Herbs 101 for Nutritionists

Supporting Clients who Experience Stress, Anxiety, and Digestive Challenges with 16 Foundational Herbs

16 NPCE credits

Want to include herbs in your practice but worried that you don't know enough about safety and when/how to recommend herbs? 

You're not the only one!

Herbs are a natural complement to the work we do as nutritionists, and it's important to understand how to incorporate them into your work (and life!) safely and appropriately.

This pilot course is designed specifically for clinical nutritionists who want to begin (or continue) working with herbs. I’ve selected 16 of our gentlest and safest herbs for us to explore together. If you become comfortable with just these 16 herbs, your tool chest will expand substantially. 

You’ll learn to understand these herbs not just on an academic level, but by personally interacting with them. I’ll share my clinical experiences, and we’ll learn more about their historical applications and preparations.

We’ll move outside the “take this herb for that” model and talk about how these herbs can be called upon to support people even when they don’t have a diagnosis or when their situation is quite complex. 

Why learn with Me? 

Hi. I'm Camille Freeman (she/her). I've been licensed as a nutritionist since 2006, and I'm also a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. 

I have more than 15 years of experience working with herbs in clinical practice. I know the ins and outs of being a nutritionist. I'm designing this class for a very specific group of people because I know how much of a difference herbs can make & how hard it can be to find reliable information that's clinically-relevant. 

I love teaching and have been doing so at the university level since 2007 as a professor at MUIH. I believe strongly in creating courses that are fun, practical and suited to adult learners with complex lives. I'd love to work with you in Herbs 101! 

In Herbs 101, you'll learn how to: 

Recommend 16 herbs in your practice

You'll get to taste and experience each one + learn how to match these herbs with people who might benefit.

Help clients purchase high-quality herbs 

Learn how clients can access herbs that are properly identified and prepared appropriately.  

Identify safety concerns

We'll go over safety concerns for each herb + you'll learn how to look these up on your own in the future.

Use reliable resources & references to learn about herbs

We'll discuss how to find information about herbs and how to deepen your understanding. 

🌟 Bonus: Herbal Labs & Tea of the Week 🌟


If you'd like to try out each of our 16 herbs, you'll have the option to order an herbal kit and/or purchase access to the herbs on your own. We'll have a "tea of the week" to try + a bonus lab where you'll learn how to make some of our more common herbal products - cordials, tinctures, nut butter balls, decoctions, and more. This is entirely optional, but highly recommended.

What's Covered in the Class

All weeks include an optional quiz for people who want NPCE/CEU credits. 16 NPCE credits are available for those who complete all 8 quizzes by December 31, 2025. You will also be invited to bring any questions to live monthly Q&As with Camille for 6 months following your registration. 

Week 1

  • Lessons: Supporting clients who tend to anxiety + energetics
  • Herbs to Study: Damiana and Skullcap
  • Tea of the week: Skullcap
  • Bonus Lab: Making a tincture 

Week 2

  • Lessons: Sleep support + high-quality resources for learning about herbs 
  • Herbs to Study: Chamomile and Passionflower
  • Tea of the week: Chamomile
  • Bonus Lab: Making a cordial

Week 3

  • Lessons: Supporting clients who tend to low mood + recommending high-quality herbs
  • Herbs to Study: Lemon balm & ginger
  • Tea of the week: Lemon balm
  • Bonus Lab: Comparing fresh v. dry ginger

Week 4

  • Lessons: Stress and depletion + assessing herbal quality

  • Herbs to Study: Holy basil & ashwagandha

  • Tea of the week: Holy basil

  • Bonus lab: Making nut butter balls

Week 5

  • Break/Catch-up week - no new lessons

Week 6

  • Lessons: Supporting clients who have GI cramping/pain + pediatric basics
  • Herbs to Study: Catnip & peppermint
  • Tea of the week: Peppermint
  • Bonus Lab: Tasting your tincture

Week 7

  • Lessons: Soothing membranes + bonus lesson TBD
  • Herbs to Study: Marshmallow and licorice
  • Tea of the week: Licorice
  • Bonus Lab: Fun with marshmallow root

Week 8

  • Lessons: Supporting healthy bowel movements + bonus lesson TBD
  • Herbs to Study: Meadowsweet and calendula
  • Tea of the week: Meadowsweet
  • Bonus Lab: Cordial tasting

Week 9

  • Lessons: Happy GI function + bitter basics 
  • Herbs to Study: Dandelion root and yarrow
  • Tea of the week: Dandelion root
  • Bonus Lab: Bitter tasting

You'll have indefinite access to the course content. Folks who want NPCE/CEU certificates will need to complete weekly quizzes and apply for the certificate by the end of 2025.

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Herbs 101

$450

Includes access to all lessons, discussion forum, resource list, monthly Q&A access for 6 months, and more. 

Pay all at once or in 8 payments of $56.25

If you're in Monday Mentoring, check the discounts/extras page for your discount code! The price above does not include the optional herbal kit for folks who'd like to try these herbs as teas and foods or books/reference materials that we'll be using for the course. 

FAQ

Can i register if I'm not a nutritionist?

Nope. This course is specifically designed for nutritionists. If you are a student nutritionist, you are welcome to enroll, and you might be better off wrapping up your current studies and taking this course once you're in practice unless you happen to have a bunch of extra time on your hands - not common for students, in my experience 😊

What is the time commitment?

I would set aside about 3-4 hours per week x 8 weeks if you want to do the optional "tea of the week" and bonus labs. There are three 20-minute lectures each week, a 1-hour recording of the mini lesson + Q&A, an optional quiz, and time for you to research/complete a worksheet on 2 herbs per week. The bonus labs & tea-making will add around an hour per week (some weeks less). 

Are CEUs/NPCE Available for this course?

Yes. If you pass all 8 quizzes, you will receive a certificate for 16 continuing education credits. I am pre-approved to offer NPCE with the American Nutrition Association so these will count for anyone with the CNS credential. Quizzes cover the material in the pre-recorded lessons and the live session. Quizzes must be submitted by December 31, 2025 to receive credit. This course may count for other CEU credits as well, depending on the organization. 

What if I have questions about the material?  

We have a discussion forum within the course, which is a great way to share your experiences and ask questions. When you register, you'll also be invited to attend monthly Q&A calls with Camille for 6 months. These are open to people in any current courses, and you are welcome to bring any questions from this course to these calls. 

Do I have to do the herbal labs and/or use the teas? What if I'm not able to do this?

The herbal labs and the "tea of the week" are entirely optional. I highly recommend getting to know these herbs personally, and if you aren't able to work with some/all of these herbs due to allergy/sensitivity, contraindications, finances, time, etc. that is completely fine. All exercises and activities are optional (and at your own risk!). I'll share information about cautions/contraindications that go along with each herb, and you can decide if you'd like to try it. 

am I legally allowed to recommend herbs to my clients?

I can't say for sure, as I am not a lawyer and circumstances will differ in each state/locality and depending on your license/certification if relevant. Herbs and herbal products are generally considered dietary supplements and therefore fall into the realm of nutrition work according to most definitions. It is always illegal (in the US) to imply or state that herbs are used to treat or prevent any disease or condition. In this course, we aren't using that model at all. We will be discussing how to use herbs to support people. 

how long will I have access to the course material?

Indefinitely. I don't like to say "forever" because one never knows. As long as I keep Bloom & Grow open, however, you will have access to the course contents. People who want to get CEU certificates will need to complete the quizzes and apply for their certificate by the end of December, 2025. However, everyone will have ongoing access to the course content indefinitely.

Is the course material accessible?  

All videos include closed captioning and a corrected transcript. During live Zoom sessions, I use Zoom's automatic captioning, which is mostly-but-not-entirely accurate (it's getting much better, though!). If you have accessibility needs, please reach out to me to discuss. I'd love to do whatever I can so that you can have an excellent experience. 

What materials will I need for this course?

If you choose to participate in the herbal labs & "tea of the week" activities (which are optional!), you will have the choice of ordering a herb kit from The Herban Pharm, or getting the herbs on your own. I'll share a list of what's in the kit. If you order a small kit (enough to try the "Teas of the Week" & other activities without much left over, the kit costs about $77 + s/h. If you order a large version with some extra of each herb to play with, the cost is $120 + s/h. In addition to the herb kit, you'll also want a few basic supplies like glass jars, a French press or a teapot, and honey/brandy/vodka. 

There are no required textbooks for this course, although I will recommend a few books that you may want to add to your shelf, depending on your interests and budget.

Certified Nutriiton Specialist/BCNS

Bloom & Grow Nutrition, LLC is accredited by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists℠ (BCNS℠) to provide Nutrition Professional Continuing Education (NPCE) credits for Certified Nutrition Specialists® (CNS®). Bloom & Grow designates this activity/material for a maximum of 16 NPCE Credits. 

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