Black Folk Herbalism will highlight the rich history of Black folk medicine and the use of herbs for healing and conjuring. The course is an overview of the black experience as it relates to medicinal herbs, the historical political and social journey, legal constraints, and herbal recipes and magic for common and uncommon beliefs and traditions. “Monolithic” is not a word that describes the African American culture. 

Students will:

  • be guided through the history of African Americans who were able to survive the brutality of slavery and Jim Crow while finding wholeness and balance under the cover of Nature. 
  • learn about the herbs that were used in the African American community to remedy the illnesses that plagued their lives. 
  • receive an overview of the historical and political implications of the health conditions that arose as a result of their perilous lives, at the hands of their oppressors with a focus on Frederick Douglass and his conquering experience. 
  • be directed to focus on the herbs used in the Southern region of the United States. We will study the contributions of the great genius agronomist and spiritual teacher, George Washington Carver—including an appreciation of the lowly peanut. 
  • be exposed to an in-depth look at the work of John Lee, including his categories of blood medicine, which have been very important to Matthew Wood.

Meet your teacher, Carolyn Jones, MSc, CC

Carolyn Jones is a Holistic Health Educator and Chaplain who teaches the art of self-care and practices a ministry of presence. She is licensed by the New York State Chaplain Task Force and serves the community as an herbalist, a certified aromatherapist, and a reflexologist.


Carolyn is a recently elected Board member of Herbalists Without Borders and holds membership and affiliations with several prestigious organizations: The American Herbalists Guild, Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism, and DOPO Doulas. She teaches community self-care topics and she is also a contributing writer and podcast guest with Mother Earth Living magazine and Mother Earth, respectively.

Respected by her peers, she embraces and is supported by a strong community of traditional and non-traditional healers who follow uniquely different paths that merge at the crossroads of community health.

The Healing Project Wellness Series webinar is a co-teaching platform that allows for new approaches and concepts as taught by master healers from all walks of life. Subject experts from all over the world are welcomed to discuss their favorite healing modalities.

Prior to embarking on her vocation as a Holistic Health practitioner, she earned an AA degree in Liberal Arts (City Tech); a BA, in Mass Communications, and MS, in Television & Radio Management (Brooklyn College), to qualify her pedagogic aspirations. Over 25 years of teaching and developing curriculum support her ability to disseminate life-supporting information in a language that is easy to understand.

As a chaplain, Carolyn Jones specializes in natural self-care methods to alleviate the debilitating emotional pain that arises from grief and loss, a chafing experience that is tragically familiar to her.

Her publications, Pick Up Your Bed and Walk: A Self-Care Guide to Improved Health and Incantations champion the pursuit of healthier lifestyle habits, along with alternative behavior and self-affirming language.


  • Online Materials

    Access to the extensive presentation slides by Carolyn Jones and non-downloadable documents by Matthew Wood.

  • 1 year access to materials and Q&A during and after class

    1 year to view and review content, ask questions and discuss with fellow students and teachers.

  • 2 hours of teaching

    2 hours of in-depth teaching with Carolyn Jones and Matthew Wood.


    1. Welcome Message

    1. Black Folk Herbalism - A Few Glimpses of Black American Herbalism by Matthew Wood (21 pages, not downloadable)

    2. Black Folk Herbalism Slides Part 1 - Introduction and Africa (17 pages)

    3. Black Folk Herbalism Slides Part 2 - African Tradition, Prickly Ash (13 pages)

    4. Black Folk Herbalism Slides Part 3 - Ancestors, Dupree, Smith, Colds and Flu (16 pages)

    5. Black Folk Herbalism Slides Part 4 - Hayes, Beers, Moore, Castor, Jimson, Poke (17 pages)

    6. Black Folk Herbalism Slides Part 5 - Cotton, St. John's Wort, Tulip Tree, Publications (19 pages)

    7. Black Folk Herbalism Slides Part 6 - John Lee, Blood Conditions (34 pages)

    8. Black Folk Herbalism Slides Part 7 - Carver, Peanuts, Gullah Geechee (10 pages)

    9. Black Folk Herbalism Slides Part 8 - Mullein, Joe Pye, Blood Toxins, Poke, Elder, Sticks, Stones, Roots, & Bones (20 pages)

    10. Black Folk Herbalism Slides Part 9 - Herbal Baths, Whipped Peter (8 pages)

    11. Black Folk Herbalism Slides Part 10 - Frederick Douglass, Recommended Reading (25 pages)

    12. Black Folk Herbalism - Carolyn Jones & Matthew Wood - Video & Resources

    13. Black Folk Herbalism - Carolyn Jones & Matthew Wood - Audio

    14. Black Folk Herbalism Slides Part 6 - John Lee, Blood Conditions (34 pages)

    1. Black Folk Herbalism Test

About this course

  • $48.00
  • 16 lessons
  • 2.5 hours of video content




Single class purchase

1-year access to this class.

Start at any time! Complete the lessons at your own pace.

Certificates designed and signed by Matthew Wood are available for purchase to those who successfully complete all tests with a passing grade of 70% or better. More details regarding herbal course certificates are here.

Tests are multiple-choice, and multiple attempts are permitted.

If you are tracking hours, see the list of all classes/courses with corresponding accreditation hours.

Black Folk Herbalism

an overview of the black experience as it relates to medicinal herbs