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“My son did not come with an instruction manual…”


I sort of felt helpless when I first became a Dad.

I had no idea how to help my son when he got sick.

Scrapes, ear aches, tummy aches… I knew enough that these simple things could be treated at home naturally, but how?

It wasn’t too long before I met my first herbal mentor, and I was on my way learning simple, home first aid remedies.

As you can see on the right, even my son Rowan learned to use these remedies himself.

Many of you watched my experiments in “real time,” from way back when LearningHerbs launched in 2005. I shared many of my success stories with you on our original newsletters.

What I’m getting at is… first aid situations are excellent ways to learn about how herbs work, as herbs can work VERY well in acute situations.

Eventually, I started to ask myself…

  • What about even more serious acute situations?
  • How do you prepare for emergencies?
  • Which are the BEST herbs to use?
  • When should you call for medical help?

Basically, my questions started to go WAY beyond what I was able to handle with my little “home herbal first aid kit.”

I’m John Gallagher from

Years ago I met an amazing herbalist named 7Song.

He probably knows more about herbal first aid than most people in the country.

How did he get this knowledge?  

Not from a book.

He got it by putting himself in the trenches, in places where he could learn how to treat people with all sorts of acute situations.

Though we usually keep our courses a little simpler at LearningHerbs, I felt this information was TOO important not to be made available to people.

Yes, we’re going beyond the basics.

After two years of development, presents…


7Song…“The Skeptic”


7Song IS a skeptic.

For 7Song, it doesn’t work until he has seen it first hand.

From over 20 Rainbow Gatherings…to street protests…volunteering with Natural Doctors International in Nicaragua…and working as the herbalist at the Ithaca Free Clinic, 7Song has entrenched himself in situations where he learned HOW to use herbs.

He has direct experience in thousands of acute treamtents using herbs and natural therapies.

He also knows how to work in crowds, safetly protocols, botany, wildcrafting, and first aid preparation..

Besides all this direct first aid experience, 7Song has been teaching herbal medicine for over 30 years. He is director of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine.

So, since 7Song is a skeptic, he only teaches what he KNOWS works, as he’s used the herbs with success.



For the FIRST TIME on video…


Herb First Aid is an entire online course with over 35 hours of video material.

7Song has never shared this much information about first aid outside his school.

This information is also not in any books.

Herb First Aid is divided into 3 main sections…
Foundations, Materia Medica and First Aid

Bonus sections include a 17 video plant walk and first aid demonstrations at the Rainbow Gathering.



Prepares you in all the basics…from wildcrafting and plant identifation, to preparing your first aid bag, safetly protocols and working with people…

  • Introduction to Herb First Aid
    This course will include a lot of 7Song’s personal experience in first aid, including commonly seen conditions such as burns, soft tissue damage, pain and digestive problems. He will not only cover specific herbs, but also categories of herbs. He will also provide guidance on how to work with patients to improve compliance and ensure people are getting the help they need.
  • Wildcrafting
    For 7Song, wildcrafting is an integral part of herbalism. In terms of stocking your first aid bag, gathering your own plants for medicine can save you money but generally takes a lot more time. Also knowing what plants are commonly found throughout the US can mean that there are fewer plants that you have to carry. In this section 7Song discusses the ethical obligations of wildcrafting, the harsh realities of wildcrafting, safety precautions (clothing, weather changes) and other wildcrafting considerations.
  • Wildcrafting Tools
    As with any job, it’s important to find the right tool. In this video 7Song gives a demonstration of all of his different wildcrafting tools. He lists which ones are most important, which tools are best for which jobs and how to make sure you get quality tools that last.
  • Plant Identification
    If you decide to wildcraft your plants then botany will be a key tool. In this section 7Song goes over some botany basics and shows you some of his favorite books for identifying plants.
  • First Aid Kit Basics
    This section covers the basics (besides herbs) that you’ll want to always have in your first aid kit. 7Song will also discuss other considerations such as how to take care of yourself while administering first aid, environmental sanitation, and clothing considerations. He’ll also tell you the most important first step one can do when wanting to start being a first aid herbalist. 
  • Preparing First Aid Kits for Different Situations
    This section covers the basics (besides herbs) that you’ll want to always have in your first aid kit. 7Song will also discuss other considerations such as how to take care of yourself while administering first aid, environmental sanitation, and clothing considerations. He’ll also tell you the most important first step one can do when wanting to start being a first aid herbalist. 
  • First Aid Bag
    In this section 7Song gives you a bird’s eye view of his custom-made first aid backpack. You don’t want to miss this! He’ll show you each item that goes in the bag as well as many pearls of wisdom he’s learned over the years about this important tool.
  • Safety Protocols
    This section is a basic outline of basic safety protocols in order to keep you and your first aid patients safe. It will include how to approach a first aid scene, a car accident situation, and other safety precautions.
  • Preparations & Dosage
    This section will look at different preparations (tinctures, teas, compresses, poultices, etc) that are commonly used in first aid. 7Song will also look at the pros and cons for the different preparations and considerations for dosage.
  • Preparing for Large Groups or Events
    7Song has worked a first aid station at many different large gatherings or events. In this section he’ll cover special considerations for these types of situations such as keeping the area well organized, protecting the back stock of herbs and more.
  • Preparing as a Street Medic
    For those working first aid stations at large protests or other events in the city, there are considerations specific to these situations: people’s temperaments, interactions with law enforcement, and especially the types of first aid situations that appear more commonly at these events.
  • Working with People
    Herbalists often study how to use plants for particular instances, but they don’t always study how to work with people. In this section 7Song will go over some considerations when working with people in a first aid situation: How does stress and trauma play a role? Constitutions? Questions to ask for particular maladies and how to recognize serious problems that need  care.

Materia Medica

In-depth classroom studies into 7Song’s favorite remedies…

  • Yarrow
  • Black Cohosh
  • Activated Charcoal
  • Ragweed
  • Anemone
  • Arnica
  • Oregon Grape Root
  • Echinacea
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Lobelia
  • Osha
  • Propolis
  • Willow
  • Silk Tassel
  • Skullcap
  • Valerian

First Aid

Now you have your foundation and a good grasp on what herbal remedies to use, this section goes into specific acute situations and HOW to use herbs for…

  • Nervous System Health Disorders
  • Infections
  • Demonstrating an Active Charcoal Poultice
  • Bandaging a Soft Tissue Injury
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Eye Cups
  • Animal Interactions
  • Spider and Snake Bites
  • Hymenoptera Insects
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Acute and chronic diarrhea
  • Constipation

Bonus: Rainbow Gathering Field Station

Join 7Song and his apprentices at the 2011 Rainbow Gathering in southwestern Washington. The field station is an amazing place to watch herbs being used all day long for acute situations. This is the first time 7Song has allowed cameras into the field station. John gathered the following treatments on video…

  • Treating infections & Swollen Glands
  • Staph infection treatment ( a few of these)
  • Foots wounds
  • Hand wounds
  • Dog bit treatments
  • Stitches removal
  • Throat issue
  • Eye irritation
  • Sprained Ankle and a few more

Go on an Herb Walk with 7Song…

7Song is well known for his amazing plant walks.
In Herb First Aid, he gives a garden tour at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine.
We also include a plant walk from Oregon.
St. John’s Wort, gathering Valerian, Willow, and Yarrow
are among the 17 plant walk videos.

Course handouts and extra videos!

Handouts include 7Song’s revided First Aid Checklist, Setting up a Field Station and his
ultimate cheat sheet on herbal first aid!

Extra videos include tours of his apothecary, school and the Ithaca free clinic.

Some important details…

  • This is a course for those who have had a little experience in herbalism.
  • Beginners are welcome, but it may require extra research.
    Not for absolute “newbies.”
  • This is a web based video series. Nothing is mailed to you.
  • Slow connection? Videos are downloadable.
  • Works on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch & other mobile devices.
  • Work on videos at your own pace.
  • You never lose access to the site. Enroll now, work on it later.

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