Course Review: Taste of Herbs
I completed the coursework for Taste of Herbs in January of 2018. The coursework took me 14 weeks to complete at a comfortable pace, counting a few weeks of time off during the month of December for the holiday season. I averaged 1-3 hours of dedicated evening hours per week to the course.
Overall Rating: 5/5
About the course
Learning how to match the right herb for the right person based on what’s currently going on in their body and mind can be tricky. Herbs work differently for different people and the Taste of Herbs course really helps build a foundation for understanding how and why that is and how to work within that framework to choose herbs effectively for each person’s situation.
The course is comprised of 5 main modules, each one covering a different “taste” – pungent, salty, sour, bitter and sweet. Each module includes information about how the “taste” is manifested in the energetics, constituents, herbal actions and safety considerations for several different herbs within that category, along with a collection of hands-on exercises that will help you to solidify your knowledge of the herbs covered and start incorporating them into your routine in ways that work for you.
There are also several bonus material offerings, including a mini course about understanding constitutions, a collection of plant walk videos with Rosalee, a selection of recipe-making demonstration videos, and a physical copy of the Taste of Herbs Flavor Wheel and Exercise Book. There are several Q&A sessions offered throughout the length of the course as well.
Taste of Herbs is a very hands-on, experiential type of course that requires you to complete exercises on your own to deepen your understanding of the material covered.
About the instructor
Rosalee de la Forêt is a registered herbalist and herbal teacher based in the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of one of my favorite herbal books, Alchemy of Herbs, and has been teaching people how to use herbs effectively for a number of years. She is the education director for LearningHerbs and has trained as a clinical herbalist under many renowned herbal teachers, including Michael Tierra, Paul Bergner and Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa. She also has training in structural medicine and licensed massage therapy. Her current work revolves around teaching people how to use, experience and understand herbs effectively through her website, writing, mentoring program and courses. You can learn more about Rosalee here.
What I loved about the course
I loved how well organized the information was. The course is structured very well, which helped me to be able to focus and learn at my own pace without feeling distracted or confused.
Rosalee communicated concepts that could be complicated and difficult to grasp in such a way that they were easy to understand and build upon further. The exercises she suggested were a perfect complement to the educational material and help deepen the understanding of the herbs and the material covered in each lesson.
I really appreciated the way Rosalee helps her students move beyond the western mentality of, “Which herb is good for this disease?” and encourages a broader perspective that helps her students better understand how herbs can effectively be used to their fullest potential.
Course material is practical in application without any “always” or “never” type suggestions. Safety considerations are thorough.
Many of the exercise recipes are so tasty that you’ll want to start including them in your daily or weekly routine.
The book recommendations given throughout the course were timely. If you’re interested in further learning about a certain subject Rosalee’s teaching about, it’s likely that she’ll recommend a great book or two about the subject before the lesson’s over. She covers the information in the course well, but if you’re particularly interested in diving deeper into a certain subject, she does make suggestions for further study.
I valued the holistic approach that Rosalee brings to the table as well. When herbs were not the only thing needed to address a situation, she readily included other suggestions that would be helpful and effective.
What I wish was different about the course
Nothing significant came to mind whilst going through the course, but there was one minor thing that I thought would have improved the experience overall. At present, all of the bonus herb walk and recipe videos are kept in their own tab within the course, which is nice for organizational purposes and for binge-watching videos whilst cooking or cleaning. However, interspersing the bonus recipe and herb walk videos throughout the course as their topics came up in the material as well would have been a refreshing way to break up some of the main blocks of content.
Learning how to think differently about herbs and signs of imbalance in the body significantly impacts and improves the way we approach our own herbal practices. Taste of Herbs is an invaluable course for learning how to better understand the way herbs work and how to best match herbs to the right person in whatever situation they are currently facing. The material is presented with clarity and insight and Rosalee has done a great job making it easy to understand and start incorporating what you learn into your own work. The photographs are beautiful and I love that the course includes a physical copy of the exercise workbook and Flavor Wheel. Overall, the course is enjoyable as well as educational.
Who do i think this course is best for?
Anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of how herbs work in relation to people. Anyone who wants to better learn how to effectively choose herbs for people and individual situations.
Would I recommend taking this course?
Disclaimer: This was a course that I was granted access to by the creators when they asked if I would be an affiliate for their course launch in late 2017. I do not recommend courses that I have not personally taken, so they generously allowed me to access the course content so that I could see if it would be something I could honestly recommend to you. I completed all the coursework for this course on my own time and without compensation. I was not asked to review the course. All opinions expressed throughout this review are entirely my own and are uninfluenced by outside factors. This review contains an affiliate link, but I am happy to recommend the class to you whether you choose to sign up through my affiliate link or not. It’s excellent.