I recently saw a post on the Instagram reel for The Herbal Academy “tell me you’re an herbalist without telling me you’re an herbalist“… and I started thinking about it.
For me, it takes very little time to discover I’m an herbalist… Just walk into my dining room which is also my apothecary. I’m blessed to have plenty of space for a dining room table (which doubles as a work area for herbs), growing plants, and storage. But many people have those things, what might also be a giveaway is the hanging herbs and the line of books on the hutch part of my apothecary – I have many more in e-book form – or I’d never have space for them!
Looking around my space you’ll see my certificates from Cornell University and the Herbal Academy, as well as tools, kettles, percolators, and grinders tucked into a corner. My dining room/apothecary is friendly and inviting for anyone to come and sit at the table with me.
You can also tell in an instant that I love chickens and roosters… Please don’t ask where that came from because I have no idea!
It’s finished, complete, done.
It was a grueling two-and-a-half-month, six-class course of study on Medicinal Plants at Cornell University’s online eCornell hub. Tons of research, videos, reading, and assignments and I’m so happy I did it.
Why did I do this program just after I’d finished over five hundred hours of advanced study at the Herbal Academy? Because you can never have too much information. And the Cornell University program was an intensive and thorough study into the science of herbs and peer-reviewed literature that comes from leading-edge scientists. It also solidified in my own mind how valuable my Herbal Academy training really is and how much I’ve learned.
I’m always going to be learning, I may not always take an actual course of study, but research is learning too. I’m thrilled.
And to my husband Michael, you make this happen. I just said it would be a good addition to my education and you made it happen. I’m so grateful for you and your support!!
Oh yeah, I finished!!! Make it a great day!
~ Kathy – Hilltop Herb Woman