HER101 Introduction to Herbal Sciences                 3 Semester Hour Credits

A basic foundation and understanding of the principles of herbal medicine within the context of historical and modern health care; with an emphasis on those botanicals whose uses have been well documented through modern scientific study.  While not designed to prepare the student to be an alternative health care practitioner, when completed, the student will be well-informed about the regulation of herbal products, the primary functions of key botanicals in popular use, herbal product quality control, and the basics of herbal safety. The energetics and classifications of Western medicinal plants will be studied, with an emphasis on the incorporation of herbalism into the daily life.

HER200 Introduction to Essential Oils       3 semester hour credits

Essential Oils within the context of historical, scientific, and functional aspects will be explored in this course.  In addition to the hands on manufacturing of essential oils for personal use, the specific usage of the most common essential oils will be studied; as well as manufacturing and safety considerations that must be applied while using individual and combinations of oils within all age groups.  Specific attention will be given to the culture and popularity of essential oils today, as well as how essential oils can be utilized on a daily basis to promote optimal health.