What is Herbalism? 

Timeless - Wise - Lovely

The Undying Flame of Herbal Medicine. A God-given, Nature-grown, safe, effective, and simple form of People's medicine.

Discover a world where simplicity meets effectiveness, and become a steward of your health through the wisdom of herbalists.

The Undying Flame of Herbal Medicine, a God-given, Nature-grown, safe, effective, and simple form of People's medicine. Despite persecution and modern skepticism, our ancient practice persists. While Big Pharma profits from expensive and sometimes untested drugs, herbalists persevere in obscurity, driven by a God-given calling and an unbreakable love for Nature.
In What is Herbalism: the Undying Flame, Matthew Wood and Phyllis Light take the viewer on a historical journey, exploring the evolution of herbalism; along the way, we’re introduced to historical herbalists that have carried and passed the torch throughout time, geography, and culture. Matthew and Phyllis also discuss the timeless paradigms that we use to communicate with Nature, who is most certainly alive and magical.

This class covers:
  • The differences between herbal acceptance in the northern and southern parts of the United States
  • Important herbalists who kept the herbalist traditional alive
  • Herbal traditions from across the globe
  • Plants as teachers
  • Different paradigms of thought and how they relate to plant teaching
  • The importance of Dreamtime and plant communication


Support Materials

28 page document by Matthew Wood

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2 hours of teaching


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This is for you if you...

want to immerse yourself in the God-given, Nature-grown practice of Herbal Medicine.
want to gain insights into the challenges faced by herbalists amidst modern skepticism and the dominance of Big Pharma.
want to unearth your own calling in Herbal Medicine.

Upon completion, you will...

discover the historic figures who persevered to learn, preserve, share and serve others with the herbs.
develop the ability to view plants as teachers, tapping into the timeless paradigms that facilitate communication with Nature.
preserve and pass on the undying flame of Herbal Medicine to future generations.


Matthew Wood, MS

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist for over forty years. He is an internationally known
teacher and author with more than ten books to his credit, including The Book of Herbal Wisdom, 
The Earthwise Herbals, Holistic Medicine and the Extracellular Matrix, and A Shamanic Herbal 
(July 2024). Matthew has an MSc in herbal medicine from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine 
(accredited, U. of Wales). He lives in the Midwest. 

Phyllis D. Light, MA 

As 4th generation herbalist, Phyllis started with lessons from her grandmother who taught from her Creek/Cherokee heritage. Phyllis has studied and worked with herbs, foods, and other healing techniques for 30+ years. She is the author of Southern Folk Medicine and co-author of Traditional Western Herbalism Pulse Evaluation.

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 3 accredited hours
    • 3 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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