CAREER OPTIONS FOR HERBALISTS
Written by John Immel, Asheville, NC
Herbalists may use their training to start a new career
, or advance in their current careers
. Here are some examples of career opportunities for herbalists:
- Start a private practice, work in an integrated clinic, or an affordable community health clinic.
- Integrate clinical herbalism into an existing practice as an Ayurveda professional, acupuncturist, chiropractor, nurse practitioner, physician, midwife, massage therapist, physical therapist, or other health care practitioner.
Develop Herbal Products
- Make herbal tinctures, tea blends, syrups, honeys, elixirs, oils, vinegars, and bitters
- Mixed drinks, natural sodas, and herbal confections (such as herbal chocolates or ghee)
- Herbal preparations for animals
- Natural body care products: herbal soaps, lotions, salves, body butters, bath salts, body scrubs, infused oils, etc.
- Botanical-based products (clothing, bags, notebooks, calendars, notecards, etc.)
Herbal Products Retail, Marketing, and Sales
- Proprietor of a brick-and-mortar herbal store, or online herbal store, or botanical themed store, selling herbal products, books, tools, supplies, and merchandise for botanists, herbalists, and wildflower enthusiasts
- Retail position in the health and beauty care (HBC) department of the health food store or an herbal store
- Growing or selling bulk fresh or dried herbs on a farm or nursery.
- Sales representative for an herbal products business
- Marketing for herbal businesses and conferences (social media, search engine optimization, writing copy, graphics, press releases, etc.)
- Employment in an herbal products business: sales, product development, photography, graphics, website development, manufacturing, good manufacturing practices (GMP) compliance, buyer, quality control, customer support, farm management, marketing, labeling, etc.
Teaching + Herbal Education
- Proprietor, administrator, or instructor at an herbal school, community college or university (ethnobotany, botany, medical herbalism, etc.)
- Offering community classes at free schools, community centers, co-ops, etc.
- Educating nurses, physicians, and other health & wellness professionals about herbs.
- Hosting or marketing an herbal gathering or conference
- Teaching basic herb skills, herbal first aid, at botanical gardens, arboretums, community gardens, camps for children
- Plant-related adventure travel, primitive skills gatherings, plant walks
- Online herbal education
Herbal Writing + Blogging
- Writing herbal-related books: therapeutics, medicine making, tea blends, medicinal herb gardening, etc.
- Writing articles for blogs, newsletters, newsprint, magazines, etc.
- Start an herbal blog (monetized through advertisers and sponsored posts)
- Hosting an herbal radio or TV show
- University or government-funded research on medicinal herbs, constituent testing, clinical trials, population studies, etc.
- Ethnobotanical research on traditional uses of herbs
- GMP testing in a product-based business
- Quality control in a product-based business
READ MORE ON THIS TOPIC
My Saved Articles
| Most Popular
About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.