Excited today to let you know – after so much encouragement and interest I am setting up the herbal tutorial (just started the nutrition version last week and it is going gangbusters). I was blown away by all the interest, so no time like the present to get started.

So how does this work? As with the Nutrition Tutorial(now closed to new members) the herbal course will be done entirely online – in a designated Facebook group, which you join and then participate to the extent you wish to do so. Educational material will be posted every week, and you can simply read (and do the exercises, although this isn’t a full certificate course you would hand in assignments, like the Practical Herbalism or the Nutrition courses) or you can actively participate. We will have Q&A sessions weekly,general discussions and focused input from me throughout each week. You do not need to be online at specific times to avail yourself of the material and knowledge shared in this Tutorial. It’s great if you can make at least one of the sessions, but everything is archived if you can’t get online, so you can always access the discussions, articles and more.

To start, the Tutorial will run for eight weeks with chats at designated times (you will you have ongoing access to the group after the 8 weeks). The dates are Saturday October 21 to Saturday December 16, and the topic is Introduction to Herbalism for Dogs and Cats. Each week has a focus, and these will be as follows.

Week One – Introduction to Western Herbalism – Why herbs?? How does Western herbalism differ from Eastern? Allopathic use of herbs versus holistic

Week Two -Tools of the Trade – Actions, Energetics and Constituents – the foundation of herbalism is understanding these three elements

Week Three – Making Medicines – Infusions/Decoctions Oils, Salves, Powders, Honeys, Electuaries and Vinegars

Week Four – Conditions by System – The Skin, Digestive, Respiratory and Urinary Pathways of elimination Common Conditions – UTI, atopy, hot spots, yeast, gastritis, IBD, kennel cough, chronic respiratory cats, stones and crystals

Week Five – Conditions by System – Lymphatic, Cardiovascular, Muscular/skeletal Conditions – Osteoarthritis, DCM (feline and canine)

Week Six – Conditions by System – Immune, Reproductive, Endocrine, Nervous- Allergy, thyroid (canine and feline) Cushings/Addisons, Auto Immune disease

Week Seven – Special Unit on Cancer – Medicinal Mushrooms, Role of Diet,Choosing herbs for the individual, Herbs and chemo, Prevention

Week Eight – Herbs in everyday life – prevention of common illnesses, Maintaining good health, Parasites, Immune system, Fleas, Inflammation, Digestion/liver

In addition we will be looking at a range of easy-to-access, safe and effective core herbs as our basic Materia Medica, with a few every week that are most pertinent to the topic.

I’m going to just mention again right here, you DO NOT have to be online at specific times. I will be online in live chat three times throughout the week, and you would do well to make one of them, but otherwise, it is not necessary.

Here are the times (Eastern time) I will be live in the classroom:

Saturday, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monday, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

..and here is where you book space: https://www.thepossiblecanine.com/product/online-tutorial-herbal-medicine-dogs-cats

I look forward to this so much – thank you all for your passionate interest in natural health for our beloved companions.