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ANSWERS FROM CARLOS:
I currently live in Colorado
and have been researching how to become an herbalist. It
has always been a passion of mine, I make a few little
things for home use. I am looking for a way to expand my
knowledge and my overall goal would be to make and sell
tinctures, salves, ointments etc in a small shop. My
questions would be; is it actually legal to make and
sell holistic products in the U.S.? Are there any online
schools that could give me the knowledge I need to open
a business like this? And what are the best states to
practice something like this? Also are there any
licenses or degrees needed to make and sell products?
Any information you have would be so helpful.
First things first. I strongly encourage you to obtain 2
books "Carrers in Alternative Medicine" and " Planning
Your Career in Alternative Medicine" Amazon should have
them both, or your local library can obtain them for
Next is your decision which branch of alternative
medicine you wish to practice. My sincere advise is to
learn them all, and then choose. Last, but
certainly not least you need to check the laws in the
state of Colorado as well as any local or county
ordinances there may be there.
You do not per se need a license to make the products,
but in order to sell them in Colorado you need to
consult with a local authority near you. The most
progressive states to practice I would venture to say
are: California, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Oregon,
Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and
New York, not necessarily in that order. There are
several online schools I can suggest, but we first need
to know what are of alternative medicine do you wish to
concentrate on; thus, the books, you can write me at any
time you have made a choice and I would love to help you
I have a question about
Herbology. I would like to become a herbalist in the
future but at the same time i don't. Does Herbology
require over seas college? Does it require a lot more
work than a Dentist?
There are several branches of alternaticve medicine, so
my first suggestion is to obtain form your local library
a book titled "Carrers in Complimentary Medicine", if
they don't have it I am sure they can order it for you
free of charge.
Depending on the field of practice you choose it may
take a lot of work and perseverance, but then again
everything in life does. It does not take overseas study
there are many fine schools here in the US.
The important part is that is whether you are going to
love what you intend to study. I can tell you this, the
financial rewards are not all that great in this field,
but the personal gratification of being able to help
someone is priceless.
I'm a practicing herbalist in
Eugene, OR, and just got accepted to the MHSc (herbal
medicine)program at the Australian College of
Phytotherapy. I was curious if you had ideas on specific
scholarship resources in the herbal medicine field.
Thanks for your time
ANSWER: I do not
have any specific resources for scholarships, but
suggest that you obtain a book named Careers in Herbal
Medicine. I believe it may contain what you seek. Your
local library may have it or they may be able to order
it for you.