Women Herbalists & Healers

Heritage - Journey - Legacies

Women have always been healers. We cherish them, and their stories.

Honoring Women in Healing.

Women have always been healers, caring for their families and their communities while passing on their knowledge through the generations. Their accepted roles were relegated to midwifery, children’s care, and first aid for wounds and broken bones.

But they were much more...

In fact, these women were the holders of folk medicine and without their passing knowledge to others, folk medicine would have been lost.

These women learned from other women in their families, from friends, and from apprenticeships, but were generally excluded from academia. They were often scorned for their devotion to healing and caring for the infirm and at certain times in history, were even killed as witches because of their knowledge.

Quite often, these women often remain nameless. Even so, we also have a debt of gratitude to pay toward these women, as well as the indigenous cultures of North America, whose knowledge of “female remedies” are revolutionary to the holistic care of the female body, including Te-La-Nay, a local healer in Phyllis’s area.

There are women that have also blazed trails and continue to leave a legacy of herbal knowledge which we can all benefit from. Some of the women you will hear about include:
  • Hildegard von Bingen
  • Hannah Kroeger
  • Lydia Pinkham
  • Te-La-Nay
  • Rosemary Gladstar

Join us, as we discuss important women healers of the past and present. 


Support Materials

11 page document by Phyllis D. Light, MA 


2.5 hours of teaching


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This is for you if you are looking for...

a way to honor the women who not only cared for those around them, but preserved and shared herbal knowledge despite the challenges.
a fuller historical context of herbal history and to be better connected with your herbal lineage.
a vibrant community celebrating the legacy of women in healing.

Upon completion, you will...

gain a newfound appreciation for the pivotal role women played in preserving folk medicine.
know the names of influential women healers, spanning from historical figures to contemporary trailblazers.
appreciate that so many of our "female remedies" come from the native, indigenous people.


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

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    • Complete course materials
    • Pass the test with a grade of 70% or better
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  • 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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