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About the Heroines of Herbalism course

Welcome to the Heroines of Herbalism herbal medicine making course. This is a hands on learning journey giving you the chance to make elixirs with naturopath, herbalist and educator Sulin Sze. Explore the contributions of three great women herbalists to herbal medicine since medieval times. Over three units, we celebrate the work of Hildegard von Bingen, Lydia Pinkham and Juliette Baïracli Levy with a bonus mystery unit to finish off.

Hildegard is a fascinating figure in early holistic medicine, applying scientific practices to the documentation and understanding of herbal medicine well before the advent of biomedicine. She stood firm amid health woes, misogynistic resistance from key male figures in her church, and the limiting life of a Benedictine nun in the Middle Ages. Her written works include the illustrated Rupertsberg manuscript (in Scivias), the ‘Dendermonde Codex’ and the ‘Liber Divinorum Operum’. Her medical texts include ‘Physica’ and ‘Causes and Cures’.

Lydia Pinkham was an innovator and fought bravely for womens rights to natural medicines in 19th century medicine. She gave women an alternative to the drastic, often unhygienic and unnecessary surgical interventions that were regularly prescribed by doctors for common female complaints, and she paved the way for women to take their health into their own hands. Not only did she make waves in herbal medicine but became the most recognizable face in 19th century America with her incredibly successful direct to consumer marketing approach.

Juliette de Bairacli Levy was a modern herbalist with a commitment to learning from nature. She spent decades of her life living with gypsy folk, discovering the art of sustainable nature cure from those who were close to plants and animals and slept under the stars. Juliette was a pioneer for natural veterinary care, reminding us that the gifts of plant medicines are there for the betterment of animal, human and earth. Her many books, poems and stories reveal her compassionate and connected approach to herbalism and she is a beloved figure in the history of herbalism.

This course encompasses four units total and each unit takes around one hour to complete. It is self paced, online and loving curated with instructional videos and plentiful resources. Learning resources include  fully downloadable module book, recipes, recipe cards, monographs and bottle labels. 

Level of experience required is: a basic level of understanding of herbalism is preferred. Complete beginners may want to have an introductory materia medica to best understand the medicinal uses of the herbs in this course. Herbs can be ordered from Austral Herbs or your favourite local dried herb supplier.

About Sulin Sze

sulin sze naturopath and herbalist

Sulin is a postgraduate trained Naturopath, Herbalist and Fellow of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society. For nearly two decades Sulin has built up expertise in the management of women’s hormonal health, anxiety and digestion practising in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and Northern Beaches. She also loves learning and sharing information. Sulin writes technical and educational content for leading naturopathic colleges in Australia, lecturing for Torrens University in their naturopathy degree. She is an accredited member and Fellow of the of the Australia Traditional Medicine Society.

In her spare time she loves walking her cavoodle, creating herbal recipes, drinking herbal lattes, spending time at her local beach and joining in on the odd drumming circle. She wrote the Wild Medicine Guide as a guide to wild growing medicinal plants in Sydney, and created the Elixirs course to both satisfy a desire to learn about the sacred origins of herbalism throughout the world, and to curate a powerful and immersive medicinal making experience.

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