Botanical Studies  
Foundational Herbalism Series
Cactus Mart
Morongo Valley, Ca.
dates/prices below for the course series.

Foundational Herbalism is an introductory course encompassing the fundamental principles of Traditional Western Herbalism. This program consists of a series of five classes (25 hours) consisting of morning lecture and afternoon herbal preparation lab.


This course will introduce you to a new way of looking at plants and their uses.


Topics Covered


  • Aromatic, Bitter, Demulcent and Astringent Herbs


  • Meeting the Five Flavors: Salty, Sweet, Sour, Bitter, and Acrid. Here we will taste herbs and experience their actions in our bodies. Participants will learn how these herbal actions and the Five Flavors can be applied as part of the foundations of herbalism.


  • Bioregional Materia Medica: Working with flora of the Southwest, we will focus on plants that are accessible in the herb trade along with those we can cultivate our own medicinal native gardens.


  • Herbal Preparations. In each class participants will learn how to prepare and use these herbs in the following preparations:


  • Herbal infused oils for culinary and medicinal uses.

  • Tinctures

  • ​​Liniments, facial toners. 


  • Acetum (herbal vinegars) and Oxymels


  • Teas, Infusions and Decoctions


  • Salves


Special guest lecture, Howie Brounstein of Columbines School of Botanical Studies will join for a lecture on plant medicine and stewardship


Where: We will meet in the Sunroom at Cactus Mart, 49889 Twentynine Palms Highway, Morongo Valley, CA 92256


Dates: March 1, 8, April 4, 11, 25, 2020, 11AM – 4PM with ½ hour lunchbreak



  • First Session Single Class is open, March 1, 2020 for the two part series of The Wonderful World of Creosote Bush Tickets can be purched here.

  • The entire 5 week series is $300, $225 with coupon available on the purchase ticket page if paid in full by February 23, 2020.

  • Payment plan available for with a $75 nonrefundable deposit to hold your spot. Contact us for information on this plan at 760.617.9171

We are offering a $75 ($225) discount on the course, paid in full by February 23, 2020



Required Material

You will need these items throughout the term. You will get a specific list for each class upon registration. 

  • Five pint jars (16 ounce) clean with matching lids. Mason/ball jars can be purchased in the canning department of most stores. i.e. Michaels Craft Store, Walmart.

  • Two half pint jars (8 ounce) clean with matching lids.

  • A cup or mug is required for each class.

  • Pen and Paper for note taking.

  • Wooden spoon or chop stick, knife, cutting board, and cloth towel.

  • 4 ounces honey, preferably organic or raw.

  • 1 quart organic extra virgin olive oil. If you cannot get organic get extra virgin olive oil.

  • One 1.75 liter (half gallon) of 120 proof (60%) vodka or Everclear 

  • One 1.75 liter (half gallon) 100 proof (50%) vodka. It is imperative that you purchase these exact percentages of alcohol for the herbal lab hands-on portion for tincture and liniment making. You can source from Bevmo

Classes are non-refundable 

FIELD TRIP: Students who complete the course are invited to join for the the Native Plants Hike, where we will explore the diverse desert ecosystems, plant associations and how they relate to factors such as symbiotic relationships, soil, elevation and the desert fauna. You will meet native, medicinal and wild food flora on this hike and learn of traditional and modern uses as food and medicine of the plants. There is NO WILDCRAFTING and I encourage you to support our desert by planting your own native plants. Many can be purchased at Cactus Mart.

Space is limited. 

Contact us to learn more.