I’m always looking for good resources for teaching children about herbs and herbal medicine. We grow herbs and make herbal medicines and the kids are involved in all that; it’s so vital to their education and appreciation of the healing power of plants. I also need fun, creative ways to formally teach principles. Here are some of our favorite herbal education resources for children.
Herbal Education – Educator Resources
In order to teach your kids, you’ll need to engage in your own herbal education. With your busy schedule, I suggest you start online with our affiliate Herbal Academy of New England. They have a beginners herbal course and an intermediate herbal course, if you already have a little bit of experience.
If you’re like me, you’re going to want to preview some courses and you can do that here: Preview Lesson from the Introductory Herbal Course
Also, here’s a link to their general courses page with descriptions of all of them: Herbal Academy
Be sure to contact them with questions. They love herb nerds like you and me and want to help you find the course that’s right for you.
Herb Books to use for Home Education
My most loved and well used books are below – I absolutely recommend each one. These are more for your education, than for your younger children. Teenagers are certainly old enough to learn from these texts.
Rosemary Gladstar’s books are great for beginners. She’s a little hippy-dippy but she’s very lovable and knowledgeable.
Lesley Bremness’s book is full of really useful graphics, growing information, recipes and crafts.
I use a lot of Dr. Christopher’s recipes and combinations, even though he and I don’t see eye to eye on several dietary points.
Greene’s book is better for people who have some herbal experience, although it has instructions on all the basics. My favorite part of his book is the herbal garden information in the back. To learn more about creating your own herb garden, click here.
If you can find one, join a group of herbal moms and dads in your local area. You’ll learn so much by learning and teaching in small, intimate groups. You don’t have know everything to gather like minded people around you and share what you know. Plus, you can experiment and make mistakes together. Keep it fun and keep it real!
Herbal Education – Student Resources
Herbal Board Game
LearningHerbs.com has board game called Wildcraft and we’ve purchased two of them. It’s an easy to play, cooperative game with good graphics and not so many pieces you’ll lose them all as the children play it all over the house. I was immediately amazed at how much my kids enjoyed playing it and still do! Even visiting children with no background in herbs or even plants in general have a blast with it.
We were up in the mountains recently and my kids found several of the herbs used in Wildcraft; “Hey!” they’d say pointing, “That plant is an herb! I remember seeing it on our cards in Wildcraft!” Ah, sweet rewards.
The greatest thing is that Learning Herbs was able to get Wildcraft on Amazon, which makes it so much easier to order!
Herbal Reading Material
Learning Herbs also has herbal fairy adventure stories to teach about individual herbs and they are really well done. I had to print them myself which was not as appealing to me, but they’re well written and the kids enjoy them. They finally came out with a boxed set of professionally printed books and I immediately bought those. The kids love them and read them all the time.
We subscribed to Herbal Roots Zine magazine last year and we really enjoyed it! This is a hand-crafted publication especially for children to teach them about herbs and healing plants. Each issue includes crossword puzzles, recipes, stories, illustrations, crafts and a whole host of other nifty stuff. It’s not cheap, FYI, but what we learned this year and the volume of information in each issue, I definitely got what I paid for. Especially since this is something on which I’m willing to spend a little money! The issue on cranberries inspired us to make these and they were so fun!
If you’d like to learn to grow herbs in pots this year as a school project, we have available Herbs in the Bathtub – just click below.
Herbs for Kids
Here’s an Introduction to Herbs from Herbal Academy
Here are 10 Herbal Activites for Kids by Mountain Rose blog written by Kristine Brown of Herbal Root Zine.
Also, a fun idea from Jill’s Home Remedies – start and herbal club for kids!!
Here’s a sweet herbal moment from Pixie’s Herbal.
A Kid’s Herb Book is the one we use most often in school. Again, a little hippy dippy at times, but it’s set up in such a way that you can pick and choose what you want to use. There’s herbal information and history, as well as crafts and recipes. We’ve had a lot of fun with this one.
Do you have a favorite herbal education resource I forgot to mention?