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Alternative Medicine

The Nurse HerbalistTM

a 3-Class Course



Registered Nurses often believe that they are required to be advanced practice nurses to provide Nurse Herbalist services to their clients.  This is because they have not studied their professional roots in herbalism.  

For generations, nurses have partnered with plants and used plant remedies for the care and comfort of their patients, families, and communities.

This course teaches 1) the history of herbalism in nursing, 2) the assessment tools to guide you toward nurse herbalism, and 3) the herbal interventions along with nursing diagnosis examples to create your own nursing care plan with herbal interventions. 

This course demonstrates nurse herbalism safely within the nursing practice aligned with individual state statutes, and the holistic nursing scope and standards 3rd edition, all within the confines of the nursing process.  

This course narrows the educational gap between what nurses may know about herbs and the actual integration and application of herbalism following nursing’s scientific processes.

The course includes 3 one-hour, asynchronous classes for 3 CNE credits with colorful slides and narration for students to learn at their own pace.

CNH  is dedicated to the education of herbalism within nursing.


Class 1 - History

The Practice

of Nurse Herbalism

Introduction to the forgotten history of the nurse herbalist. 

Class 2 - Review

The Nurse Herbalist


Introduction to Nurse Herbalism and the Nursing Process with an emphasis on the Nurse Herbalist assessment for registered nurses.

Class 3 - Application

Interventions for the

Nurse Herbalist


Demonstrates the Nurse Herbalist Plan of Care using the nursing process with oral, topical, and environmental remedies as discussed.


According to a recent finding published by Medscape on December 17th, 2019, 44% of all Americans take at least 1 prescription, and 17% take 3 or more medications. The proportion of Americans taking 3 or more medications increased by 40%.

In a brief issued by The American Academy of Actuaries’ Health Practice Council, in March of 2018, “Healthcare spending in the United States is high and continues to increase, as does the spending for prescription drugs in particular. In 2016, the U.S. spent $3,337 billion, or 17.9 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), on national health expenditures, of which $329 billion was spent on prescription drugs.”


Nurses need to recapture their holistic heritage in herbalism and be educated to be able to make herbal recommendations, when appropriate to help their clients, and lower healthcare costs since plant therapies cost less with much fewer side effects than prescription pharmaceuticals.



  • Have you ever recommended that a patient with nausea sip ginger ale or try peppermint tea? 

  • Have you ever encouraged a patient to drink chamomile tea to promote sleep?

  • If you are a labor and delivery nurse, have you ever recommended that a client apply a chilled witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) compress for its astringent properties to relieve the discomfort of swollen peritoneal tissues after an episiotomy or tear?

If you’ve done any of these then you’ve partnered with plants to create change for your patient, aid in their comfort, and assist their own healing.

Nurses have a long and rich heritage of the use of medicinal plants in their approach to healing.


You may not realize it, but nurses use their relationship with plants in the care of their patients every day!

Patients today, more than ever, are seeking natural ways to approach their health issues.


Nurses are on the front lines of patient care.

According to the most recent Gallup polls, for the 21st year in a row, nurses are the most trusted profession by the public, even above physicians, and need to know how to educate their clients on the safe use of natural remedies. 

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