Women have always been healers, caring for their families and their communities while passing on their knowledge through the generations. Their accepted roles were relegated to midwifery, children’s care, and first aid for wounds and broken bones

But they were much more. 

In fact, these women were the holders of folk medicine and without their passing knowledge to others, folk medicine would have been lost. 

These women learned from other women in their families, from friends, and from apprenticeships, but were generally excluded from academia. They were often scorned for their devotion to healing and caring for the infirm and at certain times in history, were even killed as witches because of their knowledge. 

Quite often, these women often remain nameless. Even so, we also have a debt of gratitude to pay toward these women, as well as the indigenous cultures of North America, whose knowledge of “female remedies” are revolutionary to the holistic care of the female body, including Te-La-Nay, a local healer in Phyllis’s area. 

There are women that have also blazed trails and continue to leave a legacy of herbal knowledge which we can all benefit from. Some of the women you will hear about include: 

  • Hildegard von Bingen 
  • Hannah Kroeger
  • Lydia Pinkham
  • Rosemary Gladstar

Join us, as we discuss important women healers of the past and present. Do you have a healer in your family? We welcome you to share your story!


The Matthew Wood Institute features many notable women who are sharing their knowledge and expertise.  We’d like to spread knowledge and wisdom by offering *SIX* free and unique bonus classes.

These FREE bonus classes will be available for anyone who purchases Women Herbalists & Healers.  With your purchase, you will have immediate access to over twelve hours of bonus content from these amazing teachers:

Plus More…

Join Herbalists Matthew Wood, MS and Phyllis D. Light, MA as they pay homage to some of the most important holders of folk medicine - women.


  • Online Materials

    Access to non-downloadable materials.

  • 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 + bonus classes

    2 hours of in-depth teaching with Phyllis D. Light and Matthew Wood. Access to 6 other classes totaling over 12 hours of additional content.


    1. Welcome Message

    1. Women Herbalists & Healers - Video & Resources

    2. Women Herbalists and Healers - Audio

    3. Women Herbalists and Healers by Phyllis D. Light, MA Herbalist (11 pages, not downloadable)

    4. Women Herbalists and Healers Test

    1. Herbs from the Astrological Viewpoint - Video

    2. Herbs from the Astrological Viewpoint - Audio

    3. More Info

    1. Basic Principles of Ayurveda with Judy Lieblein - Video and Resources

    2. Basic Principles of Ayurveda with Judy Lieblein - Audio

    3. More Info

    1. Anxiety, Fear and Worry - Video

    2. Anxiety, Fear and Worry - Audio

    3. More Info

    1. Doctrine of Signatures Class 11: Motherwort - Video (with chat text and transcript)

    2. Doctrine of Signatures Class 11: Motherwort - Audio

    3. More Info

About this course

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



Documents are not downloadable. Please note that Matthew often adds manuscripts of upcoming books and is allowing students early access to these works-in-progress; therefore, they are available as 'view-only' documents and are not downloadable.

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Women Herbalists & Healers

Join us as we discuss important past and present women healers.