enjoyed this program and look forward to continuing my herbal education. It has been so informative and completely enjoyable!! Thank you Katja & Ryn!! :)Read Less
I bought this as an early Christmas gift to myself. I unwrapped it slowly never wanting it to end . I learned so much but what’s more is that I’m motivated t...Read More
I bought this as an early Christmas gift to myself. I unwrapped it slowly never wanting it to end . I learned so much but what’s more is that I’m motivated to keep learning. My hunger for herbal knowledge seems to be growing! Thank you for the content and unlimited access to the videos , I will revisit often!Read Less
The Holistic Herbalism Materia Medica Course was awesome! Sooooo many plants, I found I would learn about a plant then walk outside my front door and see it ...Read More
The Holistic Herbalism Materia Medica Course was awesome! Sooooo many plants, I found I would learn about a plant then walk outside my front door and see it growing. Ryn and Katja made the content enjoyable and easy to understand and really fueled a desire and got me stoked to know and understand the plants more. I am looking forward to taking the Community Herbalist Program soon. Grace BisaroRead Less
I joined this class after listening to the free podcast for a few months. Katja and Ryn's approach to Herbalism is fun, practical, and unique. As an individu...Read More
I joined this class after listening to the free podcast for a few months. Katja and Ryn's approach to Herbalism is fun, practical, and unique. As an individual who has trouble with traditional approaches to learning, the Materia Medica class was refreshing, easy to follow and challenging at the same time. What I learned here helps with my aromatherapy classes and vice versa.Read Less
I absolutely adored this course. The combination of video, audio file, text and short quiz for each herb is such a brilliant idea and for me was just the pe...Read More
I absolutely adored this course. The combination of video, audio file, text and short quiz for each herb is such a brilliant idea and for me was just the perfect match for my learning style. Katja and Ryn are so full of joy and excitement on top of their vast knowledge, that you can't help but feel inspired right along with them. I love learning with them so much and will keep learning with them until I run out of courses to take ;)Read Less
I finished Materia Medica, yay! When you first look at the list of herbs covered, it can be overwhelming. And, when you've gotten through the first few, yo...Read More
I finished Materia Medica, yay! When you first look at the list of herbs covered, it can be overwhelming. And, when you've gotten through the first few, you still might feel like there is NO way you will be able to retain (or understand) any of this information. But, somewhere along in the process, you start to GET IT. You might really notice this when taking a quiz - you read a question and think, 'hey - I don't remember them specifically covering this in the video(!?!)' But then...magic happens (or critical thinking, but it feels like magic) and you start to put the pieces together on your own, 'well if this herb has astringent properties than the correct answer to this question would be..." Magic! Honestly, the teaching style, the presentation, the explanation of how the herbs work in our bodies (and just how our bodies work in general), and their truly congenial personalities, make Katja and Ryn the herbal dynamic duo! You should really take this course.Read Less
This course is well though out, enjoyable, and thorough. I am loving it! Each herb is presented in several manners to reinforce learning. For anyone consid...Read More
This course is well though out, enjoyable, and thorough. I am loving it! Each herb is presented in several manners to reinforce learning. For anyone considering the course, know that it is a great value.Read Less
This course is extremely thorough! Katja and Ryn make the more "science-y" parts of Herbalism extremely accessible and interesting. I highly recommend this t...Read More
This course is extremely thorough! Katja and Ryn make the more "science-y" parts of Herbalism extremely accessible and interesting. I highly recommend this to anyone who is curious about how to work with herbs or who wants to understand why herbs do what they do.Read Less
I’m inspired by both of you, thank you!
I’m inspired by both of you, thank you!Read Less
The Materia Medica course really changed how I was learning about herbs. By the end of the course, I was seeing so many connections between the herbs and ho...Read More
The Materia Medica course really changed how I was learning about herbs. By the end of the course, I was seeing so many connections between the herbs and how to use them. I absolutely loved this course --the instruction was top notch. I rarely had questions because each module was so thorough. Katja and Ryn are so generous with their knowledge and I have enjoyed all aspects of their teaching . I've already signed up for two more courses and I can't wait to start my next course !Read Less
Two heads are better than one!
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.
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.
We'll be here to walk you through it step by step.