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Unit 120 - 122
Ethnobotany 1-13

26 days classroom training


herbal class

Herbal class - 2018

The Herbs/ Ethnobotany course is presented at the Translife Health facilities, where most of the herbal plants are in our herbal garden on the premises. A number of field trips are arranged for students to identify indigenous herbs, trees and both the edible and poisonous plants.


herbal training

Student practical herb-making

The Translife Health Herbal Course is designed for students to enjoy the most professional medicinal herbal course in a relaxed environment. Students are encouraged to dress casual and comfortable, as all modules include practical elements, like gathering and cutting herbs, field trips and also making capsules, tinctures, syrups, creams etc. The course is designed to teach students medicinal plants that are available in South Africa, as well as herbs and trees in the veld. It is now possible for students to plan their own herb gardens, and learn the whole process of gathering, drying, storing and processing herbs.

herbal course

Our lecturers have been in the field of lecturing medicinal and indigenous plants for many years, accompanied by years of formulating and manufacturing capsules, tinctures, creams, syrups, and herbal teas. As both have been practicing Ethnomedicine and Ethnopsychology for decades, students have access to valuable practical experience and knowledge. Each herbal module is well researched and professionally compiled so that students will be equipped with a comprehensive patient – information file at the end of the course.


Most of the herbs discussed on the course are available to purchase in small quantities, as we have a large stock of herbs, powders and creams.Our Herbs/ Ethnobotany students are offered the opportunity to buy a whole range of Ethno medicinal Herbal remedies from Translife Health at wholesale prices.  This gives them the opportunity to start practicing with greater confidence, equipped with medicines that really work. Each module consists of an assignment, class discussion and formulation of medicinal herbs to treat specific conditions.

herbal course

Preparation and research must be done and assignments completed before every class, to ensure a total understanding of the interwoven systems of nutritional, physical and herbal interactions, backup up by diagnostic tools such as Iridology and Signs & Symptoms. Class interaction and student practical is fun and a valuable sharing of information. Students are well prepared by starting the course at Translife Health, where they learn a whole package to gain a deeper understanding of the application of the working of herbs as well as the connection with the physical body, the emotions and the deeper connection with everything.

  • Introduction and History of 
    Ethnobotany, Traditional Medicine and Herbal Medicines
  • What is an herb & the difference between drugs & herbs
  • Plant Parts Used
  • Edible and Poisonous plants and insects
  • Making a compost heap
  • Methods of Collection, Storage and Drying of Medicinal Plants
  • Discussing & practically identifying various Indigenous and Western herbs
  • Types of Herbal Remedies: Tinctures, Capsules, Creams, Salves, Powders
  • Dosage and Formulation Criteria
  • Class Practical: Herbal Tincture Preparations, making of Capsules and Creams
  • Students to compile a patient information file on various disorders  and herbs applicable for treatment
  • Student Practical: Herbal Formulations for various disorders
  • Specific physical and other conditions backed up by Iridology and other signs and diagnostic tools for formulation of herbal remedies
  • Field trips for practical experience.
  • The course is offered over weekends, with loads of homework, research and practical.
  • At the end of the course, students will have a full practice file compiled for patient info.
  • Home assignments and practical.


Training & Registration in accordance with the
Traditional Health Practitioners Act, 2007 (Act 22, 2007)

short upgrade courses for registration with
Ethnomedicine Practitioners Association of South Africa




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