Heather has been an herbalist for 15 years and collects and grows hundreds of plant species for her small herbal product line, Giving Tree Botanicals (www.GivingTreeBotanicals.com). Currently based in the heart of Boston, she is offering herbal health consultations, classes, and one-on-one herbal mentorships. She teaches Actions and Chemistry for the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (www.VTHerbCenter.org) and teaches two for-credit herbal courses for Johnson State College (soon to be Northern Vermont University).
Spring is the time of year when many plant lovers head into the woods to wild-harvest fresh Urtica dioica—affectionately known as “stinging nettle”. This versatile and popular herb has been utilized for centuries across the globe.