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Herbalism in Alberta: Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Herbalist?

A Herbalist is someone who uses plants for beneficial or medicinal purposes. This can include many styles and practices which often change and develop through a Herbalists career/life. In addition to using plants and plant based medicine (phytotheraputics), many herbalists will have an expansive set of skills ranging from energetics, lifestyle management, physical therapies and various styles of counselling.

What is a Herbalists Association?

A herbal association is a group of peoples who are responsible for providing and upholding health and safety standards for the practice of Herbalism as well as increasing awareness in the community and joining like minded individuals together. As a provincial association, we are also involved in communications with appropriate government branches and agencies, providing educational and networking opportunities and facilitating community education and events.

Understanding the Registered Herbalists (RH) Designation

What to Know About our Professional Members, the Industry of Herbalism, & Registered Herbalists in Alberta

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How do I become a Herbalist?

There are many ways to become a herbalist and many ways in which you can practice. To help you plan your education, we have put together a summary chart.


Why should I join the Alberta Herbalist Association?

*Are you interested in learning about medicinal plants, and want to use herbs for supporting your own health? 

*Are you a herbal student or herbalist who wants support and guidance on your career path?

*Are you concerned about your current and future access to herbal medicine?

*Do you currently see a herbal practitioner for your health and wellness needs?

*Are you interested in herbal conservation, protection for medicinal plant species and awareness of respectful, sustainable cultivation and harvesting?


 If you said YES to any of the above, the Alberta Herbalist Association might be right for you!

How do I join the Alberta Herbalist Association?

Explore our Membership page for more details!  You can also renew your membership on the Shopping cart.

I’m not a Herbalist, can I still join?

Absolutely! The herbal community is just that, a community and we need you to create a dynamic and unified voice for herbalism! 


Whether you are interested in learning more and participating in community or educational events, on the way to becoming a practitioner yourself or already in a related field, the Alberta Herbalist Association has something for you. To find out about our membership levels and benefits, please visit the Membership Page.

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