Hello and welcome to the Betonica Home Herbalist online course.

The aim of this course is to give you the confidence to use herbs at home for family and friends.

It's packed full of useful hints and tips, information on useful topics like harvesting and growing herbs. As well as lots of recipes that can be made simply (and cheaply) in your own kitchen.

If you have any questions about the course or any of the materials please feel free to leave a comment on the individual pages. If you have a specific or individual query you are welcome to get in touch via email to [email protected].

We hope you enjoy this course and look forward to hearing how you get on.

Best wishes

The Betonica Team

All you need to do to get started is work your way through each section (you can go back to different sections at any point).

There are little tasks to get you using your new knowledge but there isn't any homework or a time limit on anything on this course.

These materials will be available for a year and are fully downloadable.

You do not need any specific books in order to complete this course but if you would like to get a book that covers the topics that we're looking at we recommend one of the following:

  • The Complete Herbal Tutor by Anne McIntyre
  • The Complete Holistic Herbal by David Hoffmann
  • The Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevallier
  • The Handmade Apothecary by Vicky Chown and Kim Walker


  • Women's Herbal by Anne McIntyre
  • Hedgerow Medicine by Julie and Matthew Seal
  • Wayside Medicine by Julie and Matthew Seal
  • The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook by James Green
  • Botany in a Day by Thomas Elpel
  • The Wildflower Guide to Britain
  • The Wild Flower Key by Francis Rose
  • Hedgerow Handbook by Adele Nozedar

You do not need any specialist equipment to make the recipes in this course, just things that you have in your kitchen like a saucepan, jug, bowl, sieve etc.


So why not take this opportunity to introduce yourself to the group.

Who are you?

Where are you from?

What drew you to this course?