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Herbology Unit Study

Updated on June 20, 2015

Herbology - the study of healing plants!

In this unit study you can learn about how plants can be used for healing.

With history, math, science, art and more you can discover all about medicinal herbs.

Geared to about age 11-13.

Downloadable, ready when you are.

This is what is being said about the Herbology unit study:

"So,ya I really like it a lot more than I thought I would.I don't usually

read non-fiction but I may just have to start now!"

Savannah age 13

Did You Know?

Phytomedicine is the term for plant-based medicine. It defines herb as any plant that is used medicinally.

Many plants have substances that are useful toward the health of humans and other animals. These substances can be in the form of aromatic substances (the odour is what is used to help with healing), alkaloids (which is using the chemical compounds of the plants), or herbs and spices (which is using the plant itself).

Did You Know?

The Amazon rainforest is home to more than 56 000 kinds of plants,

30 000 which grow nowhere else!

A brief history of medicine men

Sneak Peek

When Europeans came to the New World, they met healthy and strong Natives. Many that experienced native herbal healing were impressed with how quick and flawless they were. Even some early American doctors apprenticed to native herbalists.

Download the entire unit study to learn more about medicine men, including charlatans!

Did You Know?

Native healers, called Shaman, relied on the energies of the herbs mixed with the powers of the spirits to guide them with healing.

Dangerous plants

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Some plants protect themselves with spikes or poisons making them dangerous to humans. It is important to know which plants to avoid for your own safety. It is also important to remember not to eat any plant or plant part without knowing exactly what it is and what amount of it is safe to eat.

Download the entire unit study to learn about plants that should be avoided!

Did You Know?

Out of the 250,000 different kinds of plants on Earth, about 400 are carnivores (meat-eaters).

Medical Terminology - a latin lesson

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Greek and Latin root words, combined with suffixes and prefixes to modify the word, create medicinal terminology.

itis means inflammation

algia means pain

osis means "a condition"

oma means tumour

So what does sinusitis mean?

Download the entire unit study for a brief latin lesson!

Did You Know?

Botanical names are also in Latin.

Parts of a plant

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Essentially, plants are made up of 5 parts, the roots, the stem/trunk. leaves, flower and fruit. Edible plants have some or all of its parts that can be eaten.

Download the entire unit study to see which parts of plants can be eaten!

Did You Know?

Castor Oil was one of the commonest remedies for constipation. But just three castor beans can kill a person!

Native Healers of North America

Sneak Peek

Most Native families included at least one elder that had knowledge of medicinal plants. This knowledge was passed down through the generations and even to the explorers and pioneers that arrived. Since the clothing of Native Americans did not have pockets, the herbs and other medicinal ingredients were carried in pouches around their waist.

Download the entire unit study for directions to make a medicine pouch!

Did You Know?

In the Iroquois tribe healers were organized into Medicine Societies that acted as "middle-men" between the spirit world and the sick. These societies had rites that included dance, chants, powders, herbs and "magic."

Pioneers. Plants and Poisons

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In early pioneer days, the people were faced with mysterious illness called milk sickness. This sickness caused cattle and people to die. It was so severe that some communities lost half their population.

Download the entire unit study to find out what caused this illness, and what kind of devastation it caused to the population!

Did You Know?

Pioneers relied on herbs for food, medicine, clothing, pest control, wool dying, candle and soap making.

Try it Yourself!

Download the full unit study to supplement your lessons or as a lesson itself.

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    • Hedremp profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandra Wilson 

      5 years ago from Wilson Education Resource Centre

      @sept10: yes you can order this unit study at

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      5 years ago

      u am soo new.. is there a way to actually get this unit study?

    • Hedremp profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandra Wilson 

      7 years ago from Wilson Education Resource Centre

      @EMangl: yes, I am starting to incorporate some online ideas into the unit studies as well - the problem is that some sites become obsolete and then so does that activity!

      thanks for your comment!

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      7 years ago

      good lens - i'm sure children today enjoy it more to surf and learn in internet than to read books only

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      Sandra Wilson 

      8 years ago from Wilson Education Resource Centre

      @evelynsaenz1: My son has used previous unit studies I have created, now he is homeschooling high school so these don't work for him. But, I have had other kids test them for me, and like them!

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      8 years ago from Royalton

      Thank you for writing a unit study for The Homeschool Club. Do you homeschool? Have your children used this unit study?


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