Promotion: First Class Free

This is a great opportunity for people who are interested in taking Herbal Fundamentals. You can come to the first class to see if you would like to join us for the rest of the course. Complete our contact form below to submit your request. Class space is limited.

When does it start?

John Finch’s six-week Herbal Fundamentals course at Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies and Healing is scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 16.

Class meets on Wednesdays in Ocean Beach, CA from 7:00-9:30 PM

Herbal Fundamentals 15 hours Course

Do you learn more from practical demos and seeing how herbal medicines are actually made? In this interactive course, you’ll learn to use a variety of medicinal herbs to make herbal preparations. In our herb garden as well as the classroom and herbal apothecary, you’ll discover herbs found growing in San Diego and around the world. You’ll learn basic Western herb theory, simpling, medicinal plant identification and more.

You will begin with a stroll around the school herb garden as we identify plants and speak of their uses in food and medicine. We’ll eat some and make tea with some.

You will also learn how to:

  • Acquire high quality herbs and store them
  • Make medicinal teas: infusions, decoctions and cold water infusions
  • Extract herbs in alcohol, vinegar and glycerine
  • Powder herbs and take them in capsules
  • Extract herbs in oils and make salves, balms and emulsions (lotions and creams)
  • Use herbs externally in poultices, plasters, compresses, soaks and washes
  • Access great online reference materials
  • And much more in a casual and interactive environment
John Finch
John Finch

John Finch has been using herbs for more than thirty years, completing Professional Training in 1984 with the great folkloric herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. Rosemary instilled in him a love for the plants and the Earth. A master teacher and medicine-maker, John produces herbal products, writes for publication, and has been a guest on radio and TV presentations. Holding a post-secondary teaching certificate for more than twenty years, he teaches herbal medicine and nutrition at local massage colleges, as well as Self-Heal School. He enjoys bringing herbs to life in the classroom as well as leading identification walks in local canyons and mountains. John’s classes are fun, empowering and engaging.

Read herb articles written by John for publication.

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