Learn Herbal Medicine or Become a Medical Herbalist!

The Southern Institute of Medical Herbalism (SIMH) is an independent New Zealand herbal medicine education provider. We offer blended learning courses that go in-depth into the great art and science of herbal medicine. Look through our website and make contact with us if you have any questions or if you want to take things further. We welcome your interest! 

  • Keep working while you study & start as soon as you’re ready

  • Learn the ancient art & effective science of herbal medicine, nutrition & whole-person healing

  • Immersive learning journey; study herbal medicine in-depth but at your own pace

  • Tuition & mentoring from highly experienced herbal medicine practitioners & educators

SIMH Herbal Medicine Education

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Medicinal herbs have always been an essential part of humanity’s collective journey.  Learning and understanding how to use them reconnects us with Nature and continues to provide us with tremendously useful tools to assist ourselves and others. 

The herbal medicine courses from the Southern Institute of Medical Herbalism are presented and supported by a team of dedicated and long-term practicing medical herbalists and educators. The courses convey comprehensive, multi-platform, immersive experiences for the person with a passion to learn the ancient art and effective science of herbal medicine. 

The Certificate in Herbal Medicine is comprised of 100% distance learning using a variety of platforms including videos, audios, texts, experiential lessons and an interactive forum. This means you can take this course from anywhere in the world, it also means that, with whatever else you have going on in your life, you can study at your own pace. 

The Certificate covers a great deal of ground, it is an essential first stage for our Diploma program but can certainly also be taken as a stand-alone course. The Certificate is ideal for the person who is interested in studying herbal medicine because they want to know how to help themselves, their family and their friends with herbs. Whether by itself, or as the first stage of the Diploma, the Certificate course will give a comprehensive foundation for anyone who wants to know how to use herbal medicines wisely, safely and effectively. 

The Diploma of Medical Herbalism can also be completed from afar and similarly uses a variety of platforms including videos, audios, texts, experiential learning and an interactive forum. This is an extremely comprehensive course that will give the student with a calling to become a traditional medical herbalist an extensive knowledge of how to use and dispense medicinal herbs and, when needed, how to guide people in such vital areas as nutrition, exercise, mind-body health matters and hands-on diagnosis and treatment. 

After gaining a strong foundation on completing the Certificate in Herbal Medicine, our Diploma students will continue their learning journey in considerably further depth, including one-to-one mentoring to help them best grow the skills and knowledge that they as an individual need to develop to become a good herbalist. 

All that ultimately matters in becoming a successful practitioner of herbal medicine is getting good results for the individuals and community you serve. The work is broad and deep, all kinds of people with all kinds of problems come to a medical herbalist. The common ground is that they are not getting better by themselves and need the sure guidance of a person who knows how to work closely and safely with the healing power of Nature.

To learn more about SIMH herbal medicine education training visit our Structure page or click on the links below.