Black Folk Herbalism

Cultural - Historical - Insightful

Dive into this class of cultural richness, historical depth, and herbal wonders.

"Carolyn and Matthew have a beautiful rapport." 


"It was a great learning experience." 


An eye-opening class that's part history, part healing, and all heart.  

Black Folk Herbalism highlights the rich history of Black folk medicine and the use of herbs for healing and conjuring. The class is an overview of the black experience as it relates to medicinal herbs, the historical political and social journey, legal constraints, and herbal recipes and magic for common and uncommon beliefs and traditions. “Monolithic” is not a word that describes the African American culture.
Students will:
  • be guided through the history of African Americans who were able to survive the brutality of slavery and Jim Crow while finding wholeness and balance under the cover of Nature
  • learn about the herbs that were used in the African American community to remedy the illnesses that plagued their lives. 
  • receive an overview of the historical and political implications of the health conditions that arose as a result of their perilous lives, at the hands of their oppressors with a focus on Frederick Douglass and his conquering experience. 
  • be directed to focus on the herbs used in the Southern region of the United States. We study the contributions of the great genius agronomist and spiritual teacher, George Washington Carver—including an appreciation of the lowly peanut. 
  • be exposed to an in-depth look at the work of John Lee, including his categories of blood medicine, which have been very important to Matthew Wood.


Support Materials

access to the extensive presentation slides by Carolyn Jones

Support Materials

21 page document by Matthew Wood

(not downloadable)

2.5 hours of teaching


Certificate included
(see more below)

Pay Once = One Year Access

1 year to view and review content, ask questions and discuss

This is for you if you...

value a deeper understanding of the rich history of Black folk medicine to connect with your or your clients' roots. 
want to connect with the cultural roots of African American communities, fostering a sense of cultural awareness.
want a holistic learning experience, weaving together the threads of history, social struggles, and herbal remedies.

Upon completion, you will...

be familiar with the herbs used in the African American community to address various health issues.
possess a nuanced perspective on the historical and political implications of health conditions faced by African Americans.
connect with cultural practices, and potentially contribute to the preservation of traditional knowledge in the field of herbal medicine.


Matthew Wood, MS

Matthew began studying herbalism at age 13. After university studies, he began practice in 1981. He is the author of ten books on herbal medicine, including The Book of Herbal MedicineThe Earthwise Herbal Repertory, and Holistic Medicine & the Extracellular Matrix.

Carolyn Jones, MSc, CC, HHP

Carolyn Jones is a Holistic Health Educator and Chaplain who teaches the art of self-care and practices a ministry of presence. She is licensed by the New York State Chaplain Task Force and serves the community as an herbalist, a certified aromatherapist, and a reflexologist.

Certificate Included

  • How to Get a Certificate

    • Complete course materials
    • Pass the test with a grade of 70% or better
    • Save or print your certificate!

    Available with subscription and individual course purchases.

  • Accreditation hours

    This course is a total of 4 accredited hours
    • 1.5 hours Materia Medica
    • 2.5 hours History, Philosophy, and Therapeutic Paradigms and Applications (Including Energetics) of Various Systems of Herbal Medicine

    *Please check with your accrediting agency whether they will accept accredited hours or certificates from the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism
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Black Folk Herbalism

History, herbs, healing, and heart.

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