I bet you are wondering what kind of supplies you will need for your own DIY herbalism course well today we will cover the basics so you are all ready to learn herbalism with us! You will find that you own many of the items on this list and may even be able to borrow some of it from family or friends. Thrift stores may also be a great resource in finding some of the supplies listed below. When all else fails you can use our Amazon affiliate links within the post to shop and buy what you need.
Make sure to gather your items and have them washed and ready to use because once you start a simple recipe or two you won’t be able to stop!
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Herbalism Course Supplies from the Kitchen
You probably have many items in your kitchen for measuring and cooking and canning which you can use for this herbalism course. Some items you may want to use exclusively for herbs while other can be used back in your regular baking and cooking rotation. I was either given or found a very old crockpot that does not have a removable crock that I use for quick oil infusing. I also use some of my canning supplies since I may can some of our herbalism course recipes like Elderberry Juice or Dandelion Jelly.
cheesecloth or filter bags
hand blender or immersion blender
strainers in multiple sizes (I bought a pack of 3 assorted sizes)
loose leaf tea strainer or spoon
Herbalism Course Supplies from the Garage
We do not have a garage but have items stored on our back porch. Many years ago someone gave me a bunch of molds that are perfect for shaped lotion bars so those are stored in a crate for occasional use. We also do tend our garden (occasionally) and have a bag of garden tools.
old window screens or drying rack
scythe or hand pruners or larger scissors
molds for lotion bars
Herbalism Course Supplies from the Recycle Bin
I recycle a lot of items as much as our city allows except for spaghetti jars and any plastic tray or container that might make a good herb collection container or mini drying rack for the dashboard of my van. I figured it’s silly to buy something twice when you can just wash and reuse something you already have purchased in the first place!
old glass jars like spaghetti, pizza sauce, mayo,etc. (if you buy these and not make your own)
Herbalism Course Supplies from the Grocery Store
It’s very cost effective if you can buy some of your supplies from the grocery store since you might be able to pay a cheaper price and not have to wait on 2 day shipping from Amazon. I have bought a bottle of each of the following items over the course of a year or so as I was preparing herbal infusions for lotion bars, salves, and shave butters.
Olive Oil (extra virgin unrefined)
Vodka (for tinctures) or Glycerin (for glycerites)
Course Sea Salt
Herbalism Course Supplies from Amazon
I am sure that you will want to go a little crazy once you see how simple creating herbal recipes are so be sure that you order your containers before you are deep into making your insect repellent, counter cleaner, foot scrubs and lotion bars! If you can get a few friends to join in with you then you can split the cost of larger quantities of bottles, tins and small jars.
Shea Butter (unrefined raw)
Herbalism Course Supplies from the Farmer’s Market
If you are not currently growing an herb garden or a windowsill of herbs then I suggest supporting your local farmer’s market and buying some herbs from there. I know that the season will soon be over for outdoor farmer’s markets so be sure to check in your area for indoor markets or grab a packet of seeds while on clearance and start your own mini herb garden.
fresh herbs like Basil, Oregano,Thyme
Check out the other posts in this series:
DIY Herbalism Course Book List
DIY Herbalism Course Freebies
DIY Herbalism Course YouTube Channels
DIY Herbalism Course Podcast List
DIY Herbalsim Course Recipes
Are you starting to get excited about this DIY Herbalism Course?
I know that I am and I am trying to get my kids just as excited about plant identification, harvesting and basic herbal preparations. Soon I will share with you a free printable of native plants and flowers used as herbal medicine. All the pictures are taken by me or my family so I have to find a few more to complete the set.
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