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March - November


Lamb Shoppe & Wellness Center

Become A Home Herbalist 2025

A 9-Month Educational Program

Become A Home Herbalist 2025
Become A Home Herbalist 2025

Time & Location

March - November

Lamb Shoppe & Wellness Center, 61231 MN-7 W, Hutchinson, MN 55350, USA


About the event

Learn how to create herbal products for yourself and your family. Herbal Practitioner & Holistic Health Educator Connie Karstens, MS, and teaching assistant, Clara Rathke, MH, will instruct a nine-month intensive program that will empower you, with knowledge and confidence, to become a home herbalist. This series of classes take you through the seasons so that you can prepare an entire apothecary of safe, gentle, and effective herbal products.

The program will include a solid foundation of traditional western herbal medicine, local plant identification, wild food foraging, numerous preparation techniques, plant energetics, and knowledge of proper usage. By the end of the class, you will not only have stocked your own botanical pharmacy but also know and understand how and why to use the herbal preparations you have created. Now, more than ever, it is essential to learn these skills.

This program is a rare opportunity for hands-on learning and gathering plants with a local herbal practitioner. This course is designed for those who want to be more self-sufficient and use the Creator's gift of herbal medicine for friends and family. This is the first foundational course of three of the Home Herbalist series. Please note that while this course is not specifically designed for practitioners, it can be a stepping stone toward understanding the healing ability of plant medicine.

Sign up today to become a part of this fantastic program! Certificate of Completion awarded.

2025 Class Dates

The course includes a total of 16 classes. There are 12 Tuesday night classes from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm and 4 Saturday classes from 9:00 am - noon. Forty-eight hours of class time.

  • Exact dates are not yet chosen for 2025. Please check back later.

Ø Optional Herb Walks FREE to attend for Home Herbalist Students:

Annual Founders Herb Walk: Date TBD

Other Plant Walks: Dates TBD

What to expect:

This course is essential for those wanting to take charge of their health and who have a desire to become informed, educated, and more independent. The class will explore the historical roots of herbal medicine and will help you learn how to use botanical medicines for basic natural healthcare. The students will gain an understanding of simple herbal aids for many common ailments and first aid uses. This course will teach the basics of preparing local herbal medicines in your own home. You will also learn about planning, planting, growing, and using your very own medicine garden.

FREE Making & Using Guidebook & Journal Included!

You will learn about the following over the 9 -month course:

  • Fresh & Dried Tinctures
  • Bark Tinctures
  • Root Tinctures
  • Medicinal Herbal Wines
  • Medicinal Herbal Syrups
  • Medicinal Herbal Teas
  • Herbal Botany Basics
  • Herbal Pastilles
  • Herbal Lozenges
  • Medicinal Vinegars
  • Herbal Infused Honeys
  • Herbal Oxymels
  • Drying Herbs & Storing Herbs
  • Freezing Herbs
  • Make a “Green Jar”
  • Poultices
  • Compresses
  • Liniments
  • Oil Infusions
  • Salves, Ointments, & Formulas
  • Herbal Hydrotherapy & Formulas
  • Herbal Actions & Corresponding Herbs
  • How to Put It All Together to Select
  • Herbs for Common Aliments
  • Using Herbs Safely

This course will require some independent work and research along with a few quizzes, presentations, and group collaboration. There will be a great deal of hands-on learning. By the end of the class, you will have the opportunity to make well over 50 herbal preparations for your own personal herbal pharmacy. Plus, you know how to safely and effectively use every preparation you make.

As a bonus, you will gain the basics of how-to wild forage with common plants in the local area. We will do much hands-on collecting of plants for medicine and food.

Other Added Benefits of Joining 2025’s Home Herbalist Class:

  • Join a community of like-minded individuals & make long-lasting connections.
  • Have the opportunity to be added to the Home Herbalist Private Group Facebook group of past and present students to ask questions and collaborate with each other.
  • 5% OFF any purchases in the Shoppe on class days.
  • Make-up time as needed – If you miss a class, we can arrange a time to make up what you missed or an extra chance for those who have questions about the class material.

Plants that may be discussed, but are not limited to: Anise Hyssop, Agrimony, Astragalus, Basil, Birch, Bitters, Black Walnut, Blue Vervain, Boneset, Borage, Burdock, Calendula, Catnip, Cayenne, Chaga, Chamomile, Chickweed, Cleavers, Comfrey, Cottonwood, Creeping Charlie, Dandelion, Dill, Echinacea, Elder, Elecampane, Feverfew, Figwort, Gingko, Goldenrod, Gravel Root, Hawthorn, Honey Suckle, Horsetail, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Linden Flower, Mallow, Marshmallow, Motherwort, Mullein, Nasturtium, Nettle, Northern Prickly Ash, Oak, Parsley, Peppermint, Pine, Pineapple Weed, Plantain, Pleurisy Root, Raspberry, Red Clover, Rosemary, Sage, Self-Heal, Shepherd’s Purse, Skullcap, Solomon’s Seal, St. John’s Wort, Sumac, Thyme, Thuja, Valerian, Violet, White Horehound, White Pine, Wild Bergamot, Wild Cherry, Wild Hops, Willow, Wood Betony, Yarrow, Yellow Dock.

Limited Space. The course will fill up, so register early.

5 Reasons to Take This Course:

  1. Hands-on-learning. There are a ton of herbal classes offered online but getting to know the plants in person will teach you so much more!
  2. This course will change your life. You will never look at weeds the same way again!
  3. Practical information to incorporate into your daily life. You will learn how to identify, collect, and prepare healing herbs.
  4. You will create your very own herbal apothecary. You will have the chance to make 50+ herbal preparations throughout this class!
  5. Get a FREE Making & Using Guidebook & Journal. This tool will be a great reference throughout this course and beyond.

Course Cost:

  • $1,395 (cash or check)
  • Additional 3% for credit card payments.
  • Payment Plan Option – 3 payments of $465 cash or check (Due: March, June, September)


  • Interested in the 2025 class?

    Sign up to be contacted about next year's course.




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